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March 03, 1967 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-03-03

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Friday, March 3, 1967-13

No Conflict of Ideologies Remains Between Reform
Rabbis and Zionism, Says Rabbi Solomon Freehof

NEW YORK (JTA) — Declaring
that the Reform rabbinate today
holds "a strong conviction in favor
of Jewish nationalism in Israel,
plus an equally strong conviction
in favor of a religious definition of
Jewry in the Western world,"
Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof of Pitts-
burgh said here. There is no real
conflict today between so-called
classical Reform and classical Her-
zlain Zionism.
The former president of both
the Central Confernece of Ameri-
can Rabbis and the World Union
for Progressive Judaism made this
point in delivering the annual
Abba Hillel Silver Memorial Lec-
ture at the Herzl Institute in New

Cong. Beth Shalom will sponsor
a Purim dinner-dance on behalf
of Israel Bonds March 26, it was
announced by Frank Nelson, presi-
dent of the congregation and chair-
man of the affair, to be held in the
social hall.
On the occasion of Israel's Hai
Year, Gen. Ariel Sharon, Israel's
new director of r "
military training,
will be guest
speaker. He came
to his new post
after serving as
chief of staff of
t h e Northern
Command since
1964 and prior to
that as comman-
der of the Armor-
ed Corps. Nelson
In Israel's War of Indepen-
dence, Gen. Sharon distinguished
himself in the struggle to lift the
siege of Jerusalem. He headed the
Paratroops Corps during the SInai
Campaign and was twice wounded
in combat.
Jewish humorist Lew Norman
will be the guest star.
Rabbi Mordecai S. Halpern and
Cantor Ruben Erlbaum of Beth
Shalom will participate in the pro-
gram. Eric. Rosenow and his Con-
tinentals will provide the music
for dancing. A cocktail reception
will precede the dinner-dance.
For reservations, call the con-
gregation, LI 7-7970, or Israel
Bonds, DI 1-5707.

Isidore Sosnick Heads
Ezras Achim 25 Years

For the 25th consecutive year,
Isidore Sosnick was elected presi-
dent of Cong. Ezras Achim.
Also elected were Jacob Bobrin
and Hy-man Kro-
witz, vice presi-
dents; Jacob Zel-
des, financial see.
retary; Nathan
Korby, treasurer;
Julius Honeyman,
elder; Louis Ra-
binowitz, record-
ing secretary,
and William Kel-
ler, building man-
ager. On the Sosnick
board of directors. are Nathan
Samet, Joe Berman, Ben Grant,
Charles Ablecop, Harry Sonkin,
Paul Brickner, Joe Chosid, Abra-
ham Richman, Nathan Korby, Max
Schneider, Harry Mandell, Alec
Bear, Jacob, Nosanhcuk and Ely
Sosnick is also honorary presi-
dent of the 'Forayer Aid Society, a
founder of the Jewish Community
Council, an honorary president of
the Detroit Landsmanshaften Coun-
cil and treasurer of the Hebrew
Benevolent Society for the second
term. In 1960, he was appointed to
the national executive committee of
the Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi
Organization of Detroit.



NEW YORK (JTA) — Author
and commentator Maurice Samuel
suggested Sunday that the Jewish
community quit chasing after its
"alienated intellectuals." He re-
jected any concerns that an active
and literate Jewish survival is
threatened by their loss.

Addressing the Bnai Brith com-
mission on adult Jewish education,
which honored him with its Jewish
Heritage Award "for excellence in
Jewish literature," Samuel said
that the greater problem for the
Jewish communty is "how to get
rid of alienated intellectuals who
insist on hanging around and giving
us the benefit of their alienation."
He decried the pleas for their
return to Jewish life as "failing to
understand that alienation is their

Jewish stock-in-trade."
His criticism was particularly
directed at writers whose books
portraying Jewish life "contribute
to the large fund of public misin-
formation on the subject.'
The '72-year-old man of letters,
author of the current and highly
acclaimed "Blood Accusation"
and 21 other books, was awarded
Bnai Brith's $1,000 prize for
"positive ,contributions to con-
temporary literature by his
authentic interpretation of Jew-
ish life and values."
The award was presented to
Samuel by the Israeli author and
journalist Elie Wiesel, last year's
winner. Other speakers were
publisher Alfred A. Knopf, writer
and critic Mark Van Doren and


Jazz musician Jack Brokensha
thumped the vibes to a real cool
Kiddush; and tenor Cantor Har-
old Orbach belted out a big beat
Adon Olam—all in the name of
religion and art—Sunday evening
at Temple Israel.
It was "Synagogue Sounds of the
Sixties," and while the audience
voiced mixed f e e l i n g s as to
whether the Sounds belonged in
the Synagogue, their standing ova-
tion made it clear they would have
applauded the sounds anywhere,
There was a full house for the
triple-threat family concert, in-
cluding, besides Charles Davidson's
"service in the jazz idiom," the
choreographed "Chichester
Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein and
a new ballad, "Noah," by Edward
The "Psalms," danced by Har-
riet Berg's Festival Dancers of
the Jewish Center, falls back
upon an ancient form of prayer
worship. Miriam and the daugh-
ters of Israel danced before the
Lord long before the word
"bima" existed. If done in good
taste, praising God in such fash-
ion could be effective. Unfor-
tunately, the lighting was bad,
and the bima too crowded with
child dancers.
"Noah,—A Ballad for Today,"
was much easier on the ear—
Cantor Orbach, the Youth for
Understanding Alumni Choir and
narrator Hal Youngblood present-
ing the biblical tale in a modern
manner both pleasurable and
meaningful in the synagogue en-
However, the program dessert
(Cantor Orbach referred to it as
"the piece that will probably get
the most resistance") was David-
son's jazz service, "And David
Danced Before the Lord," a series
of Sabbath songs and prayers that
literally swung through all the
ranges of rhythm and blues.
No one seemed ready to question
the incomparable talents of Jack
Brokensha and his jazz combo or
even the rich tenor of Cantor
Orbach. Even Glenn Miller would
have enjoyed "Ahavat Olam,"
more reminiscent of "Sentimental
J o u r n e y" than its traditional
prayer style. "L'cha Dodi" had the
audience foot tapping from the
start, and while they didn't rise,
as is customary, for the "Alenu,"
it wasn't because the double bass
and drums weren't doing their
As for "Kiddush" and "Adon
Olam"—They had all the pizzazz of
Basin Street.

Beth El Plans Unveiled
for 'Le Bal Masque'

Temple Beth El's Married Group
will present its "Le Bal Masque"
at the Furniture Club of Detroit
8 p.m. March 18. A champagne
hour will precede dinner, and
dancing will follow.
There will be an award for the
best mask. Dress is black-tie op-
Tables may be reserved for 10
persons. For reservations, call
Mrs. David Kahrnoff, 545-3329, or
Mrs. Arthur Rosenstein, 548-5129,
before Wednesday.

What is to be questioned,
however, is Cantor Orbach's rea-
soning: that a man who loves
both God and jazz can bring
the two of them under one roof.
The audience was in a mood to
be entertained, not to worship.
They applauded after "Sh'ma
Yisrael" and "Alenu" as they
would after a pleasant round at
the piano bar.
Charles Davidson is a gifted
composer, and Jack Brokensha is
an eminent jazz musician. But one
would think that the very imagin-
ative and talented Cantor Orbach's
primary occupation is keeping the
faith, baby, not giving jazz con-
certs before the ark of the Lord.

Meyer W. Weisgal, president of the
Weizmann Institute, who lauded
Samuel as a Jewish writer "who
stayed close to the source."


Bon and Blessings at Temple

Purim Dinner-Dance
Set by Beth Shalom

7 az

Both he and Dr. David Seligson,
rabbi of Central Synagogue, New
York, who presided, paid tribute
to Dr. Silver, as did Dr. Emanuel
Neumann, chairman of the Theo-
dor Herzl Foundation, who also
Reviewing the history of the
more than 5-year conflict of ideo-
logies between the religious-orient-
ed Reform rabbinate and the "sec-
ular nationalism" of the Zionist
movement which gradually dimin-
ished in the years just prior to the
establishment of Israel, D. Freeh-
of paid tribute to the "national
healing power" of Judaism and

Samuel Suggests Community Shun Alien Intellectual

Most Modern Equipment
Sinks and Drains, Underground
Sprinklers repaired.


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