THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
30—Friday, March 17, 1967
Panic vs. Logic: Bigotry Reaps
Harvest, Overshadowing Reality
Gifts to Beth Isaac Help Synagogue Recover from Fire
Cong. Beth Isaac of Trenton. re-
couping from the act of arson that
destroyed the sanctuary two weeks
ago, has received further expres-
sions of support from many sources.
Stanley Ellias, a spokesman for
the congregation, said that one of
the most warm-hearted donors to
date has been Irving I. Katz of
Temple Beth El — "a regular Yid-
dish Santa Clau•."
Katz called Ellias to find out
what he personally could do to
help, and immediately arranged for
a duplicator, an electric typewriter
and a copier for use or ownership
of the congregation. He then turned
around, and from his own pocket,
sent a check for $50 for the Tren-
ton ministers' fund and 200 books
of Judaism •.for the synagogue
The original ministers-laymen's
fund, which had . a three-pronged
goal of raising funds for the
rehabilitation of the synagogue,
apprehension of the arsonist and
his rehabilitation, has been dis-
continued after contributing
$1,700 to the synagogue. The De-
troit Council of Bnai Brith con-
tinues to coordinate a fluid, and
the synagogue is raising money
among its own members to pay
off what was not covered by in-
surance. (Insurance paid for 80
per cent of the more than $10,000
After a letter was sent out to
all lodges, synagogues and Hebrew
schools, some gifts of money and
books were received by Bnai Brith.
Beth Aaron Synagogue contributed
45 books, adding to Katz's 200 from
his own library. Downtown Fox and
Zieger lodges contributed $25 each
to the campaign. Don Frankel and
Morgenthau lodges had given ear-
lier on their own. In addition, mem-
bers have sent individual gifts:
The Bnai Brith Council, 19951
Livernois, is still appealing for
books, which it will store and cata-
logue before delivery to Trenton.
For information, call the office,
The ministers of Trenton are
raising among themselves enough
funds to replace the prayerbooks
destroyed in the fire.
The city of Trenton offered a
$1,000 reward and the Detroit
News a $5,000 reward for informa-
tion leading to the capture of the
Meanwhile, Trenton police are
planning to question a 16-year-
old Trenton youth in connection
with the case today. Lt. Don Har-
rison of the police department
said the boy failed a series of
lie-detector tests at the Redford
State Police post Tuesday.
However, such evidence is not
- admissible in court, he said. The
boy has had previous contacts
with the police.
Must it be a pogrom for a community or a country to
recognize the dangers of anti-Sentimism?
Did it call for the desecration of a synagogue for people
in our midst to realize that the hoary hatred of the Jews
It seems as if it became necessary for the tragic occur-
rence in Trenton to awaken the conscience of the larger Mich-
igan community to an existing situation, to a recurring danger
stemming from bigotry.
If it were not for the circumstance of the burning of the
inside of a synagogue, of the desecration of Toras, of the pro-
faning of sacred objects and the treatment of prayerbooks like
garbage, the spread of anti-Semitic literature and the
swastika-daubing craze would be ignored to this very day.
But there was an outraged desecration and that awakened
many people, including one of our newspapers which offered
two prizes. One of them is applicable—that $5,000 award
for the burning of the synagogue. The o,ther, a $1,000 offer
for the apprehension of distributors of anti-Semitic litera-
ture, is laughable. Every novice knows that you can't stop Jewish Consumptive Relief Society
even the most deluded of bigots from distributing literature
containing his views. For many years the type of literature Has New Name, Same Objectives
that was found in Trenton and elsewhere after the synagogue
Whatever became of the Jewish discharged, patients another hos-
burning has been distributed without curtailment. But now
a newspaper has awakened, there is much sound and fury Consumptives' Relief Society ? pital would have called hopeless.
The principles on which the
(meaning very little!) and one would imagine that a new That's a question often heard, and
an article in Family Circle mag- JCRS . was founded are timeless:
wave of liberalism had engulfed our land!
azine has the answer: the Jewish
unlimited care to all who
The truth is: there has been no end to the distribution Consumptives Relief Society has free,
seek it without regard to race,
of anti-Semitic pamphlets and we have consistently and con- fulfilled its promise of greatness color,
or creed—an open door to
stantly called attention to the facts. Three years ago we and is now the American Medical treatment that has brought life
made known the spread of propaganda that included that vile Center at Denver.
to thousands. It is these princi-
The hospital started by _Jews ples that guarantee that the JCRS-
lie based on the ritual murder charge—a charge that has
brought shame to churchmen! But there was general silence! in 1904 and supported by them AMC can only progress—that an-
14500 W. 7 MILE
("nonsectarian", said Harry Tru- swers the question—Whatever be-
It required the burning of a synagogue to draw attention to man,
"only in its care, not in its came of the Jewish Consumptives'
the crime and the curse of anti-Semitism!
support"), is still going strong, Relief Society?
A prize for the apprehension of a distributor of anti- f i g h t in g cancer on all fronts
Semitic literature is not applicable because the youngsters through free, unlimited treatment
responsible can not be deprived of the rights to people's and through basic, basic-clinical,
views guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. What needs to be and clinical cancer research.
Although the name has chang-
done is to get to the root of the occurrences, to learn how
ed, the American Center at Den-
the youngsters have secured the texts for their hate sheets: ver
on all its letterhead
were they penned by their parents?_ Isn't it possible that the and keeps
publication the legend —
parents are the guilty?
"Founded as the Jewish Con-
There is no sense fooling ourselves: the lunatic fringe,
sumptives' Relief Society in
whose actions now are shocking people of all faiths, is not
a prank-seeking group: it has inherited hatred and puts
The Jewish Consumptives'
it into practice.
Relief Society is a part of our
We even hesitate to suggest education, because many history, from the "pushkies"
so-called educated people have been in the ranks of anti- filled with coins, to the teas and
10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
dinners given by Jewish mothers to
help the poor consumptives.
And since we can't legislate against bigotry we must,
As the threat of tuberculosis
at least, expose the haters to ridicule. If that had been was reduced, the board of the
• LEATHER GOODS
done consistently during the years when we warned that JCRS decided to devote the hos-
• BEADED PURSES
• KITCHEN APPLIANCES
there was widespread swastika painting on synagogue, public pital's facilities to combating the
• AND HUNDREDS OF ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION
and private buildings; when we revealed that hate literature new giant that threatens American
is sent through the mails and distributed by hand in the life—cancer.
It was then, too, that the hos-
millions of copies, perhaps the stupid guilty would have been
put to shame. But it hasn't been done. It took the burning pital's name was changed to in-
that it was no longer ex-
of a synagoaue to arouse much lip service to human decency. dicate
clusively concerned with tuber-
The unfortunate result of award-offering, of misrepre- culosis
though its chest disease
SPECIAL FOR THE FIRST TIME . . .
sentation. is that it causes panic. Let's be logical and recog- division is still actively main-
This year nationally advertised 1967 brand new merchandise such as:
nize realities. The bigots are here and they are subject to tained.
Timex Watches, Pansonic AM-FM Radios and TV's, toastmasters,
cameras, etc. at wholesale or below.
prosecution only if those who destroy property can be dis-
Since 1954, the AMC-JCRS has
covered. Otherwise the need is for emphasis on adherence made many advances. Today it
to the basic American ideals of fair play and recognition of is one of the foremost cancer
the equality of men. But that can't be done by overlook- centers in the U. S.
A recent report from the
ing or ignoring the hate-mongers before they destroy property.
Cancer Institute indi-
Get to the roots! Learn what churches and parents are
that in the past 20 years,
The Jewish Women of Detroit
teaching! Strike at the heart of the problem—without panic. cated
scientist have tested over 220,-
are invited to the
Else the lack of realism will lead us nowhere.
000 different compounds looking
for effective anti-cancer agents,
M OR R AT
BU I C K
Young Israel Annual .
Warsaw Ghetto's 24th. Anniversary
to Be Given Nationwide Obsrvance
NEW YORK—The 24th anniver-
sary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
will be commemorated on a na-
tional scale 2 p.m. May 7 with a
huge open air rally in Times
Square under the auspices of the
• Zionist Organization of America, in
co-sponsorship with 40 national
and metropolitan Jewish organiza-
tions, including religious bodies
representing the three branches of
Abram Salomon, national ZOA
chairman for special events and
president of the Manhattan Zionist
Region, has been elected chairman
of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising An-
niversary Committee, consisting of
representatives of all co-sponsor-
The anniversary observance this
year coincides with the Hebrew
date of the 27th day of Nisson pro-
claimed the annual Day of Remem-
brance for the ghetto fighters and
the Six Million Jews massacred by
In keeping with the tradition of
past years, Times Square will be
renamed Warsaw Ghetto Square
for the day.
Romanian Zionist Leader
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Leon Miz-
rahi, former president of the Zion-
ist Federation of Romania, died
Tuesday night at Beilinson Hospi-
tal here. He was 68.
and have found less than two
dozen such agents. One of them,
a synthetic hormone called med-
roxyprogesterone acetate was
perfected by scientists at the
American Medical Center, and
is today, the most effective treat-
ment known for advanced breast
In terms of patient care, its re-
sults are also beyond the ordinary.
Twenty-five per cent of patients in
the later stages of cancer are
of American Women for Bar-Ilan University
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 12:30 P.M.
the Jewish Community Center, Curtis at Meyers
Dr. Gerald Rosenbaum
Professor of Psychology,
Wayne State University
Subject: "The Role of a
University in a New State"
U. S. Renews Contract
With Technion Institute
HAIFA, (JTA) The United
States Air Force has renewed for
an additional year its research
contract with the Technion-Israel
Institute of Technology, it was an-
nounced here Monday for a two-
day visit during which he will meet
with Prime Minister Levi Eshkol
and other members of the cabinet
and will tour the country.
Battle is former United States
Ambassaddr' to' Egypt.
Entertainment: "Make a
-Joyful Noise ...," performed
by Jewish Community
Center's Festival Dancers'
Harriet Berg, choreographer;
music, Leonard Bernstein's
Report on Bar-Man's progress
by Mrs. Max Stollman
Dr. Gerald Rosenbaum