10—Friday, February 3, 1967
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
400 Rabbis, Laymen in War Protest
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Approximately 400 rabbis and Jewish
laymen joined more than 2,000 Protestants and Catholics here Tuesday
as part of a two-day vigi 1protesting the government's role in the war
The mobilization, organized by the Committee of Clergy and
Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, demonstrated outside the White
House in the form of a silent one-hour vigil at noon, and then pro-
ceeded in a march to the Capitol.
Many of the clergymen visited their Congressmen and Senators
and presented to them a 3,000-word document defining the concerns
and dilemmas about the Southeast Asia conflict which the group
adopted in principle.
Jewish leaders who were present included Rabbi Jacob J. Wein-
stein, president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; Rabbi Abra-
ham Heschel, Jewish Theological Seminary; Morris Laub, United
Synagogue of America; Rabbi Henry Siegman, Synagogue Council of
America; and Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Union of American Hebrew
Problem of Apostasy in South
Documented by Prof. Marcus
America has been one of the solution to the problem during the
brighter chapters in the long his- Revolutionary period: ". . . these
tory of the Jews, but the director families of merchants and shippers
of the American Jewish Archives remained in the state only for the
in Cincinnati points out that Amer- duration of the war. There was no
ican Jewish life. too, has had its incentive to tarry in a community
share of griefs. A letter from a where they had no roots, no insti-
Jewish merchant to a high rank- tutions, no great economic hinter-
ing churchman in the early 19th land; there was every reason to
century South documents one of go back to their original homes,
these griefs—the frequent pattern to their synagogues, and to their
of anoctasy in small towns which communities: to Newport, the sec-
ond largest town in New England,
lacked a Jewish community.
With deep concern and strong and to New York, the second or
conviction. a Jewish merchant in third largest port in the country.
Wilmin , ton. N.C., wrote to the Rt. They did not hesitate to abandon
Rev. -Richard C. Moore. the Angli- their temporary asylum where
can Bishop of Virginia. asking for their economic future was precar-
his heir). "My son. Gershon, a youth sous in order to return to familiar
of 19. lately became a convert to surroundings where opportunity
the Christian faith and was re- was sure and the future, certain."
ceived into the Episcopal Church.
Bnt he became so without exam- Hebrew U. Historian Tells
fining into the grounds of "either Facts of Danish Rescue
that or his father's faith .
JERUSALEM — Important chap-
is my wish to afford my son every
onnertunity of searching and en- ters in the history of the German
wiiring after the truth, and for occupation of Denmark, which were
this purpose I send him to Rich- thought to have been thorough-
mend. where he can have advan- ly investigated long ago have come
tages which this Place does not i into the limelight with new infor-
afford . . . I wish my son to be a mation through the publication by
good and hanny man. Without firm Hebrew University historian Dr.
religions principles he can be Leni Yahil of the book "Test of a
neith ,sr -. and my tract is in the Democracy—The Rescue of Danish
C_'Tod of my fathers. whom Jewry in World War IL"
The 332-page work, published by
the Jew and the Christian enii any
adore. that He will direct his heart the Magnes Press of the Hebrew
University in cooperation with Yad
and 1, is thoughts aright . . ."
Aaron Lazarus' feelings about Vashem; is the book version of the
paper which after five years of ad-
his son's conversion to Chris-
that vanced studies earned her a doc-
Jews in isolated areas exper- torate at the university in 1965.
The hook will also be published in
ienc.ed as their children grew nn
this spring by Denmark's
far a‘yay from a large Jewish
largest publishing company,
SP111",1,,nt. V.'” , pct T,,,, r „, „,„.„ s
his fo.he ,.
Mrs. Yahil was inspired to do the
lv J ,, r•nb Mordee ,, i. then living in
Illohniond. and Mord ,.(tai Nvas study while living in Scandinavia,
where her husband, Dr. Haim
SI, Ccsfill in indncing the lad to
Yahil, head of Mercaz Latefutsot-
return to Judaism.
It is sadly ironical. however. that Israel Foundation for Cultural Re-
Mordecai did not have the same lations with World Jewry and
enduring success with his own chairman of the Israel Broadcast-
children. He taught them the rudi- ing Authority, was ambassador to
ments of Judaism and gave them Sweden and Norway in 1956-59.
a good general education in the During this period, Yad Vashem
requested her to collect authentic
Warrenton Seminary which he had
material on the rescue of Jews in
established. In the generation of
the Civil War, his sons were dis-
Among the highlights of the book
tinguished _ Southerners active in
farming, commerce, law, banking, is material, so far unknown to Dan-
railroad transportation, medicine, ish historians, on Werner Best and
and the army. As long as he lived, his communications with Heinrich
they remained loyal to the Jewish Himler, and on Adolf Eichman's
faith; after his death, they too refusal to advance the visit of a
began to desert the religion of Danish delegation to Theresien-
stadt to which some 600 Danish
Jews had been deported.
Dr. Jacob R. Marcus, director
of the American Jewish Archives
and Kutz Distinguished Professor Break for Israel President
of American Jewish History Insti- JERUSALEM (ZINS)—All merri-
brew Union College-Jewish Insti- i hers of the finance commission
tute of Religion, has documented of the Knesset, irrespective of
the dilemma of families remote party, unanimously approved a
from centers of Jewish life. In one decision to exempt the salary of
of his essays Dr. Marcus corn- the president of the state from
mented on Connecticut Jewry's l payment of income tax.
`The Bible' is Not the Bible but the Beginning
"The Bible" as portrayed on the
screen, now at the Madison, is not
the Bible. It is just the Beginning.
Like the Hebraic original Bereshit.
But the producers and the film's
sponsors are not misleading any-
one. They state at the outset that
it is the Beginning.
The Diono De Laurentiis pro-
duction is truly a great spectacle.
Photographically it is superb.
The opening scenes, depicting
The Creation, are remarkably
well done, indicating not only
skill but genuine imagination
and an understanding of the
This immense film starts, as
indicated, with the Creation. It
follows the Bible story scrupulous-
ly and carries on until and through
the Abraham-Isaac story and the
sacrifice (the Binding!).
Thus, the limitations are evident.
Attractively called "The Bible,"
the movie actually is a fractional
story of the opening book of the
Bible, of a major portion of
Genesis. In good fashion, the
origin of the Bible is portrayed
by skilled actors.
"The Bible" was directed by
in Canadian Election
Spur Christian Anger
John Huston and Christopher Fry
authored the screenplay. The
producer, Dino De Paunrentiis, had
a number of acting roles before
he went behind cameras to produce
George C. Scott as Abraham,
Ava Gardner as Sara and John
Huston as Noah are especially
well cast and give excellent ac-
counts of themselves in their
interpretations of the biblical
Interpretatively, the film is not
necessarily a traditional Jewish
film. It is universal in its ap-
' proach to the theme, it follows
the Jewish text scrupulously, yet
there are certain legendary as-
pects that could give it more
solemnity. But in the main it is
a great film, spectacular, well
acted, well worth seeing.
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TORONTO, (JTA) — There are
only a few Jewish families living
in the town of Milton, 40 miles
from here, but an anti-Semitic epi-
sode has created a furor un-
equalled in the town's recent his-
Councilman Ross Gordon of Mil-
ton was elected reeve (sheriff) of
Nassagewaya Township in a heat-
ed campaign. His opponent was
Allan Ackman, a Jew. The word
was spread that Gordon told voters
at an election rally: "Vote for any-
one, but don't vote for that Jew!"
A score or more of Milton
residents, angered by this al-
leged display of intolerance, pick-
eted the Nassagaaway Township
Building, wearing Star of David
armbands and carrying protest
placards. One placard read, "Je-
sus Couldn't Qualify for Reeve.
He, Too, Was Jewish."
After the pickets paraded for an
hour, a delegation entered the
council chambers and its spokes-
man, W. A. Johnson, told Gordon
that he owed the taxpayers an
apology for having raised religious
issues in the election. Gordon de-
nied the statement attributed to
He had, he said, been asked whe-
ther Ackman was Jewish and "I
said I thought he was. I don't be-
lieve I said anything wrong. I
think the people owe me an apol-
Ackman told reporters that he
didn't know whether or not the
fact that he was Jewish had been
raised. "If it was," he commented,
"it shouldn't have been."
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