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February 15, 1974 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-02-15

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-- ir you do what you should THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
not, you must bear what you
February 15, 1974-37
would not. —Benamin Frank-.

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will meet 8:30 p.m. Monday
at the Whitehall Apts. club
house. Refreshments will be
served by the auxiliary.
* * *
CLUB will present George
Romney 10 a.m. Sunday for
the breakfast club and dis-
cussion group series at the
temple. Breakfast will be
served at 9:30. Friends are
invited at no charge. Rom-
ney, former governor of
Michigan and secretary of
the U. S. Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment, is current chairman of
the National Center on Vol-
untary Action.

Aliya Month Launched in Detroit

Detroit joined Jewish com-
munities across the United
States and Canada this week
in launching Aliya Month,
continuing through March 10.
With the help of the Asso-
ciation of Americans a n d
Canadians for Aliya, the De-

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will be moderator of a panel
discussion on "Our Jewish
Youth . . . Changing Atti-
tudes and Their Signifi-
cance," 8 p.m. Wednesday
at Beth Achim. It is jointly
sponsored by the Detroit
Alumni Chapter of Alpha
Omega Dental Fraternity
and both parent clubs. The
panel wil consist of Dr. Jo-
seph Fischhoff, psychiatrist;
Dr, Sidney Grossberg, psy-
chiatric social worker; Dr.
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clubs and are meant to reach
those who are not aware of
the role of aliya for the sur-
vival of Israel and the future
of American Jewry. Informa-
tion will be given about the
services of the aliya office
here, and about possibilities
and prospects available in
Meetings will f e a ture
speakers, movies and slides
about olim and the first
movies produced on the Yom
Kippur War.
Nick Martin, a Detroiter
who made aliya seven years

ago, will be the speaker at
many of these meetings, in-
cluding a gathering of the
Americans and Canadians for
Aliya 8:30 p.m. Saturday at
the Morris Cooper home,
10505 LaSalle, Huntington
On March 5 and 6, Avraham
Shenker, head of the infor-
mation and organization de-
partment of the World Zionist
Organization, w i 11 address
Hadassah groups and others.
To host a parlor meeting
for friends and relatives, call
the Aliya Center, 559-6755.

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the Zionist Youth Movement
local activities have been or-
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Center to underscore the im-
portance and urgency of
immigration to Israel.
Unlike other years when
one day was devoted to aliya,
this year there will be at
least one month of meetings,
large and small, to explain
and explore aliya.
Most of the 100 gatherings
already scheduled by the
aliya office are parlor meet-
ings in private homes or

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Editor, The Jewish News:
The Jewish News of Jan.
25 reported that the "Mach-
pelah Case Delayed; Data
Sought by Plaintiff Syna-
gogue." The item actually
should have been titled "The
Machnelah Scandal Con-
It is unfortunate that the
plaintiffs as well as the de-
fendants did not refer the
matter to the arbitration
panel of the Jewish Commu-
nity Council of Metropolitan
Detroit for adjudication. I
can assure both parties that
no judge or court could or
would be fairer than our
community's beth din. It is
not too late yet to turn this
case over to our Jewish
(Editor's Note: The or-
iginal article on the case,
which appeared Jan. 18,
noted that the plaintiffs
"were unsuccessful in get-
ting the other party to agree
to arbitration before either
the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis 'or the Jewish Com-
munity Council.")

Parley to Focus
on Brotherhood

The Border Cities Confer-
ence on Rearing Children of
Good Will this year will be
held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday
at the Rackham Memorial
Building. It will focus on
how parents and children can
overcome racial, ethnic and
religious isolation in the
metropolitan area.
More than 500 parents,
high school youth and other
citizens will discuss the con-
Terence theme: "Participat-
ing in multi-racial, ethnic
and religious opportunities
with our children."
Mrs. Erma Henderson will
keynote the 18 workshops
groups focusing on neighbor-
hood, recreational, religious,
home and school opportuni-
ties for parents and children
of all races, etnnic groups
and religions.
The Detroit Round Table
of the National Conference of
Christians and Jews is the
sponsor along with over 35
co-sponsoring organizations.
There is a registration fee.
For information, call Joseph
Radelet, chairman, 968-6306.

Talk on Energy

The Oak Park Council
of Community Organizations
will meet 8:30 p.m. Thursday
at the Oak Park Community
Center. Carl E. Schwobel of
the Marathon Oil Co. will
speak on "The Energy
Crisis." Guests are welcome.

Christadelphian Is Opposed
to Lawrence Crohn's Jesus Study

The recent article, "Gospel
Writers Conveyed Jewish
Values" by Lawrence W.
Crohn, is not a fair represen-
tation of the known facts.
He has no proof for his as-
sertion that "The New Testa-
ment was composed, espe-
cially the basic gospels, from
75 to 150 years after the
events described." Many cap-
able scholars vigorously dis-
agree, as did Sir Frederic G.
Kenyon, former director of
the British Museum, in his
book, "The Bible and Mod-
ern Scholarship" page 52:
"It must be recognized al-
so that, if the Fourth Gospel
has to be placed not later
than AD 95, and the Gospels
of Matthew and Luke come
before that, and Mark, which
they utilize, before that
again, the time for elaborate
development is very much
As a Christadelphian, I be-
lieve the New Testament to
be true for the same reason
I accept the infallibility of
the Hebrew Scriptures. Both
were written by men inspired
by God's Spirit. The interest-
ing book, "The Prophets" by
Abraham J. Heschel, of the
Jewish Theological Seminary,
New York, page 22, states:
"The words the prophet ut-
ters are not offered as sou-
venirs. His speech to the peo-
ple is not a reminiscence, a
report, hearsay. The prophet
not only conveys; he reveals.
He almost does unto others
what God does unto him. In
speaking, the prophet reveals
God. This is the marvel of a
prophet's work: in his words,
the invisible God becomes
audible." In both the Old and
New Testaments miracles
were sometimes performed
by prophets to prove to the
skeptical populace that Yah-
weh was indeed speaking
through them. But Mr. Crohn
states that the New. Testa-
ment is "befouled and belit-
tled" because of the miracle
content and resurrecting the
dead. However, the Jewish
Scriptures also has records
of astounding miracles; such
as the birth of Isaac when
Abraham and Sarah were 100
and 90 years old, respec-
Why deride the fact of
raising the dead in the New
Testament when both Elijah
and Elisha did likewise (See
1 Kings 17:21, 22 and 2 Kings
4:32-35)? And the very bones
of the prophet Elisha im-
parted life to a corpse in 2
Kings 13:20, 21.
Why refer to Jesus feeding
thousands as "sleight-of-
hand" when Elisha miracu-
lously fed a hundred men in
2 Kings 4:42-44? If the God of

Israel is omnipotent, then as
His angel said to Sarah, "Is
anything too hard for Yah-
weh?" (Genesis 18:14).
If one accepts nominal
Christianity as reflecting the
teaching of Jesus and his
Apostles; then one has an
impossible task to under-
stand the New Testament
writings. Jesus and his fol-
lowers believed and taught
the unity of God (Mark 12:29,
Ephesians 4:6) not the Trin-
ity, which is nowhere men-
tioned in the Christian Scrip-
tures. Their hope is the same
as the Old Testament pro-
phets, "the hope of Israel" in
the words of Paul (Acts 28:
All the Apostles believed in
the Messiah reigning on Da-
vid's throne in Jerusalem
over the world, so they asked
him, "Lord, will you at this
time restore the kingdom to
Israel?" (Acts 1:6). It was
not yet the time, but it would
come later. Jesus gave us the
sign when the Messiah would
set up that Kingdom — the
Jews would return to Jerus-
alem after Jerusalem had
been trodden down by the
Gentiles (Luke 21:24-27).
In 1967, the Jews returned
to Jerusalem and it is their
capital city. Jerusalem will
remain Jewish, even though
the Soviet Union has other
ideas. Israel's Messiah will
overthrow the Russian hordes
when they attack Israel and
Jerusalem (Ezekiel chapters
38 and 39).
Sincerely yours,
* *

`Shtetl to Stage Door'
Author Says Temple
Version Not His Own

Editor, The Jewish News:
I wish to bring to the at-
tention of your readers that
my production "From Shtetl
to Stage Door," A Melting
Potpourri showing the Jew-
ish influence on the American
Musical Theater (reviewed
in your Feb. 1 issue) was
presented in a compromise
version as "An Evening With
the Cantor in a Night at Litt-
man's People's Theater," at
Temple Israel.
As such, it was a perform-
ance not in the way I orig-
inally conceived it nor as it
has been given elsewhere. I
was delighted to have the
opportunity to have it heard
in Detroit, but I would be less
than honest to my work if
this fact were not made
Sincerely yours,
New York

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