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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-12-11

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26—Friisy, December 11, 1970

THE DETROIT JEW511 NEWS.

The Mystery of Aaron Lopez

By JACOB R. MARCUS

(Dr. Marcus is the 1411ten and Rattle
Kota, distinguished Service Professor
of America& Jewish Hider, and Direc-
tor of AlefiCa ■ Jewish AfekilleS at
Hebrew Union College.Jewisk IstsUhile
of Religion, Cincinnati).
o • •

Wayne State University Press
has just published "Lopez of New-
port: Colonial American Merchant
Prince" by Stanley F. Chyet„ pro-
fessor of American Jewish history
and associate director of the Amer-
ican Jewish Archives at the He-.
brew Union College-Jewish Insti-
tute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Aaron Lopez came to Rhode Is-
land from his native Portugal in
the early 1750's as a young man
and went on to achieve the rank
of what his contemporary, Yale
College President Ezra Stiles,
called "a merchant of eminence."
In his spectacular career as mer-
chant-shipper and industrialist,
Lopez embodied Newport's Golden
Age of pre-Revolutionary commer-
cial enterprise.
Lopez also represented a new
historical phenomenon: the colo-
nial American Jew, freer perhaps
than any other Jew in the world,
continually in contact—often affec-
tionate, but sometimes abrasive
contact—with non-Jews, and yet

deeply, devotedly Jewish.
Dr. Chyet's book, based on re-
search in the available contempo-
rary sources, addresses itself to
Lopez' career and also to what is
known or can be surmised about
his personality and family life.
The book sets forth the tragedy of
Lopez and his Newport—the ruin
that the Revolutionary War spelled
both for Lopez' mercantile empire
and for the Rhode Island metropo-
lis.
Ezra Stiles thought Lopez "an
ornament" to Newport Jewry.
Lopez' "knowledge in commerce,"
he said, "was unbounded and his
integrity irreproachable." Yet
Stiles knew that Lopez, like many
a colonial businessman, never
shrank from smuggling when it
suited him and had for years been
active in the slave trade. Lopez,
genuinely a good man by virtually
every contemporary estimate—and
not without reason, as abundant
documentation attests — remains
for later generations something of
a mystery. That mystery is of
course not his alone. It is also the
mystery of the turbulent, expan-
sive, often cruel and sometimes
elegant world that was 18th Cen-
tury America.

JVS 'Project Return' MissAltmantoBeBride Nutrition Plan Begun
For Older Americans
of William Kuncewicki NEW YORK (JTA)--Preparation
for Women Slated

The Jewish Vocational Service
announces the formation of another
"Project Return" group for Jan-
uary, at the new JVS office, 15660
W. 10 Mile.
"Project Return" is a workshop
for women who are considering
entering or returning to the labor
market It is intended to meet the
needs of housewives, divorcees
and widows concerned with occu-
pational or educational opportuni-
ties.
Sessions will consist of small
group meetings and counseling,
which will assist and prepare
women with the information and
confidence necessary for taking
that "first step." JVS has plans co
form more groups- throughout the
year.
For registration information, call
group services, JVS, WO 1-8570.

Nobel Lectures
on Hebrew Writers
to UHS Teachers

A series of five Hebrew lectures,
dealing with prominent contempo-
rary Hebrew writers, is being
offered to United Hebrew Schools
teachers as part of the in-service
training program 1:45 p.m. Thurs-
days at the LaMed Auditorium.
Moshe Nobel, principal of the
Bnai Moshe branch of the UHS,
began the series with a discussion
Max J. Pincus, chairman of Fed- of Shmuel Yoseph Agnon, winner
eration's community relations com- of the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1966. On Dec. 10, he discussed
mittee, will present the local and
national needs of the community Millet Zeitlin, essayist, mystic and
relations program which attempts religious poet who was martyred
to deal with urban crisis racial in Treblinka.
Future lecture subjects will be
tension; and a deeper understand-
Ezra Fleischer Goleh, who began
ing of Jewish life.
his
literary career while a political
Ronald L. Greenberg, chairman
of the health and welfare division. prisoner behind the Iron Curtain,
on
Jan.
7; Matityah Shoham. emi-
will describe programs of that
nent Hebrew playwright, Jan. 21;
division's agencies.
and
Rabbi
Chayim Yoseph Azular,
George M. Zeltzer, chairman of
the education division, will talk on 18th Century writer who is con-
sidered
a
founder of Hebrew
current needs and problems facing
Jewish and Hebrew education in bibliography, Feb. 18.
Nobel,
who
has been with the
Detroit, plits national Jewish
schools since 1946, received his
cultural and educational programs.
Jewish
education
in Poland and
Irving Rose, chairman of the
after his arrival in the United
capital needs committee, which
States, attended the Teachers
is charged with determining
Institute in New York and Drop-
physical pisa and major equip-
sie College, Pknadellaia. He re-
ment requirements of Federa-
ceived his BA degree from Toledo
tion member agencies, will pre-
University and attended grad-
sent his committee's list of pri-
uate school- there and at Obis
withs for the analog year.
State
University.
Meyer M. Fishman and Mar M.
Nobel's interest in Hebrew , lit-
Shaye, chairman of the 1971 Allied
erature,
both classical and mod-
Jewish' Campaign - Israel Emer-
gent-Jr Food, will present a state- ern, dates back to his youth. He
has
been
one
of the _moving forces
ment on the plans far the coming
campaign and its need for com- in the Heat= Ivrith (Hebr e w
Cultural
Society)
and is one of
plete community support
the editors of its publication, Bed
Hakvutza. The public a invited to
Children's Home Therapy the lectures. :- . -

Pre-Campaign Budget Conference
to Suggest Allocation Formula

All areas of Jewish communal
service and responsibility will be
represented at the 22nd annual
Pre-Campaign Budget Conference
of the Jewish Welfare Federation
9:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Jewish
Center, Alan E. Schwartz, Federa-
tion president, has announced.
All contributors to the annual
Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel
Emergency Fund are invited to
participate in the open forum,
which will suggest a formula for
allocation of funds for overseas,
national and local beneficiary
agencies.
Schwartz said that every person
who attends the forum will gain
a perspective on priorities for
Jewish community services for the
year ahead. The conference pro-
ceedings will pertain to the 1971
campaign results, it was explained.
Hyman Safran, immediate past
' eat of Federation and
presid
chairman of the executive com-
mitter- will report en resells el
the committee's censideratines
seeking to determine a peeper
basset between fiimming Neal
services des a strung comamnity
at bunt and Inasielng Jewish
'mites overseas.

Steve Young to Marry Averts Foster Placements
(ITA)—A see-
Ferne Rosen berg in June s* PHILADELPHIA
year al research on, a project Albaisigiineator
of the Association ins Jewish
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dram,. in which an effort is made to to A'0. -6
avert the meatier inner placement
Faemiftyjiiistilutt
by services to children and !mai-
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Ins in then owe heines.lwas been
Play Arian,"Mnicien et gawk
Sale panibie by a SWAM- Vaal boa at Yawls break Abeser,
from title lkoseuri S. _Feb Posall, se- Moil discoli -**New Anambra le
bvisg-ItastrasAa, grad- Teaching Pm eo at tbr eosin
Psi
of an , laconic for the factikr- of
Be mil the project bpi*" bein Camer ► ative syeagegms . i the
glom; ions been appalled dialler Detroit area Dee. Mat
League of America as am el tie
Clog. Shimmy Link In co-
meet dhainctiwe of its kiwi. Seated member with
Shiebes
last year will a. skier Fels Irma, ant unsio•ilti rsoosorsup of the
it is beteg &reeled by Dr. Ludwig Ileibillbosagegueof eamsebsiee es
Geismar of llzdatirs Dlimezeity.
Jail* lainesihm, is amobeiliog the
beNtebedleagesi tp kpler means
easeational ,ohniiisparmt
-Indigent Jews Gwen
esomiber of a bomb,
Free Burials in
"My lbw of Doe rallOwthortkr
LOS ANGEL/CS (JTA) — Indi- rallied in MS, i lailbe
gent Jewish Iambs in Lis An- . letterer In Iasi& edbeallan al'
geles have been d flee
Restalleis University, - pastrami
burials for their dead through
the Melees Academy of the
temporary agreements developed Capital
Cap
it al district and lomoder
by the community planning de- director el Camp Cobra, Albany.
partment of- the Jewish Federa-
He has been awarded the Amer-
tion-Council and local morticians.
ican- Association award for the
That program will continue to eastamlng American. Jewish
next Jan. 31, according to Robert
Educator.
Felixson, vice-chairman of a spe-
Rabbi Elias Chary, spiritual
cial committee handling the prob- leader Of Germantown Jewish Cen-
lem. He said that after that date, ter and co-author of the "Eternal
the committees hoped more per- People," will speak to the com-
manent arrangements would be bined faculty on new methods in
made.

LA

NODS FRAME NORINDERG

Yr. and Mrs. Allan Rosenberg
of Catalina Dr., Southfield, aa-
nensee the engagement of their
daughter Verne Carol to Steve
David Young, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Young of Rue Versailles,
Oak Park.
Miss Rosenberg is a senior at
Eastern Michigan University. Her
fiance, a graduate of Eastern
Michigan University, attends the
Detroit College of Law.
A June wedding is planned.

of a model nutrition program for
elderly Americans, adaptable for
use by municipalities throughout
the United States, has been under-
taken by the Associated YM-
YWHAs of Greater New York after
completion of a two-year demon-
stration project in nutrition and
health education for older adults.
The demonstration project was con-
ducted in the Shorefront Y in
Brooklyn.

DICK STEIN

THE DICK STEIN ORCHESTRA

ND

THE JEEP SMITH ORCHESTRA
LI 7 - 27 7 0

MISS JUDITH ALTMAN

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Altman of
Thorndyke Rd., Southfield, an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Judith Lynn to William
Kuncewicki, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Izak Kuncewicki of Condon Ave.,
Oak Park.
The couple will marry in July.

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