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November 19, 1971 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-11-19

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Fiddieri—Just Another iNiusicaTe?

If we agree that "Fiddler on the musicale, but he has not done as
Roof" is a good musical -- and any additional fawn with the
,'qualify, it by stating "just Another type of rabbi be has portrayed
musical," - no matter bow good, for us in the film:
all 'arguments will suffice.
The Sabbath candle lighting is
Here is - the point: on the screen magnificent!
The maneuvering
much more than on the stage it over the candles is dramatic. But
ceases to be a Sholem Aleichem why not a "boreh pri ha-sfafen,"
production. It has Jewish angles even if not the entire kiddush?
but- it is not a Jewish _musical. It If a few mumbled words over a
could well be another Second Ave- Talmud in the last scene was ,pos-
nue Yiddish masical, but it his sible in Hebrew—and how badly
lost all the Jewish flavor that that was donel—why not a few
could be given it.
good Hebrew words at the kiddush?
When the play was first shown And why such a poor portrayal
here—on its very first night at the of a wedding if the play is to have
Detroit Fisher Theater-there was a Jewish appeal?
jubilation, but the rabbi offended
Tevye has his merits and Topol
all of us. We thought that charac- certainly acts the role very well,
ter would be corrected. He has not but he could have had backing
been changed even in the film with a more Jewish text, as long
where -- there was a chance to
as Tevye is resurrected for the
amend a wrong-
film Irom the writings of Sholem
- Norman Jewison did a mar- Aleichem.
velous job producing a good
Many people went several times
• • •
to see the stage show. The film
•music is so appeal-
'Fiddler' Scratched
ing! Here is "a reviewer who is not
by Black Students
WASHINGTON (JTA) — An so excited. This one, at least, while
audience of more than 800 persons, very pleased to have had a chance
most of them black attended a to see the film, would not be so
benefit performance - of the - film ready to see it too often.
version of "Fiddler on the Roof"
here - to raise funds for a new
alunini center at Howard Univer-
sity, America's largest- black uni-
versity. The film elicited Mixed
reactions from Howard Y faculty
members and students who saw it.
Some comments made to:the JTA
indicated that the vigiiers be-
lieved that as bad as theJesiir':liad

it is Cutlet "Rusaii;:rtheyAd5)2iit
The film Was. praised -

suffer to

fa America.

James, E. • Cheek,,
Howaid. He said the-" op
of the Jews shown in * the,.
certainly affects all- blaeks;
brings better understanding be-
tween. Blacks and Jews. 1 -'-Dr:=Ed-
wird I. Masigue, president of the
Howard-Alunmi-Association which
sponsored the benefit, said "Fid--
dler" Was "an excellent movie ...
because it-toucher everybody and
relates to what America IS `all
At - -a reception ---it Dr:; Cheekii
home 'after the Perfarinince, the
JTA solicited reactions. from vari-
ous guests, Mainly: , How
ard stu-
dents. A woman philosiiihse attident
-observed that the Rusidan;leivish
economic situation war: ye* .dif-
ferent from that of - Ameriean
Blacks - at the same - period in his-
tory. She said Jews suffeied -
cause of their religion -which they
could discard,Ziot because of race
which. Blacks cannot -hide. -
A woman political. stu-
dent said: "The only-problem.
- problem. is
-that Jews are - in some position -.of
affluence nowand refuse to see
themselves as part Of black oppres-
sion the whites ".and! that
the oppression of Illacks -is'as
vious here now as it was to the
Jews in Russia." A Howard fac-
ulty -member, a woman, was asked
if she felt any kinship with the
Jews in the film. She replied,
"Jews are white. Period."
But a. male journalism student
- noted: -"When you get a clearer
view of that kind of cultural back-
ground it helps you to realize why
Jews are what they are now." A
-male architectural student said:
"It backs up our realization that
e lot of us are hi the same boat as
those people in Russia." A young
woman music teacher, .a Howard
alumnus, observed that "the music
was 'splendid. It touched: every-

scientific director of the Michigan
Cancer Foundation, accepted a
$2,500 check for his foundation
from the Detroit Women's Bowling .
Association. Retiring president
Lillian C. ilacob presented the
Check to Dr. Horowitz on . Channel
4's "Beat the Chanip" show. The
group has givea the MCP more
than a

NY to Aid Hasidic Jews in Gaining Employment by Teaching Them English

A pio'
neering city funded: ...program to
taiel•English to Hasidic Jews to
enhance, :their ability to- compete
for- - - jobelvas announced, by Mayor
Jobe- Ir. Lindsay. The ;program,
funded' at- about $400,000.. for two
26-tieek he,iadmitur.
tered -by the Manpower' and Ca-
reer. Development Agency of the
city. - -
Initially, the program • will in-
volve 50 Hasidic Jews divided
evenly between the United . Tal-
mudical Academy; which will
draw- itudents from the Williams-
burg .seetion of Brooklyn, and the
Lubavitcher Yeshiva, which will
serve the Crown Heights section.
Both are among the city's 26 des-
ignated poverty areas.
Lindsay said that many hasidic
Jews were among the poorest resi-
dents of the city and that they
often face discriminations in em-
ployment because of their religious
Lindsay declared that "it has
become apparent that govern-
ment has a responsibility to
meet the needs of these people."
He noted that the city has a
number. of special programs to

provide job training and other
services for Hasidic youth.
Dr. Marvin Schick, the mayor's
assistant for intergroup relations,
who organized the project, said
although many Hasidic Jews are
second and third generation Amer-

leans, they still clung to =the Ian- .
guage of a European cultural heri-
tage which is, for the most part,
Yiddish, hence limiting their job

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