Detroit Round- Table Director Recalls
Role in Free Palestine League in '40s Rites Set for Summer
In its executive director, youth, interracial and police-cit-
C h a r l e s Benham, the Detroit men dialogue.
Round Table of Catholics, Jews
With regard to the latter,
and Protestants has a man of
Benham . is particularly pronfd
varied and interesting experience
of the Michigan Region NCCJ
— including membership in the role. Together with the Mich.--
now-defunct "American League for
igan State University Center on
a Free Palestine."
Police and • Community Rela-
Founded after World War II
tions, the Michigan Region
under the leadership of the noted
holds institutes on community
writer Conrad Berkovici, the
relations and the administration
American League drew its mem-
bership from pro-Zionist forces
Together, citizens and police
who were fighting for the estab- determine what the problems are-
lishment of a Jewish state.
and ways of solving these prob-
Benham, a Methodist, who had lems.
just been discharged from active
Based on his own experience,
duty in the army, became in- Benham believes that many con-
volved in the league because of troversial issues arising today —
notably • the busing issue — are
his interest in play writing.
As a student hi the New School being met in a positive way.
for Social Research, Benham help- "There is a growing acceptance
MISS KATHLEEN ALTMAN
ed to promote Ben Hecht's "A of the need to confront prob-
Estelle Altman of Berkley
Flag Is Born," a pro-Israel state-
hood play produced on Broadway the confrontatioh on the busing Ave. announces the engagement
Kathleen to Den-
and including in its cast the young
worse than it is today. The com- nis Dean Rosenzweig, son of Mr.
actor Marlon Brando.
munity mind set was different." Neil Rosenzweig of Coolidge Rd.,
With Israel's Statehood, the
One indicator of the improved Oak Park, and the late Mary
league disbanded. Benham, went
is the way children are Rosenzweig.
to Connecticut to work for the
themselves, said Benham.
Miss Altman. the daughter of the
National Conference of Chris-
On Thursday, the NCCJ held its late Harry Altman, is a gradu-
tians and Jews. He has con-
ate of the college of education
tinued working for the NCCJ,
having .some here two years ence on Rearing Children of Good at Wayne State University. Mr.
Will, focusing on what is being Rosenzweig is a student at the
ago from a similar post in
done in helping children to grow University of Michigan's school
up free from prejudice and hos- of dentistry,
But he always has maintained tility. A number of Jewish organ-
A June wedding is planned.
an interest in Israel, and to his izations are co-sponsors of the
regret a has never been there.
An avid collector of vintage
Benham admits the 'D e tro it
films,-.-Benham- said his collection Round Table has had less than
includes:. a biographical movie on perfect results in bringing lead-
Theodor Herzl, made in 1920.
ership of the various religious
Called "The Story of Theodor communities together. East year,
Herzl, the Wandering Jew," the Moslem, Christian and Jewish
8-mm, six-reel silent film includes clergymen held a one-day session
in the cast both Joseph Schild- on local relationships against the
kraut and his father Rudolph, background of the Middle East
who portrays the protagonist, a situation.
symbolic Jew of biblical and mod-
What emerged was "like stew,
ern times. Herzl himself is not in a way — rather difficult to
shown, but Chaim Weizmann ap- preserve an orderly process. The
pears in the film, Benham said. Moslems felt the news on Israel
The movie shows the difficulties was slanted and that the gen-
encountered by those working for eral community didn't know they
exist; the Jews felt the Christians
Benham :thinks that the film were silent in 1967. The meeting
was made by a German company. didn't develop any method of co-
It is not the only copy and can operative action, but, after all, it
be acquired, he said, through was a healthy airing."
distributors of collectors' prints.
Benham is willing to show the
film, but because the reels are A Hebrew Teacher Is
only 8 milimeter, they are not
suitable for showing to large Sought by Southfield
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Passionate hatred can give
meaning and purpose to an empty
life. — Eric Hoffer
Friday, February 18, 1972-33
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mother, Matilda—the couple's children -have humored them. by plant-
ing an arbor _of 25* trees in Israel In their amis. Shown are Mr. and
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*nest and Lydia Necker Deft) aneEnsia and Doris Kepes.
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