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July 10, 1970 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-10

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Story of 'Jennie,' Genius of Grossinger's
Inspirer of Fountainhead of 'Borsht Belt'

A distinguished lady whose fame cesses that become possible as
has spread to many lands whence compensations for labors in a dedi-
came guests at her resort hotel is cated American atmosphere.
the subject of a. -
The Jennie story is especially
truly delightful
noteworthy because it relates an
untold number of anecdotes, It
"Jennie and the
is in great measure about the
Story of the Gros-
hostess whose personal role was
singers" is told
so vital to the Grossinger ven-
with love and ad-
ture. Also—it is a tribute to the
miration by Joel
genius of the woman who ele-
Pomerantz. Pub-
vated her resort to a noble posi-
lished by Grosset
tion as a respecter of the Jewish
and Dunlap, this
dietary laws, as a gatherer of the
full length biog-
greats in Jewry and for most
gaphy gives a
notable Jewish gatherings, while
full account of
also influencing eminent non-
Jennie Grossin-
Jews of all faiths and races for
ger's childhood„
a unity in brotherhood, and as a
the family's in-
cornerstone for the "Borsht
terests, the begin-
nings of the _ -
George Jessel called Jennie "the
sort hotel and its Jennie
emergence into a legend marked best-known innkeeper." This is
it very simply, when as a
by realities.
Many of the great stars of the
Project to Rediscover
American theater and of those
who predominate in the night- Jewish Values Begun
clubs stemmed from the first
successes they attained at Gros- by NY College Students
singer's. "Lindy's with trees" is
ALBANY (JTA) — A group of
the way Damon Runyon de-
students at the State University of
scribed Grossinger's. George New York at Albany (SUNYA) is
Jessel, Eddie Cantor, Red But- planning to launch a "Jewish Re-
tons, Rocky Marciano, Nobel discovery Project" on the campus
Prize winners, noted scientists,
next fall.
labor leaders, politicians, gov-
Its motivation is "a common de-
ernors, senators, a world's who's
sire to rediscover Jewish values
who passed through Grossinger's.
relevant to current problems and
On that score alone the Jennie to act upon such problems as a
story emerges as a fabulous tale Jewish group," according to a
of a woman's successes. But it is prospectus released here.
the family story that equals if it
The students are working with
does not surpass the one about the Rabbi Leonard M. Kaplan of Cong.
notables at the resort in the Ohav Sholom, the Jewish religious
adviser at SUNYA.
They estimate the Jewish student
There were the early struggles—
the all-too-generous portions in the population at 2,370 or 19.5 per cent
East Side New York restaurant of the 12,125 total, and the Jewish
that caused failure in a venture faculty at 200 members, 9.2 per
that afterward directed them to the cent of the total.
According to Rabbi Kaplan, Jew-
Catskills. Then began the great
success that is synonymous with ish student activists are already
the American dream, with the suc- largely responsible for the creation
of the first full Judaica department
in the entire New York State Uni-
Israeli Court Rejects
versity system, which will open in
under the chairmanship
Private Civil Marriages of Prof. Jerome
They also are responsible for
district court rejected the applica-
a Free University of Judaica,
tion of two Israeli couples to have
offering courses that would not
their "private" marriage recogn-
normally come under the Judaica
department, a kosher food plan
The couples, Ilan Rogizinsky and
provided by the university and a
Yael Tzahori of Kibutz Evron, and
special Passover food plan ad-
Danni and Tamar Shifoni, of
ministered by the university,
Kibutz EM Dor, petitioned for
Rabbi Kaplan reported.
recognition of their nonreligious
The prospectus calls for four sub-
marriages on grounds that they
cooperatives—a study cooperative,
are non-believers.
an information cooperative, an ac-
They said that to require them tion cooperative and a religion co-
to undergo marriage ceremonies operative. In the latter, students
performed by a rabbi according will explore Hassidism as an ave-
to Orthodox ritual amounted to nue to mystical experience. "Many
religious coercion and violated college students turn to drugs and
their consciences.
the Eastern religions searching for
The court, obviously sympathetic a mystic and deeply spiritual ex-
to the couples, stated that Israeli perience," the prospectus said.
law, which precludes civil mar- "Most of these are not at all aware
riage, is so clear on this point of Judaism's great mystic and
that even the plea of coercion is spiritual tradition. Especially rele-
insufficient to override it.
vant to this quest is Hasidism,
They were advised to take their which stands unique as the world's
plea to "the forum of public opin- only popular mystic movement."
ion as a molder of legislation."
The proposed study cooperative
would include in its curriculum
Jewish pacifism; environment;
Jewish attitudes toward women;
To any state. Also drivers furnish-
Jews and blacks as oppressed peo-
ed to drive your car anywhere.
ples; Zionism and Jews, and revo-
Legally insured and I.C.C. licensed
lution. The program of the action
cooperatives lists liaison between
and Blacks, liaison with Black
9970 Grand River
Panther s, activism for Jewish
Detroit, Mich. 48204
needs on campus, civil liberties
activism and drug counseling pro-
WE 1-0620-21-22

Process of Aliya

The process of going to Jerusa-
lem is called Aliya because
Jerusalem was located on a hill
and naturally the approach would
be an upward one. Tradition has
it that going to Israel or Jerusalem

is not only an upward journey geo-

graphically, but also spiritually.
Going to Israel is considered an
elevation for the soul and the hu-
man personality.

matter of fact the head of Gros-
singer's emerged as a lady taking THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, July 10, 1970-13
part in most important world Jew-
ish affairs, as a personality in-
fluencing many Jewish and other
Many awards were given Jennie.
The record is long and impressive.
The record of them is only part of
this well-illustrated story which
reads like a fairy tale but is re-
ality; in which the author gives
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