Welcome to Detroit
American Jewish Historians
Detroit Jewry heartily welcomes the delegates of the American Jewish Historical Society
to the 81st Annual Convention commencing today.
THE JEWISH NEWS
A Weekly Review
f Jewish Events
Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper
VOL. LXI I I, NO. 1C
17515 W. 9 Mile Rd., Southfield, Mich.
May 18, 1973
Arouses Succor Hopes While
USSR Jews' Arrests Continue
Noted Jewish Scholars
at Historical Society
Parley Starting Today
"Men and Movements in American Jewish History"
is the theme of the annual conference of the American
Jewish Historical Society, which opens its three-day
sessions today at Stouffer's Northland Inn in Southfield
The 81-year-old organization, with headquarters in
Waltham, Mass., will mark two major milestone events,
the centennial of the founding of the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations and the 150th anniversary of the
American Jewish press.
According to Leonard N. Simons, general chairman,
the distinguished scholars and lay leaders convening here
for the first time since the AJHS was founded in 1892 also
will devote their attention to the history of the Jews of
A tour today to points of Jewish interest in and around
Detroit will be highlighted by the placing of a state his-
torical marker at the site of the Lafayette Street Cemetery
of Temple Beth El, oldest Jewish burial ground in Michigan.
Saturday night's session at the Detroit Historical Mu-
seum will include an exhibition of Michigan and American
Jewish life and the screening of a film, "The History of
Members of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan,
of which Dr. Irving I. Edgar is president, will serve as
hosts at a reception.
On Sunday afternoon, Irving I. Katz, executive sec-
retary of Temple Beth El, will deliver a paper on "Chap-
man Abraham, the First Jew in Michigan: His Life and
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TEL AVIV (JTA) — Jewish activists in Moscow, contacted by telephone, place high hopes in the
meetings between President Nixon's national security adviser, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and Soviet
leaders. They indicated confidence that Dr. Kissinger relayed to the Soviet leadership American
concern over the treatment accorded to Russian Jews seeking exit visas and expressed hope that
his representations would lead to the release of Jewish political prisoners, the issuance of visas to
activists who until now have been denied them and the suspension of arrests and other means of
harassment of Jews.
The activists, contacted by the newspaper Maariv, reported that Jacob Khantzis, who was sen-
tenced last year to two years' imprisonment, has been transferred to a mental ward although a
medical examination disclosed no signs of mental illness. Khantzis suffers partial paralysis of both
legs. Another prisoner, Valery Kukui, sentenced to three years' imprisonment in 1971, has been
denied the privilege accorded other prisoners of receiving letters from relatives and friends.
Kissinger asked all Americans to bear in mind the important purposes of Soviet Communist
Party Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev's forthcoming visit to the U.S. He made the remark at a White
House press briefing when he was asked if the Russians expressed concern for Brezhnev's secur-
ity, particularly in view of the attitude of some American Jews toward the visit. "There was
no concern expressed by Brezhnev or any of his senior colleagues about the physical arrange-
ments for his trip," Kissinger said.
He added: "We have assured the Soviet leaders that
be treated with the courtesy and respect con-
Kashkosh Family sistent would
with the considerable importance we attach to the
of our relationShip, and we have every hope
Slain in Revenge improvement
that all Americans will bear in mind that Mr. Brezhnev will
for Beirut Raid
be here as a guest of the U.S. government for extremely
important purposes in connection with the peace of the
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The five mem-
bers of the Kashkosh family were bru-
tally gunned down by Iraqi security
Brezhnev's American visit June 18-26 was announced
forces in revenge for the death of three
terrorist leaders killed during the Israeli
Dr. Kissinger was asked whether the Soviet leaders were
commando raid on Bierut April 10, it was
aware of the congressional opposition to trade concessions
The shooting occurred April 12 during
to the USSR as long as that country restricts the emigration
a mourning procession in Baghdad for
of its citizens, particularly Jews. He replied that "the con-
the three terrorists. The security forces
gressional reluctance concerns not so much trade deals as
burst into the Kashkosh home and opened
the most-favored-nation clause and of course the Soviet
fire with automatic weapons killing Reu-
leaders are aware of the fact that there is some opposition
ven Kashkosh, his sons, Fuad and Samir,
in the form of the Jackson Amendment to the administra-
and his daughter Joyce, and mortally
wounding his wife, Clementine.
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CCAR Head David Polish Warns Jewry Against 'Disengagement
From Liberalism. Sees Danger in Capitulation to Repression'
NEW YORK—Jews who have "disengaged" from the liberal struggle, who have turned to the right and
have "wedded themselves to Nixon's America," thus casting their lot with "the most threatening option confront-
ing America," are bringing danger to themselves as Jews and to their country," warns Rabbi David Polish, pres-
ident of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
His statement, outlining a position for the future posture of the Jewish community in America, was made
at a series of appearances before CCAR regional meetings and prior to the recent developments of Watergate.
Rabbi Polish urged American Jewry not to acquiesce in this country's corruption "as it sickens, weak-
ens and languishes amid its power And wealth," and while it "struggles for its soul." Instead, Jews "who are
concerned with our society as Jews, should not panic and abandon the struggle" against eroding values and
repressive trends in America.
"Therein," he declared, "lies capitulation to repression. By standing up to it, we have a fighting chance
both for America and for U.S. Jewry and for Israel. We shall not weather any coming storm by trying to sit
it out. If we do try, it will overwhelm us."
Rabbi Polish charged that the many Jews who "assumed a super-patriotic pose before the election were
not nearly as interested as they professed to be in Israel or even in the economy, but betrayed instead a
profound distrust in our society and its capacity for change."
On the other hand, those who were accused unjustly "of anything from anti-Israel feelings to radical-
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ism, manifested greater confidence in the future of America."
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Independence Parade Sunday
to Draw Detroit Area Jewry
Floats, marching bands and decorated cars repre-
senting 48 Jewish organizations and institutions will par-
ade through Oak Park Sunday in celebration of Israel's
25th anniversary of statehood. Sunday is Lag b'Omer.
Beginning at 11:40 a.m. at Church and 10 Mile Rd., they
will proceed east on 10 Mile to Coolidge, south on Coolidge
to Oak Park Blvd., west on Oak Park Blvd. to Church and
north on Church to the Oak Park Municipal Park entrance
on Northfield Rd.
There, a rally will begin with the blowing of the
shofar by Cantor Hyman Adler of Cong. Bnai David.
There will be greetings by Avern Cohn, parade grand
marshal, Mayor David Shepherd of Oak Park and Bernard
Panush, vice president of the Jewish Community Council.
Shaul Ramati, Israel consul general to the Midwest,
will deliver the keynote address, and Israeli singer Chava
Alherstein will entertain. There will be Israeli dancing,
picnicking and booths selling refreshments and souvenirs.