At a Friendly Encounter
-THE DETROIT. JEWISH NEWS
'Swingers' Learn What Hasidism Is All About
By LINDA ASHLEY
ter, as well as Rabbi Lieberman.
The rabbis presided at the head They invited any kind of chal-
table. In a scholarly cluster, they lenge from the students.
wore long beards and black hats
One student asked, "Why do you
wear beards and black coats?"
as they talked and ate:
"Because we think black is beau-
But the gathering before them
was an astonishing bag of mixed tiful," Rabbi Feller answered.
The weekend was organized by
fruit. The "swingers" and the
"frum" also were eating and talk- Rabbi Yitzchak Mann, the chair-
man of the Lubavitch college-uni-
It was Saturday night of a week- versity program. Although similar
end called "An Encounter With weekends have gone on for eight
Chabad" sponsored by the Luba - years in New York, this was the
vitch Youth Organization at the first in Detroit.
Rabbi Kagan said that after this
Lubavitcher Center in Oak Park.
Chabad is the "intellectual ao - success, they would have several
proach" to Hasidic Judaism, a more encounters. "We don't expect
form of Orthodoxy, which entai;s to convert anyone but rather con-
vev the basic teachings. One of the
strict obedience to the Torah.
Haya, a Detroit Yeshiva stu- students was amazed to find that
dent, wearing a shalom peace
find out. an evaluation of their Jewish eclu-
"We want to show them we can cation in which they criticized
exist and still maintain an image their parents, their teachers, their
in this world. We're not wired. classroom materials and fellow-
We're just normal people who be- students.
The 10 boy and girl critics
The gathering included students agreed that parents must make
from the University of Michigan, special efforts to create a Jewish
Wayne State, Canada and a dole- feeling at home throughout the
gation of Temple Youth Group year and not just on the High Holy
members from Dayton. The stir Days. The students also agreed
dents spent the weekend in the that parents should show an inter-
homes of the LubayitCh rabbis, est in the Jewish education of their
observing a total Hasidic Sabbath children by asking whether they
Ann Bloom, a TYG member, had done their Jewish homework
said the weekend had been great. and by discussing with them cur-
"You know we're from a Reform rent news of Jewish interest. They
temple, and I hardly keep the Sab- also asserted that Jewish parents
bath at all. It was really something should educate themselves on Jew-
to keep a strict Sabbath without ish matters.
even' any electricity.
"I'm impressed with their atti- 'The Tiger,' Comedy
tude toward God, with their non-
materialism and their mysticism. by Murray Schisgal,
And the Hasidic girls are so won-
to Be Seen at Center
derfully joyful," she said.
Open staging will be featured
Rabbi David M. Lieberman,
Front Row Center presents
dean of Yeshivath Beth Yehuda,
spoke on the "Joy of Hasid": Murray Schisgal's one-act comedy
8:30 p.m. Wednesday
"What is the source of Hasidic
joy? . . . Joy stems from honesty at the Jewish Center.
and truth, not deception . . . joy
that makes man aware of his a suburbanite matron and an in-
source and connects him to it." tellectual kook will feature Dena
joy is not an escape Margolis and Greg Larkin. and
This kind of
from reality; Rabbi Lieberman will be directed by Rick Schiller.
Mrs. Margolis has appeared at
commented, but an answer to the
World S t a g e, Vanguard Play-
restlessness modern people feel.
house and Michigan State Uni-
The discussion opened to a
panel of Rabbi Moshe Feller,
from Minneapolis, Rabbi Jacob
N. Kranz and Rabbi Yitschak M.
Kagan, both of Lubavitcher Cen-
Center Young Adults
Back Jets for Israel;
Marilyn Bettman, a participant
in the Jewish Center's young adult
program, reports that 89 members
signed a petition, calling for the
United States to immediately sell
150 Phantom jets to the state of
Israel "for the survival of her peo-
ple, and the democracy 'of the
Others who wish to write to the I
President and voice concern for
the state of Israel may obtain in-
formation from Miss Bettman, 353-
0089, or the Center's group serv-
The young adult nominating
committee has nominated offi-
cers for the coming year. They
are: for president, Barbara
Hochman, Barry Ravitz and
Steve Wolfe; for vice president,
Stuart White, Phil Katz, and
Marilyn Bettman; for recording
secretary, Denise Greengood,
Shari Lipson and Joani Fried-
man; corresponding secretary,
Beverly Cohen and Alice Perl-
mutter; and treasurer, Mark
Schwartz, Fred Golden and Nor-
For information, call Ravitz,
nominating committee chairman,
EL 3-1081, or the Center's group
Offered at Center
Applications- are being accepted .
retreat on Ilasidism. "The "Hasidic
rabbi in Dayton, Rabbi Weinstr.;ii
who came with us, told us about
oyernieht camp-out specialist.
counselor, mmor counselor and
at the Jewish Center for summer
Rabbi Howard L. Greenstein of positions of unit SU pervisor, atM
Temple Israel in Dayton explaira-ct letie specialist. water safety • in-
that TYG was planning to have a , structnr, arts and crafts specialist,'
AND HIS ORCHESTRA
this encounter. And we thought it
Interested parties are asked to
had to be better than anything tile an application immediately so
YOUR CANDID COLOR
we'd learn second hand," he said. an interview can be arranged. Fot
"It's been very successful, the applications and information, cell
fullest expression of encounter."
group services, DI 1-4200.
The room burst with Hasidic
singing and chanting, and all smil-
ing eyes were directed to a tab!c JDC Renews Grants
where smooth-looking young mod- to Four at Hebrew U.
ems were beating enthusiastic
Four graduate students taking
rhythm along with the bearded advanced courses in social work
WHEN PHOTOGRAPHED BY
and sociology under scholarship,
granted by the Joint Distribution
Committee, have had their schol-
arships renewed for the 1969-
1970 academic year, it was an-
Teachers should learn the areas nounced by Samuel L. Haber,
of student interest and work these JDC executive vice chairman.
into the curriculm, they said.
The awards come from special
According to Steven Low, one of legacy funds and not from the
classes wanted more current Is- regular JDC budget, Haber
raeli material, folk singing, danc- said. They are administered by
ing, films, slides, discussion groups JDC and supervised by the Paul
and book reports. The students de- Baerwald School of Social Work.
clared that many teaching mate-
Invitations and Party Ac-
The school, established by the JDC.
rials were "redundant" and urged is now part of the Hebrew Univer-
cessories for all occasions.
that such materials either be sity in Jerusalem.
made interesting or dropped.
Fellow-students also came in for
If I ever felt inclined to blush, it
criticism. The young critics said would not be at the crooked be-
that students should develop an havior of men, but at their crooked
interest in the school programs and intellectual processes.
refrain from blaming the teacher
— Norman Douglas.
for everything they did not like.
They agreed that their Jewish
education was important now and
they expressed regret that they
had not realized this earlier.
I They agreed also that the stu-
dent must want to learn and that
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button, explained the weekend:
to serve as a learning ex-
perience for college students who
ALTON, Ill. (JTA )—Members of
don't know anything about Ilasi- the senior high school class of
die Judaism and are willing to Temple Israel here took part in
these bearded . men
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A thought must tell at once, or
not at all.
Oh, for a life of sensations rather
than of thoughts!
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SESSION 2—July 12-Ju1y31 6th, ith, 11th, 9th and 10th grades .
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versity, and has been seen in
leading roles for Center Theater.
Larkin has previously played the
same role of Ben in "The Tiger"
at Wayne State University.
Schiller is a graduate of the
theater arts department of the Uni-
versity of Michigan and was a pro
fessional director for community
theaters for 10 years.
Refreshments will follow the per-
Newly Chosen President
MR. AND MRS. SMOLINSKY
Henry and Tillie Smolinsky of
Burton Ave., Oak Park, were re-
cently honored at a dinner party in
Cong. Shaarey Shomayim on the
occasion of their 50th wedding an-
Rabbi Leizer Levin participated
in the ceremony, and Cantor Reu-
yen Frankel led the guests in com-
Hosting the party were the cou-
ple's children, Mr. and Mrs. Nor-
man I. Leemon, Dr. and Mrs.
Leonard Schreiber, Mr. and Mrs.
Sol Haberman, Dr. and Mrs. Rob-
ert Klein of Whittier, Calif.. and
Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Tukel. Also
present were their 18 grandchil-
dren and one great-grandchild.
Isadore E. Millstone, of St.
Louis, a vice president of the
National Jewish Welfare Board,
was elected president of the
World Federation of YMHAs and
Jewish Community Centers. The
federation is an international
alliance of national associations
of YMHAs in 16 countries of
North and South America, Eu-
rope, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Topic for Single Adults
The Single Adult group of the
Jewish Center will hear Richard
Lobenthal, associate professor of
sociology at Wayne State Univer-
sity and director of the Anti-De-
famation League, speaking on the
"Impending Eco-catastrophe," 8:30
p.m. Tuesday at the Center. Coffee
and conversation will follow. Nom-
inal admission charge.
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