10—Friday, March 3, 1967
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
AJCommittee Expands Education Work in Brazil
NEW YORK (JTA) — T h e one of the oldest Jewish communi-
American Jewish Committee's Com_ ties in the Western hemisphere.
munity Service, which carries on "Every Jewish child in Recife was
he had intoned some Psalms in here since the Jews were expelled Jewish educational and cultural involved through his Hebrew
H e b r e w, other verses were from Spain in 1492. He noted how- programs, has been expanded in school, and most of the other mem-
chanted in Latin and Spanish by ever, that, at last, men and ideas Brazil in response to requests for hers of the community attended
the Rev. jest's Alvarez, pastor had emerged, permitting "a recon- assistance from Brazilian Jewish the presentations at the Jewish
Center and Bnai Brith headquar-
ciliation, a new attitude, a rectifi- communities,
of Santa Rita.
According to a report from the ters," the report said.
The cantor, wearing a black cation of the relations that have
In Salvador, on the northeast
yarmulke, was accompanied by a prevailed between us during cen- AJC's Latin American office, pro_
grams were launched in coopera- coast of Brazil, the program was
small choir of Jewish youths. Also turies and millenia."
Father Alvarez delivered the tion with Jewish leaders in three repeated with equal success.
participating in the services were
Samuel Toledano, a vice-president sermon on behalf of the Augustin such communities. In Belo Hori-
IF YOU TURN THE
of the Madrid synagogue, and the community. Recalling that he had zonte. 600 miles north of Rio de
Rev. Candelas Moriones, provin- shared the Passover seder with I Janeiro, a series of audio-visual
Jewish friends, he said "Now they programs consisting of film-strips
cial of the Augustin order.
with lectures on Judaica were
UPSIDE DOWN YOU WON'T
Mazin, in his sermon, referred came to be with us."
FIND A FINER WINE THAN
to the "innumerable, historic vicis- He deplored anti-Semitism and shown. The programs were given
situdes, many of them sad and the evils it had wrought, declaring in Jewish schools and the local
grave for both sides," which had that "both the anti-Semitism of the Bnai Brith lodge.
beset the religious life of Spain, Christians and the anti-Christian-
A similar program was presented
thus pointing to the centuries-old ism of Jews were an insult to during a three-day series in Recife,
Milan Wineries, Detroit, Mich.
rift between Catholics and Jews God."
in Brazil's northeast, home of
Jews, Christians Hold Joint Service in Spanish Church
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
MADRID — Max Mazin, presi-
dent of the Madrid Jewish commu-
nity, preached a sermon here
Tuesday from the lectern in a
Catholic church, after a Jewish
cantor and a priest had alternated
in intoning verses from Psalms, I
accompanied by the organ in the
vast Church of San Rita.
For the first time in history,
Jews and Catholics participated in
what they called a "Judeo-Chris-
tian paraliturgy," a service in
which the Jewish and Catholic
liturgies were recited in parallel
versions to illustrate the spirit of
The event was conducted before
a crowded congregation of about
2,000 persons, with the first two
rows of pews reserved for "the
Jewish brethren." The occasion
had been organized by the Jewish-
Christian Friendship Society of
Madrid, of which Mazin and the
Rev. Vincente Serrano, a young
Augustin priest, are the co-chair-
The Psalms were recited by
Simon A m a r, a 38-year-old
Moroccan Jew who is the cantor
of the Madrid synagogue. After
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Jewish Groups Urge
Senate OK Consular
Pact With Soviet Union
WASHINGTON (JTA)—A num-
ber of Jewish organizations urged
the Senate Foreign Relations Com-
mittee to approve the pending
American-Soviet consular treaty.
Bnai Brith expressed support for
ratification of the treaty "as a
constructive step in advancing the
cause of peace and mutual under-
standing." In a letter to chairman
J. W. Fulbright, Bnai Brith presi-
dent William A. Wexler said his
organization views ratification as
a means of broadening cooperation
and reducing tension. He added
that the treaty might promote "the
reforging of cultural and religious
links between Jews in the West
and their coreligionists in the So-
Another statement in support of
the treaty was made by Rabbi
Richard G. Hirsch, director of the
Religious Action Center of the
Union of American Hebrew Con-
"In addition to our concern as
American citizens in easing cold
war tensions," Rabbi Hirsch told
the committee, "we have a special
interest as Jews. The American
Jewish community has been en-
couraging tourism to Russia as a
means of establishing personal
contact with our Jewish brethren
there. The existance of additional
American consulates would facili-
tate the travels of American citi-
zens and enable us to have closer
rapport with fellow Jews who are
very much in need of spiritual suc-
cor and moral support."
The American Jewish Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry and the
American Jewish Congress Tues-
day announced that each of them
appealed to Sen. Fulbright urging
The American Jewish Congress
endorsed the proposed U.S.-Soviet
consular treaty as a matter of
"national self-interest" and as a
test of Russian pledges to permit
Jews to emigrate.
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German Shot Crossing
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
TEL AVIV—Christian Koeniger,
a 25-year-old West German na-
tional who had been staying in
Eilat for the past six months, was
shot to death by Jordanians Tues-
day night when he apparently at-
tempted to cross into Aqaba.
An examination of Koeniger's
body, which was handed over by
the Jordanians this morning to
Israeli police, showed that many
bullet holes had penetrated his
chest. The Jordanians apparently
opened fire when Koeniger failed
to reply to . their . challenge. The
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