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March 08, 1974 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-03-08

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40—Friday, March 8, 1974


Business Briefs

Somerset Mall will exhibit
ceramics by DOROTHY
DUNITZ and weaving by
21 at the women's apparel
shop. Dorothy Dunitz has ex-
hibited throughout the state
and has received many
awards and prizes for her
work. She has been awarded
the Mrs. Richard Webber
prize by the Detroit Insti-
tute of Arts and the Artisan's
Purchase Prize for the per-
manent collection of the Uni-
versity of Michigan Museum
of Art. Urban Jupena during
the last four years has ex-
hibited in more than 30 shows
and events throughout the
U. S., in which he has won
many awards for his woven
art forms.
* * *
BERG, general manager of
the Northland-Detroit gener-
al office, has been named
one of the outstanding gen-
eral managers of NEW
CO. for 1973, it was an-
nounced by R. Manning

Brown, Jr., chairman of the

Frankel Named
to Perry Board

Strong Plea for Jewish Folklore Retention,
Use of Yiddish Marks Singer Lecture Here

Isaac Bashevis Singer, not- dress, which, he indicated,
ed author whose stories have was the same that he had de-
appeared in several volumes livered at the Hebrew Uni-
and in the most popular versity in Jerusalem and
American magazines in therefore addressed itself to
translations from the Yid- the Israeli writers, that Is-
dish, made a strong plea for raelis were imitating Euro-
retention of Yiddish as a vital pean and American literary
force in Jewish life, in an practices.
address to more than 500
He deplored the diminu-
people who filled the Shaarey tion of religion in -Jewish lit-
Zedek social hall Tuesday erary ranks and in emphasiz-
ing his own style and placed
It was the annual- Lichter emphasis on the importance
Memorial Lecture established of the mystical, of the use
by Dr. and Mrs. David Lich- of the symbolic. "We are still
ter in memory of Dr. Lich- influenced by stories told
ter's father, Adolph Lichter. around the stoves in the Old
While dealing with matters World," he said.
related to literature on a
Recalling his experience
universal scale, Singer's lec- when he came to this country
ture was aimed primarily at 35 years ago and applied for
defining his own approach to a position on the staff of the
Jewish narrative writing. He Jewish Daily Forward, the
emphasized the importance editor, the noted Ab Cahan,
of folklore. He expressed the asked why he wanted to work
view that folklore contrib- on a Yiddish paper when the
uted toward the survival of language is doomed to die in
the Jewish people. He de- 10 years. He pointed to it as
plored the abandonment of proof of his contention that
instinct by Jewish writers American Jewry has gained
and he was especially critical strength, that it is producing,
of Israeli writers who, he that it will be as wholesome
maintained, are abandoning as the shtetl was decades
"the colossal riches of the ago.
Jewish people."
He also said that he had
Singer stated in his ad- been criticized for his form

Jack A. Robinson, chair:
man and chief operating. of-
ficer of Perry Drug Stores,
Inc., the southeastern Michi-
gan based chain of retail
diseount drug stores, an-
nounced the electi9n of Sam-
uel Frankel to the Perry
board of directors.
Frankel was one of the-
initial organizers of the
Packer Supermarket chain,
and later was president of
Wrigley Properties, a sub-
sidiary of Allied Supermar-
As president of Frankel
Associates, Developers, he is
known for his development
of Somerset Mall, and re-
cently, co-development with
Berry and Seyburn, of the
Somerset Inn, Office and
Theater complex adjacent to
the mall.
Frankel is a member of
the board of directors of
Michigan • National Bank-
Metro North, a trustee of
Sinai Hospital and an officer-
director of the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation.
Isaac Bashevis Singer pur- for New Yorkers, therefore
A native Detroiter, Frankel sues an established pattern. the resurrection of it, in "A
is a graduate of Detroit His stories deal with mysti- Day in Coney Island," will
College of Law (1935).
cism. He writes fables. He delight the nostalgic.
quotes Yiddish sayings and "The Son From America"
links both spheres and is a
liturgical phrases.
Some of his tales puzzle. paean to the sanctity of the
Let The Professionals Perform
"A Crown of Feathers," the Jewish home in the Old
title story in his new book World village as well as an
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is indication of the retention of
such a mixture of incidents, links between immigrants to
Jeep Sm ith — Dick Stein
social and religious experi- America with their families
Shelby Lee — Patty Grant
ences that the reader who in the old ghettoes.
Mori Little — Leonard McDonald Etc.
In the process, political
knows the-background of the
From one to any number of musicians
Jewish communities that recollections of Trotsky, af-
Complete Party Planning on Request
functioned under Polish land- fectations by Yiddish and
in on
a Jewish
owners' domination will ask: other
writer's factors
are all these possible in one make the Isaac Bashevis
"Music T he Stein Way"
plot — apostasy and rever-
sion to Judaism, mixed mar- Singer approaches almost
riage, betrayal, self-castiga- routine to schedule in this
writer's Yiddish
thinking and
tion, intolerance, lots more. English
There is a cruelty in the
Several translators were
the portrayal
the as stories
in this
may be of
to the
book, for
on previous

of writing, for resorting to
demons and myths and fables
and had been told: "You are
caught up in spiderwebs."
He defended his approach
and defied the "spiderweb"
charge as pointing to the fail-
ure to understand the value
of true approaches to the
folkloristic in Jewish life,
completely rejecting the criti-
cisms leveled at
Responding to a request
during the question-answer
period that followed his lec-
ture, Singer read one of his
stories from his latest book,
"A Crown of Feathers" (re-
viewed here) the eight-page
"The Son From America."
Mrs. Joseph Deutch intro-
duced Singer and the question
period was conducted by
Jack Greenberg, Mrs.
Deutch's co-chairman of the
committee that is arranging
the new lecture series. The
series was opened with brief
remarks by the chairman of
the Shaarey Zedek commis-
sion, 'Maxwell Katzin, who
emphasized the congrega-
tion's desire to extend inte-
rest in literary matters in
the community.

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puzzling. but it remains occasions — Singer is now
the American writer — he
"Grandfather 'and Grand- did some of the translating
son," the concluding story in together with other partici-
this collection, is marked by pants.
realism. The Hasid can't ac-
"A Crown of Feathers" is
cept the visionary revolution- not unique in the Singer
ary, but he is the grand- bookshelf, but it has the
father who would •not aban- added merit of dealing with
don the grandson. The Rus- American as well as Old
sian experience dating back World characters. The ad-
to the early years of the cen- mixture is wholesome for a
tury. The young man is an readership that is constant
idealist turned irreverently as an admiring force for
irreligious, and his viewpoint Singer.
is understandable. The old
man's arrest may be logical.
Noteworthy about "A ORT Publishes Book
Crown of Feathers" is the on Its Role in War
combination of American
The American ORT Fed-
with Old World stories. eration has published a 40-
Singer is settled here and page booklet, "ORT in a
he now depicts the stories Time of War" for circulation
related to the New York to ORT membership groups
scene and other American around the world.
motivations. In "The Cabalist
Published in English, the
on East Broadway" he in- booklet is filled with eye-
jects the Old World back- witness text and photographs
grounds into the New World documenting the role ORT
environment, the area where students and teachers played
Singer works on the Forward during the Yom Kippur War.
and gets inspiration from the
For copies of the booklet
new life acquired by the write: Information Depart-
settlers on these shores.
ment, American ORT Feder-
Not much is heard now ation, 817 Broadway, New
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