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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-09-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
38—Friday, September 3, 1971

B-G Says Israeli Expert
Worked for Year in China

TEL AVIV (JTA)—David Ben-
Gurion disclosed that during his
term in office a top Israeli scien-
tist spent more than a year in
Communist China helping the Pek-
ing government solve a problem.
The former premier spoke at a
meeting of Hagana veterans in
Haifa commemorating the 50th an-
niversary of the establishment of
the Jewish defense movement. He
did not mention the scientist's
name but said he was in China in
1963.
Some observers here believe
Ben-Gurion was referring to Prof.
Helmut Epstein, an internationally
known expert on raising cows.
Ben-Gurion told the meeting
that a rapprochement between the
United States and China may
emerge as a factor promoting
world peace provided that "Amer-
ica helps the Chinese redeem the
lands the Russians took from
China."

10 New Chaplains

NEW YORK—Ten new Jewish
military chaplains are entering the
U.S. Armed Forces in time to plan
and conduct Rosh Hashana serv-
ices for Jewish military personnel,
it was announced by Rabbi Ed-
ward T. Sandrow, chairman of the
National Jewish Welfare Board
commission on Jewish chaplaincy.

Birth

Announcements

Aug. 27—To Mr. and Mrs. Ron-
ald L. Cohen (Judy Kovan), for-
mer Ann Arbor residents of Ben-
nington, Vt., a daughter, Rebecca
Lynn.
* * *
Aug. 25 To Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam Behrmann (Joan Newman)
former Detroiters of Evanston,
Ill., a daughter, Marcy Beth.
*
*
Aug. 23—To Mr. and Mrs. David
Diskin (Evelyn Paul), 1920 Golf-
view, Troy, a son, Lawrence Grant.
* *
Aug. 23—To Mr. and Mrs. Joel
E. Ittigson (Barbara Gross), 2241
Atlas, Troy, a son, Andrew Jay.
* * *
Aug. 11—To Mr. and Mrs. Mi-
chael Katkowsky (Fran Schwartz),
24816 Scotia, Oak Park, a daugh-
ter, Michelle Dana.
* * *
July 17 — To Rabbi and Mrs.
Jakob Bakst (MaIke Rine of Chi-
cago), 23271 Kipling, Oak Park,
a son, David.

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Academic Yeshiva to Educate Rabbis Planned by Ear- Ilan U. in Israel

Jews, particularly on Kibutzim,
By JOEL MANDELBAUM
"are groping for genuine Jewish
JTA Staff Writer
NEW YORK (JTA) — Declaring religion." He said such Israelis
that there is "a woeful lack of rab- have been "disappointed by
bis" in Israel who "understand many 'isms,' including Marxism
and socialism," and have "found
the world and the young genera-
they must go back to the source
tion, - Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein,
of Judaism and of the Jewish
chancellor of Bar-Ilan University
in Israel, said that Bar-Ilan plans people."
Thus, he said, the library at the
to establish an Orthodox "academ-
ic yeshiva" to educate rabbis "who administrative center of 17 non-
can speak and labor in 20th Cen- religious kibutzim in the Jordan
Valley has been adding volumes
tury Israel."
Rabbi Lookstein said the pro- of the Torah and Talmud to its
posed "Institute for Higher Jewish shelves and "the response is mar-
Learning" would provide students velous." He said he was welcomed
in Jewish religious studies an op- at a non-religious kibutz and was
portunity to study the natural sci- told there that those on similar
ences, the humanities, the social kibutzim "need visits from rabbis
sciences, general philosophy and who understand (their) religious
languages, while continuing their needs.'
There is a "two-way alienation"
religious learning. Rabbi Look-
stein noted, however, that the Or- in Israel today, Rabbi Lookstein
thodox JeWish community in Is- said: the rabbis there "lack con-
rael "is not yet sympathetic to the tact with the young," and the
idea of an academic yeshiva. He young have no contact with and
explained that the "concept of a don't understand the rabbis. Is-
school for rabbis," as opposed to raeli synagogues "lack a message
a place where men come just to relevant to those who today are
learn Torah and Talmud without building a Jewish state," Rabbi
necessarily becoming ordained Lookstein stated.
He added that he feels the Or-
"has not been accepted" by Isra-
el's predominantly Eastern Euro- thodox community in Israel' will
pean religious Jewish community. have to recognize that for rabbis
But the university chancellor to be "serviceable to Jews in Is-
stated that "if the religious com- rael and in the diaspora," they
munity is not sympathetic then it must get a comprehensive, modern
will have to revise its thinking to education just as they did in Ger-
accept it and realize that the time many in the 19th Century under
for it has come." Aware that Is- Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and
raeli yeshovit "are worried" that as they do now in the United
such an institute might attract States at Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Lookstein noted that in
some of their students. Rabbi
talmudic
times, a knowledge of
Lookstein said, "Maybe it's time
for them to do a little soul-search- anatomy and pathology was cru-
ing. Just as Israel is not afraid of cial to an understanding of the
laws of Kashrut, that a Babylonian
political opposition," he said, "Is-
sage, Sh . muel of Nehardea, was
rael should not be terrified of ideo-
familiar with astronomy, and that
logical opposition."
members of the Sanhedrin, the
Rabbi Lookstein said that when
Jewish
high court of pre-diaspora
he was in Israel a few weeks
days,
had
to be proficient in for-
ago, he saw that non-religious
eign languages.
By sending university professors
to established yeshivot throughout
Study Shows Most Olim
and by attracting outstand-
Decide to Stay for Good; Israel
ing heads of yeshivot to teach at
Hebrew Still a Problem
the institute, Bar-Ilan would "make
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An ab- the university go to the yeshiva
sorption ministry study has found student and vice-versa," Rabbi
that most immigrants are satis- Lookstein said. The details of who
factorily employed and housed and would officially confer "smiha,"
have decided to stay in Israel per- rabbinical ordination, have not yet
manently. Their Hebrew, how- been worked out, he said.
ever, remains poor.
In addition to educating Israelis,
The findings were based on a the proposed institute would train
survey of 595 immigrants who ar- Jews from abroad who cannot get
rived between September and De- similar schooling in their native
cember 1969. They were inter- countries. The graduates of the
viewed two months after their ar- institute will not only serve in Is-
rival and again after six months' rael, but will, ,after learning the
and after 12 months' residence.
appropriate foreign languages,
During the period December serve the needs of Jews in South
1969 to December 1970, only 8.7 Africa, Latin America and Eu-
per cent returned to their coun- rope, thereby establishing Israel
try of origin, most of them in the as an active source of halakhic
second half of that period. Close
Judaism for the worldwide Jew-
to 85 per cent said in all three ish community.
interviews that they were deter-
Rabbi Lookstein said a three-
mined to settle permanently.
man committee—himself, Prof.
Seventy-nine per cent of the
Saul Lieberman, a Bar-Han
immigrants were living in per-
trustee
and the rector of the
manent housing after one year,
* * *
compared with 49 per cent after
two months and 63 per cent Bar-Ilan Offers Summer
after six months. Fifty-five per Ulpan to Foreign Students
cent joined the labor force,
Two hundred students from
mostly in industry, and 72 per
cent of those employed said they abroad, who will study at Bar-Ilan
were satisfied with their jobs. University during the academic
Two areas of deficiency noted year of 1972, are participating in
in the absorption ministry study a special Ulpan offered by the Uni-
were the new arrivals' lack of versity.
The courses will help to facilitate
knowledge of Hebrew and lack
of contact with native Israelis or their studies in the coming year
by improving their knowledge of
veteran immigrants.
After one year, only 35 per cent Hebrew. The students, who are
of the immigrants interviewed from the U. S., Canada, South
said they could converse fluently Africa and Russia, will be divided
in Hebrew, while 31 per cent said into seven study groups, according
they could not participate in a to their knowledge of the lan-
simple dialogue in Hebrew. Only guage.
Teachers at the university are
24 per cent claimed to have fre-
quent or very frequent social con- assisted in their lessons by mod-
tacts with veteran immigrants ern equipment, using language
after one year, while 48 per cent laboratories and the audio visual
said they had only sporadic con- methods.
Students will receive credit
tacts or none at all.
The survey was made for the points for their Ulpan studies and
absorption ministry by the Central for their Judaic studies, and hu-
Bureau of Statistics and the In- manities, as well as for historical
stitute of Applied Social Research. and archeological tours.

Jewish Theological Seminary
(Conservative), and Dr. Zerach
Warhaftig, Israel's minister of
religious affairs—will soon ex-
plore and present concrete plans
for the yeshiva.
A private donor has promised
the university $500,000 for the in-
stitute and Rabbi Lookstein said
a pilot class of about 25 students
may start studying at the school
in the fall of 1972.
Rabbi Lookstein said that as the
non-religious in Israel will in
creasingly "have to understand the
religious," and the religious will
have to learn "measures of toler-
ance and patience, such an insti-
tute will be "a very important
and sturdy bridge" between the
two groups. Thus, he said, the

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"modern Israeli community loyal
to traditional Judaism and at home
in the modern world."

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