to Honor Cantor
Msgr. Oesterreicher: Israel Must
Not Be Abandoned; Passion Play Hit
26—Friday, June 19, 1970
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Dr. Lichten, however, expressed
SOUTII ORANGE, N. J. (JTA)
—''We dare not abandon Israel in concern that "Catholic-Jewish co-
the hour of her greatest need" was operation is losing its priority with-
the plea of .Monsignor John Oester- in the Catholic community" and
reicher to participants in the open- urged that "interreligious coopera-
ing session Sunday of the second tion must not be pushed to the
annual Menorah Institute at Seton bottom of today's agenda."
Ile declared that he was con-
The institute, which will con- cerned because "the memory 'of
tinue through June 24, is spon- the Nazi holocaust, instead of re-
sored. by the A n t i-Defamation maining a lesson to all of us, has
League of Mai lirith and Seton faded into non-existence." He said
Hall's Institute of Judeo•Christian
. Oesterreicher said "We
must shout from the housetops that
fill] of promise, has
(Mitt to In e. that It must be al-
lo ,! to cotilinueits oarsuit of
- Thom h
am; striii,... 11inJ
Israel. a peopl e of heart.
sends doctors. eni2.ineer.4 and
cultural experts to far-away places
. . •. And it is this unselfish land
that Arab leaders and terrorists
wish to wipe off the nia7, - he con-
"The greatest danger to Israel's
existence today, he stated, comes
not from Arab armies or bands
of terrorists but from the presence
of Russian military experts, gun-
ners and pilots in Egypt.
"There are those who like to
belittle the danger, who feel that
the Russians just wish to frighten
Israel's government into yielding,
that what must be remembered is
that the "disaster of Auschwitz
symtmlites our real brotherhood,
the fate of many nations. of many
relijons. and not only of the Jew-
ish people "
Dr. Lichten said he was con-
cerned : , ecause in tfIC UM !I of
ul,e ,. - aminerLIall. a Passion Play is
beiu.; performed "Rather than
emar,atin...! love for all men, as
would have been fitting. It is pro-
pa:!atin.: prejudice and hatred. - he
declared. "With only slight chang-
ss, this is the same performance
and the same Passion Play which
Hitler praised so highly (luring
the Second World War, while the
gas chambers and ovens of Ausch-
witz were in full operation."
to all sorts of demands," he de-
clared: "Into the ears of all those
who view the Middle East situation
as not grave, I would like to
shout: Remember Hungary, re-
member Czechoslovakia! . . . We
must not hesitate to demand of
our administration that it give to
Israel all the aid she needs . . ."
Dr. Joseph L. Lichten, na-
tional director of the department
of intercultural affairs of the
ADL, discussing the present
state of Catholic-JewiSh rela-
tions in the light of Vatican H,
and events of the past year, ob-
served that a number of posi-
tive developments have occurred.
These include the emergence
from the Catholic community of a
document adopted by the bishops
of New York, Brooklyn-Queens and
Rockville Center dioceses, "Guide-
lines for the Advancement of Cath-
olic-Jewish Relations," and an in-
service teacher training program
on Jewish religion and Jews in
the literary field jointly sponsored
by the ADL and the New York
Mrs. Sumner Wyman of Stam-
ford, Conn., has been elected
president of the 500-family Tem-
ple Sinai. A graduate attorney
and former captain in the Wom-
en's Army Corps, Mrs. Wyman
is the wife of a prominent adver-
tising executive and the mother
of two sons. Spiritual leader of
the Reform temple is Rabbi
Samuel M. Silver.
By BENNETT CERF
ITY the predicament of the puny, undersized magician
who had to give up his profession. He was so weak the
rabbits kept pulling him into his hat.
Oscar Levant, who has
made a tidy 'fortune out of
exploiting h i s countless
gripes and allergies, is also
an accomplished pianist.
Back in the 30's, in fact, he
achieved wide recognition
ns the accompanist of
George Gershwin and for
his own vigorous interpre-
tation of "Rhapsody in
One night Gershwin re-
ceived a. hurry call to ap-
pear as soloist with a sym-
phony. orchestra. in Pitts-
burgh and persuaded Le-
vant to keep him company on the overnight train ride from Penn
Station. (There were no jets in those days!)
Gershwin took it for granted that the lower berth was hls
proper due. Before dousing the light, the somewhat disgruntled
Levant peered over the edge of the upper berth to see Gershwin
sprawled out comfortably below, smoking a big black cigar. He
smiled up at Levant and remarked pleasantly, "Do you know
what this picture represents, Oscar? The difference between tal-
ent and genius!"
Rat' itz will
A current joke in Cairo today: "If it took us nine months to
destroy sixty percent of the Israeli air force, how long will it take
us to destroy the remaining hundred percent?"
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William A. Genser and Sam
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Eric Rosenow and his Continen-
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The cantor has been especially
active in the Israel Bond cause.
has hosted a number of Israel
Bond affairs at his home and has
received nationwide recognition for
his support of Israel and Israel
Bonds. He was named an honor-
ary fellow of the Cantors Insti-
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Beth El Re-Elects
Try and Stop Me
• • •
Detroit Common Council Presi-
dent Mel Ravitz will be a special
guest at the Beth Abraham testi-
monial dinner 6:30 p.m. Monday
at Beth Abraham.
The dinner will honor Cantor
Shabtai A ck e r-
man, Beth Abra-
ham man of the
year, for his 15
years' service to
the commu nit y
and the state of
Robet N. Canvasser was re-
elected president of Temple Beth
El at the 120th annual meeting.
Other officers elected were Har-
vey Willens and Jay W. Allen,
vice presidents; and Merton J.
Elected to the board of trus-
tees for a three-year term were
Gordon S. Gard, Edward C.
Levy, Sr., Marshall F. Loewen-
stein, David K. Page, Samuel
Petok and Richard Strichartz.
Walter Shapero was elected for
a one-year term.
Trustees held over are Paul
Broder, Stanley Clamage, Mrs.
Joseph Garlock, Paul Handleman,
Bernard R. Isenberg, Richard
Kux, B. L. Maas, Mrs. Marshall
Miller, Marvin Novick, Martin
Stein and Sidney Solomon.
Two representatives from the
sisterhood, men's club and married
group, the chairman of the reli-
gious school committee and the
chairman of the cemetery board
will serve as ex-officio members
of the board of trustees.
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Jewish grocer and a Negro boy
that eventually evolve into mutual
understanding and love, was
named as the best single dramatic
program of the 1969-70 television
It received an Emmy award
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Television Arts and Sciences in
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British star Peter Ustinov, who
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