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June 26, 1970 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-06-26

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Handleman Joins Miss Katz, Dr. Golden
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Mission of UlA
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The students met in New York
Wednesday for briefing and left
that evening. They will return to
the United States on Aug. 17. In
MISS NANCY KATZ
addition to Israel, the group is
scheduled to visit Switzerland,
Dr. and Mrs. Ben Katz of Golf-
Germany, Austria and Italy.
view Dr., Troy, announce the en-
Leading personalities of overseas
Jewish communities will discuss gagement of their daughter Nancy
their problems and way of life Ellen to Dr. Theodore A. P.
with the students who also will Golden, son of Dr. and Mrs. H.
first-hand the work of UJA's over- Maxwell Golden of Flint.
seas beneficiary agencies: The
The bride-elect is a graduate of
Jewish Agency, Joint Distribution
Committee, ORT (an organization Eastern Michigan University. Dr.
Golden
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devoted to job and technical train-
ing), and United BIAS Service in versity of Michigan Medical School.
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Shylock Rides Again

By JACK SIEGEL

(A Seven Arts Feature)

Philip Handleman of Birming-
ham, Mich., a Butler University
student, joined 30 other students
this summer in the United Jewish
Appeal's fourth University Stu-
dents Mission to Israel.

He has been selected "for his
Potential for leadership on the
campus or in his community,"
according to Charles Davidson,
UJA's director of university pro-
grams. Each student pays for his
own transportation and living ex-
penses.

WYN and HAROLD LANDIS

Friday, JIM! 26, 1970-25

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There is a spate of productions
of Shakespeare's The Merchant of
Venice. There is one in England,
one in Stratford, Canada, and there
was one in New York City. Per-
haps this is coincidence, perhaps
there is some significance. If there
is any meaning, it is difficult to
tell whether it relates to social
happenings or to the renaissance
of Jewishness in literature.
The "Merchant" is mainly the
story of Shylock. That name has
come down the years to stereotype
the Jew as a cunning, shrewd and
crafty manipulator of finance, a
man willing to take his pound of
flesh if he were not paid the money
he lent. Shylock in common Amer-
ican parlance is a money lender
who extracts exorbitant "vigorish,"
or interest. And woe to the man
who doesn't pay. He has forgotten
Shakespeare's other piece of advice
"neither a lender nor a borrower
be."
But Shylock only wanted the
blood of his tormentor and the
play has been the center of dis-
cussions over the years as to
whether Shakespeare was an
anti-Semite or not. The fact is
Shakespeare probably never saw
a Jew in his life. Jews had been
expelled from England before
his time and were not allowed
to return until after. Shakespeare
was working from stereotypes
but the genius of the writer gave
Shylock, the character, a human-
ity nevertheless.
In the hand of Baron Lawrence
Olivier it is another matter. I had
occasion to see the novel produc-
tion in London. The production
was conceived by Jonathan Miller
(of "Beyond the Fringe" fame),
now a medical doctor. Miller, by
the way, is also a Jew. Two things
were interesting about the produc-
tion. It was brought up to Victorian
times, played in near-modern dress
and it had Mr. Olivier playing
Shylock. The Victorian mode of
dress made it difficult to accept
some of the plot which, in the mid-
dle-ages framework, was plausible.
But once that was past, I waited
for the aria, the big speeches; the
one by Jew-hater Portia on the
quality of mercy and Shylock's
"Bath Not A Jew Eyes." And
there were some interesting and
touching moments.
The courtroom scene was con-
ceived as a boardroom in which
Shylock is read out of the business
community and deprived of his
property. What was touching was
.0livier's performance. As I watch-

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ed him, he grew into the good,
solid middle class Jewish burgher
of the time. In him there was good
and there was bad. In a dramatic
scene, he uses the Tallis to pray
for his daughter Jessica who has
run off with a gentile. You begin to
feel the man, and what comes out
of the production is not whether
Shakespeare was an anti-Semite
(you couldn't care less), but that
anti-Semitism exists and that it
seems eocnomically motivated.
Shylock is forced to accept con-
version. He does it with a bitter
kind of grace and goes off to
scream. As the curtain comes
down, he sings a Kaddish offstage.
It was extremely hot in London
that night but outside, near the
fruit stalls of Covent Garden, there
were knots of people arguing the
sense and direction of the play. It
had reached them that hard.

Miss SusanKersh to 1 I'M
Daryl Beck in Atlanta

MISS SUSAN KERSH

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kersh,
former Detroiters of Atlanta, an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Susan Helene to Daryl
Bernard Beck, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Herman R. Beck of Atlanta.
Miss Kersh is a senior in special
education at Georgia State Univer-
sity, where she is a member of the
Alpha Epsilon Pi Sweetheart Court.
The future bridegroom will re-
ceive a BA degree in marketing
from Georgia State University,
where he is affiliated with Alpha
Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
A Deceniber wedding is planned.

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