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December 24, 1971 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-12-24

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18—Friday, December 24, 1971

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Participants in Reform Temple
Dinner Honoring Samuel Hambuger

Present at the annual Israel Bond dinner sponsored by the Metro-
golitan Detroit Federation of Reform Synagogues, which honored Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel Hamburger and resulted in over 11,350,000 in Israel
Bond subscriptions are (from left), seated: Maxwell JosPoi; Samuel
Hamburger; Shimon Peres, minister of transportation and communi-
cations in the Israel cabinet, guest speaker; Mrs. Hamburger; Harry
Modell; Leonard N. Simons, who gave the tribute to the Hamburgers;
Rabbi Leon Fram; Rabbi Milton Rosenbaum; and Albert M.' Colman,
who announced the Israel Bond subscriptions: standing, Irwin Green,
Archie Katcher, Morton Wolin, Bernard E. Linden, Robert N. Can-
vasser, Cantor Harold Orbach, Rabbi Morton M. Kanter and Samuel
Frankel, who brought a message from the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion. Peres presented Miriam and Sam Hamburger with the Israel
Prime Minister's Medal.

Potok Stresses Hasidic Background

By STEVE RAPHAEL
"Why does a man with a Hasidic
background want to write fiction
stories when Jews are getting
killed in Nazi Germany or in
Communist Russia or in the Sinai
desert?"
The man asking the question
was noted author and editor of
the Jewish Publication Society,
Chaim Potok, and he was asking
it of himself.
Author of "The Promise" and
"The Chosen," Potok supplied his
own answer Wednesday night as
the featured speaker at the annual
Hanuka Hasidic Concert honoring
the liberated Russian Jews.
Also on hand to entertain the
nearly 1,500 persons in Ford Audi-
torium was Cantor Berele Saltz-
man, the. Russian cantor who re-
cently left the USSR. The Hasidic
Choir, under the direction of Eli
Lipsker, and a citation to Univer-
sity of Michigan professor, Dr.
Herbert Paper, also were program
features.
Potok viewed the evening as
completion of a circle in his Hasi-
dic life. He said he came from an
Hasidic family. His mother passed
on her rich Hasidic heritage to
her son.
Potok said that during his for-
mative years in college he had
gotten away from the Hasidim,
and now his appearance at the
Hasidic concert symbolized his re-
turn.
"I always wanted to be a writer

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of fiction. As a young boy I would
go to the New York Public -Li-
brary and read novels—novels that
changed my life and encouraged
me on to my future career."
Potok recalled during his college
days at Yeshiva University, a rabbi
had heard of this young man who
wanted to write stories. The rabbi
said to me 'fiction is not truth,
do you want to write lies?"
And, in fact, Potok noted, this
Jewish negativism toward writers.
"Judaism emphasizes Torah, study
and scholarship, but fiction writ-
ing? You can put a plant, a glass
or anything on a book, but what
can you put on a Torah?
"My mother," he added, "never
introduced me as 'my son the nov-
elist."
"So why does a man, grown up
in the system, committed to it
and who loves it, choose to write
fiction," Potok asked. "Why does
a cantor sing or the student study
the Torah? Because he loves it,"
Potok answered.
"I write about Hasidism because
it is a world more real than any
other reality—the world I know
best."

Court Restrains Ministry
From Deporting Group
of Black Israelites

JERUSALEM—The interior min-
istry was restrained by a High
Court order Tuesday from deport-
ing a group of so-called Black
Israelites, whose tourist visas, valid
for one month, expired in Novem-
ber.
The Black Israelites, Americans
who say they are direct descend-
ants of the -12 Tribes of Israel,
originated in Chicago. Their status
as Jews is unclear.
The High Court ordered Dr.
Yosef Burg, interior minister, to
explain within 30 days why be
should not r es c i n d deportation
orders be signed a few days ago.

Will New UN Chief Be an Improvement on M.E. Issue?

UNITED NATIONS (JTA)—Is-
raeli offciials have declined com-
ment on the Security Council's
selection Tuesday afternoon of
Kurt Waldheim as the United
Nations' new secretary-general.
It appeared however, that while
Waldheim, 53, was not likely to
be as "bad" for Israel as U Thant
of Burma, who retires Dec. 31
after a decade as secretary-gene-
ral, the Austrian chief delegate
might not be as sympathetic to
Israel as another candidate for the
job, Max Jakobson of Finland, son
of a Jewish father and a converted
mother. But, interestingly, Wald-
heim and Dr. Jakobson, each re-
presenting a "neutral" nation, both
voted for last week's General As-
sembly resolution, heatedly opposed
by Israel, stressing that Israel-
"respond favorably" to interme-
diary Gunnar V. Jarring's request
for a commitment to withdrawal,
before negotiations to the former
international boundary with Egypt.
Equally interesting was the vote
by Dr. Jarring's - Swedish delega-
tion on that resolution: It abstain-
ed.

Although the U.S. reportedly
would have preferred the activist
Finn to the more cautious Austrian,
the Soviet view was just the op-
posite; furthermore the Kremlin is
believed to be still smarting from
a book Dr. Jakobson wrote about
10 years ago in which he criticized
aspects of &iviet Policy. It was
not immediately known if Dr.
Jakobson's religion had any bear-
ing on the Soviet's attitude toward
hint. Waldheim, on the other hand,
had soviet backing.
Despite his Austrian background,
Waldheim appears to bear no Nazi
taint.
According to the UN- Charter,
the secretary general must remain
scrupulously neutral in the conduct
of his office. He "may" under his
authority "bring to the attention
of the security Council any matter
which in his opinion may threaten
the maintenance of international
peace and security."
On the question of Jewish emi-
gration from the USSR. informed

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