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Name-Changing in Israel
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By NATHAN ZIPRIN
(A Seven Arts Feature)
NAPLES (JTA) — Efforts to locate possible survivors of the cap-
sized 1,350-ton Israeli freighter, Hashlosha, have been discontinued by
the Italian Navy, it was announced by the admiralty operations office
The vessel, with 22 aboard, including 20 crew members, 15 of them
Israelis, and two women, apparently sank in the Mediterranean Jan.
24. Italian search and rescue operations were called off after two
overturned life boats and some debris belonging to the Israeli vessel
were found near the island of Ponza, west of Naples. No bodies were
Engaged in the search, in addition to the Italian navy, were the
Italian air force, units of the United States Sixth Fleet, and the Israeli
ship Moledet. The capsized freighter was on its way to France, after
unloading a cargo of cement in Sicily.
Have you ever wondered why. in
public figures to make such so many areas of public service,
By CARL ALPERT
we get a fantastically inept kind
HAIFA — Name-changing is a change.
Under the law the government of leadership that has become so
pular and common pastime in
may refuse to register a change if common?
One answer to the agonizing
Effort is now being made to the authority in charge feels such
question was given the other night
;mulate the universal adoption of change is "likely to mislead or to
infringe upon public policy or to by Dr. Abram L. Sachar of Bran-
, nuinely Hebraic or Biblical
offend the feelings of the public." deis University at the dinner of
Now that Israel's great writer, the National Conference of the
Names like Goldstein, Silverman,
Y. Agnon, has won the Nobel American ORT Federation. Said
- lreenberg Goldberg, Bronstein,
for literature, the name of the noted historian: "We listen to
W a x m a n, Eisenberg, Lieberman,
has been declared "out their banalities; we shudder at
-7 reedman and all the various coin-
for novelists, poets, their antics. And we ask, 'How did Zionists Urged to Press Immigration to Israel
inations of similar names are not
the like. Author- they ever get there? We are not a
NEW YORK (JTA) — The gen- i affairs for the first time in many
to assiunption nation of morons, and surely we
folk sense. They are names adopted
do not deliberately choose such eral recognition of the need for years following the recent decision
Jews, or assigned to them dur-
lunkheads and nincompoops to rep- change in various aspects of the to implement organizational
'ng the past century and a half in might pass himself off as "Agnon, resent us.' In truth they are there Zionist . movement and the first changes in the world Zionist or-
'he various European countries in
because they have had stamina, real understanding of the problem ganization.
this would mislead the public.
- which they lived.
which the more sensitive have
The Jewish Agency leader
Israel's High Court recently dealt lacked. They hang on for dear life and need for encouraging immigra-
But Cohen and Levy are of. true
tion from the Western world were stressed that it was now impera-
7iblical origin. Among the new He-
no matter how the currents swirl hailed at a press conference by tive for the Israel government, on
'irew names which are becoming Rosenheim died it was revealed about them. But the over-sensitive Mrs. Rose Halprin.
the one hand, and American Zion-
–opular here are Sofer, Carmel, that the woman living with him for move out. They resign and leave
Chairman of the American Sec- ist groups on the other, to tackle
vardeni, Gazit, Eilon, Ben-Ami,
the field to the men whom they tion of the Jewish Agency, Mrs. the problem of encouraging immi-
Aharoni. Katz, by the way, fact married to him, though she had despise. And in this way we get Halprin called these the major gration from the United States.
's pure Hebrew. It means Cohen.
the survival of the unfittest."
achievements of the session of the
heim. The law gave her all the
There is social pressure on new pecuniary and material rights to
We often hear it said that Jew- World Zionist Actions Committee
immigrants to change their a common-law wife, but the court ish leadership in many of the held recently in Jerusalem.
names. The government and the held that she could not now legally sensitive areas of activity is in-
In Your Home
Mrs. Halprin, who returned from
army practically require their
Specializing With Beginners
take the name o f Rosenheim even adequate, that most of it is incom- the actions committee meetings,
though she has borne it for years. petent and that even the qualified said that a large proportion of the
The judges maintained that to per- have passed the age where they Israeli press and public were tak-
mit her to do so would mislead can serve the needs of a changing ing a genuine interest in Zionist
people into thinking she had been community.
Surely there is merit to this
married to the deceased.
claim. One need only look at the
There is a popular Jewish su-
The 1967 list of twelve new books
to be published by the Jewish perstition that changing the name letterheads of many of our Jewish
of a severely ill person may fool organizations to find that the very
Publication Society of America,
Philadelphia-based non-profit cul- the lurking Angel of Death into names decorating the script now
thinking that perhaps he has appeared largely 30 or 40 or even
tural institution, will include two
50 years ago. It is quite natural
award winners, according to an made a mistake in his intended
victim. Indeed, the minister of for men to be reluctant to give up
announcement by Joseph M. First,
positions of leadership, particularly
the interior himself, Moshe Sha-
president of the society.
piro, badly hurt some 10 years when there is no new leadership
The winner of the Shlonsky Prize
ago in a bomb explosion, adopted in the horizon. It is quite possible,
for Literature in Israel is titled
the surname Hayim (life) for as Dr. Sachar says, that the en-
"The Brigade", a novel by Hanoch
Bartov, translated from the that reason. He recovered, and trenched possess the stamina
Hebrew by David Segal, which retains the name Hayim to this which the more sensitive lack.
But that is not the entire answer.
tells the story of a young Israeli
Under the present law name-
It is this column's opinion that
volunteer who joined the Jewish
Brigade in the Second World War. chano. ing is easy and simple. About many with potentials in leadership
His experiences on the Italian 20,000 Israelis a year register in our community have simply ab-
front and the change in his emo- changes and pay the 35 cents fee dicated not alone because they
tions are developed by the author involved. A second change by the want to escape from anxiety, nor
into a powerful and deeply stirring same person is permitted only in surrender to destiny, nor out of
novel. The book will he co-pub- after lapse of seven years, unless disenchantment and disillusion-
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The second award winner, by ond thoughts. The records show fillment. As Dr. Suchar said, there
Arthur Hertzberg, is titled "The that one Ephraim Cohen overnight are enough men and women of real
French Enlightenment and the became Elvis Presley. Three months moral stamina who can be counted
Jews", which merited the Amram later he was back at the office, on to hold the line despite all
Award and will be co-published begging to become Ephraim Cohen discounragement. The problem is
with Columbia University Press. again. His neighbors were making how to reach out
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Dealing with the 17th Century prob- life miserable for him.
A request from a devotee of mod-
A WEAK LINK
lem of whether an "emancipated"
With. Israel facing an economic
Jew could find a place in the larger ern dance to become Oliver Twist
dislocation, attention again is
society, the book has great mean- was rejected.
It is likely that the present law focusing in orthodox Jewish circles
ing for the modern American Jew.
Other books by distinguished will be 'tightened up considerably, on the problem of missionary
authors in the 1967 list include especially to prevent name-chang- schools.
According to government
Volume II of "The Rise and Fall ing by those seeking to hide from
WITH A MASSAGE
sources, the missionary schools
of the Judaean State" by Solomon the law—or from creditors.
So many thousands of Israelis have a registration of about 1400
Our masseurs never rub you the wrong wayl They give you
Zeitlin; Volumes XI and XII of "A
sheer, soothing pleasure. Highly trained, thoroughly expe-
Social and Religious History of the have legitimately changed their Jewish children, 300 of them of
names, however, that one wit has mixed marriages. However, ortho-
rienced, they're rated the best in town.
Jews" by Salo W. Baron; "For-
proposed the publication of a vol- dox circles maintain the figure is
ward From Exile: The Autobiogra-
ume, alongside the Israeli Who's closer to 3,000. In Jaffa alone
phy of Shmarya Levin" by Maurice
Who. to be known as "Who Was missionary schools are said to hold
Samuel; a reprint of "The Treatise
900 Jewish children.
Ta'Anit of the Babylonian Talmud"
In the past 10 years some 2,500
in Hebrew and English, by Henry
Mailer; "American Jewish Year `Berlin Diary' Out This Week children have been taken out from
Now, when the world is debating those schools by Jewish organiza-
Book, 1967, Volume 68" edited by
Morris Fine and Milton Himmel- whether or not recent elections in tions, but with the economic situa-
farb, co-published with The Ameri- Germany indicate Nazism is on its tion being what it is, it is feared
can Jewish Committee; "The Jews way back, "Berlin_Diary" by Wil- the trend t ow a r d missionary
of Czechoslovakia" with essays by liam L. Shiner — a famous best schools may mount, particularly in
a number of outstanding authors; seller that records hour-by-hour, homes where the parents are feel-
"The Well" a novel by Chaim day-by-day, the hell that was Hit- ing the heavy pinch of unemploy-
Grade, translated from the Yid- ler's Germany will be published ment. The missionaries currently
are said to hold out to such par-
dish by Ruth Wisse; "In the Court- Tuesday by Popular Library.
Weight problem? Knock off the pounds with a wide variety
"Berlin Diary" was described by ents the possibility of emigrating
yards of Jerusalem" by Chaim
of automatic and manual equipment. Set your own pace
Brandwein, translated from the Quentin Reynolds as "the flesh and to France, Canada and South
• • the exercise room Is available at all times.
Hebrew by Hillel Halkin; and
And that's not all. Bask in the sun room. Snooze In the
"Cast A Giant Shadow" by Ted
The first entry in "Berlin Diary" schools have been maintaining
slumber lounge. Wrap yourself in a sheet and relax in the
Berkman, which is No. 20 in the
club lounge with its soft, reclining chairs, game tables,
CoVenant Series of inspirational is Jan. 11, 1934, when the author, that no attempts are being made
magazine library. and color 1V . . . and its complete
biographies for children aged 11 to an American journalist, was vaca- to inculcate the Jewish children
restaurant, offering everything from snacks to sumptuous
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the world which devotes its sole America. Between these two dates trary.
Religious Jews in Israel are con-
efforts to the publication of books he describes his experiences in
of Jewish content in the English Germany before the war broke out, cerned over the development, but
language. Founded in 1888, it has and during its first year and a half, the people in Israel generally are
published more than 600 books for during which time he reported
laymen and scholars, for children Nazi activities for Hearst's Uni- problem. It is their feeling that
and adults. Distribution has ex- versal News Service, and broad- Jews who would send their chil-
dren to missionary schools, utiliz-
ceeded 6,000,000 copies through a cast reports for CBS.
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