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July 18, 1969 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-07-18

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AJCommittee Publishes Findings Revealing
Noteworthy Sociological French Jewish Data

Brubeck's Jewish Cantata Premieres Next Spring

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Jazz I cantata will be used in the syna-

Dave Brubeck's "Jewish gogues as a sermon to bring
Cantata," tentatively entitled "home the message of Judaism as
"Gates of Justice," will make its an exciting dramatic mode."
premier at the Academy of Music
next spring, the Jewish Exponent
The cantata was commissioned
in 1968 by Rabbi Charles D. Mintz,
director of the Pennsylvania Coun-
Armed, uniformed guards, alarms,
cil of the Union of American He-
photography, night patrols, latest
brew Congregations.
electronic equipment, private in-
The teachings of the Prophets
vestigation for your business and
are applied by Brubeck to the con-
home. 24 Hour Service.
temporary scene, the Exponent re-
ported. The cantata is scored for
brass, organ, piano, timpani, two
soloists and a chorus.
Tenor soloist will be a cantor
who will sing the teachings of
Judaism while a Negro baritone


"the Jew can fully accept his Jew-
"Does a Jew cease to be a Jew of the Integration of North African ,
simply because he decides not to Jews, by Bijaoui-Rosenfeld, which ish identity as a normal fact of
be one?" examines the adaptation of Alger- existence."
The Benguigui survey of Jewish
"What do you think of the theory Mil. Moroccan and Tunisian Jews
university students shows that they
that it is anti-Semitism that make; who migrated to France.
the Jew?" In his introductory essay, the demonstrate a strong, positive
social psychologist. Prof. Kline- identification with Judaism and a
Are Jews racists?
These are some of the questions berg of Columbia, now at the Sor- - growing desire to learn more about
that were posed in probing the bonne. terms the studies a signific- Jewish history and traditions.
The study on integration of North
status of the Jews in France, and ant addition to the body of knowl-
the replies are part of the fascinat- edge of the Jewish population. It African Jews finds that this bite-
ing story recorded in "Aspects of helps provide the data, facts and gration is being substantially fur-
French Jewry" published for thl' figures. he declares, in helping to thered by increasing intermarriage
American Jewish Committee by answer the questions focussing on of North African Jews with native-
what are the values and character- born French Jews and Jews of
Valentine-Mitchell of London.
Eastern European origin.
There is racialism, but not rac- istics that are essentially Jewish.
ism, it is indicated. There are
Dr. Klineberg discusses the
Shuster points out that the will question their relevance to his
many positive replies to the ques -
book is part of a long-range re- life. The chorus will be the Phila-
nature of Jewish self-identity and
tions posed.
explains that feelings of identity
search program on European delphia Singing City Choir.
The studies, conducted by
will vary to some extent accord-
Jewry being carried on by Com-
Rabbi Mintz said he hoped the

Georges Benguigui, Josiane Bi-
jaoui-Rosenfeld and Georges Le-
vitte are preceded by an inn-
minating essay by Otto Koine-
berg. There is a preface by
Zechariah Shuster who directs
the .Paris office for the A./Com-
Important new sociological in-

ing to the situation. He cites as
an example the fact that "Amer-
ican Jewish students in Israel


munity Service, a cooperative

program founded 12 years ago



by the Affiance Israelite Univer-

appear to identify themselves
selle, the American Jewish Com- 8—Friday, July 1$, 1969
sometimes as Jews, sometimes
mittee and the Anglo- Jewish
as Americans. depending on the
context of the particular experi-
"This research," he continues; -
ences to which they are subject-
intended to enable one to see
- is
525,000 t. $250,000,000
not only the present realities of
The three studies examine the Jewish community life but also re-
characteristics of French Jewry. sources which may be available in
which has been markedly trans- the future. It is meant to give use-
formed since World War II:
ful insight into the changing psy-

formation on the French Jewish
community is made public in this
142-page volume containing three
major studies.
The studies are: A Changing
Community, by Levitte, an analy- The Levitte study indicates that
sis of changes that have taken "many of the traits of French
m today are to be found not
place in French Jewish life in the J
the Jewish population alone
past two decades: First-Year Jew- ju
ish Students at the University of b run through French society as
hole." In addition, the condi-
Paris. by Benguigui, a survey of a
youth attitudes: and Some Aspects tion of the country is such that

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religious organizations, civic societies.
groups, public libraries, and other The NFTS Art Calendar contains
institutions. These include the words of prayer from "The Wall
Smithsonian Institute in Washing- of Old: The Shrine Within," an
ton. Jewish congregations through- original service by Mrs. David M.
out the country, the Community Levitt of Great Neck, N.Y.. presi-
Church in New York City, and the dent of the National Federation of
Church Center at the United Na- Temple Sisterhoods, written for
Lions Plaza in New York. His work the July 1968 international confer-
is represented in many museums ence in Jerusalem of the World
and private collections and has Union for Progressive Judaism.





an English-Jewish weekly pub-1
lished here, the group calls itself
the Concerned Committee of Black I
and White Jews of Philadelphia.
Their meeting with Tassew Ma-
konnen, a member of the Ethio-
pian mission, was intended to ap-
prise the Ethiopian authorities of
their concern for the future of the
Falasha community. Mr. Makon
nen said he would relay the es-
sence of the meeting to his govern-
ment but was vague about what aid
could be rendered the Falashas,
the Exponent reported. The Fala-
shas number about 25,000 and live

located about 53,000 acres of fer-
tile land to the Falashas but the
land is heavily wooded and requires
extensive clearance for which
funds are urgently needed.
According to the letter, the Fala-
shas live in mud and thatch houses
and subsist on a diet of sorghum
and local cereal grains poor in
proteins. Infant mortality and the
incidence of debilitating diseases is
high and educational opportunities
are limited. "Prospects for the fu-
ture (of the Falashas) in their
present location do not permit ex-
pectation of genuine improve-
ment," the letter said.

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At the meeting, Rabbi Clifford
of black and white Jews from the Woods, religious leader of the He-
Philadelphia area met with repre- brew Falasha Congregation of New





Falasha Jews' Condition Discussed
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With Head of Ethiopian Mission

York, presented a letter he had re-
ceived from Yona Bogale, leader
of the Ethiopian Falasha commu-
nity, and Dr, Mario Felszer. an
Israeli physician who has been
working with the Falashas for sev-


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sentatives of the Ethiopian mission
to the United Nations in New York
in an attempt to organize aid for
the Falashas, the black Jews of
Ethiopia, whose ancient community
faces extinction because of poor

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Because they have

and the Technological Institute cf • been widely exhibited in the United
Bucharest, both in Romania, his States and in Europe.
Among the awards for artistic•
youthful interest in sculpture per-
sisted and he found time. to eail,e• 4 merif . which he has received are
by fashioning crude tools and using those from the National Sculpture
Society, the Architectural League
makeshift materials.
He emigrated to the United of New York, the National Aca-
States in 1924 and immersed him- demy of Design, the American
self in the study of art, first in Federation of Arts. the Knicker-
New York City at Cooper Union, bocker Artists and Audubon Art-
the National Academy of Design ists.
Marans has been a lecturer on
and the Beaux Arts Institute, then
at the Pennsylvania Academy of art at Brooklyn College since 1955
Fine Arts in Philadelphia and and. in addition to his sculptural
lastly at the Cincinnati Academy activities, acts as a consultant for
architectural projects of a religious
of Fine Arts.
Moissaye Maran's sculpture has nature. Ile has held office in a
been commissioned by numerous number of important professional




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health and economic conditions.
According to the Jewish Exponent,; the Ethiopian government had al-

in remote regions of Ethiopia. They
are a remnant of the quarter mil-

Unusual opportunity. .r
required. Salary and commission.
All rtpiles confidential. Reply to
Box 132.

chological attitudes of European
Jews. It is hoped that the results
of this research . . . will be useful
as a scholarly contribution and to
the workers and builders of Jewish
communal life planning structures
for future generations."

Sisterhoods' Art Calendar Features Marans' Sculptures

Striking photographs of sculpture
by Moissaye Marans—wood figures
which the artist calls his visual
sermons—illustrate the art calen-
dar issued by the National Federa-
tion of Temple Sisterhoods for the
year 5730, which will begin at sun-
down on Sept. 12.
Among the pieces of sculpture
which embody the artist's descrip-
tion are "Swords Into Plowshares"
and "The Book Against the Sword."
His subject is universal man at his
best, constantly aspiring for a bet-
ter, more peaceful world.
Moissaye Marans was born in
Romania in 1902. Living in Poland
during World War I. he witnessed
the overwhelming death and de-
struction, the suffering, confusion.
and political upheavals. His re-
action against these devastating
experiences was to form the under-
lying themes of his mature art.
Although he studied chemical en-
gineering at the University of Jassy


It is not selfish to think for one-
lion black Jews who flourished ; self. A man who does not think
THE BOOK AGAINST THE SWORD there until the end of the 19th for himself does not think at all.—
Sculpture by Moissaye Marais' Century. Oscar Wilde.


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