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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-11-27

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Potpourri — About Jews And Their Ideals

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright 1570, JTA, Inc.)

NEW YORK—Former N.Y. Po-
lice Inspector Sanford Garelick
was recently in Israel and speak-
ing in Netanya asked his audience
what America could send them.
"A half million Jews," someone
called out.
Funny people, the Israelis! Other
people want Cadillacs or color tele-
vision sets, but give them just
plenty of Jews and they are satis-
fied.
This is all the more strange
when we consider the current
philosophies. The Calvinists of a
century or two ago held that man
was vile and fit only for damna-
tion. Only an elect few were to be
saved from hell-fire. The world
today has adopted a kind of secu-
lar Calvinism which implies that
a great 'part of the population
could be dispensed with. One al-
most wishes to apologize for being
born.
This is not the Jewish view. The
Bible says man is made in the
image of God. What higher com-
pliment can a man have than
that? It is enough to make every-
one walk with shoulders erect.

The Real Problem

Lindberg flew across the ocean.
That makes him an authority on all
subjects. In his newly published
book, he says the defeat of the
Nazis was a great blow to the
world and posterity.
Hitler, he says, had a difficult
Jewish problem.
How difficult was it really?
In all, there were only half a
million Jews in Germany. They
were a very assimilated group.
The rate of intermarriage was
extraordinarily high. The German
and Austrian Jews produced such
men as Einstein and Sigmund
Freud, the two immortals of that
era. Lindberg is a flyer and he
must know of the Lilienthals of
Germany, two Jewish brothers,
Otto and Gustave Lilienthal, who
were the first actually to fly. One
of them was killed in a flight. The
German aeronautical society is
still called today the Lilienthal
society. The Wright brothers were
inspired by the example of the
Lilienthals.

Israel believes men are not
only equal but wonderful.
Every man is worthy but he

must be in his right place to exert
his full worth. If you put Einstein
in a bakery, be would obviously
not be worth as much as in the
science laboratory. If there is no
job for a workingman, it does not
prove the laborer is worthless, but
that he has not found his place.
The worth of a man is determined
not only by what he is but where
he is. A half million Jews anywhere
in the world have their worth, but
in Israel, we may say their worth
doubies.
Many grope to find their right
place.

One of the recent newcomers
to Israel is a niece of Captain
Dreyfus, the French officer who
was charged with betraying
France to the Germans.
A young newspaper reporter,

Theodor Herzl, who attended the
trial, was so distressed by its reve-
lation of the depths of anti-Semi-
tism in France, that he wrote "Das
Judenstaat" and founded the Zion-
ist movement.
Many were converted to Zionism
by Herzl's book, but one family
which was not—was the Dreyfus
family itself.
About a year ago, however, this
niece of Captain Dreyfus announced
she was leaving France. She was
going to settle in America. Some-
one suggested that she visit Israel.
She decided to take the trip, but
she had no special interest in Is-
rael. She would just look and then
move, on.
But after a little while in a
kibutz, she wrote a letter:
"Dear Mama: This is the place

Torah Scroll Gift
of Svna ,rocrue to
Black Congregants

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — The
gift of a Torah scroll by this city's
largest Conservative synagogue,
liar Zion Temple, to the city's
only black Jewish congregation,
Adath Emeth Israel, was hailed
as an "act of brotherhood" by
Clarence Farmer, chairman of the
Philadelphia Commission on Hu-
man Relations.
Writing to Rudolph Windsor,
leader of Adath Emeth Israel, on
behalf of the commissioners and
staff of the human relations com-
mission, Farmer stated: "When
two groups with so many diffe-
rences choose to recognize their
common bonds, they remind all of
us that it is better to live together
in peace, sharing a world of har-
mony and mutual respect."
The presentation of the Torah
Scroll culminated friendly over-
tures between the two congrega-
tions over a period of several
months.
its traditional
The Torah,
maroon velvet sheath, was rev-
ently placed in the Ark on Adath
Emeth Israel's pulpit while mem-
bers of both congregations joined
in prayer. The ceremony celebrat-
ed the recent acquisition of a syna-
gogue building for the blackcon-
gregation which previously had
been housed in rented temporary
quarters.
The new building, which will
be the home for a sizeable num-
ber of black people residing in

where your 'eying daughter in-
tends to remain." Now the rest
of the Dreyfus family is pack-
ing up for the same destination.
Some people are converted by a

book, others by a look.
o o o

Rockefellers and Rothschilds
According to a story in the New

Perhaps the Jews of Germany
were too good. If a way could have
been found to make the German
Jews more dumb, perhaps the
German disaster might have been
averted. Or maybe the real prob-
lem of Germany was that it had
too many people with Lindberg's
ideas of Teutonic superiority.

York Times, Governor Nelson A.
Rockefeller, in his recent cam-
paign, addressing some Jewish
voters, hinted that some of his fore-
bears were Jewish.
We are surprised, we did not
guess as much. Rock is of course
a translation of Stein or Stone.
- The Rockefeller family were origi-
nally Steins, no doubt.
The only Jewish family corre-
sponding to the Rockefellers are
the Rothschilds, but only one of
the long line of Rothschilds ran for
public office. Many of them how-
ever have turned to other fields,
particularly science. The present
Lord Rothschild is a scientist and
many of the Rothschilds have gone
away from finance to other fields.
If one has Rothschild or Rocke-
feller millions perhaps he has to
run for Governor or become a
scientist. If anyone tried to give us
• a hundred million dollars, we would
say, "Go away, we have enough

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PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — The
president of the Jewish Family
Service has asserted that if the
true figures on Jewish teen-agers
involved in drug use were known,
it would "stagger our adult sensi-
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problem is knowing it exists and
not doing anything about it."
He reported that the Jewish
Family Service had opened an
office for troubled youth, with the
help of Brith Sholom Women,
through the Brith Sholom Founda-
tion, "designed specifically to give
total attention to the young people
whether they have a problem with
their parents, the police or drugs."

$1 Million Given
to Israel Causes

MIAMI BEACH (JTA)—Ben Nov-
ack, founder and owner of the
Fontainebleau Hotel has donated
$1,000,000 to Israeli philanthropies.
The Histadrut Foundation and the
Jewish National Fund will each re-
ceive $250,000, with $500,000 to be
dispersed through the Israel Bond
Organization.
The Histadrut Foundation will
use its $250,000 to help build the
Novak Outpatient Clinic of the
the city who consider themselves South Florida Medical Center in
to be Jews, also serves as head- Beersheba—planned as the largest
quarters for the Afro-Asian Is- and best-equipped such clinic in the
raelite Cultural Center, which Negev.
seeks to acquaint the public with
The medical center, now under
the role of black Jews in African construction adjacent to the Hista-
civilization.
drut Central Negev Hospital, will
Adath Emeth Israel has in the cost $2,000,000 and be affiliated
past also received prayerbooks with the new medical school of the
from the 1,700-member Har Zion University of the Negev.
Temple. The theme of.Brotherhood
was emphasized by Rabbi Gerald
I dislike arguments of any kind.
I. Wolpe, spiritual leader of liar
Zion, Rudolph Windsor, leader of They are always vulgar, and often
Adath Emeth Israel, and Rabbi convincing. — Oscar Wilde.
Jeremiah Yisrael, a black leader
from New York City.
Acknowledging the gift, Windsor
told the audience, "The Sefer
Torah presentation is a ceremonial
which links two Jewish congrega-
tions in brotherhood. It is a truly
historic occasion, a sign of the
times. It united black and white
Jews who especially want their
religion to remain alive in the
minds and hearts of their children."

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