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April 14, 1967 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-04-14

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THE DETROIT JEWISH

14—Friday, April 14, 1967

NEWS

Chaplain Back From Vietnam Hails
1Ioral Strength of `Mod' Generation

NEW YORK — Capt. Alan
(:i censpan, 25-year-old Jewish
chaplain just back from a year in
Vietnam, can't understand home-
front talk about "alienated youth."
In an interview at Yeshiva Uni.
ersity. he urged adults to consider
iv, 0 seemingly contradictory points
first, that "our boys in Vietnam

Catholic College Staffs
to Explore Jews' Identity

NEW YORK (JTA) — Faculty

members of nine Catholic colleges

and seminaries will explore "The
Making and Identity of the Ameri-
can Jew" at the first study insti-
tute on the subject undertaken by
a regional group of Catholic in-
--tititions of higher learning.
For three days—Sunday through
Tuesday --- representative faculty
the nine schools, all in
WI
‘Vestchester, will meet under
the auspices of the institutions and
the Anti•Defamation League of
Huai Brith to hear .Jewish and
Catholic historians and clergymen
probe the American Jew and the
explicit
backgrounds which have

molded him. Mentors of .the litera-
ture, philosophy.. economics, his-
tory. political science. sociology.
religion and Bible faculties are ex-
pected to attend.

Bus Service Continues
Despite Strike in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Two thou-
sand drivers working for the two
public bus cooperatives here went ,
on strike last week when the co-
operatives refused to grant the

men an 8 per cent wage increase
%%hich they had demanded. The

strike has not been approved by •

the Ilistadrut, Israel's federation
of labor.

Despite the walk-out, bus service,
both in this city an:l on inter-'
urban lines, was running smooth-
ly. the cooperatives reported. The
vehicles were being run by officers
and supervisory members of the
cooperatives as well as by some
pensioned drivers who had been
called back to work.
All bus schedules on the two
lines were maintained.

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Passover Zionist
Thoughts, Echoes

By WILLIAM R. BLUMENTHAL
Zionism and Passover go togeth-
er like matzo and Hagada, like
springtime and redemption. On
Passover, more than on any other
holiday, we ask questions. Let us
ask a question not in the Hagada
even though the answer is there.
Who was the first Zionist? Abra-
ham? Moses? (take a leap of 3500
years) Pinsker? Herzl? You could
even say that God was the first
Zionist! For did He not call to
Abram to "Get thee out of thy
country . . . unto the land that I
will show thee." And Ile showed
him Moriah, Beersheba—Zion!

are behaving magnificently under
pressure and under fire:" and sec-
ondly, that they are members of
the same "mod" generation fre-
quently characterized as irrespons-
ible, immature and amoral.
"It seems clear to me," he said,
"that the situation makes the man
— in this generation as in any
other. When they are faced with
a real rather than theoretical sit-
uation they respond like the men
they are."

Describing morale as "excel-
lent," Cant. Greenspan said "our
soldiers believe they are in
Vietnam for good reasons, and
those who come to chaplains for
guidance usually are depressed
by loneliness and family prob-
lems, not by political or moral
objections to the war as such."
The youthful chaplain joined the
Army in 1962. not expecting to
stay beyond his normal tour of
duty. But because of the "gratifi-
cations" of the chaplaincy, he has
decided to make the military his
career. His current assignment is
at Ft. Dix, N.J.
In Vietnam, he made over 300
flights totaling more than 100
hours as he traveled back and
fourth to 14 widely separated posts
to service Jewish troops "with as
much frequency as possible."
There are approximately 2,000
Jewish soldiers there.

Moses is mentioned but once in
the Hagada, and at that indirectly
—Moses, the first great emanci-
pator of slaves whom he wrought
into a free people. saw the Prom-
ised Land from afar but could not
enter it.
Dr. Judah Loeb Pinsker, nearly
a generation before Herzl, in his
"Auto-Emancipation," advocated a
return to national consciousness
and territorial independence for
Jewish self-redemption, led the
"Lovers of Zion" in the 1880s.
Theodor Herzl, father of modern
political Zionism, stated that the
return of the Jewish people to
Judaism was essential to the re-
turn to Zion.

The word Zionism was not coined
until 1886 and only attained cur-
rency by 1896 when Herzl wrote
"The Jewish State." The obverse
of the coin was Jewish cultural
Israelis Sentenced
peoplehood urged by Ahad Ha-am,
in Zambian Sabotage the reverse of the coin was the es-
TEL AVIV (.JTA) — Two Is- tablishment of the State of Israel.
That is now a reality. The other
raelis who were involved in the
bizarre international plot to blow side of the Zionist ideal is the
up a bridge in Zambia were given awakening of the Jewish people—
jail sentences Sunday for failing Jewish peoplehood. Jewish unity
to inform the authorities of their in its diversity is still a vision and
an even greater task than rebuild-
knowledge of the scheme.
ing the land.
Violet Elliot, the wife of an
The oldest parts of our Hagada
American. Jay Elliot, who master-
minded the plot, was given a one- are biblical and talmudical, the
year jail term; and her would-be newest, the Had Gadya, late me-
brother-in-law, former Israeli Air dieval. Our Hagada covers nearly
Force Major Ephraim Ronen, was 3,000 years of our people's anthol-
sentenced to three months impri- ogy. Let us add a few anniversa-
sonment. Both Mrs. Elliot and ries for this year: 70 years since
Ronen were acquitted along with the first Zionist Congress called
another Israeli, Raphael Tzorani, by Herzl; 50 years since the Bal-
of actual participation in the plot. four Declaration, pledging Great
Last week, another defendant, Britain's assistance in providing a
Benjamin Edoth, who admitted the home for the Jewish people in
charges, was sentenced to six Palestine; 20 years since the ad-
months in jail after testifying for mission of the State of Israel into
the prosecution. Edoth was identi- the United Nations.
The Hagada is the epic of the
fied as the demolition expert in-
entire House of Israel.
volved in the plot.
Jay Elliot himself was arrested
in New York as the key figure in Argentine Jews Present
the international plot.
Tora to Paraguayans

The arrests of the Israelis
followed the disclosure last No-
vember that the Israeli Security
Services had tipped off the
United States and Zambia about
the plot. The bridge is vital to
the transport of Zambian cop-
per, and its destruction would
have seriously affected the world
supply of the metal.

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The
Argentine Federation of Jewish
Communities presented a Tora
scroll to the Jewish community of
Asuncion, Paraguay, where a fire
recently destroyed all the syna-
gogue's Tora scrolls.

In a solemn ceremony here,
Hirsch Triwaks, secretary of the
Argentine Jewish Federation, and
Rabbi Shlome Benhamu of Buenos
Aires, personally handed over the
scroll to Dr. Isaac Segla, leader
of the Asuncion Jewish commun-

Edoth testified at his trial here
that "our object was to blow up the
bridge with the intention of mak-
ing money — in which everybody
was interested."
Edoth also recounted his meet-
ings with Elliott. Elliott, a
traveling representative of the
Freidrich Zoellner Corp., a New
York metals firm associated with
a West German company, and
Rolf Duenbier, a Zoellner vice pre-
sident, were arraigned in New
York last year on charges of hav-
ing conspired in the United States

ity.

The Argentine Jewish leaders
described the presentation as a

symbol of the federation's soli-
darity with all other Jewish com-
munities in Latin America.

ROGER L. STEVENS, chairman
of the rational Endowment for the
Arts, will present Brandeis Uni-
versity's 1967 creative arts awards
to injure or destroy property in a at the 11th annual awards cere-
mony
in New York on Sunday.
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