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April 14, 1967 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-04-14

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LONDON (JTA)—A Columbia Broadcasting Corporation television team failed to obtain permission
from Soviet authorities to photograph the baking of matzot in Moscow, it was reported from the Soviet
capital. The television crew was told by the Soviet officials that while they themselves had no objection, the
leaders of the Jewish religious community would be opposed. A second attempt by the CBS crew to get
approval also failed.
Observers here expressed the view that the Jews had been given a hint tcrrefuse such permission because
the Soviets did not want to appear to be banning normal press coverage of an event totally unconnected with any
question of security. It was suggested that conditions for matzo baking in Moscow are so poor and primitive
that the Soviet officials were loath to let them be shown on television in the West.

USSR Bans Matzo
Baking Photographs


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The Kinship We
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Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The - Detroit Jewish Chronicle

LI , No. 4

17100 W. 7 Mile Rd.—VE 8-9364—Detroit 48235—April 14, 1967

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Syria Resumes Attack on Israel;
`Do-Not-Be-Silent Chair',
`Matzo of Hope' Prayer:

Links With USSR Jewry

The Hagada's injunction to "Let my people gol",

read at every Passover seder around the world, will
again have particular significance for lovers of freedom
as local and national organizations draw attention to

the plight of Soviet Jewry.
Detroit's Jewish Community Council, in cooperation
with the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry,
is distributing several thousand copies of a prayer,
"This Is the Matzo of Hope." It is also providing
petitions to individuals and organizations who seek to
add their voice to the protests against Soviet policy.
The petition notes that "the undersigned, out of
our dedication to the universal moral principles of
justice, brotherhood and religious freedom, join other
Americans in expressing our grave concern." It ap-
peals to Soviet authorities to grant Jews the equality
to which they are entitled under the Soviet constitution,
allow unrestricted worship, permit manufacture and
importation of Hebrew prayer books and other ritual
objects, reopen Jewish cultural institutions, allow sep-
arated families to be reunited in other lands and eradi-
cate every vestige of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.

The circulation of petitions will culminate with a
midnight vigil 11:30 p.m. April 29 at the Jewish Center,
in which organization members of the Community
Council and other interested groups and individuals,
among them many youth groups, will take part.
These organizations, including synagogues, have
been urged to reprint the Matzo of Hope prayer, re-
named from the "Matzo of Oppression" of last year,
and to circulate it among their members. A quarter-

million copies of the seder prayer are being distributed

by the American Jewish Conference.

The conference, an association of 25 national
American Jewish organizations seeking the elimination
of the wrongs inflicted on Russian Jews by the Soviet
government, asks that this statement be read by the
leader of the seder service when distributing the matzo.
He lifts a matzo. sets it aside and says:

"This matzo. which we set aside as a symbol of
hope for the 3,000,000 Jews of the Soviet Union, re-
minds us of the indestructible link between us.
"As we observe this festival of freedom, we know
that Soviet Jews are not free to learn of their Jewish
past, to hand it down to their children. They cannot
learn the languages of their fathers. They cannot teach
their' children to be the teachers, the rabbis of future
"They can only sit in silence and become invisible.
We shall be their voice, and our voices shall be joined
by thousands of men of conscience aroused by the
wrongs suffered by Soviet Jews. Then shall they know
that they have not been forgotten, and they that sit
in darkness shall yet see a great light." .

The "Maoz" Society for Help to Soviet Jewry of Tel Aviv
has again appealed to Jewry throughout the free world to set
aside an empty chair at the seder table to symbolize anxiety
over the plight of Soviet Jewry. To add symbolism and arouse
questions by the young, Maoz has printed placards to be affixed
to the "Kess Al-Domi"—the "Do-Not-Be-Silent Chair."
The practice has been observed on a nationwide scale for
two years in Israel and in many places throughout the free
world. Maoz hopes it will become tradition, each year, to set
this extra place, until the gates of the USSR are opened for
the exodus of Soviet Jewry. Rabbis also have been asked to
Make this the topic of their sermons on Shebat Hagadol (the
Great Sabbath) before Passover.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports from Jerusalem late Tuesday revealed that Syrian
gunners again opened fire on Israeli tractors working in fields north of the Tel Katzir settle-
ment in a repetition of last Friday's escalated aggressive action, in spite of heavy losses
inflicted by Israeli planes on the Syrian infiltrators.
At the same time it became known that in spite of the withdrawal last week of the Syrian
complaint against Israel to the Israel-Syrian Mixed Armistice Commission, a complaint was filed
by Syria to the United Nations Security Council on Monday, in protest against what Syria
termed Israel's air and ground actions.
In the fighting last Friday, Israeli jets downed. six Syrian Soviet-made MIG-21 jet
The JTA report from Jerusalem Tuesday quoted an Israeli communique which stated that
at noon local time on Monday the Syrians aimed heavy mortar fire from Hirbet Tawafik on Tel
Katzir fields southeast of Lake Tiberias. The communique reported that some 30 120-milli-
meter mortar shells hit the area. No casualties were reported.

The fields which came under attack Monday are routinely cultivated by Israelis. Tractors
worked the fields Monday and early Tuesday without interference. Israeli officials said that
the target fields were not considered "disputed" but are recognized as Israeli.
In a related development, the Syrians for the first time admitted opening fire on I raeli
tractors. On the regular Damascus radio broadcast Tuesday. a Syrian spokesman said at th
Syrians had twice opened fire on Israeli tractors.

Prior to Monday's renewed shooting. Israeli farmers had resumed work in two separate
fields used for a long time by Tel Katzir settlers. Work also was under way to repair the heavy
damages—estimated at millions of pounds—
caused by Syrian artillery in a number of
Mrs. Leonard Weiner
Israeli border settlements along the Syrian
frontier. Teams of electricians, telephone re-
Heads National Council
pair men and construction workers were busy
cleaning up the debris and .repairing doors,
of Jewish Women
windows and smashed walls.
Mrs. Leonard Weiner of Huntington Woods was
One of the settlements that suffered most
elected president of the National Council of Jewish

Women at its national convention in Atlanta Wed-
nesday evening.
Mrs. Weiner, 25564 Wareham. was named to
office by 1,000 delegates to the biennial convention
of the women's educational and
service organization. She succeeds
Mrs. Joseph Willen of New York.
Another local woman, Mrs. Jer-
ome B. Grossman, 20217 Briarcliff,
was elected to the national board
of the NCJW.
Mrs. Weiner, wife of the De-
troit attorney, has long been ac-
tive in communal activities. Her
father, the late Milford Stern,
was a leader of Temple Beth El
Mrs. Weiner
and instilled in his daughter the
love of Jewish community.
Until her election as president. Mrs. Weiner
served as national vice president of the NCJW and
was a member of its executive committee. as well
as a life board member. A past president of the
NCJW's Detroit Section, she is on the steering
committees for the Orchards and Operation Friend-
ship, as well as other local activities of the Detroit
Section. She also serves as the council's liaison com-
mittee chairman to the National Foundation for
Jewish Children. For the local Custer School En-
richment Program, in- which the NCJW has taken
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destruction was Kibutz Gadot. (This kibutz
was adopted three years ago as an area for

development with the aid of funds raised by
the Jewish National Fund Women's Auxiliary
of Detroit.) Every window in every building of
the Gadot settlement was smashed. Nearly
1.800 pounds of glass had been replaced_at-
Gadot Monday by the Israeli crews at work
in liquidating the aftermath of the battle,
the JTA report stated.,

The report states that Israel has decided
to take tough measures against the penetra-
tion of Israeli pasture grounds by Syrian
shepherds who have been bringing their
flocks into Israeli territory. About 800 such
penetrations have been recorded by Israel
in the last few months.
An Israeli army officer killed in last
Friday's severe border altercation with Syria,
Second Lieutenant Yisrael Gelberson, was
buried with military honors in Haifa Mon-
day. He was one of the two Israeli casualties
in that frontier battle, and died in a hospital
here after being wounded while on duty. The
burial rites were conducted by Brig. Shlomo
Goren. chief chaplain of the armed forces.


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Allied Jewish Campaign Nears $5,000,000 Mark

Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign is expectedto reach,. the $5,000,000 mark at the next
campaign report meeting to be held Sunday morning at Sinai Hospital, Alfred L. Deutsch,
campaign chairman, predicted.
Reporting at last Friday's workers meeting at the Fred M. Butzel Memorial Building,
Deutsch said that day's total of $4,712,219 was subscribed by 14,751 pledgors.
Sunday's rally of campaign workers will be addressed by Dr. Julien Priver, executive vice

president of Sinai Hospital.
The Abraham and Anna Srere Radiotherapy Center will be dedicated at Sinai Hospital
after the Allied Jewish Campaign report meeting
(Detailed storia oa Page 10)

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