kb*: Jasstry 14, 1972-9
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
... and Me'
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1972, JTA Inc.)
Be A -Part of
Women of Jewish National Fund
42nd Annual Donor Tea
12 Noon -
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Weimaar df JNF allows
Rabbi Reuben Sionlm, Radio and TV
Commentator, Writer. Journalist and
Mid-East Specialist. Covered 3 Israeli-
Arab wars; just returned from Israel
and Lebanon. "
(leftjo right). Mesdames Louis - Levine., program chairman:
Jules Kraft. co-dmirman of fund-raising; Frank'Silverman. .
President; Wilhelm Levin. chairman .of tund-raising.
SOVIET MOODS: Something exceptional has happened now in the
Soviet 'Union. The State Museum of Fine Arts in Kiev has opened a
one-man showing of a well-known Jewish painter who left the Soviet
Union after the Bolshevik Revolution and never returned there.
The painter is Abraham Manievich, who was the only Jewish pro-
fessor in the Ukrainian Academy of Art in Kiev. He emigrated in 1922
to New York where he lived and worked and acquired a high reputa-
tion in the American world of art. His paintings can now be found in
a number of American and Canadian museums.
Although most of his paintings are on general themes—mostly
naturalistic—one of his great masterpieces is a large canvas "The De-
struction of the Ghetto." It commemorates the years of pogroms against
Jews that marked the civil war in the Ukraine following the Bolshevik
Revolution of 1917. This impressive painting now is in New York, held
by his daughter, who also is in possession of other canvases by him. It
deserves to be acquired by Jewish institutions:
In arranging a one-rnan showing of his works in Kiev, the State
Museum of Fine Arts there paid tribute to Manievich in grand fashion.
Soviet dignitaries were present at the opening of the exhibition. Meri-
torious papers were read about his works by prominent Soviet painters.
Post card reproductions of his canvasses were issued for use in the
mails. The Kiev press earned articles about Manievich illustrated by
photographs of speakers at the opening ceremony taken against the
background of Manievich's canvases.
This is considered a rarity even for artists who never left the
Soviet Union. Proudly, the official catalogue of the exhibition pointed
out that "Abraham Manievich was an art student in Kiev and has his
first one-man show in the Kiev Museum in 1909-10."
During the years when he lived in the United States, Manievich
devoted himself chiefly to painting scenes of New York, Pittsburgh and
other cities where he happened to live. His paintings are to be found
today in such institutions as the Luxemburg Museum in Paris, Brooklyn
Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Toronto, and in art museums in Switzer-
land and Italy, and in the world famous Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow.
Academy of Art in Leningrad, Museum of Art in Odessa and the State
Museum of Fine Arts in Kiev.
LEADER AT 80: Irving M. Engel, former president of the Amer-
ican Jewish Committee, knows no age. At 80 he still is as active in
Jewish affairs as he was in his younger years. Be also is active in
non-Jewish affairs. Anything that serves humanitarian causes pro-
vokes his interest.
Expressing recognition for what he has done for mankind, a group
of his friends arranged a birthday dinner at New York's aristocratic
Plaza Hotel, honoring him on his 80th birthday. >Eugene V. Rostov,
who held a high position. in the State Department under the Johnson
administration, was master of ceremonies, and the birthday gift pre-
sented to Mr. Engel was something special.
It was not a material gift, but one of social significance and en-
during value. His friends quietly decided to establish an Irving M.
Engel Fund and announced it at the dinner. Immediately, $65,000 was
contribute to this fund with more to come from friends eager to show
Mr. Engel their affection. The money will be spent for causes of social
justice in whatever manner Mr. Engel may see fit.
Mr. Engel has served as president of the American Jewish Com-
mittee for 14 years. Dr. John Slawson, who announced the establish-
ment of the Engel Fund at the dinner, characterized the AJC leader
as a man who cares and shares. He told the guests of experiences con-
cerning Israel and Jews in North Africa in which Mr. Engel played an
important role. He also spoke of experiences which brought about the
liberalization of immigration regulations in 1965, abolishing the nation-
ality quota system. Mr. Engel is known as the "spiritual father" of the
1965 liberalized Immigration Law.
It was Mr. Engel who, in .1959, prevented the forced mass-trans-
portation of vast numbers of Soviet Jewry to the remote Biro Bidjan
region in Siberia. This occured at an historic luncheon in New York,
where American Jewish Committee leaders met with Soviet Deputy
Premier Anastas Mikoy_an. The conspiracy of the Kremlin was exposed
by. Mr. Engel at-this,luncheon. An a 'result, the plan was never carried
out. Mr. Mikoyan was the only highest Soviet official who ever came
to a meeting with Jewish leaders.
$1.37 Billion Defense Budget Adopted
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nightclub and TV entertainment. Hailed as international am-
bassadors of Israeli music
- The Women of The Jewish National Fund
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The cabi-
net Sunday approved a $1,370,000.-
000 defense budget for fisCal 1972
representing a compromise agree-
ment between Finance Minister
Pinhas-Sapir and Defense Minister
The fiscal year begins April 1.
The budget includes $83,300,000
which the defense ministry may
"borrow" from fiscal 1973.
Gen. Dayan said he would try
to lop another $42,000,000 off the
budget and report back to the
cabinet within a month.
Sapir now will begin talks with
other ministers aihied at having
reduced budgets ready for sub-
mission to the Knesset by the
end of February.
In another area of major ex-
penses, the cabinet heard forecasts
of 1972 immigration raised from
45,000 to 65,000, requiring an ad-
ditional expenditure of nearly
$100,000,000 to house the new-
The Jewish Agency has promised
to raise half the additional amount
through solicitations abroad while
the balance is met by contributions
and bank loans in Israel.
The cabinet was informed that
a meeting of 150 key leaders of
the Israel Bond Organization will
be held here Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Their
aim is to sell $450,000,000 in Israel
Bonds during 1972.