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December 18, 1970 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-12-18

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San Quentin Plans
Jewish Studies

A Kibutz for America


Quenton Prison, the n a tio n's
largest, Is planning to offer Jewish
history and Jewish ethics for high
school credit In the January term.
It would become the first prison
in the U.S. to make Jewish studies
part of its regular education pro-
gram, according to Dr. Homer J.
Hastings, chief of education for
the California Department of Cor-
rections. The teacher will be Rabbi
David Davis, 34, spiritual leader
of Reform Congregation Rodef
Sholom of San Rafael, near San

There are between 75 and inc
prisoners at San Quentin,
in a total Inmate ponnlation of
nearly 4.n00. The Jewish inmate
recently formed Cnnaresation
under Jewish chaplain
Jacob Traub at the prison.
The courses would be open to
any convict and would include a
survey of Jewish history and the
relevancy of Judaism to the con-
temporary world; interfaith mar-
riage. black anti-Semitism, Jews
and dissent, and Zionism.


Getting Helping Hand

JERUSALEM (23313)--Cognizant
of the difficulties encountered by
middle-class immigrants, a spokes-
man for the absorption depart-
ment of the Israel government
underscored steps being taken to
help them with financial assist-
There are two loan funds avail-
able: "Immigrant Investors Fund"
which makes loans of up to 30,000
pounds ($8,700)-40,000 pounds is
the upper limit if the oleh settles
in a development area—and The
Constructive Fund" which makes
available loans of up to 5,000
pounds-10,000 for development

B-G Tapes Interview

JTA, Inc.)
On a television panel, Barry
Goldwater was asked about his
son's visit to Israel. He said his
son was very enthusiastic. So
much so, he said, that he had told
him he might want to exchange
his Episcopalian faith for the Jew-
ish faith of his grandfather.
Barry Goldwater used to be in
the department store business and
he knows how frequently people
come back for exchanges. We re
call the story of an old absent-
minded Yiddish poet. One time he
went to buy a hat. The clerk
showed him various styles and he
would put each one on and stand
before the mirror. He had a hard
time making up his mind. Finally,
he took a last look at all the hats
he had tried on and then pointing
to one, said, "I'll take that."
It was his old hat which he had
taken off to try on the new hats.
Barry Goldwater appears to have
a good bit of the Jewish heritage
of his father, Mike, a Polish Jew
who went west about the time of
the California gold rush. If he
hadn't gone to the American west,
his children probably would have
gone to the Nazi gas chambers,
where many of Goldwater's rela-
tives perished.
Goldwater's daughter, too, we
recollect, a couple of years back,
went to Israel and lived for a
time in a kibutz. The family ap-
parently is not as hard boiled
conservative as some suppose.
• • •
In truth, the kibutz is quite in
the American tradition. You can
have the kibutz and rugged indi-
vidualism at the same time. Has
not Israel that pluralistic system?
If your blood pressure is good, and
you find competitive capitalism in-
spiring and invigorating, you can
have that. If on the other hand.
the race for money bores you, and
when they hand you your salary,
you cry "Take it away," you can
have another system.
Few seem to be aware of it, but
the refugees who came on the
Mayflower and laid the corner
stone of this vast America on
Plymouth Rock, lived for a time
collectively. Plymouth Rock was
in the beginning a kibutz. But the
real American kibutz movement,
the time when it flowered, was in

Ben-Gurion has taped a television
interview which will be presented
posthumously, it was learned here.
- The 83-year-old Israeli statesman
is said to have given candid replies
on a series of questions, going into
depth on many issues which have
historic significance for future gen- Philly Joins Survey
NEW YORK (JTA)—The Phila-
delphia Jewish community has an-
nounced its participation in the
first National Jewish Population
Study of American Jewry under
auspices of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare Funds.

The study will cover 51 cities
and Diamonds
and involves some 13,000 Jewish
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the middle of the 19th Century or
a little earlier. It was the time
of Emerson and Horace Greeley
and both of them frequently visited
Brook Farm, which was the most
prominent of the collective settle
The country at the time was full
of enthusiasts who had dreams not
only of abolishing poverty, but
of making labor a joyful thing.
You would approach your job as
you approach your hobby. You
wouldn't be required to punch
a clock. You would run joyfully
to it. Brook Farm had something
of the system to provide it. The
work each one did was changed
after two hours, so that no work
would be boresome.
• • •
There were different kinds of
these American kibutzim. There
were the religious Shakers, who
believed in socialism but didn't
believe in sex. They were celibate.
On the other hand, at the Oneida
colony were the Perfectionists, led
by John Humphrey Noyes, a grad-
uate of Yale. They were for so-
cialism and free love. There was
the anarchist colony of Warren, a
descendant of the Warren of
Bunker Hill fame. In all, it is esti-
mated there were some 200 of
these collt. e colonies.
But free land was easy to get
in those days. And if you could
get a piece of land easy, you could
erect your log cabin and every
month, when the landlord came
around for the rent, you would pay
A lot of people liked that sys-
tem. The times didn't seem propi-
tious for the experiments and they
passed out of existence.
• • •
It seems to us that today, there
is need of a revival of the kibutz
movement in America.
The kibutzim in Israel have at-
tracted all classes and nations.
Japanese, Scandinavians, children
of affluent parents from America.
The elder Henry James, father
of two brilliant children, the psy.
chologist William James and the
novelist. Henry James, lived for a
time in Brook Farm. He said he
missed the noise and tumult of
the outside world. It was too quiet
for him.
Many people would not like to
live in a kibutz, but a lot of peo-
ple would, and a lot of other
people would like it at least for a
brief time.
We think it would be a healthy
thing, if half a dozen kibutzim
were strewn about in the various
states of America.
• • •
We get this story from London.
Upon his son's graduation from
college, the very successful London
Jewish financier, Lord Swaythling,
called him to his office. "Son," he
said, "now that you've got your
education, you will be expected to
take your place in the business.
Please report tomorrow at the
"What will I get out of it?"
asked the son.
"Five per cent of the profits
like the other members of the fam
ily in the business," said Lord
"Father," said the son, "how
about making it two and a half
per cent and letting me leave the
office at noon?"

Agency Name Changed

NEW YORK — The board of
trustees of the Jewish Education
Committee of New York voted to
change the name of the JEC to
the Board of Jewish Education,
Inc. The new name describes more
accurately the nature of the agen-
cy that makes available consulta-
tive services and provides peda-
gogic guidance and materials to
the schools of Greater New York.
The JEC publications program will
now be known as Jewish Educa-
tion Press.

Friday, Densedror 1$, 1970-27

Wedding Ceremony

and other happy occasions

Freddy Sheyer

For Horne or Hall

You'll hop an out-rigger to one of the is-

lands. Go looking for bargains in St. Thom-

as. Take in the sights of Caracas. Hit the

night spots of Miami Beach. And out 'Gus'

will fit your purchase like it was made for

you, So after you make your reservations

Peking Grounds Hijacks

as Form of `Adventurism'

PARIS (ZINS) — Peking is re-
ported as having told Dr. George
Habash's Palestinian Arab guer-
rillas that they must stop skyjack-
ing aircraft and taking hostages,
and refrain from all other acts of
"adventurism,"- according to Mid
Eait expert Ahmed Baba Miske.
A former UN ambassador from
Mauretania, Miske is a known
supporter of the Palestinian Arabs
with access to their leadership.
Writing in the magazine "Afri-
casia", published in Paris, Miske
quotes Peking as having told the
guerrillas that, while it supports
a prolonged people's war, it does
not encourage either "adventurism
or sectarianism of the left."


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