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July 17, 1970 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-17

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6—Friday, July 17, 1970

Judaism Emphasized at Free University in Philadelphia

of a Jewish Free

"The formation
four or five
PIIILADELPIIIA (JTA I — A i ed. and another
be agreed University also hinges on the be-
Jewish Free University. offering courses are expected to
1 study _coups in subjects of Jewish , on by the middle of the summer. lief that there is a reservoir
a wide range of Jewish
Discussing the rationale behind interest in
interests. will open here this fall, 1
studies among many students, in-
! according to Stephen R. Goldstein. the idea of a Jewish Free Univer-
cluding those ordinarily labeled
associate professor of law at the sity in Philadelphia. Goldstein ex- as uncommitted, that could be
a hinges on a tapped by high level study groups
University of Pennsylvania and
subs tantial conducted by faculty members
consultant on Jewish communal FilealireTit:hall'h
cP ah ni a jd ee ulp sh hi a chapter numr
be of Jewish ly committ ed whom they respect for their work
t he tAomt
Am erican
, faculty
in secular fields," he observed.
(Copyright 1970. JTA Inc.)
rt . how-
h most
puses. For te
1 tee.
The projected s t u d y groups,
The study groups, which will be ever, he said, they have disasso- Goldstein noted, "could enrich the
SUMMER CAMPS: Jewish summer camping in the United States.
Jewish life of both participating
which was motivated only a generation ago by objectives of health and open to college students and the . ciated their
Jewish academic
pur- faculty and students," and at the
neral public in the area. will be from their
recreation. is now being looked upon as a means of I -m o m, Jewish taught
same time, "the partimpahog fac-
taught by professors from Te
educational influences to various groups of Jewish children.
ple. Drexel. Lincoln,Villanova and ; "As such, they have been 'a ulty would become visible as at-
their rapid expansion, their role in
universities. as well negligible influence on the Jewish ' I ative Jewish models for an
As the Jewish camps began
and commitment of their stu- even larger
of students and
integrating Jewish children happily and creatively into Jewish life with- as by faculty members of the Re- life
has become more and more visible. It
Rabbinical Col- , dents and have not served their colleagues:,
in the American evi
: si:nnrner camp oives one constructionist
became obvious that several weeks in a
leoe. Wellsprings
child more Jewish education than mars months :n the Jew:ish school in
smite and some graduate stu- firmative Jewish models for their
. students and colleagues," Gold-
the city. be it in a one-day school or even one ati,:nded three times a
stein stated.
week for just a few afternoon hours.
Among professors who have
the study groups i He added that with the tremen-
One does not have to go far to look for the reason of the rive in
agreed to lead
dous resurgence of Jewish interest
is former Detroiter Dr. Daniel :
importance of the Jewish camp. The reason is clear—the camp has a
Mar, professor of political I this group of distinguished aca-.
Jewish atmosphere which the school has not. In the camp. the Jewish
demicians can foster a Jewish
child is 24 hours a day under the influence of a Jewish environment
science. ,
renaissance in this country.
while in the city the influence over him is divided between- the home.
Goldstein described the project
the public school. the street and the Jewish school. with the latter
as ' - an opportunity for college stu- .
occupying an insignificant place.
dents. other interested Philadel-
Today there are hundreds of summer camps—resident camps and phians and some of the best minds
day camps —maintained by Jewish orcanizations and institutions in this in the Jewish academic commu-
country and in Canada. and their expansion is constantly growing every
nity to explore together the many
year. In view of the continuing urban crisis. it has become the practice
facets of the Jewish experience
of some of the Jewish community camps to make beds available in
that combine to form the Jewish
country camps and spaces in day camps for non-Jewish children front people and determine their role
depressed areas. This is being done as a community service. However. in society today."
RES. 642-6836
the camps continue to place a growing emphasis on Jewish contents in
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their programs In doing so. however. they retain a focus on aiding
eir physical. social and emotional development

.A.S1S: This summer. the Jewish atmosphere in the
camps in this country and Canada will be strengthened with the arrival
of 250 educators from Israel. They have been engaged as counselors
and program specialists in a variety of summer camps. They will work
in 70 Conservative youth camps. 15 Reform youth camps. '75 camps
sponsored by Jewish community centers and in other Jewish institu-

tional camps.
It is worth noting that more than 17.000 American Jewish youths.
aged 10-18. will spend this summer in 37 summer camps of the Zionist
youth movements throughout the U.S. and Canada. But these camps are
only a fraction the number of Jewish camps now functioning in this
country. There are the Jewish cultural camps where Jewish group
living is emphasized. There are Jewish school camps. which emphasize
formal study in addition to informal educational activities. There are
Hebrew language camps where the motivation is more toward Hebrew
in Jewish culture. There are the Yiddish camps maintained by the
Arbeter Ring. the Farband. and the Sholem Aleichem schools.

And there is. of course. also the home camp. the number of which
has grown phenomenally in recent years. This form of camping is
generally an activity of the Jewish Community Center. The home camp
operates in the city and during the day only. The children live at home

and come to the camp for the day's program. Home camps associated
with Jewish schools in Center incorporate in their programs some of the

activities of the school.

TWO.WAY STREET: The camp season usually opens a two-way
street to and from Israel. While the number of Israeli counselors for
camp work in this country is increasing with every year. the number of
Jewish youths going from the United States to Israel to participate in
summer programs there is also increasing. This summer. more than
2.800 youths—mostly of high school age—will go to Israel to attend
programs sponsored by the American Zionist Foundation.

A good many of the youths register for working and living in
Kibutzim. They co e from various types of homes. Orthodox and secu-

lar. Zionist and n n-Zionist. For most of them this summer will be their
number it is already the second or third
first trip to Isra - but
organized in groups through Jewish com-
trip. Many of t
munity centers

Libertarian Ideas Implement
Prayer Book for Holy Days

being exerted
the relevance
r:gnis appeals as part of
,ers ices are :r evidence
rnayer bock in the corn-

New tr,-n.:
- the :rni'ori-
ang :he


A Center.:
and . .
has been a :.Dose leaf
book by Pi- Z:1.C: B_,:k Press of
Ifartford. Conn The co-editors.
Rabbi Sidney Greenberg and S.
Allan Sugarman. have not elimi-
nated any ef th, traditional prayers
from this Mahzor l*Rosh Hashana
}'Yom Kippur. What they did. to
emphasize "The Nev. Times." :h.:
aims for free '.
the texts. to ,...;_7. 7,7...77.7 77,7'
old prayers
gems and wit
and rejection of ,Z.17i . . .17:

Hasidic rabbis are quoted. and
also The Beetles" songs. Ex-
cerpts from the writings of chit-

dren in Theresienstadt concen-
tration camp are introduced as

reminder of the horrors under
Nazism. and in addition to ex-
cerpting from Talmud. Scriptures.
Psalms. there are choice bits
from Rabndranath Tagore. Chris-
tian scholars and libertarians.
relevant teachings to emphasize
the sanctity of the occasions.

Tnis is a definite departure from
established observance and use of
the Holy Day prayer book. While
there is the constant reminder of
the years of horrors in the Hitler
era. there' also is the emphasis on
the struggle for freedom. for sur-
vival. for independence and the
right to live of the Israelis.

The Russian enigma and the
Polish persecutions are not ignored
and in its totality this prayer book
is a - compilation of inspired writ-
ings included in the collected
prayers that have been the sources
of comfort for Jews everywhere
through the ages.

planned to date. Goldstein report-

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answers to many questions such

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male groups, what their activities

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Touching upon the patterns of
male relationships. male-female
relationships and scores of other

aspects of the question at hand.
the author deals with the race and
other issues and utilizes historic
experiences in developing his in-
teresting theme.

The spectator's judgment is sure
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