. . . and Me'
(Copyright 1969, JTA Inc.)
By BORIS SMOLAR
(Copyright 1969, JTA, Inc.)
ON THE ALERT: Yiddish is now becoming increasingly popular
among young American Jews who do not know the language but want
to. More and more Yiddish chairs are being established at major uni-
versities. Today, there are about 20 colleges and universities where
Yiddish is taught. At some campuses, the Yiddish classes are sponsored
by the Hillel Foundations together with the Farband Labor Zionist
The growing interest in Yiddish has brought about the appearance
on the American book market of quite a number of books s glorifying the
language. They have been published by well-known firms, and some have
even reached the best-seller level. The competition in this field is rising,
and more books on Yiddish are being announced now for publication
within the next few omnths.
This surge would naturally be welcomed by all those in this country
who have been advocating the spread of Yiddish knowledge and Mere-
, ture for years. However, some of the books introducing Yiddish to the
non-Yiddish reading public are vulgar. They create a false picture of
the language in which great literary and cultural values hitve been—
and are being—created. ``\
An alert system aimed at expoSing the vulgar character of 'some of
these volumes—as well as those writers who seek to exploit the serious
interest in Yiddish by undignified writing—has been established by Jew-
ish cultural leaders. A committee was formed this month by the YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research, in New York, which will pay special
attention to the presentation of Yiddish by publishers in a caricatured
or low form.
MILESTONE IN EDUCATION: Few American Jewish organizations
engaged in educational activities can boast of a 50-year record of con-
ducting a modern Jewish school system. The Arbeiter Ring can. The
large Jewish order has been playing an important role in American
Jewish life since its establishment at the beginning of this century.
The Yiddish school system established by the Arbeiter Ring is now
entering its 51st year. It is composed of elementary schools, and has
been built on the theory that the strengthening of Jewish identity among
American-born youngsters must start in the childhood years.
True to this basic view, the Arbeiter Ring Yiddish schools have
raised a generation Of American-born youngsters who are today in the
forefront in the ranksjof these students in colleges and universities in-
terested in the activities of the Hillel Foundatiens and in programs o
the campuses aimed at strengthening Jewish ideally among assimilate
Jewish youth. They also have raised a generation of young America
born Jews who—as young parents today—are sending their children to
the schools which they themselves attended as youngsters.
JEWISH` SOCIAL WORKERS: Quite a few professional social work-
ers in Jewish institutions are Arbeiter Ring graduates. They could never
have excelled in Jewish social work without their early Jewish school-
ing. In this respect, the Arbeiter Ring contributed no little to the
strengthening of Jewish communal life. If there is a shortage today in
qualified personnel for Jewish institutions, it is because the communities
do not lend sufficient support to schosas like those of the Arbeiter Ring,
and because they don't go out of their way sufficiently to encourage
parents to send their children to the existing Jewish schools.
The Arbeiter Ring started its modern school system at a time when
the Talmud Toras were hardly attractive for children. The situation
changed since then. Today, Hebrew school programs are on a much
higher level and under stricter educational supervision. However, it is
to the credit of the Arbeiter Ring leaders that they were practically the
first to introduce the modern Jewish school system in this country.
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At the annual Detroiters leadership reception in the Seasons South
apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Borman in Miami Beach where
$530,000 was subscribed in State of Israel Bonds in response to the
address of Finance Minister Zeev Sharef, are (from left), Dr. Joseph
J. Schwartz, vice president of the Israel Bond Organization; Mrs. Bor-
man, Abraham Borman, who presented a check for $100,000, and
Minister Sharef. Borman's purchase makes him a double Golden
Trustee of Israel.
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Who Is Free?
He is free who knows how to
keep in his own hands the power
to decide, at each step, the course
of his life, and who lives in a so-
ciety which does not block the
exercise of that power.—Sulvador
Kenen to Address
"The Myth of the Six Day War
That Never Ended: "Is There Any
Hope for Peace?", an analysis by
I. L. Kenen of American policy
and the Middle East crisis, will be
presented at the next Jewish Com-
munity Council delegate assembly
on March 12. Judge Lawrence
Gubow, Council president, will
convene the assembly at 8:30 p.m.
in Shiffman Hall of the Jewish
Ex-Detroiters in Miami
Hold 21st Purim Program
Detroit Social Club of Greater
Miami, recently held its 21st annual
Purim party at the Algiers Hotel,
With the cooperation of Dr. Ar-
turo Di Fillipi, director of the
Opera Guild of Greater Miami, an
"Opera Night" was presented with
Guild members singing numbers
from operas and musicals.
Former Detroiters recently hon-
ored by the club were Minnie Ver-
nick, Jennie Hertz Slutzker, Lee
Gross and Mary Leider.
Samuel Brickners Mark
50 Years Together
A 50th wedding anniversary
party was held recently in honor
of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brickner
of Ilene Ave. Hosts at the affair
were their children, Dr. and Mrs.
Gerald Brickner, at whose home
the party was held, Mr. and Mrs.
Abe Alpert and Mr. and Mrs. Al-
fred Holtz. The senior Brickners,
who have 10 grandchildren, were
married in Detroit 50 years ago.
TO Discuss 'Deuteronomy'
at Women's Town Hall Closer
Mrs. David J. Cohen and Mrs.
Joel Lithe, co-chairmen of the
men's Branch UOJCA (Union
o Orthodox Jewish Congregations
of America) lecture series an-
nounce that the closing lecturers
of the town hall will be Rabbi
Aaron Brander, educational direc-
tor of Bnai David Synagogue,
12:30 p.m. Monday. Deuteronomy
will be the subject of his talk. All
It is more shameful to distrust
our friends than to be deceived by
Of Weddings & Bar Mitzvahs
Miniskirted Queen Esthers Mark Purim in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Youth is
youth the world over, it was evi-
dent in the Purim festivities that
swept through the streets of Tel
Aviv Monday night. Traditional
"Queen Esthers" and "Morde-
chais" were very much in evi-
dence. But the show was stolen by
miniskirted girls, youngsters in
hippie garb, "spacemen", "cow-
boys" an d many "Bonnie and
Israeli youngsters cut loose as
is usual on Purim, a festival that
celebrates the legendary rescue of
Persian Jews from destruction. Bur
most adults, who normally join
them, canceled celebrations be-
cause of the death last week of
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. The
gesture was one of personal re-
spect. Jewish religious law does
not permit mourning during the
Hebrew calendar month of Adar.
The Megila (tale) of Esther was
read in Tel Aviv's Great Syna-
gogue and broadcast by loudspeak-
er to thousands on the streets out-
side. Special security measures
were taken, but no incidents were
The Good, the True, the Beauti-
ful! Alas, the Good is often untrue,
the True so often unbeautiful, the
Beautiful so often not good.—Isaac
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