18—Friday, April 14, 1967
Views and News by Boston
Jetvish Advocate's Editor
'Hail to a Colleague'
By JOSEPH G. WEISBERG
(From Jewish Advocate of Boston, April 6, 1967
An institution is as good as its
That is why The Detroit Jewish
News, currently celebrating its 25th
under the editor.
ship of its pub-
lisher - founder.
is one of the best4:
English - Jewish'
weeklies in the
has its standouts
and Jewish jour-
nalism is no ex-
ception. Phi 1 - p
Slomovitz is an
whose expertise is
sought after by
his colleagues in
the craft and
acknowledged by Weisberg
But though he has carved his
permanent niche in the byways of
Jewish scholarship and Hebraism,
more than even for his profound
erudition and literary ability is Phil
Slomovitz tops in our personal
hook. As a close associate of his in
the activities of the American Jew-
ish Press Association since its
founding, we esteem and hail him
for his fearless championship of
the independent Jewish press.
Like the Jews themselves, who
have perennially been the scape-
goat for all manner of economic
and scoial ills, the weekly Jewish
press in this country is convenient-
ly maligned for the shortcomings
of the Jewish community itself.
Whenever such an attack occurs,
Phil Slomovitz leaps to the coun-
terfray with his articulate voice
and powerful pen. More than an
apologist, he is a debunker of stale,
The weekly Jewish press is one
of American Jewry's oldest instru-
ments. Only the Order of Bnai
Brith, as an organized unit. ex-
ceeds it in age and it is therefore
not incorrect to view the English-
Jewish newspaper as among the
most enduring symbols of Jewish
life in this country. Yet it is mis-
understood, misinterpreted a n d
abused as no other service medium
Perhaps because in many com-
munities the papers are small.
Why are they small?
Obviously because they do not
receive sufficient advertising sup-
port from organizations and firms
which do not hesitate to request
publication of their releases and
free readers, as if to infer that
these papers' subscribers are eager
to read this kind of "news" but
are not interested in reading ads.
Phil Slomovitz has been quick to
throw the spotlight on the strange
paradox of national organizations
spending very large sums of money
to flood these papers with weekly
bulletins, pictures and articles
while depriving them of advertis-
ing revenue by competing with
them for national advertising. It is,
of course, an unfair competition.
The weekly newspaper must sell
subscriptions; the national organi-
zation gives its periodical away
free to its members in the hun-
dreds of thousands. The discrepan-
cy in circulation figures cannot be
overcome. House organs certainly
have their proper place, but they
should not subsist to the weaken-
ing of the independent Jewish
newspaper which is so essential for
the preservation and determination
of Jewish life in this country.
It is because Slomovitz is so con-
vinced of the indispensability of
the independent English Jewish
press in America and committed to
Daniel Levy Maduro Peixotto, a
est in organizational activities have
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this quarter-century. The Jewish sician, was a founder of the Ameri-
News has been a source of com- can Academy of Medicine and one
munal strength by instilling an of the first presidents of the New
awareness of the crucial issues of York County Medical Society.
our time, and by mobilizing united
efforts on behalf of programs nec-
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EXPOSITION 386 PARK AVE. S., N.Y.16 [,
On behalf of Congregation
Shaarey Zedek as well as myself,
it is. therefore, a great joy to ex-
press the wish that you and your
staff continue to win achievement
by your service to the Jewish com-
munity of Metropolitan Detroit,
and your loyalty to Jewish values
May you go from strength to
strength in the years that lie
We Will Work For You
And With You
RABBI IRWIN GRONER
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
(Thank you, Rabbi Groner, and
our sincere appreciation for your
good wishes expressed before a
large Shaarey Zedek congregation.
(And our sincerest thanks to
the many scores of other rabbis,
laymen, organizations—who have
sent us congratulatory messages
during the past week).
• • •
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS personal life and episodes of inter-
its survival that he was the first to
caution against the growing trend
among Jewish community federa-
tions to take over and operate ex-
isting privately-owned pap ers.
There are at least five large com-
munities where this has already
In a salute to Slomovitz in the
silver jubilee issue of The Detroit
Jewish News, Boris Smolar, editor
of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
declares: "It has long been my con-
tention that a Jewish community
has the kind of local English-Jew-
ish newspaper it deserves. . . . To
he a good editor of a Jewish pub-
lication requires not only journal-
istic ability, but also a good Jewish
background and solid Jewish
knowledge. . . . He must under-
stand Jewish events and must fol-
low general events related to Jew-
ish interests. . . . He must there-
fore understand world events no
less than Jewish affairs and must
be well qualified to interpret them
clearly and properly to his read-
ers. . . . Phil Slomovitz possesses
all these qualifications."
We subscribe to the belief of
Phil Slomovitz that it is only when
the proper recognition is given the
independent weekly Jewish press
serving American Jewry, providing
for a reaching out into every nook
and corner of this great land that
we will see the emergence of a
truly well-informed constituency.
"These newspapers," says Slomo-
vitz, "need subscribers. They need
advertisers. They need the encour-
agement that is so vital to sur-
Yasher koach, Phil Slomovitz.
So be it !
More Greetings . . .
.. More Thanks
ABE KASLE: "Congratulations,
and may you keep running this
best Jewish weekly in America
and to he able to celebrate your
• * •
SAM BROWN, Newark, N.J.:
"May you live eternally by your
words, deeds and contributions to
all of Jewry and mankind."
• • •
Mrs. SAMUEL N. HEYMAN.
San Francisco: "Having watched
the first issue of The Jewish News
come off the press, and cherishing
one of the first issues to have been
published, I share with you the
Nachas of an historic event."
• • •
BERNARD ISAACS: "Hearty
Mazel Tov . You have served us
well . . . May you continue for
many more years."
• • •
LOUIS LaMED: "Thank you for
your great contribution to the cul-
tural enrichment of our commun-
ity. If our community is one of the
best in the country and if the state
of Jewish education here is much
better than in other communities
it is largely due to your constant
teaching of great values . . ."
• • •
MILTON J. MILLER: "As presi-
dent of the Jewish Community
Center and in my personal capacity
I would like to extend to you and
to your entire staff my heartiest
congratulations on the 25th anni-
versary of the founding of your
paper. I share with the rest of the
community the feeling that we are
indeed fortunate to have had for
these many years the services of
your pen, press and mind."
• • •
It is a pleasure for me to add my
voice to the chorus of praise and
tribute offered to The Jewish News
on the occasion of the celebration
of its 25th Anniversary.
Events of joy and sadness in the
RAC EY REALTY
Let me add my voice to the many
who have wished you good luck on
the 25th anniversary of The Jew-
ish News and to wish you also
many more years of publishing.
It is a proud occasion not only for
you and those associated with you,
but also for the Detroit Jewish
community, which you have served
with such devotion. It is not only
the number of years that you have
published but also the high degree
of excellence and the lofty stan-
dards of service which distinguish-
ed your leadership on the paper
and in the community, and as pre-
sident of the American Jewish
Press Association for many years.
We of the Joint Distribution
Committee are especially apprecia-
tive of the understanding which
you and your associates have pub-
licized and interpreted the needs
of impoverished Jews overseas.
On behalf of JDC's officers and
directors, may I extend my hearti-
est congratulations to The Jewish
News, to you, its editor and pub
lisher, and to all who are associat-
ed with it. I wish you all many
more years of continued success
American Jewish Joint
It is with great pleasure and joy
that I extend my congratulations
to The Jewish News and especially
to you personally, its outstanding
editor, on the occasion of its silver
Your unerring pledge to present
the most comprehensive and valid
treatment of Jewish issues and
news for the past 25 years, is wor-
thy of the highest accolades that
those of us who look to your publi-
cation for these qualities, can of-
I am particularly pleased to ex-
press my appreciation for the wide
attention and sympathetic cover-
age you have given to news from
Israel. Your editorials and articles
reflect an acute interest and knowl-
edge of Israel and its position in
May your next 25 years con-
tinue in the venerable tradition of
their celebrated predecessors.
With congratulations and warm-
State of Israel,
JERUSALEM — President Zal-
man Shazar and Nobel prize win-
ner Shmuel Yosef Agnon were
among the first dignitaries to visit
the Lubavitcher book exhibit at
the Jerusalem Book Fair at Con-
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