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December 27, 1968 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-12-27

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Friday, December 27, 1968 - 19
Diana Gould Betrothed THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
to Eliott Mendelson
NY Times' Sensitiveness to Things

Jewish Told in Harper's Article

MISS DIANA GOULD

Gay Talese has written a book
on the New York Times, soon to
be published. The first portion of
it appears in January issue of Har-
per's magazine. In it the author
reveals that the NYTimes does not
wish to be considered a "Jewish
newspaper" and he contends that
the publishers will bend backwards
to prove this point.
He maintains that the Times
often will force itself into unnat-
ural positions, contorted by com-
promise, to prove the point.
Talese, a former reporter for
the NYTimes, traces the history of
the durable newspaper dynasty
which began in 1896 when Adolph
Ochs bought the floundering daily,
up to its present eminence under
the aegis of his grandson, Arthur
Ochs Sulzberger.
"Balancing both sides, careful
not to offend, The Times wishes
to be accepted and respected for

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gould of
Church St., Oak Park, announce
the engagement of their daughter
Diana Lynn to Eliott Raye Men-
delson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sol
A. Mendelson, of Moritz Ave., Oak
Park.
The bride-elect has attended
Wayne State and Michigan State
universities and is a member of
Theta Sigma Phi, professional
journalism society. Her fiance is
HAIFA — Heading an impres-
a graduate of Michigan State Uni-
sive array of government dignitar-
versity.
ies, American communal leaders
A Feb. 2 wedding is set.
and friends of Magen David Adorn,
Congressman Emanuel Celler, na-
Aliya of Young Adults, tional chairman of the American
Red
Mogen Dovid for Israel, help-
Professionals on Rise,
ed break ground for the Haifa
Jewish Agency Reports Magen David Adorn Medical Com-
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Moshe plex in an elaborate ceremony held
Rivlin, director-general of the Jew- here.
ish Agency, reported a significant
Speaking at the affair were Rep.
increase in immigration among Celler, Dr. Charles Feinberg, na-
young persons and skilled profes- tional director of American Red
sionals from Western countries. Mogen Dovid for Israel which con-
Addressing a luncheon meeting of tributed the major portion of the
Bnai Brith executives and Wash- funds for the building; Dr. Joseph
ington Jewish communal leaders Kott, chairman of the executive
held at Bnai Brith headquarters, committee of Magen David Adorn;
Rivlin said this increase was caus- and Eliahu Elath, president of
ing Israeli immigration officials to Magen David Adorn.
Walworth Barbour, U. S. Ambas-
think in terms "not just of individ-
ual olirn (immigrants) but of a sador; Israel Minister of Health
definite aliya (immigration) move- Y. Barzilai; and Mayor Abba Khou-
ment," from the nations of the free shi, of Haifa, spoke after invoca-
world.
tions by members of the rabbinate
Rivlin said that about 30,000 im- and representatives of the Chris-
migrants have arrived in Israel tian and Moslem communities of
this year compared to 18,000 last Haifa.
The First Aid Station, Central
year and that many of them were
from countries where the Jews are Blood Bank and Emergency Clinic
under no pressure to emigrate. will occupy one of the most im-
With regard to the United States, portant and impressive sites in the
he noted that the number of im- City of Fourteen Hills. Its wards,
migrants had risen from 1,800 to operating rooms, ambulances and
about 4,500, of whom "about 60-65 blood facilities are designed to pro-
per cent are under the age of 40 vide modern, superior medical
and most of whom are skilled." He services to more than 250,000 men,
said the same proportionate in- women and children residing in the
crease is occurring in Britain, Haifa area.
The building will be named in
France, South Africa and other
honor of Celler and in memory of
countries.
his
wife, Stella, who for many
(The Jewish Agency is negotiat-
ing with the Israel Lands Authority years shared her husband's deep
to set aside a plot of land to house devotion to the life-saving cause of
400 Orthodox scientists who plan to Magen David Adorn.
immigrate to Israel from the
United States, Rabbi Mordecai Israel Summer Programs
Kirschblum, deputy director of the
Await American Teens
Jewish Agency's immigration de-
NEW YORK—The National Fed-
partment reported in Jerusalem. eration of Temple Youth (NFTY),
Rabbi Kirschblum spoke at a meet- has announced a wide range of
ing of the Zionist Actions Commit- summer overseas activities for
tee presidum which convened un- high school students "to deepen
der the chairmanship of Ehud Jewish commitment and broaden
Avriel. He said 50 families were personal experience f o r the
expected to arrive soon.)
young."
The programs are available to
Memorial Prize Honors
high school seniors and juniors
and are designed to accommodate
Late Brandeis Graduate
WALTHAM MasS.—A fund to varying skills and interests.
The NFTY Mitzva Corps, for
award an annual memorial prize
to an outstanding Brandeis Uni- example, will offer Corps members
a
unique
experience of work, study
versity senior, preferably planning
a career in dentistry, is being es- and international living. Particip-
tablished by the family and friends ants will live in the agricultural
of the late Ralph Berenberg, a village of Ben Shemen near Lod
(Lydda) and will work on projects
1965 Brandeis graduate.
Mr. Berenberg whose wife Bar- benefiting the Lod community and
the
village.
bara (Levinson) is a 1966 Brandeis
Applications should be addressed
graduate and women's resident
counselor in the university's East to NFTY, 838 Fifth, New York,
Quadrangle died in October after 10021.
a lengthy illness. Mr. Berenberg
Let me say to you that to do
was also a Brandeis resident coun-
nothing at all is the most difficult
selor.
thing in the world the most dif-
It is to do nothing that the elect ficult and the most intellectual.—
Oscar
exist.—Oscar Wilde.
• . Wilde.
- • •

Medical Complex
Set Up in Haifa
by Magen David

what it is — a good citizens
newspaper, law-abiding and loy-
al, solidly in support of the best
interests of the nation," says
Talese.
Wishing to identify with and
serve American interests, rather
than Jewish culture, the Times,
nevertheless, has a full-time report-
er who specializes in Jewish acti-
vities in this country, he reports.
This job, says Talese, is "a very
sensitive assignment whose aims
include, according to one editor,
'keeping the New York Zionists
off Sulzberger's back.' "
Veteran reporters have long been
aware of management's sensitivity
to things Jewish. This is evidenced,
Timesmen say, by the fact that the
paper has not had a Jewish man-
aging editor since it has attained
its present influential position.
Reporters also feel the need to
handle with delicacy and caution
any story about Jews, or of special
interest to Jews, he says.
This attitude, Talese believes,
stems in part back to the out-
spoken criticism of c e r t a in
American Jews by George Ochs-
Oakes, brolher of Adolph Ochs,
and father of John Oakes, pres-
ent editor of the editorial page.
George Ochs-Oakes had little use
for Jewish immigrants who clung
to foreign customs and who re-
garded Judaism as anything more
than a religion. Such people, he
maintained, created and perpetu-
ated anti-Semitism because of their
clannishness and their own bigotry.
Nevertheless, members of the
Ochs family, up to the present day,
have been subjected to anti-Semit-
ism. For example, Arthur Ochs
Sulzberger, the current publisher,
was once turned away from a re-
stricted Florida resort, and a Sulz-
berger daughter, attending private
school, was quickly assumed to be
the friend of the only other Jewish
girl in her class.
"Given these and similar inci-
dents, the fact that even the family
that owns the New York Times
can be subjected to such social
scrutiny, it is no wonder that there
would be within the institution a
sensitivity to Semitism and a
fastidiousness about keeping the
paper above reproach, untouched
by the prejudice with the nation,"
says Mr. Talese.

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