h, Soldier in Vietnam
Affirms His Belief in Freedom
to Be Spoken in June
(Editor's Note: A young American airman's pride in his country and
in his religion came through in a letter from Vietnam written to a
Southfield girl working on a class project. Shelley Spizizen, a fourth
grader at Stevenson School, joined her classmates writing letters to
unknown servicemen in Vietnam. By chance, the recipient of hers was a
Jew, Airman 3rd Class Solomon Schneider, stationed with the Combat
Support Group out of San Francisco. The Jewish News reprints the
letter here because it is a touching, intelligent affirmation of one man's
belief that he is in Vietnam for a reason.)
monk or priest may worship his
I too celebrate Hanuka. I picked God in peace and not have to be
your letter up because you said, afraid of soldiers coming to his
"I celebrate Hanuka. I hope you house to kill him because they
have a Merry Christmas." This think his ideas are wrong. The
tells me a lot about you, Shelley. Russians couldn't lick my grand-
It tells me you're proud of being father, and the Chinese Commu-
a Jew, and that gives us a lot in nists won't lick me or my friends.
common. We are living in a time
Thank you once more for your
when too many of our people are letter. Tell your teacher and class-
not proud to be Jewish. I'm glad mates thank you and I'm sorry I
MISS SUSAN WINER
that you are.
couldn't write to all of them.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney J. Winer
Your letter also told me that
Your friend, of Sherbourne Rd. announce the
you were pretty sure your letter
engagement of their daughter
would go to a soldier who cele-
Joan to Charles David Mintz,
brated Christmas, you wanted me
son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A.
to have a Happy (or Merry)
Mintz of Kentucky Ave.
Christmas. In other words, you
Miss Winer attended Emerson
wanted me to be happy in my own
College and Wayne State Univer-
way, even if I thought very differ-
YETZ-COHEN AUXILIARY will sity. Mr. Mintz, a graduate of the
ently from you.
Shelley, the happiest moment I've meet 8 p.m. Monday at the home University of Michigan, is on the
administrative faculty of Ohio
had over here, and I've only been of Tillie Goldman, 21701 Whit- University.
here a short time, is seeing all more, Oak Park. The auxiliary
be servicing new inductees
A June wedding is planned.
those letters in the USO. You, your will
into the armed services every
parents, anyone in your town, has third
Wednesday at the Fort Street
no idea how proud I felt to be an Union Station, under a new pro-
American when I read some of gram instituted by the Depart-,
them. Letter after letter from all ment of Michigan, Jewish War
over the United States, nobody I Veterans. All auxiliaries are par-
had ever seen or known, writing ticipating in this program. A
At a general board meeting, the
to tell any man over here that games evening is being planned Hebrew Benevolent Society elected
Harry Portner, president; Samuel
they are for him, that they are for Feb. 6.
S. Portner and Paul Jacobs, vice
behind him, they are hoping for
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him to come home safe. Shelley,
BLOCH ROSE AUXILIARY will presidents; Isidore Sosnick, treas-
when I read those letters like meet Tuesday, 8:15 p.m., at the urer; Nathan P. Rossen, secre-
yours the other day I felt a lump Oak Park Community Center. Ar- tary; Sam Le_
in my throat and a warm glow rangements will be made to service vine, Hyman Lip-
in my heart that made anything I the Ann Arbor hospital in March, sitz and Isadore
don't have over here seem so and Bertha Wember, librarian for Sherr, trustees;
small, so unimportant.
Temple Israel, will present a book and Samuel P.
I am in the Air Force. I'm an review. A social hour and re- Havis, cemetery
airman third class, the equivalent freshments will follow. Prospec- chairman.
of a buck private in the army. I tive members and guests invited.
been active with
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don't have to guard the fence
around the base, that's someone
LT. RAYMOND Z U S S M A N the Hebrew Be-
else's job. I deliver the mail to AUXILIARY will hold a social nevolent Society
the soldiers here. The only danger meeting 8 p.m. Monday at the since 1953. He
I really face is a mortar attack home of 'Mrs. Irving Weintraub. held the post of
and there hasn't been one here An evening of games is planned. cemetery chair-
since I arrived, except for four guests invited. On Saturday, the man for several years, was a
rounds which landed on the .other auxiliary will service the Juvenile trustee and, for the past two
side of the base two nights ago.
Detention Home. Assisting Chair- years has been vice president.
Maurice M. Stewart was appoint-
I live in a town near Fort Worth, man Mrs. George Kolb will be Mrs.
Texas. I am 21 years old and miss Oscar Katz and Mrs. Irving Wein- ed chairman of the installation
committee, which consists of
my folks and the girl I am going traub.
Harry _ E. Citrin, Earl Jacobs,
to marry very, very much.
Louis Levine and Nathan Samet.
I have finished a year and a
half_ of college. When I get out
of the Air Force I will go back
to college, one way or the other,
CLUB held its installation of offi- as Trustees at Denver
and become a research chemist.
I would like to go into research cers recently. Irving Lyons is the
president for a third term. Others Jewish Hospital
- on drugs and medicines.
Oh! One thing I would like to installed were Maurice Seligman
Two Detroit business and civic
tell you. I was stationed in Cali- and Morris Halperin, vice presi- leaders were named trustees of
fornia for a year and did not have dents; Jacob Natow, secretary; the National Jewish Hospital at
to go to Vietnam. I signed a state- and Harry Landsman, treasurer. Denver — the free, nonsectarian
ment volunteering for Vietnam at Abraham Broder, who served three chest disease center where Mich-
two different times. Now, in this years as secretary, was elected to igan residents have received near-
day and age, when you hear about the executive board of directors. ly 90,000 days of care.
so many men who burn their Milton Jay Miller, center presi-
David Schimmel, president and
draft cards, you may wonder why dent, installed the officers.
general manager of Allen Indus-
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I wanted to go 10,000 miles from
tries, was chosen, along with Mark
home into a war zone.
Schmidt, vice president and gen-
This, perhaps, is why: my grand-
eral manager of the Sheraton-
father was a rabbi in Poland. The
Russians took over Poland two
Mrs. Philip Fealk of Oak Park
years before my father was born.
was elected a Bnai Brith trustee
When my father was 2 years old,
Four Detroit lawyers were elect- of the National Jewish Hospital.
Russian soldiers tried to kill them.
Fealk was chosen in ballot-
My grandfather was forced to kill ed to high national office at the Mrs.
the NJH board of trustees
10 men and wound seven men out
of 18, in order to keep his family
Andrew Goodman of New York,
alive. He got his family to America the Statler Hilton Hotel.
Jack Schon was elected supreme president of Bergdorf Goodman,
and later joined them in New chancellor;
J. Safir, su- won a third term as chairman of
York City. My grandfather chose preme editor Benjamin
the NJH board. Joseph H. Silver-
America to live in instead of some fraternity publication; and Albert smith Jr., Denver insurance ex-
country in Europe not so far away E. Conn and Edward P. May elect- ecutive and civic leader, was
because in America there was ed associate editors.
selected for a third term as hos-
freedom for both Jews and Chris-
The convention highlight was the pital president.
tians here, and no one would kill formal dinner-dance at which the
National Jewish Hospital has a
them for their beliefs.
Cardozo Memorial Award was pre- regional office in Detroit at 18101
Why am I, an American soldier, sented to Walter P. Reuther, presi- James Couzens.
in Vietnam? Because I owe at least dent of the Union of Automobile
one year of my life here to my Workers.
EDWARD M. M. WARBURG,
grandfather and my father and to
retired chairman of the Joint Dis-
all other Americans; I owe this
RENEE GALLERIES will pre- tribution Committee, was elected
year here because maybe my being sent a large collection of recent president of the United Jewish Ap-
here can make the Vietnamese oils and drawings by HOWARD peal of Greater New York Monday
people a little bit freer. Because WEINGARDEN beginning Wednes- night at the annual meeting of the
maybe after I leave, a Buddhist day through Feb. 11.
organization's board of directors.
Chesed Shel Emes
Elects H. Portner
Name Jack Schon
National Chief of
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friady, January 20, 1967-25
`Genesis and Western Civilization'
Series Open to Adults and Students
The Midrasha (College of Jew-
ish Studies) of the United Hebrew
Schools of Detroit will sponsor an
eight-week lecture series on "Gen-
esis and Western Civilization" be-
ginning 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the
Esther Berman Building.
The book of Genesis was selected
to demonstrate the profound effect
the Bible has had on Western civil-
ization, and the lectures will focus
on man's esthetic, philosophical and
Dr. Abraham A. Davidson, as-
sistant professor of art history at
Oakland University, will deliver the
first two lectures
on "Genesis and
Art." Dr. David-
son will demon-
s t r a t e his talks
with slides of re-
great art, all of
which owe their
existence to the
literary genius of
the Hebrew peo-
ple. In his first Dr. Davidson
lecture he will concentrate on the
story of the creation and the ex-
pulsion. The second lecture will be
devoted to the stories of the patri-
On Feb. 16 and 23, Rabbi Jay
Braverman, registrar of the Col-
lege of Jewish Studies, will discuss
"Creation Versus Evolution." Rabbi
Braverman will stress the area of
agreement between scientific
theories of evolution and Jewish
concepts of creation.
Two lectures on Genesis and
FOR EVERY OCCASION
AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Jewish history will be conducted
March 2 and 9. Solomon Schim-
mel, instructor on the staff of the
College of Jewish Studies, will
emphasize two biblical themes:
unity and diversity within Juda-
ism — Joseph and his brothers;
and friendship and hostility be-
tween Jew and gentile — Jacob
The last two lectures, March 16
and 23, will deal with Genesis and
archaeology. Prof. Shlomo Marenof,
dean of the College of Jewish
Studies, will demonstrate how re-
cent archaeological findings have
shed light upon the book of Gen-
esis. These discoveries and their
relationship to the Bible will be
For registration information, call
the Midrasha, 864-1115.
Dr. JOSEPH H. LOOKSTEIN, of
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in
Manhattan, professor of sociology
at Yeshiva University, will be hon-
ored by the university's alumni
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at its sixth
annual Sarei Hameah dinner, in
Furst Hall, the university's main
center in Washington Heights.
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Auction starts promptly at 10 a.m.
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