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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-08-06

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313—Friday, August 6, 1971

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israelis as Camp Counselors

Zionist youth movements through-
By HENRY W. LEVY
SURPRISE LAKE, N.Y. — Some i out the country.
One general observation seemed
sixty miles north of New York,
almost 1,000 feet above sea level to emerge from the seven or eight
in the foothills of Putnam County, Israeli counselors with whom we
is Surprise Lake Camp, one of chatted. The American children,
the oldest and largest Jewish they said, possibly because of TV,
community owned camps in the seem to know more about more
United States. things than do their Israeli coun-
In three 20-day sessions of 600 terparts. but they are less self-
youngsters each, about 1,600 camp- reliant. A caterpillar in a bunk,
ers. ranging in age from 8 to 16, one Israeli observed, will scare an
vacation at the camp which the American youngster; the Israeli
late Eddie Cantor attended in its will just brush it off.
The Israelis generally feel that
early years, almost 70 years ago,
and to which, during his lifetime, the Americans don't really know
he never could pay enough tribute too much about Israel, or its
for having rescued him from the politics. hopes and aspirations.
possible hooliganism of the streets They all know of Golda Meir and
Moshe Dayan, but that's about as
of New York.
Today, as vibrant and innova- far as they can identify Israelis.
Ninety per cent of them, one
tive as when it was established,
Israeli observed, never heard of
this New York Federation-spon-
Theodor Herzl.
sored camp has 21 Israelis
among their staff of almost 200 AJCongress Leader Says
counselors. They are the largest Israel Faces Danger From
single group of the 200 youthful Tensions Among Oriental Jews
Israelis brought to this country
TEL AVIV (JTA) —The Jewish
by the youth and hehalutz de-
partment of the World Zionist majority in Israel faces the dan-
Organization and the American ger of developing its own internal
among
"distinguish-
Zionist Youth Foundation to minorities
bring a touch of Israeli life to able Jewish segments," the presi-
the thousands of American dent of the American Jewish Con-
youngsters who spend their vaca- gress warned.
Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld of
tions in summer camps through-
i Cleveland, opening the four-day
out the United States.
The program, initiated five years American-Israeli dialogue at the
ago by Asher 0. Melzer, executive Weizmann Institute in Rehovot,
director of Surprise Lake Camp, said that the growing tension
has grown with amazing rapidity. i among Oriental Jews in Israel
With the cooperation of the Na- • threatens a crucial test of the
tional Jewish Welfare Board. 85 country's commitment to social
Israeli counselors have been ; justice and minority rights. But
placed this summer by the Amer-lhe expressed confidence that Is-
ican Zionist Youth Foundation in I rael would be able to deal suc-
19 JWB affiliated camps, including i cessfully with these "pitfalls of
Camp Tamarack in Michigan. majority status." Rabbi Lelyveld
declared that the Jews goal in
There are 60 additional coun-
establishing Israel was not limited
selors in six Ramah camps, 20 at i
• to becoming a majority some
camps, 15 at Reform:
where, developing a distinctive
(UAHC) Jewish camps, and the Jewish culture and expressing a
rest at camps sponsored by the tionally, he said, the goal was
distinctive Jewish culture and ex-
pressing a specific Jewish iden-
Cross at Hospital
' tity. Additionally, he said, the
goal was to fulfill the humane
Replaced by Star
MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—Jewish values stemming from that cul-
ture.
patients at St. Mary's Hospital
here now have the option of re-
questing the temporary removal Jewish Calendar Printed
from the room they occupy of the in Romania ; Has Survey
crucifix posted throughout the
Catholic facility and its replace- of Jewish Laws, Customs
ment during their hospital stay by
BUCHAREST (JTA)—The Jew-
a bronze Mogen David.
ish calendar for 1971-72 has just
The arrangement was initiated been published in Romania by the
by Dr. John Regan, a psychiatrist Federation of Jewish Communi-
who is hospital chief of staff, and ties. The calendar includes a
Sister Mary Madonna, its execu- translation into Yiddish of Article
tive vice-president, who wanted 31 of the Romanian constitution
to carry a step further the practice which states that every citizen is
of some Christian hospitals of such entitled to decide for himself
temporary removal of crucifixes at whether he wants to be an atheist
the request of Jewish patients. or practice one of the religions.
Those choosing the latter are
The two hospital officials raised guaranteed complete freedom to
the matter with a fellow psychia- exercise their faith.
trist, Dr. Irving Bernstein, whose
In. addition to routine calendar
wife , Dr, Dorothy Bernstein is a material, the booklet also contains
child psychiatrist and also a na- a survey of Jewish laws and cus-
tionally known artist, according to toms; texts of a number of prayers
the American Jewish World. Mrs. including the memorial prayer;
Bernstein was commissioned by dates of Romania's liberation from
the hospital officials to make six the Nazis which are listed as holi-
Stars of David, each mounted on days for Romanian Jews. The cur-
a walnut background which were rent issue of the Journal of the
turned over to the hospital in a Romanian Jewish Community pub-
brief ceremony. Both Dr. and Mrs. lishes the Hebrew translation of a
Bernstein are staff members at Yiddish poem by the late Itzik
the hospital.
'Manger who was a Romanian Jew.

Black Panther Group-
Holds Peaceful Rally

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A peace-
ful rally by one of the Black Pan-
thers groups was staged Thursday
in the city's main square. The re-
curring theme presented by the
group's leaders to the more than
200 demonstrators was that favor-
itism was being shown toward non-
Oriental Jews especially in the
areas of housing and job oppor-
I tunities.
The group, which terms itself
Panthers—Blue and White," is
led by Eddy Malka. It split off
several months ago from the main
Black Panther group when the
latter entered an unofficial alli-
ance with the Organization of
North African Immigrants.
The leaders of the rally reiter-
ated the demand that existing
housing, which is earmarked for
immigrants from Eastern Europe,
should be given to newlywed cou-
ples and to large families. Police
did not interfere with the rally but
directed traffic to other streets.
Two hours earlier, a parade of
persons riding on donkeys and
armed with loudspeakers passed
the main streets here to call at-
tention to the "Youth City" which
will be formed here later in the
week and will include joint Jew-
ish-Arab happenings.

-

There is no greater pain than,
in misery, to remember happy
times.—Dante.

Jewish Journalists Mark

Anniversary of Purge

LONDON (JTA) — The Associa-
tion of Jewish Journalists and
Authors of Great Britain met here
to observe the 20th anniversary
of the execution of 23 prominent
Jewish poets and writers in the
Soviet Union during the Stalin era.
The meeting denounced anti-
Jewish and anti-Israel resolutions
adopted at the recent Congress of
Soviet Writers.

The association also urged Soviet
authorities to grant exit visas to
the widow and son of . Peretz
Markish, one of the victims of the
Stalin purge.

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