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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-07-28

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Israeli Stamps Issued Upon Victory

Noteworthy Anthology About Meyer W. Weisgal:
'Odyssey of an Optimist' by His Contemporaries

producers, like Gottfried Rein-
Meyer Wolf Weisgal now is pres- , When . . . ." It is the text of an
hardt and S. N. Behrman, who
ident of the Weizrnann Institute of address Weisgal delivered in trib-
give recognition to Weisgal's
Science in Rehovot, Israel. He has ute to Lipsky's 80th birthday on
genius as a director, when he pre.
risen to this post from the Zionist Jan. 3, 1957, and the reminis-
duced "The Eternal Road."
ranks, as an immigrant boy from cences are part of Zionist history. I
Poland who dedicated himself to
Dore Schary and David Sarnoff
It is the affection that welled in
the Jewish national movement, who the heart of a former associate are among those who pay honor to
with Lipsky that moved Weisgal to j Weisgal
speak so movingly about his form-
From the world of science there
er chief and mentor.
are encomia for Weisgal from Niels
Then come the tributes from Bohr, Ernst B. Chain, Isidor I.
people who know, knew, labor and Rabi, Saul Adler, Herman F. Mark,
labored with Weisgal. Commencing Sir Robert Robinson, Ernst D.
[ this vast volume of encomia again Bergmann, G. M. J. Schmidt —
is an appropriate beginning: a mes- eminent leaders in their fields who

sage, "Still Achieving, Still Pursu- have won world honors and who,
ing," by a long-time friend, Pierre having worked with Weisgal at the
van Paassen. He is joined by the Weizmann Institute, have learned
eminent scholar, Sir Isaiah Berlin, to admire his skills.
who views him as "a generous im-
There is a moving tribute to her

The newest postage stamps issued by Israel's postal ministry
are dedicated to the victory of Zahal—Israel Defense Forces. In
denominations of 15, 40 and 80 agorot, the stamps are multicolored,
green and violet, respectively, and depict the Zahal emblem, the
Straits of Tiran and the Wailing (Western) Wall. The stamps will
be issued in August. While the price is 1.40 pounds (47 cents), the
minimum amount of any order is SI.

aginative idealist"; Abba Eban, father by Helen Weisgal Amir and
Nahum Goldmann, his associate in the noted philanthropist, Sir Issac
the Weizmann Institute office in Wolfson, praises him higly.
New York, Joseph Brainin, and by
A photographic section depicting
eminent world leaders, the Presi- Weisgal's life, a chapter devoted
dents of the United States and to the Weizmann Institute programs
Israel, writers, Zionist chiefs and i and attainments. Of interest also is
I scientists, including Nobel Prize the special section devoted, as an
appendix to this impressive volume,
conducted numerous campaigns, winners.
There are tributes from noted to the milestones in Weisgal's life.
edited magazines, directed political
appeals on behalf of the movement
which became his very life.

It is no wonder that the most
distinguished men of our time have
joined in paying him honor. An
anthology by his contemporaries,
entitled "The Odyssey of an Opti-
mist", published by Atheneum (162
picturesque flavor.
There was a 9 p.m. curfew in E. 38th NY16), properly evaluates
Jerusalem but it has now been the genius of the man who could
extended to midnight until 4 a.m. well be called the builder of the
expanded Weizmann Institute, un-
We were at the Atlit Prison der whose guidance the greatest of
where thousands of Egyptian pris- scientists have labored with him
oners are said to be interned. and the philantropists of many na-
There are six Egyptian generals. tions assisted him in his efforts.
Egypt apparently does not. want
"The Odyssey of an Optimist"
them, while Israel has asked that
combines biography with evalua-
they should be accepted back by
essays on the man's ap-
Nasser. And there are said to be
proaches to a great ideal. He had
some Russian prisoners.

Moving Scenes at the Kotel Maaravi;
Ovation for Mrs. S chaver on Scopus



JERUSALEM—Notables from all
parts of the world converged upon
Jerusalem and the King David
Hotel. Those who gathered for the
convention of the Zionist Organi-
zation of Detroit and prominent
Jews and non-Jews from many
countries are making Jerusalem
the chief attraction. Hotels here
are jammed, although in Tel Aviv
they are still waiting for capacity
tourist trade.

Richard Tucker greeted us on
Tourism is yet to be revived.
our arrival and on his advice we
Jerusalem alone gets most of
went promptly to the Western Wall
the visitors and it is hoped that
—the Kotel Maaravi which is no
the rest of this magnificent
longer the Wailing Wall. The area
land will again start welcoming
was being cordoned off for a three-
tourists from everywhere.
day clean-up, and we got there
The Zionist convention has as-
just in time before the imposed '
sumed a most impressive tone
brief restriction.
and the events have given the
It was a moving experience.
deliberations great significance.
We walked for an hour through
We were privileged to attend
rubble before reaching the Wall.
the opening concert of the Israel

It was dusty and rocky and then
came the moments of spiritual

elevation. We recited prayers.
Randy kissed the Wall. Soldiers

were all around us, with hankies
serving as yarmulkes. A rope
separated men and women and
Sharron prayed in the women's

Wherever we go we hear stories
of heroism — and of sorrow over
the losses. It is a miracle that
Jerusalem had so few losses of
civilian dead, but there were 200
dead among the soldiers who
fought for a liberated Jerusalem.
Many markers have been set up
by soldiers for their dead buddies.
and permanent memorials will be
erected on the spots where lives
were sacrificed.

There is regret among many
here that everything surrounding
the Western Wall is being torn
down. Some say the site loses its

Music Festival, sponsored by
Zimrya, July 19. It was thrilling
to us to hear the prominent
Detroiter, Emma Schaver, who
has been named world chairman
of Zimrya for 1967, sing the new
song "Yerushalayim shel Za-
hav" and "Meal Pisgat Har
Hatzofim" at the concert on
Mount Scopus. She received a
deserved ovation. Eight choral
groups from many lands, includ-
ing the United States and Cana-
da, participated in the function,
with an Israeli group closing
the event.

been the guide of Chaim Weiz-
mann, the first President of Is-
rael, and the late Vera Weiz-
mann's tribute to him is part of
this volume. Nobel Prize winners
watched him and cooperated in
his endeavors and they knew
how to appraise his skills.

It is most appropriate that
Maurice Samuel, Weisgal's lifelong
friend and associate in Zionist
efforts, should have written the in-
troductory essay to this volume.
The personal vein in this tribute,
the acclaim to the Weisgals' family
life, Weisgal's evolution and growth
as delineated here, serve eminently
as superb biography. Here we have
a portrait of Meyer who hailed
from Kikol in Poland and emerged
as a man who "got along best"
with scientists.

Samuel points to Weisgal who
erased quarreling, criticism and
resentment in the creation of a
great scientific center. There is
tribute here to a friend in whose
evaluation the "status among aca-
demicians is the highest mark of
Emissaries for many national all."
and world movements are in Israel
It is noteworthy also that the
to arrange conferences and study
Samuel essay should be followed

The ZOA convention opening at
Binyanei Haooma was an inspiring
occasion at which Israeli and
American leaders gave new cour-
age to Zionism.

French Bishop Says: Church Should
Not Dispute Israel on Holy Places

STRASBOURG, France (JTA) 1 declaring "we must understand
— Catholicism should not dispute what Israel means for the Jewish
with the Jews about the holy people."
places in Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev.
Referring to the Ecumenical
Msgr. Elchinger, Bishop of Stras- Council's declaration which,
bourg. declared here. The Vatican, among other things, deplored anti-
he said, will have to extend the Semitism, Bishop Elchinger warn-
declaration adopted at its last ed: "We must exterminate all re-
Ecumenical Council regarding maining anti-Semitism, because
Christian-Jewish relations, "and anti-Semitism is still not dead
recognize the value of post-Biblical within the Church. Together, we
shall study what is God's plan for
Bishop Elchinger spoke at an the Jewish people and its mission
interfaith conference here of , in the modern world because. I
Catholics. Protestants and Jews. think, Judaism has a very im-
He stressed the significance of Is- portant ecumenical mission to ac-
rael to Jews in other countries, . complish."

by another written by his mentor,
the late Louis Lipsky. In this
posthumous tribute Mr. Lipsky
stated: "It is characteristic of
him that when he is involved in
creative work, he is absorbed in
a stream of hot excitement,
which boils over into a steaming
obsession he cannot control. He
rides on one rail at a time to suc-
cess or to failure: Once sparked
into action he is unable to alter
his course in transit. When he is
under the spell of his vision, he
is able to command the willing
obedience of his co-workers, out-
classing them in devotion and
resourcefulness and tenacity of
purpose ...."

And it is equally appropriate
that these first two essays should
have been followed in the new
"Odyssey" by one by Weisgal him-
self, under the title "I Remember


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