28—Friday, September 29, 1967
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Plight and Hope of USSR Jewry
Editor's Note: In this installment ; with its own schools, newspapers,
of the serialized portions of Ben! theaters, publishing houses, and
Ansi's "Between Hammer and Sick-' so on.
le," published by the Jewish Pub- 1
The greatest problem would be
lication Society of America, the that of leadership.
highly informed authority in Rus-1
After the hard blows inflicted
sia Jewry reveals the plight of upon the Jewish intellectual elite,
Russian Jewry, the difficulties they no new leadership has appeared
encounter, their need for leader- that seems capable of rebuilding
ship and th eir hope to be able to
■ Yiddish culture. The survivors of
merge with other Jewries in at- the previous generation are too
taming Jewish ideals. Next week's old, too shattered, too tired to start
installment w ill
i s low the extent of afresh. It is quite possible that
USSR Jew7y's fears and distrust there are young Jews in the Baltic
of its rules. : countries, and in Bukovina and
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By BEN AMI
Moldavia, who would undertake
t I not only to keep Yiddish alive but
If Soviet Jews were given the' also to transform it once again into
opportunity to change their Jewish a living tongue and culture. If such
national affiliation with ease. I people could be found and if, ac-
b elieve that many would do so, ' cording to my assumptions, they
though it is very difficult to say were given the tools with which
how many. They would try to as- to carry out their mission, then
similate completely; forget the past, tens of thousands of Jews would
and commit themselves and their undoubtedly come to their aid and
children to total assimilation, to a help them to revive Yiddish cul-
path from which there would be ture.
no turning back.
1 If the Jews were given an °ppm --
But this statement must be care- tunity to teach their children Yid-
dish, even on a part-time basis like
First, there is the matter of age. the American Sunday School, many
Few if any of the synagogue Jews, ' would do so with joy.
or of the older Jews generally, I
Furthermore, as in the case of
would flee from their status as
established Western Jewish com-
Jewish nationals. None of the pious munities in England, France, the
old Jews would follow this course, United States, South America,
for it would be tantamount to an- and other lands of the Diaspora,
flouncing that they weren't Jews, the Soviet Jews would want to
and this they would never do. And , teach their children Hebrew and
those non-religious old Jews who I would regard it as their second
lived as Jews for the greater part , language. If the Soviet authori-
of their lives would also refuse to
ties would open the door to the
iness as if it
I study of Hebrew, I have no doubt
cast off their JewM
were an old garment, despite theirl that modern Hebrew would be
having suffered for it all their
studied by thousands of Jewish
liies. , youths in the Soviet Union.
The number of young and -mid-' There would he a renewed crea-
dle-aged Jews who would be ready tivity in Jewish literature, poetry,
to assimilate is far greater, but history, and son on — in Russian.
even they would not do it with There was a varied and flourishing
ease. Many of the Jews who wit-1 Russian Jewish literature before
nessed the Second World War and the revolution, and there is no rea-
the Holocaust, as well as many of 1 son to doubt that it could revive
the younger Jews who grew up under favorable conditions. The
after Stalin's-days, have developed ' possibility of religions revival
Jewish feelings and sensitivities would present serious difficulties.
whose roots are so deep, precisely The few surviving rabbis are too
because they had no way out of old and would not have the energy
their Jewishness. that they would to inaugurate a religious revival
regard a change of status as an or to set up nation-wide religious
act of treachery to themselves and institutions and organizations. To
to their way of life. . renew and maintain Jewish reli-
There w o u 1 d be Jews who
gious and cultural life in the Soviet
would want to revert to the situa•
Union, ties would first have to be
tion that prevailed in early revo-
established with the centers of
lutionary days. when they used • Jewry outside the Soviet Union,
Yiddish as their own official
particularly with Israel. Only then
language and had their own cul-
would the Soviet Jews be able to
ture. Though it was communist
train Yiddish and Hebrew teachers
in content, it was a rich culture,
for a network of Jewish schools;
only then could they begin to raise
a new generation of religious
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This Week's Radio and
Time: 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: "Magicians and Pro-
phets " an informal conversation
between writers Mark van Doren
and Maurice Samuel in the series
"Life and Livelihood in the Bible. "
* * *
GEORGE PIERROT PRESENTS
Time: 5:30 p.m. today and 1 p.m.
Station: Channel 4.
Feature: Ed Lark will show his
color films of "Touring Israel"
and "Motoring Through Israel."
LUBAVITCH JEWISH HOUR
Time: 8 am. Sunday.
Feature: Rabbi Kagan will talk
on "Rosh Ha s h a n a — One Man
Against the World." Youth inquires
will feature a forum on the laws
and customs of Rosh Hashana.
Tunes, melodies and songs of the
High Holy Days will be heard.
HEAR OUR VOICE
Time: 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: Nama Hendel will sing
the songs ,of Israeli poet Chayim
Nachman Bialik. Cantor Harold
Orbach will host.
Time: 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: "The Myth of the Work
Ethic" will be discussed by a panel
narrated by Hal Youngblood.
Time: 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
Channel: Channel 2.
Time: 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Feature: William Avrunin of the
Jewish Welfare Federation and
SaMuel Lerner of the Jewish fam-
ily:: and Children's Service will re-
port on the gathering in Israel of
the International Conference on
JeWish Communal Services.
* * *
Time: 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Station: Channel 56.
Feature: The first program in a
series of children's shows, featur-
ing "Tiny Tov (Good)" and pup-
pets. (See story)
* * •
Time: 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: A program in honor of
the High Holy Days will feature
music and readings from Psalms
and Ecclesiastes by Abba Eban,
Israel's foreign minister.
This program is produced by
Evelyn Orbach, program associate
of the Jewish Community Council,
and directed by Victor Hurwitz.
MR. AND MRS. DAVID GRUNDY
Mr. and Mrs. David Grundy of
San Juan Dr. will celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary Satur-
day at a gathering held by their
children, Allan, Seymour, Mrs.
Carol Reizen and Mrs. Sylvia
Reizen; and their 12 grandchildren.
NCRAC Leaders Want
to Prevent Recurrence
of M.E. War Conditions
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
JERUSALEM — Fifteen leaders
of the National Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council, who have
visited Israel the last two weeks,
decided they must help prevent
the recurrence of the conditions
*hick brought about the Six-Day
War, according to Jordan Bank of
Cleveland, chairman of the NCRAC.
The American mission came
here under the auspices of the
foreign ministry and the Israel
Foundation for Cultural Relations
with World Jewry.
"We saw at first hand," Bank
said. "The condtions that im-
periled the very existence of the
State of Israel prior to June 5,
and are determined to convey to
our fellow Americans the absolute
necessity of preventing a return
to such a dangerous situation."
NEW YORK (JTA) — Plans for
the launching of an $11,000,000
campaign here in 1968 as part of
the $50,000,000 Histadrut health,
education and welfare program in
Israel, were formulated here Sun-
day at the quarterly meeting of the
National Committee for Labor Is-
rael. Dr. Sol Stein, executive direc-
tor of the National Committee for
Labor Israel, said $6,000,000 in
cash will be sought through the
Israel Histadrut campagn, while
$5,000,000 will be raised in long-
term commitments through the
American Histadrut Development
Dr. Stein disclosed plans for a
four-year program to accelerate
the activities of the American His-
tadrut Cultural Exchange Institute,
activities of the American Trade
Union Council for Histadrut, sum-
mer youth programs in Israel, and
other projects. Charles H. Zimmer-
man, board chairman, announced
that the national committee's an-
nual convention will be held in New
York, Nov. 23 - 26. Y e r u h a m-
Meshel, head of the trade union
department of Histadrut in Israel,
reported on conditions in Israel
and Histadrut plans to expand' co-
o erative ventures.
AND HER GYPSIES
Make Your Party Swing
Kozenn Chajes is greeted by
President Franz Jonas of the
Austrian Republic at a recep-
tion in his honor given by the
county of Salzburg. With them
are U.S. Consul General Robert
Bunzl and Mrs. Burnt (center).
Mrs. Chajes was the only woman
and only American invited to
the Congress of Music Edu-
cators in Munich, and in Vienna
for the past five festivals was
guest of the city. In Salzburg,
she was hosted by the mayor
for five weeks, and in Bucharest
joined Isaac Stern, Van Cliburn
and Claire Watson as the only
American guests at an Enescu
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"The Magic Door," a children's
show presented by the Detroit Ed-
ucational Television Foundation
and the Jewish Community Coun-
cil of Detroit, will be presented,
beginning Oct. 2, every Monday at
6:30 p.m. on Channel 56.
The show features "Tiny Toy"
as narrator, and his puppet pals,
"Dundee" and "Scrunch." The
program has been shown for sev-
eral years in Chicago.
Designed to teach ethical con-
cepts and moral values and in-
corporating holiday stories, the
ideas for the lessons which "Tiny
Tov" teaches stem from the Tal-
mud and the Midrash.
"Tiny Tov (Good)," the central
character and narrator, wears a
Robin Hood-type of costume and
is seen in front of The Magic Door
of his acorn house. He sings and
plays a guitar. He shrings elec-
tronically to the size of his puppet
friends with whom he goes on trips
via rocket ships.
The series will be shown in De-
troit under the direction of the
Detroit Jewish -Community Coun-
cil's broadcasting committee.
A COMPLETE LINE OF
Children's Show Coming
to Channel 56 Monday
YOEL EISEN, Manager
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Co-sponsored by the Jewish
Community Council and the
Detroit Educational Tele-
6:30 P.M. MONDAYS