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August 14, 1970 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-08-14

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Dr. Joseph Schwartz Retires as Vice President of Israel Bonds

NEW YORK — Dr. Joseph J.
Schwartz, vice president of the Is-
rael Bond Organization for the
past 15 years and former execu-
tive vice chairman of the United
Jewish Appeal, has retired as chief
executive officer of the Israel Bond
Drive, it was announced by Abra-
ham Feinberg, president of the
Israel Bond Organization.
In a statement issued upon his
retirement, Dr. Schwartz explain-
ed that he was doing so after 15
years of "rigorous duties" in
administering the operations of the
Israel Bond effort in some 35 coun-

Yale, following his graduation from
the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Semin-
ary (now Yeshiva University) and
later served as an instructor at
the American University in Cairo
and the faculty of Long Island Uni-
versity. Immediately preceding
his appointment as director of
European operations for the Joint
Distribution Committee in 1938, Dr.
Schwartz was director of the Fed-
eration of Jewish Charities in
Brooklyn.
In 1945, he was named by Presi-
dent Truman to accompany Earl
G. Harrison on a survey tour of
displaced persons camps in the

A Fond Farewell
Bade to Yiddish
Theater in London

LONDON—It was a quiet funeral
for a once-grand lady. The Grand
Palais, last of the Yiddish thea-
ters here, gave its closing perform-
ance recently to a half-empty
house and prepared for a new era
as a movie theater.
Anna Tzelniker, now starring in
"Fiddler on the Roof," recalled
the Grend Palais at the height of
its popularity during World War
II and its subsequent decline when
DR. JOSEPH J. SCHWARTZ
the Jewish residents of the East
tries. He expressed confidence End moved to the suburbs and
that the organization will be able Yiddish was no longer in its hey-
"to carry on in the spirit and with day.
the effectiveness which have en-
"Some people stuck to the Yid-
abled the Israel Bond Organization
to grow into the the central source dish theater to the end, and when
it
began dying they did, too," she
of investment funds for the devel-
opment of the country."
said.
He paid tribute to Jewish com-
Another Londoner who hates
munities in various parts cf the
to see it gc is attorney Basil
world where Israel Bonds are
Greenby, who took over the own-
sold for their "understanding
ership of the Grand Palais from
and devotion" in raising more
his late father, 'Isidore, and
than 51,500,000,000 through Israel
brother, Cyril.
Bonds since the inception of the
"I grew up in that theater," he
program in May 1951. "It is also
said. "It was like a big family."
a tribute to the people of Israel
Looking back on the 1920s and
that they have utilized the Bond
'30s he recalled that the six- to
proceeds with extraordinary vi-
eight-month theater season began
sion and careful planning to pro-
officially on Yom Kippur night.
duce an impressive record of
"They were hard times, people
progress in every sector of its
were worried and poor and fright-
economy," he said.
ened, and these theaters (there
In accepting Dr. Schwartz's de.:i- were three at the time) gave
sion to retire with "great regret," everyone a feeling of warmth, of
Feinberg cited his notable human- some kind of humanity when there
itarian achievements as head of wasn't too much humanity out-
the Joint Distribution Committee side." At intermissions, they surg-
in Europe during World War II. ed into the lobbies for tea, bagels
"The name of Joseph Schwartz is and pickled herring.
Miss Tzelniker said "The audi-
enshrined in the hearts of many
hundreds of thousands of Jews to ence was special. If you were good
on
stage they applauded wildly
whom he brought surcease and
and stamped their feet. If you
hope," Feinberg said.
A distinguished educator and were bad, they threw Orange Peels
scholar and an authority on Semi- and peanuts. They booed. You
tics and Semitic literature, Dr. could never be bad at the Grand
Schwartz received his doctorate at Palais."

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In April 1067, Dr. Schwartz was
American Zones of Occupation.
Later, Dr. Schwartz was called to elected president of the Encyclo-
pedia
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testify before the Anglo-American
Rated No. Ito tne USA.
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in the Holy Land of a permanent
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In March 1968, at the first meet-
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TYPEWRITER
ing of the board of governors of
After the war, Dr. Schwartz,
CO.
the Hebrew University to be held
as the overseas chief of the JDC,
10622 W. 7 MILE ROAD
on
Mt. Scopus since the reunifica-
2 Mks. E. of Meyers
directed the transfer to Israel of
DI
2-1600
more than 500,000 Jews from dis- tion of Jerusalem in 1967. he was
awarded an honorary doctorate.
tressed areas in Europe, North
Africa and the Middle East. At
the same time, he helped more
than 100,000 Jewish displaced
persons to emigrate to the Unit-
ed States, Canada and Latin
America. For his work on behalf
of refugees, Dr. Schwartz was
awarded the Legion of Honor of
France and was decorated by
Poland and Hungary.
After serving for 41/2 years as
executive vice chairman of the
United Jewish Appeal, Dr.
Schwartz was named vice presi-
dent of the Israel Bond Organiza-
tion on May 15, 1955.
In October 1959, Dr. Schwartz
was elected a member of the board
of governors of Dropsie College for
Hebrew and Cognate Learning. He
holds the honorary degree of doc-
tor of humane letters from Bran-
The GLENN B. MOORE AGENCY
deis and Yeshiva universities and
the honorary degree of doctor of
Is proud to congratulate Alan Nathan on passing the exam-
Hebrew letters from Dropsie Col-
as well as being
lege.
inations for CHARTER UFE UNDERWRITER,
LEADER OF THE MONTH.
In 1964, the state of Israel hon-
ored Dr. Schwartz for his role dur-
A sincere and dedicated professional, as evidenced by his
ing the period of "illegal" immi-
consistent leadership, both in the fields of insurance as well
gration into Palestine, presenting
as community responsibility.
him with the Illegal Immigration
Year Silver Medallion. In the same
year, he also received the Scopus
Our Congratulations for a Job Well Done.
Award of the Hebrew University.
A special fund bearing his name
was established by the American
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