Conservative, Reform Rabbis Urged to Adopt Israel Calendar
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y. (JTA)
—The president of the Rabbinical
Assembly, rabbinical arm of Con-
servative Judaism, called Mon-
day upon the Assembly and the
Central Conference of American
Rabbis (Reform) to accept the re-
ligious holiday calendar as it is
observed in Jerusalem. This would
mean that observance of the
second day of Passover. Shavuot
and Sukkot would be noncom-
Such a decision, said Rabbi
Ralph Simon of Chicago, at the
association's 69th annual conven- '
tion, "would represent a striking
demonstration of the spiritual
centrality which Israel holds for
the Jewish world."
Rabbi Levi Olan of Dallas,
CCAR president, was present and
termed Rabbi Simon's suggestion
"extremely creative." He said he
would present the suggestion to
the CCAR executive board which
meets this week. If accepted,
this would mean that Reform
temples would have to reinstate
the second day of Rosh Hashana
in conformity with the Israel
calendar, based on the biblical
injunction to observe two days
of the New Year.
decision by the rabbis of the Tal-
mud and was relevant for all
time," he added.
(Rabbi Segal said he had been
in communication with the Ash-
kenazic chief rabbi of Israel, Isser
Untermann, and that Rabbi Unter-
mann had authorized Rabbi Segal
to sa3 that no person had the
right to abolish the second day
of Jewish festivals.)
Rabbi Simon also called Monday
for new efforts to establish a strong
Conservative movement in Israel.
Addressing 500 rabbis, he en-
umerated steps already taken to
achieve that objective. He said the
Israel Foundation for Conservative
Judaism will coordinate existing
programs and develop new pro-
jects from its offices in Jerusalem.
to finance the, activities of the when conflict looms, or
Conservative movement in israel.1 face of outspoken disagreement."
And, he said architectural plans He sad that
were being prepared for the Jeru- had "injected bewilderment, frus-
salem campus of the Jewish Theo- tration and anger into our ranks"
logical Seminary of America, the ! but urged Jews to a "continued
rabbinical and teacher training I effort on behalf of racial justice."
Ile noted widespread disappoint-
college of Conservative Judaism.
Rabbi Simon described the most ment at the failure of Christian
critical challenge to the Conser- I religious leaders to react vigorous-
vative movement today as "the ly to the threat Israel faced in
ability or willingness to make Jew-1 June 1967 and added, "If our
ish law responsive to 20th Century ecumenical activities have not pro-
problems—to bridge the gap be- ' duced results we hope, we must
tween commitment to tradition and mount a new program of spiritual
outreach to the non-Jewish world.
need for change.
Calling for increased dialogue We must not despair of the pos-
between Jews and the Negro com- sibility of creative dialogue and
munity and Jews and Christian withdraw into a 20th Century ver-
leadership, Rabbi Simon decried sion of medieval isolationism."
Israel's Beth Jacob Dean
to Interview Girls Here
Rabbi Pinchus Lewin, dean -of
the Beth Jacob Teachers Semin-
ary in Jerusalem and president of
the Beth Jacob secondary and
post graduate network, is staying
through Sunday at the home of
Rabbi Chaskel Grubner, director
of the Council of Orthodox Rabbis,
14100 Sherwood, Oak Park, 398-1017.
Schools in Israel
consist of 26
schools with close
to 2,500 pupils.
Rabbi Lewin is
in the U.S. to
rai s e $1,000,000
to help complete
the most recent
addition to the
seminary c a m-
Rabbi Lewin will interview any
qualifying high school girl grad-
uates interested in the Beth Jacob
There are currently more than
60 American girls and 700 girls
from 31 different foreign coun-
tries at the seminary.
Three Detroit girls attend the
school, and this community boasts
20 seminary graduates, half of
whom are employed by various
local Hebrew schools.
March 22—Plafkin Bar Mitzva
23—Temple Emanuel Mod-
Arabs at University
Insist on Loyalty
(Rabbi Zey Segal of Newark,
president of the Orthodox Rab-
binical Council of America, speak-
ing at a meeting of the organiza-
tion's executive board Tuesday, ex-
pressed regret over consideration
of such a move.
("Such a step," he said, "will
unfortunately bring even more
divisiveness into the American
("Jewish children attending
schools, people in business will
suddenly be exposed to the diffi-
culty when they absent themselves
from work or school on these fes-
tivals. Even the expressed desire
to conform with Israel's calendar
is a specious argument, for surely
the religious leadership of Israel
will confirm that the celebration
of the second day of festivals in
the Diaspora was an immutable
Various fund-raising activities those who succumb to
to break off communication
will be merged into one campaign ency
even in the
26—Bnai Brith Women
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27—Hadassah Board Meet- retired Israeli policeman. The
to Be Exch,mged Nov.30
MISS JOANNE BARKIN
Khlekhl family had a long record
of cooperation with the Jewish
Agency and the Jewish National
Fund prior to Israeli's indepen-
dence and took shelter in a nearby
Jewish settlement during the 1948
war because they thought they
would be killed by Arab invaders,
The three who confessed to the
Hebrew University bombing were
among more than 200 Arabs ar-
rested in recent weeks on suspicion
of terrorist acts. According to
Jerusalem police superintendent
David Barelli, they belong to three
cells of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine which have
been involved in internal feuding.
Barell declined to say how the ex-
plosives were planted at the cafe-
teria. However, he disclosed a long
list of terrorist acts in the Jerus-
alem area dating back to last Nov-
ember in which he said the three
Popular Front cells were involved.
These included the hurling of two
grenades at Israel government of-
fices in East Jerusalem several
I weeks ago; a grenade near the Jer-
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Barkin of usalem and Tel Aviv railroad lines;
Union St. NE, Grand Rapids, an- and an attempt to set fire to three
nounce the engagement of their Arab shops in East Jerusalem
daughter Joanne to Neil Stewart whose owners failed to observe ai
Schneider, son of Mr. and Mrs. strike on Balfour Day last Novem l
George Schneider of Knob Woods ber. Barelli said police had found
large caches of weapons and ex-
Miss Barkin is a senior in the plosives in several Jerusalem area
College of Education at Michigan houses. He said they included Rus-
State University. Mr. Schneider is sian-made rifles, Chinese-made re-
a senior at Wayhe State Univer- volvers, a British-made sten-gun
and a bren-light machinegun, auto-
A Nov. 30 wedding in Grand matic timing pencils, grenades and
button mines.' - • • - • • '
Rapids is planned.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
14—Friday, March 21, 1969
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