THE JEWISH NEWS
inctrrporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle 'Commencing with issue of July 20, 1951
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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 11th day of _Heshvan, 5732, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Gen. 12:1.17:27. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 40:27-41:16.
Candle lighting, Friday, Oct. 29. 5:12 p.m.
VOL. LX. No. 7
October 29, 1971
Voices Calling to Us From the USSR
There are voices calling to us from the
It was not so long ago that Jews in Rus-
Soviet Union. Even if the Russian claims that sia were in a suppressed state, fearing to
there are only 2,150,000 Jews left in the raise their voices, studying Hebrew in secret
USSR—there are facts to indicate that the and reciting their prayers secretly. What an
number exceeds the 3,000,000 figure!—this amazing change—even if the tapes had to be
is a community of great proportions, and it is smuggled out of Russia for the "Silent No
no longer a silent one. It no longer fears. It Longer" record—that Jews have spoken, that
speaks out. It expresses its hope for redemp- they were joined by their children!
tion from the oppressions - tantamount to
One of the recorded songs is "Next Year
slavery that deprive them of their spiritual in Jerusalem," but it is not limited to that.
and cultural rights as Jews and do not give The voice from the Soviet Union declares:
them the freedom to reside wherever they
"Next year in Jerusalem. Next month. Or
next week, or the next minute. We Jews are
The voices are deeply moving. The Ameri- always ready."
can Jewish Congress has made some of them
There is something magnificent in the
available on a record that' must move the music recorded by Theodore Bikel, in a re-
hearts of even the most calloused of people. constructed program directed by Issachar
"Silent No More" is such an appropriate Miron. It is to the great credit of the Amen-
title for the . recorded music, for the inter- can Jewish Congress that these voices are
mingling of the appeals by Jews of all ages made available to us, that "Silent No More"
who are asking for the right to be Jews, for becomes a reality.
exit visas to Israel, for removal of restrictions
It is not often that a musical record be-
upon their use of Yiddish and Hebrew as comes a subject for an editorial. "Silent No
More" and its sponsors have earned it.
Inconsistency and Pressure in a Senator's Life
Michigan's junior U.S. senator, Robert
Griffin, was very compassionate when it was
necessary to exert pressure upon the Soviet
Union to secure the release of Prof. Mikhail
Zand and his family and to assure their being
permitted to go to Israel. He may or may not
have had a share in the successful resolution
of that problem. But he and his staff were
untiring in making contacts with the Zand
protectors it Ann Arbor and Detroit, with the
State Dept . lent in Washington, with the
U. S. Emil- rsy in Moscow.
Now we wonder whether the Michigan
senator and his staff were aware that if not
for a secure Israel all the Zand efforts would
have been impractical. What the Zands and
others like ;lem needed was the haven of
Israel. The 'ore, if one is concerned about
sian Jewry, one must concur-
himself also to the task of
providing w •ance for a safe Israel.
Sen. Gr I may have blundered when
he failed t
:1 the 78 senators who spon-
sored the r
a tion for prompt sale of Phan-
toms to Isr, . After all, even the Republican
minority lei. r of the Senate played a leading
role in spot ..ring the proposed resolution.
A blunder is not sinful, but inconsistency
is. You can't propagate justice for the Rus-
sian •Jew without providing-a haven for him.
And a haven is not the one that is now avail-
able for some 20,000 Jews in this country but
Role of Jewish War Veterans
Shown to Be as Peace Seekers
Conscious of the libels that are occasionally hurled at American
Jews, veterans of foreign wars organized to form the Jewish War Vet-
erans of the United States. The movement came into being in 1896.
Since then it has won the respect of national Jewish organizations and
acceptance from non-Jews who recognize the organization as a valid
force of spokesmen for those who wore the uniforms of the United
States in the conflicts in which this nation was engaged during the
intervening 75 years.
"The Jewish War Veterans Story" as told in an impressive his-
the one that has been established for the torical analysis by Gloria B. Mosesson is a thorough account of the
movement's many services. Dealing as it does with the personalities
hundreds of thousands in Israel.
who led the veterans and directed their affairs, as well as the Ameri-
Is there pressure involved? In Switzerland can
Jewish occurrences that influenced their activities, this volume
a responsible government leader canceled a may and
well be treated as a chapter in American Jewish history.
speech he was to deliver at the 70th anniver-
Mrs. Mosesson, ) the wife of a war .veteran, a . former national
sary celebration of the Jewish National JiZtmd president
of Junior Hadassah, had marked with the late National
because of fear for Arab reprisals.
JWV Commander J. George Fredmal writing of "Jews In
In Iran, the Jewish state—which is so in- American Wars," in '1954. This adds to - her `qualifications as an
timately related to Persian history dating authority on the work -she completed in the present hidirical review.
back to Cyrus the Great—there was a ban on
Because the veterans' organization had become -especially linked
Israel when heads of governments were in-
movements that fought bigotry, Nazism, Ctimmunism_and Fascism;
vited to the 2,500th anniversary celebration with
and in view of the JWV record of supporting the Monist- cause and
of the Iranian state, out of fear for Arab re- defending Israel's position as a democratic state, this story is of
particular importance to students of history.
What are the reactions in the ranks of
At the same time, Mrs. Mosesson's account relates the impressive
those who form a minority that fails to sup- record
of service by JWV to the Red Cross, in-aid- of afflicted
port Israel. in the U.S. Senate? Is this, too, who suffered from want or pestilence, and the comradeship that nations
Arab pressure? And if one rejects pressures, between JWV, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion,
as U. S. senators often should, why not begin resulting in a cooperative effort-in tasks that required mutual accord
in striving to prevent the spread of prejudice.
by rejecting Arab pressures?
Reference appropriately is made to the JWV's National Shrine for
In the case of Griffin and his staff, the
fault that stands out most prominently is in- the Jewish War Dear which has been built at 1712. New Hampshire
consistency. You can't affirm concern for Rus-
While upholding the rights of the war veterans and striving for
sian Jewry without providing the security of
justice for the Jew, JWV's attitude is one of peace, according to Mrs.
a home in Israel for them.
Sen. Philip A. Hart in the upper house Mosesson, who declares:
"JWV never loses sight of the fact that its ultimate goal is peace.
Congressman William Broomfield, in the
It is involved in the problems created by war and dissidence, but it
House of Representatives, their many associ- is
to peaceful solutions of national and international prob-
ates, including the minority leaders in both lems. From their
tragic memories of indelible experiences veterans
houses of Congress, recognize the justice of know better
than anyone else of the horrors of war. No group has
the position in support Of Israel. That's con- a stronger obligation
to our nation to find the path for peaceful resolu-
tions of international tensions. •
Problem of Aged and Community Awareness
"The Jewish War Veterans look forward to the day when the
prophetic vision of Isaiah will be fulfilled, - when 'Nation shall not lift
up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more'. Until
that day, and as long as are American veterans of the Jewish
faith, they will continue to - work and search for peace."
Harry T. Madison, a former national-commander, is among the
personalities listed in this record of JWV's history.
In his annual report as president of the who may temporarily be transferred to such
Jewish Welfare Federation, Alan E. Schwartz homes, there will be need to assure govern-
indicated that there is a full awareness of ment supervision to avert discomforts and
the problem that has emerged with the dangers.
A grave situation faces our community
planned closing of the Petoskey branch of
and a solution to it must be found as soon as
the Jewish Home for,the Aged.
'Fiddler on Roof' Paperbacked
The fact that a". special, committee has
What is happening in the Home for the „ What a timely appearance for a paperback !
begun work to find ar solution' to the serious Aged represents the most tragic casualty' iri
situation affecting the aged in our community the changing neighborhoods
Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, has just issued
that started here
serves - as an encouragement that the matter some 20 years ago. It also is a result of diffi- the text of "Fiddler on the Roof,'.! the play that has broken all records
for any production on Broadway as well as for plays on the roads of
will not be ignored and that communal re- culties
public institutions encounter in secur-
sponsib )+ will be exercised to find ways ing proper help to conduct their services.. We America. -
in time for the showing of the movieof the nMigt popular
of res , I
to a serious chalfenge to our are suffering from setbacks in social responsi- play, Just
this paperback contains the entire
bilities, and we must strive to effect improve- based on the SholtAn Aleic.hem stories. script of the 'stage production
In dealing with the problem, our commu- ments that will assure the swot himiane ap-
book-is by - Joseph Stein, the music by Jerry_Bock and the
nity must bike into conAderation the state proach to the needs of our fellowCitizens who lyrics The
by Sheldon --Remick.
of near-horror that afflicts the functioning. are both older and less affluent, as well as
This paperback is fully illustrated with , reproductiaos of scenes
of nursing homes. If there is to be a tempo- those who need our- help:
, the aging who _from the play and movie, inserted through — the e0artexsy of United
rary solution to the homelessness of the aged cannot fully care Pi- 0-,= a' . as