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Grand Rapids
News Notes

Feb. 14—USY Sabbath
15—Grand Rapids Temple
Youth Meeting
17—Ahavas Israel Sisterhood
18—Women's Bnai Brith Board
19—Hadassah Board
20—Temple Emanuel Inter-
faith Service
• • •
Temple Emanuel youth will join
the Muskegon temple youth for a
skiing, social weekend Saturday
and Sunday.
• • •
Woodland Mall will feature an
"Israel Week" in cooperation with
the Israel Government Tourist
office Feb. 23-28. Two photographic
displays to be on exhibit are "Land
of the Bible" and "Second Look at
the Israelis." An "Evening in Is-
rael" will be held 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in
the auditorium of the mall. Gideon
Sde-Or, assistant Midwest director
of the Israel Government Tourist
office, will deliver a brief lecture,
show a new film and answer ques-
tions. Admission is free.
• • •
Ahavas Israel Youth joined
United Synagogue Youth members
from four cities in Kalamazoo for
the Quad-City ICinnus. The conven-
tion drew USYers from Kalamazoo,
Benton Harbor, Flint and Grand
Rapids.

Lansing Dateline

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Cong. Shaarey Zedek will hold a
board meeting 8 p.m. Tuesday at
the synagogue.
• • •
Lansing Chapter of Hadassah
will meet 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at
Cong. Shaarey Zedek, it was an-
nounced by Mrs. Donald Baron,
president. Guests and prospective
members are invited. A program
is planned.
• • •
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shanker of
Glenmoor Rd., East Lansing, an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Sally Ann to Jeffrey I.
Grossman, son of Dr. and Mrs.
Louis Grossman of Tempe, Ariz.
Miss Shanker attended Eastern
Michigan University and expects
to continue her studies at Mich-
igan State University. Her fiance
attended the University of Arizona
State. The couple plans to marry
Aug. 16.
• • •
Cantor Bruce Wetzler of Cong.
Shaarey Zedek sang and lectured
on Jewish liturgical music at a
meeting of the Federated Music
Club of America at Eaton Rapids,
Mich. Folk and Israeli selections
also were on his program. Cantor
Wetzler has been re-elected to his
sixth term as chaplain of the Lans-
ing Council of Veterans Organiza-
tions. He also serves as chaplain
of the Jewish War Veterans' Har-
vey Dater Post, of which Bernard
Friedland is commander.

Buffalo Federation Elects
First Woman President

BUFFALO (JTA) — Mrs. Milton
Kahn, a vice president of the
United Jewish Federation of Buf-
falo from 1960 to 1968, has been
elected the federation's first wom-
an president.
She is also vice president of the
United Fund of Buffalo and Erie
County, and a member of the
boards of the Buffalo chapter of
the American Red Cross; the
Anti-Defamation League of Bnai
Brith, the State Communities Aid
Association of New York and other
organizations.

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Fiiday, February 13, 1970
Fund to Honor Richards;
His Works to Be Published Israel's Ties With S. Africa Limited,

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Black Newsmen Assured by Official

Bernard G. Richards, is shown being honored on his 90th birthday
by the presentation of a check representing a fund to finance the pub-
lication of his works. Shown with the guest of honor as the check was
presented are Samuel Rothberg (right), national campaign chairman
of the Israel Bond Organization, who served as chairman of the
sponsoring committee, and Joseph Brainin (left). Brainin died of
a heart attack two days later. (See obituary, Page 47).



NEW YORK—Bernard G. Rich-
ards, foremost personality in the
American Jewish community for
more than half a century, was hon-
ored on his 90th birthday Feb. 5 by
a group of intimate friends at a
luncheon at the Plaza Hotel here.
Richards, widely recognized as
the dean of American Jewish
writers and communal" leaders, is
head of the Jewish Information
Bureau. He has played a key role
in Jewish affairs for many years,
and led the American Jewish dele-
gation to the peace conference fol-
lowing World War I.
In honor of his birthday, a fund

Dr. Horace Kallen
Ends Half Century
at New School

NEW YORK—Prof. Horace Mey-
er Kallen, who joined the New
School for Social Research at its
founding in 1919, taught his last
class there Feb. 4, ending a half-
century as teacher of philosophy.
Dr. Kallen, 87, whose outspoken
views on such issues as the Sacco-
Vanzetti case earned him his share
of notoriety, is a long-time Zionist
—a result, he said, of a Yankee's
influence.
The son of a strict Orthodox
rabbi in Boston,
the German-born
Kallen almost
cast aside his
Jew i s h identity.
However, his pro-
fessor of English
literature at Har-
vard University,
Bar r e t Wendell,
showed him how
the Old Test a-
ment had affect-
ed the Puritan Prof. Kallen
mind and traced the role of the
Hebraic tradition in the develop-
ment of the American character.
Wendell "naturalized" Kallen in
the Old Testament, and the
younger man later turned Zionist,
about 1902.
Dr. Kallen was brought to
this country at age 5 and was
graduated from Harvard magna
cum laude, getting a PhD five
years later. Because of his habit
of speaking his mind, he was re-
jected for a regular faculty
appointment at Harvard, and he
was dismissed from the Prince-
ton and University of Wisconsin
faculties. He found his element
at the New School and stayed 50
years.
Dr. Kallen has some 30 books
to his credit, and is preparing an-
other on "Creativity, Imagination
and Logic." He said he will con-
tinue teaching "every chance I
get."





is being presented to Richards
to finance the publication of his
works, which deal with many as-
pects of Jewish affairs.
Samuel Rothberg, national cam-
paign chairman of the Israel Bond
Organization and chairman of the
board of governors of the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, was chair-
man of the luncheon and of the
sponsoring committee. The secre-
tary of the sponsoring committee
was Joseph Brainin, prominent
newspaperman and columnist and
former executive vice president of
the American Committee for the
Weizmann Institute, whose death
occurred Feb. 7.
Among those taking part in
the luncheon honoring Richards
w e r e Maurice Samuel, noted
writer; Jacob Glatstein, famous
Yiddish poet; Prof. Moshe Davis
and Nathan Rotenstreich of the
Hebrew University; Rabbi Ira
Eisenstein, president of the Jewish
Reconstructionist Foundation and
Dr. Menahem Schmelzer, chief
librarian of the Jewish Theological
Seminary.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israel's
policies of aid to the emerging
nations of black Africa and the
"sticky question" of its relations
with the republic of South Africa,
were explained in detail to a group
of visiting American Negro jour-
nalists in Jerusalem recently.
An almost verbatim report of
the briefing given the American
group by Mordechai Lador of the
Israel foreign ministry, was pub-
lished in the New York Amster-
dam News, the largest black
weekly newspaper in America.
The account was given by Dick
Edwards, a columnist for the
Amsterdam News, in the second
part of his series "Black Man in
Israel."
Edwards was one of 10 black
newsmen from all over the United
States invited on a fact-finding
tour of Israel. The tour was or-
ganized by the Bnai Brith Anti-
Defamation League and was con-

ducted by the Israel government.
Quoting Lador on. Israel's pro-
gram of technical aid to black
African countries, Edwards wrote:
"We find that in many of these
countries, the Israeli experience is
close to the African people. For
instance, if they came to Amer-
ica . . . and went to the Ford
Motor Co., it is so huge that, go-
ing back to African countries, it
is completely irrelevant to local
African situations.
The chances of establishing a
Ford company in Liberia, or
even Ghana, are remote. Here
(in Israel) we have smaller
plants, people get to know each
other and logically speaking,
plants here are more relevant
to local African conditions."
Edwards reported that the
Israeli official "fielded the sticky
question on why the Israelis did
business with racist South Africa
with the following explanation:
'We have limited relations with
South Africa in order to express
the displeasure of Israelis with
their apartheid policies. We don't
diplomatic mission is headed by
a charge d'affaires.

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TEL AVIV (ZINS) — There were
240 Israel fatalities during 1969
from front-line encounters with the
enemy and acts of Arab terror.
This is an average of one victim
every 36 hours.
Ironically, however, the toll of
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'We have in the United Nations
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