Watch Out MIT; Here Comes Technion
By CHARLOTTE DUBIN
Dr. Sydney Goldstein, who help-
ed put Technion on the map, has
no difficulty comparing Israel's
Institute of Technology to similar
institutions of high standing:
"Technion," according to the
eminent, British-born aerodynami-
cist, "is in a hell of a lot better
shape after Israel's war of inde-
pendence than MIT was after
America's war of independence?'
Dr. Goldstein, professor of ap-
plied mathematics at Harvard
University for the past 12 years,
still speaks of Technion as teach-
er's pet. It was Technion that
brought him to Detroit last week.
As chairman of the institute's
board of governors, Dr. Goldstein
addressed a parlor meeting and,
to his own admitted surprise,
watched while a small group of
men raised $100,000 to help Tech-
nion weather its current financial
The stresses are considerable.
With the old campus on Hadar
Hacarmel and the new Technion
City in the Carmel foothills,
"life can be impossible for. some
students" commuting between
the two. The government has
pledged its assistance for con-
struction, but Dr. Goldstein fig-
ures non-government sour c e s
will have to come up with
$4,500,000 to run it.
"We have a building for micro-
eral science degree takes four sists on telling only Technion's
years to complete, there are spe- story.
cial "short courses" in agricul-
On July 2, Gen. Moshe Dayan,
tural engineering for African stu- minister of defense, wrote to Dr.
dents, numbering some 250-300 on Goldstein, citing "the contribu-
the 5,500-student campus. ("It's tions made by the Technion in
interesting that the courses are strengthening the security of our
taught in English to accommodate state."
them, but when they converse with
Gen. Dayan wrote: "Our scien-
each other, it's in Hebrew").
tists in defense research, and de-
Language has been an important velopment and the best of our of-
part of Technion's history. When ficers in the air force, the tank
the first building was constructed corps, the navy, communications,
in 1913, its financial backers in- artillery and the engineering corps
sisted upon German as the langu- are nearly all of them Technion
age of instruction. Chaim Weiz- graduates.
"Our achievements when we
mann felt differently. World War I
not only delayed the opening of the faced vastly superior numbers
Technion; it settled the Hebrew- and overcame them so decisively
are due to the training and to
As technology becomes increas- the education of our soldiers and
ingly a way of life in Israel, new officers in which the Technion
words must be formed to meet the had so prominent a share."
Dr. Goldstein is convinced that
demand. A member of the Tech-
nion staff sits on Israel's "vaad two factors won the war for Israel:
— "every institution had a
halashon," language committee, to
part in this"—and technical know-
assist in the operation.
In any language, however, Tech-
When Technion resumed classes
nion is recognized as the "only in-
60 per cent of her stu-
stitute of technology of recognized
standing in tahe Middle East," ac- dents and faculty were back. The
cording to Dr. Goldstein.
but at least nine undergraduates
He has had plenty of opportunity and three lecturers would never
to observe the best; educated at return.
Cambridge University, he was
The war proved many points to
elected to the Royal Society of observers, including the super-
London at age 34, served as a key ficiality of Israel's "brain drain,"
adviser on aircraft to Great Bri- according to Dr. Goldstein. "When
tain during World War II and we haven't money to pay our pro-
chaired the British Aeronautical fessional men," he said in refer-
Research Council from 1946 to 1949. ence to the prewar recession, "we
In the United States, his name must export them. When we want
is well known in the field — be them, they come back. They want
bolds the Ilmoshenko Medal of to come home."
biology but no money to run the
damn thing. We're panting for a
decent computer. We need a build-
ing for chemical engineering."
Dr. Goldstein worries about the
entire complex although the de- the American Society of Mechan-
partment he helped found, and ical Engineers — and in Israel,
which he served as chairman from it is equally prized. The nation's
1950 to 1955, has had its own build- highest scientific honor, the
ing since Technion City's estab- Weizmann Prize for Science,
lishment. The Fryer Aeronautical went to Dr. Goldstein in 1953.
Engineering Building was the first
But Dr. Goldstein, at age 64,
structure at "Kiryat Technion" in seeks no glory for himself; he in-
1954. "God knows how many we
have now," he said, rattling off the
names of each.
Technion, Israel Institute of
Technology ("Whatever you do,"
Dr. Goldstein warns with some
severity, "don't use the name
'Technion' without the 'Israel In-
stitute of Technology' right after
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institutes of technology start: as a
school for engineers.
Time: 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
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clude architectural and town
planning, food technology, nu-
Time: 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
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tute, industrial microbiology,
Feature: A new series on Jewish
every branch of engineering, and literature will begin with "Aspects
to ensure the making of a total of David—Old Roots, New Blos-
person, humanities and langu- soms."
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Although the undergraduate gen-
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MISS BARBARA BERLIN
Dr. and Mrs. Herman I. Berlin
of Kensington Ct., Southfield, an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Barbara Ann to Stanley
Neal Beltzman, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Simon Beltzman of Oak Park Blvd.,
Oak Park. Miss Berlin is the daugh-
ter of the late Mrs. Frances Berlin.
The bride-elect holds a BA in ed-
ucation from Oakland University.
Her fiance is a senior at Wayne
State University's college of edu-
A June 17 wedding is planned.
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Feature: Tiny Tov will play the
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Time: 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: Cantor Harold Orbach
of Temple Israel will narrate se
lections from "The Magnificent
Yossele Rosenblatt," noted cantor.
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Time: 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: "Judaism on the Cam-
pus: A Crisis in Identity," con-
cluding program in a discussion
series featuring Jewish students,
faculty advisers and rabbis. (See
• • •
Three University of Michigan
students will participate in the
NBC radio program "Eternal
Light" 10:30 p.m. Sunday on Sta-
tion WWJ as part of a panel dis-
cussion on Judaism on the campus.
The students are Laurence Boyer
and Morris Sachs, both of Detroit,
and Sue Silber of Teaneck, N.J.
Rabbi Harold White of Beth Israel
Center, Ann Arbor, will serve as
Boyer, president of ATID, a cam-
pus organization sponsored by the
United Synagogues of America,
will discuss the role of youth move-
ments in helping to develop Jew-
ish commitment in later years.
to Address Dinner
in behalf of
Institute of Tech-
nology, will be
reviewed at the
22nd annual din-
ner Nov. 5, at
Cong. Bnai Da-
nounced that the
guest speaker, a
of Technion will
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, October 27, 1967-25
to Benefit Charities
to Crisis Reviewed
Aesculapian Pharmaceutical As-
sociation- and its ladies auxiliary
will hold their 41st annual dinner-
dance 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Latin
Proceeds will, help finance the
association's many charities locally
and in Israel, including Northville
Jewish Home for
the Aged and the
building fund and
arship fund of
Wayne State Uni-
Music will be
by H a 1 Gordon
and his orchestra. Mrs. Katzman
The response of the academic
community to the Israel crisis in
May and June is the subject of a
survey published by Bnai Brith
Hillel Foundations in the United
States and abroad.
Examples of student and faculty
action at both Wayne State Uni-
versity and the University of
Michigan are included in the Hillel
survey, compiled by Saul Goldberg.
At U. of M., the foundation di-
rector, Dr. Herman Jacobs, circu-
lated an appeal among students
for volunteers for special work
programs and called on interested
faculty to consider a year's work
in Israel under the Sherut La'am
program. The department of poli-
tical science and Hillel sponsored
a symposium on "The Middle East
Crisis and the Future," in which
various professors participated and
Dr. Alexander Eckstein, economics
professor and director of the Cen-
ter for Clinical Studies, served as
At Wayne State University, Hil-
lel director Rabbi Max Kapustin
counseled 150 students with regard
to volunteering, and Hillel House
acted as information center on Is-
rael and "watchdog" on Arab stu-
dent activities. Hillel sent 3,000
letters to students for the com-
munity rally, and arrangements
were made with college deans on
the problem of Israeli students who
were called home during this final
Charles Tennen is chairman of
the entertainment committee and
Harry Katzman, co-chairman. Mrs.
Harry Katzman is auxiliary chair-
man of the entertainment commit-
tee, and Mrs. Michael Wainer co-
For reservations, call Tennen,
542-2999, or Mrs. Katzman, 358-
0085. Harold Ellias is president of
the association and Mrs. Meyer
Goldstein, ladies auxiliary presi-
dent. Book chairmen of the res-
pective groups are Mrs. Morris
Gural and Edward Rothenberg.
For the HY Spot
Of Your Affair
EARL WILSON, syndicated
Broadway columnist, will speak at
Detroit Town Hall, 11 a.m., Wed-
nesday, in Fisher Theater. His sub-
ject is, "Confessions of a Column-
And His Orchestra
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General Marshall, author of a
book on the Six-Day War, "Swift
Sword," will relate his experience
and address himself to the major
role which Technion played in
winning the war.
Friends of Technion desiring
further information may call the
Detroit office, 358-3070.
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