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Megdell- Named to Brandeis' Council

Brandeis University will honor
Flint leader Joseph Megdell by in-
duction him into the Brandeis
President's Council at a dinner,
May 19 at the Southmoor Country
Club.
Representing tne university will
be Prof. David Keith Hardy, direc-
tor of the Morse Center for Study
of Communications at Brandeis
University, in Waltharft, Mass.
Chairing the dinner is Michael
Pelavin, yound Flint attorney who
heads the Flint Friends of Bran-
deis.
A public relations and advertis-
ing consultant, Megdell has served
as president of the Flint Jewish

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the Urban League, general chair-
man of the Flint United Jewish
Appeal, chairman of the Flint Hu-
man R e l a t i o n s Committee and
chairman of the retailing division
of t', e Chamber of Commerce.
M—'dell is founder and past
president of Yankee Stores and a
director of Borman Food Stores,
Inc. He is a recipient of the Re-
tailers' Community Achievement
Award.
The President's Council of Bran-
deis University is a body of dis-
tingnished persons in many parts
of the country who combine devo-
tion for Brandeis with stature in
their own community. Like other
members of the President's Coun-
cil Megdell has been invited to
se7ve by the president of Brandeis;
a president's counselor works on a
nerson-to-person relationship with
the president. -
Prof. Hardy, whose documentary
films have gained World-wide re-
known. will discuss Southeast
Asia. Hardy served in that region
ac a captain in the British Royal
Marines during World War II and
later returned there is a journalist.
He was director of Radio Hong
Kong and correspondent for the
London Times and BBC.
H' last visited Southeast Asia
in 1967 at the behest of the United
Nations, under the sponsorship of
the Ford Foundation. He then pro-
ceeded to India and Israel, con-
sulting with government leaders
and educational o f f i c e r s about
means of improving communica-
tions in developing countries. He
is now professor of theater arts
and director of the Morse Institute
at Brandeis.
Serving with Pelavin are; Philip
Agree, Harry Binder, Samuel Cats-
man. Lawrence Covitz, Edwin L.
Elk, Dr. H. Maxwell Golden, Sum-
ner Goldman, Saul S. Gorne, Dr.
Erwin Gutowitz, Max W. Harris,
Arthur Hurand, Louis Kasle, James
Lebster, Dr. David Levenson, Dr.
Ira B. Marder, Mayor Floyd Mc-
. Cree, Michael D. Melet, Congress-
man Donald Riegle, Jr., - Dr. Leon
Bosky, Gilbert Rubenstein, Jack
Shaprow and Edwin Schreiber.

Czechoslovakian Jewry's Historic Record

THE JEWS OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA:
published by the Jewish Publication.
Society of America in co-operation
with the Society for the History of
Czechoslovak Jews.-

New York has edited the present be devoted to the final tragedy
.
Impressive, but nostalgic volume
of annihilation.
—a model of its kind.
If other similar groups of sur-
It is a credit to the promoters vivors of Jewish communities were
A Review by Prof. CECIL ROTH
and to the board of editors (Prof. to follow this lead and apply
The historical record of the Jews
of Czechoslovakia is, alas, (unless Guido Kisch, Prof. Hans Kohn, Dr. themselves to recording for pos-
!_ am mistaken) the briefest of any Oskar K. Rabinowicz, Dr. Kurt terity while there is yet time the
major Jewish group in the world. Wehle) whose names are them- record, organization and achieve-
It began when the Czechoslovak selves a guarantee of the high ment of their immediate historic
State was constituted out of the scholarly standard of the whole. background, the foundations would.
debris of the Austro-HungarianAn idea of the scope can best be be laid to the compilation of the
Empire in 1918; it ended (save for conveyed by listing the contents: definitive history of the Jewish
the horrible denouement and the Guido Kisch, Jewish Historiography people in our day, which is so
present tragic survival) when the in Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Hans so•ely needed.
Nazis marched into Prague in
The producers of this volume
' Kohn, Before 1918 in the Historic
' Ruth Kestenberg-Gladstein, are to be thanked, not only for
March 1939. But during the inter- Lands,
The Jews Between Czechs and Ger-
ven 5 ng years it was a truly great mans in the. Historic Lands, 1848- what they have done, but also for
community a model of its kind: the example they have st.
1918, Livia Rothkirchen, Slovakia,
superbly orc'anized. boasting a 1848-1918 and Slovakia, 1918-1938,
highly significant regional tradition
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Aryeh Sole, Subcarpathian
and some of the most memorable Th'thenia, 1918-1938, Aharon Moshe 10—Friday, May 10, 1968
Jewish antiquities in Europe, the Rabinowicz, The Jewish Minority,
home of persons who made out- Gustav Fleischmann, The Religious
standing contributions to Jewish Congregation, 19 18 -19 3 8 , Hugo
life in all its aspects as well as
to European thourtht and literature. I Stransky, Religious Life in the His-
tonic Lands, Joseph C. Pick, The
It is this period, chronologically Economy, Egon Hostovsky, Jewish
brief, but of tremendous signifi- Participation in Modern Czech Lit-
cance, that is commemorated in erature, Avigdor Dagan, Jewish
this monumental work.
Themes in Czech Literature, Harry
Before the war, a flourishing. Zohn, Participation in German Lit-
Jewish historical society existed terature, Avigdor Dagan, The
in. Czechoslovakia. the "Society for Press, Meir Farber, Publishing
the History of the Jews in the Houses, and Paul Nettl. Music.
Czechoslovak Republic," which was
The present volume is the first
responsible for the production of
of three that are planned, and
a scholarly Year Book containing it is intended that these be pro-
materials of much importance by
duced in rapid succession. The
renowned scholars.
second is to be in effect a con- .
- This year marks the one
tinuation of the first, dealing
thousandth anniversary of the
with additional aspects such as:
arrival of the first known Jew
education, einigratiOn, Jewish
in the region, an event incident.
Party, movements, in useums,
ally commemorated by the gov-
sports, scholars, theater, Zion-
ernment when it issued a set of
ism, etc.; the last volume will
stamps bearing retiresentations of
the local Jewish historical monu-
ments. These stamps were with-
drawn for obvious reasons at the
time of the Six-Day War, but
they are still available to collect-
ors.
Doubtless, in -happier circum-
stances . the Prague Historical
Society would have celebrated the
event with some pomp and cir-
cumstance. Instead. the successor
of the organization, the "Society
for the History of Czechoslovak
Jews," now centered and active in

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College students attending as ob-
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increase in worship attendance and
an awakened interest by liberal
university students in Judaism.
Joel Levine, a graduate of the
University of Michigan who will
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The federation adopted at its
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calling upon the Reconstructionist
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vided the standards by which to
judge puritanical codes of sexual
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Jewish norms provide values writh
which we might ''curb the t"n-
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the experience of love."
Delegates pleaded with the lead-
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pressures necessary to bring Israel
and her neighbors into face-to-face
negotiations." They warned that
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Psychiatric Hospital
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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — A 250-bed psy-
chiatric h o s p it al was dedicated
here Wednesday by the Ezrat Nas-
him Society, which opened the
country's first psychiatric hospital
in Jerusalem in 1895. The cere-
monies were attended by Mayor
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