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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-05-12

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8:1 Pct. of Catholics, .71 Pct. of Protestants
Would 1'ote for Jew as President, Says Poll

EW YORK (JTA — Eighty-
three per cent of the Catholics in
America and 51 per cent of the
Protestants indicated in a Gallup
Poll taken in 1966 that they would
%me for a Jew as President of the
I tided States. The results of the
pull w ere made public in the cur-
rent is,ue of Catholic Digest, a
' n om hly publication.
In 1952. a similar study was
done with the results showing that
57 per cent of the Catholics and
31 per cent of the Protestants de-
clared that they would vote for a
Je h-h candidate for President.
In the 1966 poll, 9 per cent of
.10 w, and an equal ratio of Cath-
olics thought that "Protestants stick
together," Asked whether the re-
„pondents thought that "J e w s
sick together.;' 43 per cent of the
catholies said they did think so
in 1966, as against 48 per cent in
1952 Among the Protestants the
figures were 37 per cent in 1966
and 411 per cent in 1952.
The Catholic Digest reported

that 90 per cent of the Jews said
in 1952 they were as willing to
%we for a Protestant for Presi-
dent as for a man of their own
religion. In 1966, 92 per cent of
the Jewish respondents said
they would vote for a Protestant.
The responses on election to the
presidency came as the result
of a question reading: "Would

Protestants themselves, but by
Catholics and Jews as well. Those
who regard Catholics and Jews as
The surveys in both years-1966 races apart from the prevailing

you as soon vote for a Jew for
President of the U.S. as for
someone of your own religion?”

and 1952 — also asked whether cultural stream are becoming
Catholics, Protestants and Jews in fewer."
Citing the figures and the 1966-
the U.S.A. were "seeking too much
power." In 1952, 35 per cent of 1952 comparisons, the Catholic Di-
stated: "But prejudice dies
the Protestants and 33 per cent of
the Catholics thought the Jews hard, especially where political
"seek too much power," while in power is concerned, though we
1966 those percentages were 14 have made a great deal of progress
for the Protestants and 12 for tcward complete religious toler-
Catholics. ance in the last 14 years.
"Although America is not really "Catholics and Jews have con-
a Protestant country, as many sup- winced large numbers of their
pose." the Catholic publication de- neighbors that, although they may
Oared, "the idea that good Prot- be different, they are not neces-
ey=tants make good citizens seems sarily any less patriotic or less
to be accepted, not only by the able than others."

Fire Crackers and Wise Crackers

surplus of powder and it was
wrong, he thought, to be wasting
(('opyricht, 1967. JTA. Inc.)
Israel's July 4 is May 15 and it, when so much was needed for
on that day, this year, Israel will the war with England.
have 19 candles on its birthday .
When, in 1948, Israel declared
her independence, there was shoot-
When the United States declared ing plenty but no shooting of fire-
her independence back in 1776, crackers. The shortage of powder
John Adams wrote to his wife was so great that Golda Meir would
. about the firecrackers going off not even take time off to go to her
around Philadelphia. lie wanted a home to change clothes but flew
celebration, but he thought they immediately to the United States
were overdoing it. Besides, the to see if she could raise money for
new independent country had no more arms and ammunition.
But the shortage of arms was
only one of the shortages. There
was a shortage of population, of
soldiers, of food, and above all, of


JeNsish Life in Ann Arbor
Organized Formally in 1903

Jewish institutional life in Ann Ann Arbor in 1934 and remained
A roor and Washtenaw County for 10 years. During the 19 years
dates back to 1903, when Osias the synagogue was located on Di-
Zwerdling and Philip Lansky ar- vision Street, one wedding was
performed there. That took place
rncd in Ann Arbor.
According to an article re- in 1944, just before Rabbi Gold-
printed in Ha Shaliach, prior man left. The property now be-
to the arrival of Zwerdling longs to St. Thomas the Apostle
and Lansky, several Jewish fami- Chukth, which maintains a Cath-
lies of Eastern European ex- olic. youth center.
The community was left without
a rabbi until 1946. At that time,
some 40 families were members of
the 'congregation. As an incentive
for increasing membership, a com-
mittee was established , to pave the
the way for the institution of a
community Sunday school. The
school first met in 1946, in a pri-
vate house and moved to 2101 Hill
Street in 1948, where it shared
facilities with the Hillel Founda-
tion of the University of Michigan.
In 1951, Beth Israel Congregation
leased space in its present site,
the Hillel building. The congrega-
tion was renamed Beth Israel Com-
munity Center on Dec. 8, 1951.
Rabbi Julius Weinberg was
named spiritual leader in 1952,
served until 1961, during
which time the membership in-
traction had settled in Ypsilanti, creased greatly and Sunday school
but they did not form a synagogue enrollment doubled.
Zwerdling, who came to the
or a community religious school.
area in 1903, retired as president
Mr. and Mrs. Zwerdling hosted
the congregation in 1958. In
the first High Holy Day services

Ann Arbor in 1913. At that time,
services were held above the old

June, 1963, the name Beth Israel
Congregation was restored.

The membership of Beth Israel
Chamber of Commerce on the
corner of Ann and Fourth Avenue, Congregation currently numbers
families. Expenditures have
at the Schwaban Hall, and in the
meeting room of the Ladies Li- risen sharply over the years. In
August 1937, a total of $59.55 was
brary Association.
The Jewish community organized spent, of which $21 went toward
1964-65, the
its first group in 1918 and adopted the rabbi's wages. In'
totaled $31,750.
the name Beth Israel Congrega- annual budget
Paul Pressel is current president
tion. Its first officers were: presi-
of the congregation, and:sisterhood
dent. Zwerdling; vice president, Is-
president is Yetta Miller. Osias
rael Friedman: secretary-treasurer,
Zwerdling continues to play an
William Bi tker; and trustees,
La n s k y, David Friedman, and active role in the community.
David Mordsky.

The first resident rabbi was
Pincus Gropstein, who served
from 1918 until 1921. Beth Israel
Congregation was formerly in-
corporated in 1924, and Jacob
M. Kamenetzky was named

Technion Fellowship

HAIFA — The Technion, Israel

Institute of Technology, =announces
the establishment of a permanent
Fellowship Fund in memory of the
late Heinrich Mendelssohn, noted
builder, of Berlin and London. The
fund has been set up by Mrs. Hilly
Mendelssohn, widow of the builder,
with a gift to Technion of $100,000.
Annual awards of Mendelssohn
Fellowships will be made to gradu-
ate students at Technion working
toward their master or doctorate
degree in architecture and town

From 1927 until 1946, the syna-
gogue was located at 538 N. Di-
vision. and in its beginning also
served as the rabbi's home. Rabbi
Kamenetzky left Ann Arbor for
Detroit in 1932, where he still re-
sides. For the next two years,
Joshua Sperka served as rabbi.
Rabbi Isaac Goldman came to planning.


Instead of firecrackers, the wise

crackers kept a up
the mood
of with
people. When
the new flag of Zion, spectators
shouted "Long live Israel!" but an
elderly man called out, "On What?"


Israel had now a government, a
cabinet and a minister of finance,
too. An excellent man, Eliezer Kap-
lan, was the minister of finance,
but, alas, he had not anything to
finance with. The wise crackers
said that every time a bill came
before him for payment. Kap-
lan would put on his hat. He would
cover his head. That was the only
thing he could cover. One proposed
solution for the food shortage was
a change in the holidays. Shorten
Rosh Hashand to one day and make
the day of Yom Kippur two days
instead of one.
Some wise crackers said the
troubles were' all due to the He-
brew alphabet. There were too
many letters. Take out the second
letter, Beth because there is no
basar (meat) bayit (house) or
beged (clothes).
The religious Jews did have
some consolation. At least the
Communists would have to go to
synagogue. (The term for syna-
gogue in Hebrew, "Knesset", is the
same as for Israel's parliament).
* •*
So the wise cracks sparked and
exploded and the people and the
land came through. The food short-
age passed and Israel began ex-
porting millions of eggs and orang-
es to all parts of the world. The
gross national product increase
for a series of years exceeded that
of the most progressive countries.
This year, there is unemployment
and the mood is not cheerful. Let
Israel be instructed by the experi-
ence of affluent America, which has
also gone through such periods. It
was in 1820 that with the first
American recession, there was first
heard the cry, "Give the country
back to the Indians."
Think what would have hap-
pened, had this been done. Instead
of our great cities and skyscrapers,
we should see little teepees and

wigwams. We wouldn't be able to
go to the supermarket and if you
wanted to eat, you would have to go
out and catch your own buffalo.
It wouldn't be easy.
Fortunately, Americans had the
good sense not to listen to this
counsel of despair, and after every
period of recession, there has been
not only recovery but a great surge


LBJ Congratulates
Israel on Anniversary

dent Johnson addressed Tuesday
a personal communication to Presi-
dent Zalman Shazar of Israel con-
gratulating Shazar and the people
of Israel on the occasion of the
19th anniversary of Israel's inde-
The message read:
"I am pleased to send warmest
congratulations to you and to the
people of Israel on the 19th anni-
versary of Israel's independence.
We recall with pleasure your visit
with us last summer and are
gratified by the close friendship
and fruitful cooperation that con-
tinues to characterize relations be-
tween our two nations. We will I
continue to work together toward !
a world in which men everywhere
can live at peace and prosper."

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