18—Friday, July 9, 1971
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Syme Becomes Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel
Ile began his duties at Temple Mrs. George M. Stutz and Moe
Israel last week, and will deliver Traurig. Serving a two-year term
his first sermon as an ordained will be Samuel Rabinowitz.
rabbi this evening at 8:30. His sub-
ject is "A Family Affair."
Born in New York, but a resi-
dent of Miami for most of his life,
Rabbi Loss graduated from the
University of Florida with a BA
in comparative religion.
During his junior year, he won
a fellowship from the American
Friends of the Hebrew University,
spending a year of study at the
Rabbi Loss has served as di-
rector of programing for Jew-
Rosh Hashana-Yom Kippur-Succos
ish summer camps; was a sub-
Sept. 15-Oct. 13
stitute teacher in the Cincinnati
public school system; and has
been involved in several organ-
Including: Round trip by Jet; 1st Class
izations working with low-in-
Hotels with 3 meals a day on Shab-
bosim & Holidays-2 meals at other
times; Complete sighseeing including
Rabbi Loss and his wife Barbara
[hat and Massada.
will reside in Southfield when their
apartment is completed early next
month. They have an 8-month-old
Sept. 30-Oct. 21 S92500
At the annual meeting officers
re-elected with Linden,. were: Mil-
ton E. Feldman and Marshall B.
hen departure from New York
Madison, vice presidents; Harold
Somlyo, secretary; and Irving J.
July 26 - Aug - 16
I 1 si Class Accommodations. 9 'w air
Elected to three-year terms on
the board of trustees were: David
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Lowell Ressler, Nathan Shapiro,
Rabbi NI. Robert Syme will as-
sume duties this month as senior
rabbi of the 1,650-member Temple
In a statement issued to the
membership at its recent annual
meeting, Bernard E. Linden, re-
CONG. SHAAREY SHOMAYIM: Services 7:45 p.m. today and 9 a.m. elected to a second term as presi-
Saturday. Rabbi Goldman will speak on "The Blessings of Balam." dent, announced both the eleva-
CONG. BNAI MOSHE: Services 7 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m. Saturday. tion of Rabbi Sy-me and the engag-
Rabbi Lehrman will discuss "The Force of Conscience."
ing of a third spiritual leader,
TEMPLE ISRAEL: Services 8:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Harold S. Loss.
Rabbi Loss will give the sermon, "A Family Affair." (See story.)
Rabbi Leon Fram, the congrega-
Michael Ginsburg, Bar Mitzva.
tion's founding rabbi, will con-
YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREENFIELD: Services 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. tinue fully active in the life of
Saturday. Rabbi Prero will speak on "Balak's Curse and Balam's Temple Israel, but •Rabbi Syme
will now assume its spiritual
CONG. BNAI DAVID: Services 7:15 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Satur- leadership.
day. Jeffrey Klein, Bar Mitzva.
For the past 10 years, Rabbi
CONG. BETH ABRAHAM: Services 6:45 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Sat-
urday. Steven Schreier. Bar Mitzva.
Regular services will be held at Temple Emanu-El, Cong. Beth
Moses, Cong. Beth Achim, Livonia Jewish Congregation, Temple Beth
Jacob of Pontiac, Cong. Beth Shalom, Adas Shalom Synagogue, Cong.
Bnai Jacob, Temple Kol Ami, Young Israel of Oak-Woods, Cong.
Shaarey Zedek, Temple Beth El, Cong. Bnai Israel-Beth Yehuda, Cong.
Mishkan Israel, Cong. Bnai Israel of Pontiac, Cong. Beth Hillel and
AI • .1••■
HIGH HOLIDAY TOUR
BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
tion of the sanctity of the day of
Why are the benedictions of , When a group is together there
the "Shmone Esre" (the main is an obligation to proclaim the
body of the prayer) not repeated sanctity of the day in whatever
in the evening service for the activity one is normally engaged.
public as they are in the morn-
However, since the Kidush bene-
RABBI M. ROBERT SYME
ing and afternoon,services?
diction proclaims that the prayers
The rabbis originally had a dis- are designated as Sabbath prayers, Syme and Rabbi Fram shared the
pute as to whether the obligation it cannot be recited alone, but must title of co-rabbis.
for the prayer of Ma'ariv (the be cast as part of the prayer
Rabbi Syme came to Temple
evening prayer) had the same benedictions. Thus, it is recited
in 1953 after serving for
measure of obligation as the other along with an abbreviated version
six years as rabbi -of Temple
two prayers (the morning and of the other benedictions.
Beth Israel in Butler, Pa. He
The reason for the abbrevia-
afternoon one.) One of the rea-
became associate rabbi of Tern:
sons for considering this prayer
ple Israel in 1956 and in 1960
the week-day evening service or,
le& obligatory than the other two
became co-rabbi. .
in the general, the obligation of
..is the contention that he prayers,
Rabbi Loss, 26, received his
prayer in the evening, is only a
especially when recited by a con-
private obligation and that the rabbinical degree and master of
gregation in public, represent the
primary obligation for some repe- Hebrew letters degree last month
•daily sacrifiCes which were of-
tition of the service on Friday from Hebrew Union College —
fered in the temple of old.
In the days of the temple there evening is for the sake of the Jewish Institute of Religion.
public sanctification of the Sab-
were only two regular daily sac- bath.
rifices, the lamb offered in the
Some point out still further that Rabbi, Refusing Ride
morning and the lamb offered in Kidush could have been made over
the afternoon. Thus, the evening the wine in the public service of on Sabbath, Walks 10
prayer is not directly related to the synagogue, but it was- done as Miles From Airport
the sacrifice, except for those who a repetition of the prayers for the
claim that even if no sacrifice was sake of those congregations which
NEW YORK — A police escort
offered regularly in the evening, could not afford to have wine— accompanied an Italian rabbi in
the parts of the afternoon sacrifice thus being extended as a regular the pre-dawn hours of the Sabbath
were still burning on the altar in
last weekend from Kennedy Air-
the evening. Thus, the evening procedure in all congregations.
port to the Crown Heights section
prayer may refer to this residual
of Brooklyn, 10 miles away.
smoldering of the parts of the 600 Synagogue Youth
Rabbi Gershon Garelik, Orthodox
afternoon sacrifice on into the eve- Taking Israel Pilgrimage chief rabbi of Milan, arrived by
NEW YORK — A total of 600 plane late last Friday to partici-
However, even if the prayer members depart on the 18th an- pate in a service of the Luba-
is not a public obligation, it is nual United Synagogue Youth Is-1 vitcher movement. His El Al plane
still a matter of private obliga- rael Pilgrimage, representing the had been delayed three hours,
tion for each individual to corn- largest contingent of Jewish youth landing after sundown, and he re-
municate his feelings to the from one organization to embark fused to make the trip to Brooklyn
Almighty every evening. Thus, for Israel. by car.
as far as the benedictions of
Rabbi Paul Freedman, director
Rabbi Garelik rested at the
the "Shmone Esre" are con- of the department of youth activ-
cerned, they are recited by the ities, USY, is directing the opera- terminal until almost midnight,
and El Al arranged for a radio
individuals in the congregation tion with an adult staff of 60.
patrol car escort. The two police-
but not repeated by the cantor
The 600, age .
be men assigned placed his luggage
to show that the obligation is divided into nine independent
into the back seat, and the three
private and not public.
pervised groups, with identical
started from the airport — one
It should be pointed out, how- itinerary but operating on differ-
ever, that the congregation still ing 'date schedules on the seven- officer driving and one walking,
has to assemble for prayer in a week pilgrimage. Their home base
public fashion in the evening for will be Jerusalem.
The trip, through a constant
the recitation of the "Shema" with
Serving on a voluntary basis in downpour, was completed by 4:30
its appropriate blessings, since this a Jerusalem hospital's pediatrics a.m. When they reached the syna-
is very definitely a public obliga- ward, manually participating in gogue, the drenched policemen re-
the construction of the Biblical ceived warm handshakes. They
Park of Israel at Neot K'dumim said nothing unusual had occurred
Why is it that on Friday night and archeological excavating at during the trip and that there were
there is sort of abbreviated Temple Mount under Hebrew Uni- few exchanges with the rabbi. He
repitition of these benedictions? versity supervision, are pro- speaks no English.
A number of answers have been s gramed into the tour.
given for this practice. Some say
Extra Seats at Beth Achim
(Tur) that this is done so as to
Retribution for Shamed
Cong. Beth Achim announces
prolong the service for the sake
Let them demand,
that new construction has made
of the latecomers who may face
Demand the retribution for the possible a limited number of mem-
danger if they had to walk home shamed,
berships and extra seating for the
Of all centuries and every age, High Holy Days. For information,
Let fists be flung like stone
Others claim that this is done
call the synagogue, 352-8670.
'because the benedictions of the
Against the heavens and the
Sabbath prayer include the reci- heavenly throne!
Curiosity is, in great and gener-
tation of a benediction which is
-Chaim Bialik in
ous minds, the first passion and the
called "Kidush" —man's declara-
"The City of Slaughter" last.—Samuel Johnson.
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