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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-01-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

10 Friday, January 27, 1967



haps hotels should have_ two kit-
chens, or if that is impossible,
give the tourists a printed explana-
tion of the practice of kashrut.
There is much misunderstanding
in this area."
Another piroblem, he said, is an
insufficient number of guides
well-informed on the holy Chris-
tian shrines.
As for complaints of inhospital-
ity to visiting Americans: "Well,
I suppose many American Jews '
want to see what's been done with
their investments; it's quite under-
standable. On the other hand, per-
haps our young sabras are too
sensitive."

Young Christian Clergyman Links His Destiny With Israel's

BY CHARLOTTE HYAMS
Shoshana Duvernoy will be 9
years old on Yom Ha'atzmaut, Is-
rael's Independence Day. She's not
a sabarit, a native Israeli, like her
sister Ilana, but she speaks He-
brew with enough fluency to teach
her father a word or two.
- Father is the Rev. Claude Duver-
noy, Presbyterian minister, Israeli
citizen.
Rev. Duvernoy of Jerusalem, is
in the United States on an eight-
week pilgrimage of sorts. His mis-
sion, sponsored by the Israel Min-
istry of Tourism, is to woo Chris-
, tian travelers to his corner of the
world.
Luckily for him (he's a low-
pressure salesman), Christian
tourism has already grown be-
yond many hopes. For the first
time, Christians visiting Israel
are greater in number than Jews.
i Last year, they numbered 52 per
cent.
At first glance, the bearded
young minister (37) looks like an
apostle of Jesus. He makes it quite
plain, however, that his sole mis-
sion is to win business for the-tour-
ism ministry and not to win dis-
ciples of Christ.
His opinion of missionaries back
home is none-too favorable: "There
are so many sects with crazy
ideas. They're not familiar with
Israel's destiny."
"Most prophets foretold the ulti-
mate return to the country, and
the church's duty is to help Israel
understand that destiny," said
Rev. Duvernoy. The Messiah, he
believes, will come only with the
existence of Israel, and thus her
continued existence — and safety
— are the responsibility of the
Christian world.
Confident that the- Vatican will
eventually recognize the state of Is-

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rael, Rev. Duvernoy said such rec-
ognition would make Egypt's Presi-
dent Nasser "think twice" about
aggression. "I know that the Jor-
danian king wants to be reconciled
with Israel. If the Pope and Chris-
tian leaders would stand at his
side, he would feel less alone."
Rev. Duvernoy added: "I firm-
ly believe that Jerusalem, and
Israel, will become the world
headquarters of the ecumenical
movement, including Jews, Mus-
lims and Christians. We are all
children of Abraham, you know."
• Ecumenism figures strongly in
Rev. Duvernoy's personal life. He
met his wife, Marianne, a Jewess,
in France .soon after he returned
from a year's stay on the religious
kibbutz of Ein Hanatziv. Her
father, Capt. Leo Blum, was one
of the first Jews to graduate from
Saint-Cyr, the French West Point.
During the Second 'World War,
Capt. Blum was stationed at an
army camp for Jewish officers. He
later died of a combination of ill-
nesses dating from this camp ex-
perience.
The misfortune that befell Capt.
Blum is all too familiar in Jewish
history, and Rev. Duvernoy, of
Huguenot parentage, has been
well-acquainted with it.
"Since I was a boy, I felt deeply
involved in the Jewish holocaust.
I had good Jewish friends in Nan-
cy, where I was born. When I was
14, my friends, the entire family,
disappeared."
Beginning his theological studies
in Strasbourg, Rev. Duvernoy "rea-
lized the deep Christian responsi-
bility, much of it Martin Luther's,
for what happened to the Jews."
Prof. Jules Isaac, the founder
in Europe of the "Amities Judeo-
Chretiennes," the Board for
Christians and Jews, considered
young Duvernoy his Protestant
spiritual heir. In Neufchatel,
Switzerland, the young clergy.
man was in charge of 'editing
church texts of their old can-
ards against the 'Jews.
Even today, he is a member of
the Israeli Committee for Better
Understanding Between Religions.
It seemed a logical step, four
years ago, to make his "personal
aliya." Two years later, he won
his citizenship. Since then, he has
made trips to France and Switzer-
land on behalf of the Israel govern-
ment.

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Dr. Herzl by a British clergyman,
I Rev. William Hechler. He was
instrumental in organizing Dr.
Herzl's initial meetings with the
German princes on the question of
a Jewish state. The book was pub-
lished by the Jewish Agency.
Rev. Duvernoy's other writings
include "The Essay on the Theolo-
gy of Zion," "Israel and History"
and "Saint Paul and the Mystery
of Israel." He also serves as cor-
respondent for the French-speak-
ing Protestant press in Europe.
Noting that it's become "a Ca-
tholic mitzva to go to Israel," Rev.
Duvernoy said he advises all
Christians — and Jews as well —
to "bring along a Bible as your
only guidebook."
And when he talks to travel
agents, "I tell them it's crazy to
try to see Israel in two to three
days; you must have at least sev-
en days in that country. To adver-
tise a "Holy Land Tour," and then
include every country to the slight
of Israel, is a great mistake, he
added.
Rev. Duvernoy has some ad-
vice for his own country. "The
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Israeli government is not doing
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enough to take the fanatical
The JNF Blue Box is so much more
ultra-Orthodox groups in hand. I than
a fund raising medium. It consti-
remember greeting a group of tutes our tangible link with the soil of
Israel and is a living connection with
Swiss pilgrims and being stoned the
early days of Zionist history. It was
because they came through the on the last day of the memorable Fifth
Zionist
Congress on December 29. 1901,
Mandelbaum Gate on a Sabbath. in Basle,
that Theodor Herzl first asked
There should have been a police for contributions towards the Jewish
National
Fund,
himself placing the first
car or jeep waiting to open the coin from his own
pocket into his hat.
way to the visitors."
From then onward the idea expanded
to
embrace
the
whole
of Jewry, with
The minister, who regularly the first Blue Box manufactured
in
greets such groups of Protestant Vienna in 1902.
WASHINGTON. (JTA) — Secre- tourists, said he complained in a
In these days of massive direct ap-
tary of Interior Stewart Udall will letter to the Jerusalem Post, "but peals, isn't the Blue Box as a fund
raising medium out-dated? No, the Blue
not visit Israel during his forth-
Box is the method best suited for dona-
it didn't help."
tions by the masses embracing every
coming extended visit to Near
He conceded that agents should member of the family, young and old,
Eastern nations interested in de- use better judgment in bringing and should become an automatic act in
salination because Israel failed to travelers from Jordan into Israel the preservation of the Jewish national
idea, a vivid educational means of re-
invite him, State Department sour- on the Sabbath.
minding our children of their history
ces said Monday.
destiny.
Rev. Duvernoy also suggested and
How wonderful to think that in all
Secretary Udall will leave next that Christian tourists be prepared the
strains of Jewish history during 65
week with an itinerary including for Israel's laws of kashrut. "Per- years, the little collection box of the
Jewish National Fund is as alive today
Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and
as ever it has been!
Iran. The trip may be extended
The Blue Box links every home which
it graces with Israel, and fits into the
to include Lebanon and Greece.
pattern of Jewish life everywhere,
WHEN
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COCKTAIL
A Saudi Arabian embassy spokes-
for it affords everyone the opportunity
to add his or her contribution to the
man stated here that his govern-
Jewish National Fund.
ment had made clear to the United
States that Secretary Udall was
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a new dual purpose desalination
undertaking at Jidda with a stipula-
tion that he refrain from visiting
Israel on the same trip.
The State Department and De-
partment of Interior sources
aware of developments sought to
deny that any Arab conditions
had been imposed. They insisted
that Israel was not added to the
itinerary merely because the
Israel government failed to ex-
ON
tend a timely invitation.
They explained that now it is
too late for Israel to offer such
an invitation because Greece and
Lebanon have made known that
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Rev. Duvernoy sees no personal
conflict in the fact that his daugh-
ters are being reared as Jews
("After all, the first Christians
were all good Jews"), but re-
called that"Once Shoshana came
home and asked my wife, 'Did my
father ask for forgiveness before
he married you?' "
Forgiveness — or repentance —
is exactly what a group of young
Germans is seeking in a unique
rebuilding project, for which Rev.
Duvernoy is spiritual leader.
Eighty come each year to work on
the kibutzim and help in other
projects. They built the Institute
for the Blind in Jerusalem, and
have done similar work in Eng-
land, France, Holland and Yugo-
slavia.
Rev. Duvernay is proud htat
the Protestant church has shown
its good will in such a fashion,
but says its interest in the Jew-
ish homeland is nothing new. In
1838, 22 years before the birth
of Theodor Herzl, the General
Synod of the Church of Scotland
sent a memorandum to the
heads of European states to
unite efforts for the return of
Palestine to the Jews.
In his book. "The Prince and
the Prophet," Rev. Duvernoy
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