30--Friosy, August 7, 1970
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Cantor Speaks Up
for 'Now' Sound in
Editor, The Jewish News:
On July 17. you carried an arti-
cle by Cantor David J. Putterman
which contained in it some com-
ments that I must respond to It
dealt with the matter of demeaning
the sanctity of sacred religious text
and the reaction of Cantor Putter- ,
man to the utilization of "Rock in
Let me make it perfectly clear'
at the beginning that I am not an
anti-traditionalist nor am I a radi-
cal advocate for the utilization of
rock music in the synagogue but
I find it very difficult to accept
many of the hypotheses stated in
the article by Cantor Putterman.
As the waltz became standard
in the synagogue in the late 1800s
when Cantor Sulzer from Vienna
wrote the "Shma" and the "Kid-
usha" in three-quarter time, there-
by using the music of his day, and
whereas our congregants enter the
synagogue wearing the latest fash-
ions, and whereas the synagogue it-
self is adorned in the most modern
of architectural embellishments re-
flecting the materials and styles of
our day and age—how can we ex-
pect our music to speak in a lan-
guage of antiquity? . .
No synagogue in this city
chants the music in the Arabic
musical tradition of our fore-
fathers. Many of our congrega-
tions are divesting themselves of
the ghetto wail of Eastern Eur-
ope. I do not know exactly what
form the future of our American
musical tradition will take. It
must have style; it must have
good taste. Many of our leading
cantors of the past took the
glorious chants of the Hasidim !
and interpreted them in a most
crass and commercial way.
I do not advocate that we switch
to "rock" but I will not close my '
mind, nor my ear, nor silence my
voice in experimenting honestly ,
and sincerely with all forms of con-
temporary musical expression:
thus, being a true sheliah tsibur,
able to lead the congregation in
worship and finding that musical '
vehicle that will have meaning and
understanding in our day and age.
In experimentation, it is not im-
portant that everything be good,
that everything be perfect—for then
it would not be an experiment.
I plead for an open mind and for
a commitment to invite our com-
posers who wish to express them-
selves for the modern synagoue.
to write honestly and sincerely.
without restriction or sanction. I
only ask that they be knowledge-
able Jews. familiar with Hebrew
and tradition, and write out of :I
fervor and love for Judaism.
CANTOR HAROLD ORBACII
Detroit area agents have
qualified as members of the 1970
cepted by Jewish communities
President's Council of New York
throughout the world. But we must
Life Insurance Co. They are JESSE
not allow this. "Halacha" must he W. ANTMAN, MANUEL KATZ-
abided, and this does not consider MAN, RUDOLF LEITMAN, RON-
"instant conversions" as true con- ALD M. SCHECHTER AND LOUIS
versions. This harbinger of inter- I. ZUCKERMAN.
marriage and assimilation through-
out the world must be stopped. The
HAROLD 0. ZIMMAN, Lyon,
Israeli government should return
to its original policy.
Now It Is Bringing
'Hebrew' Back Alive
Wayne State University's college
of pharmacy, who became inter-
DR. MARTIN BARR, dean
Editor, The Jewish News:
What a glorious campaign—to
ested in the work of the Michigan
Heart Association because he want-
ed to study "the techniques of
community activities," was elected
president of the association's Oak-
land County Heart Unit at the an-
nual meeting of the unit's board.
Dr. Barr, 20285 Beachhaven,
Southfield, was formerly chairman
of the school health committee of
the unit. He succeeds Dr. Murray
Gray, Oak Park internist.
bring people back alive!
And how much more valuable it
is when it also helps keep Hebrew
To keep Hebrew alive it must be
Therefore, let's get this entire
MAXWELL M. GURMAN was
named executive director and pub-
Both your correspondents failed
, tic relations counsel of the new
to get at the correct Hebrew.
Metropolitan Chapter of the
To bring them back alive in He-
tional Foundation-March of Dimes.
brew, pronounce it Haviehm Kha-
Elected to the executive commit-
, tee were Mrs. Florine Mark of
In the spirit of safe living with Farmington: Irving Meckler and
Nearly every one has an idea
about hospitalization but few are
aware of its status as Michael
Crichton explains "The Hospital."
In "Five Patients—The Hospital
Explained," an Alfred Knopf vol-
ume, Crichton deals with the five
case histories and from these
studies he develops an important
theme in which the medical pro-
fession will be as interested as the
Very serious cases and the ex-
periences in the hospitals are rep-
resented in this record, and the
volume by Crichton, his first non-
fiction book, will serve, undoubt-
edly. to encourage progressive
attainments envisioned by the
Crichton anticipates that the
hospital will cease to be a con-
valescent facility, that it will
curtail in-patient diagnostic
work, with its custodial function
already reduced and soon to be
eliminated. Ile notes that "hos-
pitals are becoming so expensive
that financial considerations will
soon become the paramount de-
terminant of function."
Changes in hospital functions, he
predicts, will affect medical educa-
tion and "as the hospital reaches
outside its walls, so will medical
Editor, The Jewish News:
education." The fear noted and
The policy of "official recogni- expressed by doctors and patients
tion" in Israel is a threat to our "that the individual may cease to
Jewish identity. It is a harbinger he treated as a person, that he
of future intermarriage.
may become merged into sonic
To recognize non-Jews who went faceless, very lonely crowd" as a
through "instant conversions" by result of new directions now in
Reform rabbis is a terrible disserv- evidence.
ice to our people. In the past, we
Crichton advocates knowledgea-
have been subject to anti-Semit- bility among patients stating that
ism because of our unwillingnes,, "only the most insecure and unin-
for intermarriage. Now our own telligent physicians wish to keep
people have placed such a threat patients from becoming more
upon us. It won't be long before knowledgeable." Ile declares:
we will have doubts about every;
"When one considers a medical
marriage as to whether any non- institution, such as the hospital,
Jewish origin is involved. Many i the importance of a knowledgeable
unfortunate ones won't even real- public becomes clearer. Hospitals
ize that they are allowing inter- are now changing. They will
marriage to take place.
change more, and faster, in the
The fact that Israel's laws are future. Much of that change will
confined within the state does not be a response to social pressure,
relieve the rest of us from this a demand for services and facili-
terrible ' situation. The policy of ties. It is vital that this demand
'Official Recognition' •
'Threat' to Judaism
"official recognition" will be ac-
Mass., communal leader, amateur
sportsman and publisher, has been
reappointed chairman of the Na-
tional Jewish Welfare Board health
and physical education committee.
it was announced by Morton L.
Mandel. JWB president.
be intelligent and informed."
David Newman of Detroit: and
Robin Seymour of Southfield.
Members of the medical advisory
committee, all physicians, include
Samuel Bernstein, Joseph A.
Schwartzburg and Lester Weiss.
Named to the board of advisers
for the new Metropolitan Chapter
are, among others, Alan E. Sch-
wartz, Nate S. Shapero and Leon-
ard N. Simons.
Prof. MORDHAY AVRON of the
Weizmann Institute biochemistry
department has been appointed
chairman of the Israel National
Council of Research and develop-
ment. Two other Institute scien-
tists, Prof. AVRAHAM PATCH-
ORNIK (biophysics department)
and Prof. SMIL RUHMAN (ap-
plied mathematics department)
have also joined the council.
Rabbi MILTON ROSENBAUM
of Temple Emanu-El, Oak Park.
has been re-elected as a member
of the national executive board of
the Central Conference of Amer-
But Number of Jews Remain
Mini-Exodus From Egypt Reported
Jewish families had chosen to stay
in Egypt, and the Cairo rabbi,
Haim Douek, remained with them.
However, Jewish officials in Lon-
don insist that more than four
Jewish families remained in Egypt,
and some of them would want to
leave if they were allowed to do
so. For this reason, officials have
said nothing publicly about the
"mini-exodus." The most recent
The report came initially from
estimate of Jews in Egypt is be-
the East European affairs expert
800 and 1,000.
of the London Observer, Laos tween
LONDON—A number of Jewish
families have secretly left Egypt
in recent weeks with the approval
of the Cairo government, it was
confirmed here by international
Jewish organization officials.
Being cared for by HIAS in an
Italian transit center, the families
are said to number approximately
Lederer, who claimed that Presi-
dent Nasser of Egypt has "secret-
ly allowed all Egyptian Jews who
wish to leave the country to do
so." This statement was greeted
with some skepticism by Jewish
officials, who said a number of
families remain in Egypt.
Lederer said that the 90 fami-
lies—including their men who
had been kept in prison or
camps since the Six-Day War—
left for Europe in July. They
were not allowed to take any
possessions with them.
but the Kids!
Lederer claimed that only four
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SHOSHANA SHOSHAN. Israeli
soprano, will sing on the Aug. 14
edition of television's "David Frost
Show." Her selections will be "0
Bobbino Caro" from Puccinis
"Gianni Schicchi" and the Israeli
folksong "Ura Dor."
The Center Symphony Orchestra,
under the direction of Julius Cha-
jes, will introduce a series of six
Sunday afternoon concerts replac-
ing Tuesday evening concerts, be-
ginning Oct. 11.
Soloist will be the young pianist
Jonathan Purvin, who will play
Tschaikowsky's Piano Concerto No.
1. This will mark Purvin's Detroit
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