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March 22, 1974 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-03-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, March 22, 1974-1S

Hungary Jews Pick Leaders

garian Jewry has recently
elected its community offi-
cials and results show an in-
creased number of men from
public life and science as-
suming leadership posts, es-
pecially in the community af-

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fairs section.
Elected to the section were
two university professors of
medicine, Istvan Kunos and
Pal Weinstein; a literature
professor, Aladar Komlos;
two writers, Imre Keszi and
Tamas Ungvari; and Dr.
Sandor Scheiber. Scheiber is
the director of the Budapest
Jewish Seminary and the on-
ly rabbi elected to this sec-
Geza Seifert was once
again elected as chairman of
the national organization of
Hungarian Jews.
For the first time a young
man, Hermann Fixler, has
assumed the chairmanship of
religious affairs.


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Butzel Memoirs Reconstruct Detroit Jewish History

(Continued from Page 14)
On the second floor, on
Sunday afternoons, a senate
met with different members
repreSenting the various
states and taking up matters
of moment in the nation. The
institution was too exclusive
for the size of the member-
ship and their ability to pay.
A few people paid the deficit
for a while, but it also died
When the National Con-
ference of Jewish Social work
met here in 1902, however,
a great many of the promin-
ent men attended a banquet
given by the Fellowship Club.
They were extremely im-
pressed that night by the ora-
tion of one of our young men
for whom everyone predicted
a brilliant future because of
the clarity of his thought,
the beauty of his diction and
the earnestness of his per-
The orator in question was
my good friend, Charles C.
Simons, who was destined to
be a state senator, Circuit
Court commissioner, District
Court judge, and finally.
judge of the United States
Court of Appeals.
The next move for a
YMHA was made on the eve
of the entrance of the United
States into the World War.
Nobody had any idea that
we were about to enter. Sol
Goldsmith of the Jewish
American of Detroit, who
had come here from Louis-
ville, urged the movement,
and Sam Sarasohn and Morry
Friedenberg were very en-

there was no money in re- up and the Jewish centers
smeer ny tes. to make further pay- became one of the resultant
Many years were to elapse
(Next Week:
before the UJC was broken
The First UJA Drive)

CCAR Agrees to Seek Dialogue
With Other Denominations


ergetic. A few thousand dol-
lars was collected and at the
urgent insistence of Mr.
Sarasohn was used as a
down payment on a large lot.
A propaganda meeting was
called at the S'haarey Zedek,
on the corner of Willis and
Brush, and a great deal of
enthusiasm was stirred up.
Within the two weeks, how-
ever, most of our young men
were in training camps. The
money raised was lost, as

Veterans Health Care
A new Veterans Adminis-
tration health care program
covers spouses and children
of veterans with service con-
nected total, permanent dis-
abilities, and widows or
widowers a n d children of
veterans whose deaths re-
sulted from service connected

Central Conference of Amer-
ican Rabbis resolved Monday
to review conversion proced-
ures by Reform rabbis and to
seek a dialogue on the sub-
ject with the other Jewish
A resolution to that effect
was adopted at the 85th an-
nual convention of the CCAR,
attended by some 350 of the
group's 1,100 rabbis and over
1,000 lay leaders of the Re-
form movement.,
Rabbi Robert I. Kahn of
Houston, CCAR president,
who initiated the plan, told
the Jewish Telegraphic Ag-
ency that the committee ap-
pointed to study the conver-
sion procedures would report
back to the CCAR executive
committee in June.
Rabbi Kahn had suggested
as a model solution the "To-
ronto arrangement" of mixed
tripartite conversion panels.
He said that if such a system
were adopted. the Reform
movement would be guided
by Halakha in performing
Rabbi Kahn warned, how-
ever, that the Reform move-
ment would not tolerate as-
persions cast on persons con-
verted to Judaism in the past
by Reform rabbis who did
not follow the halakhic rules.

kibutz in Israel. They said
that several sites were under
consideration, particularly in
the Arava region in the south.
They said the scheme had
been evolving over four years
and that Reform temple
youth in the U. S. was being
Premier Golda Meir de-
clared earlier that the unity
of the Jewish people was par-
amount in finding a solution
to the Who is a Jew issue.
She noted that the special
ministerial committee her co-
alition government will estab-
lish to find a solution would
consult with scholars and. lea-
ders of all branches of Juda-
ism and would seek "the best
advice of the best minds in
Jewish life on all sides."
She cautioned, however,
that a solution to this long-
term problem could not be
expected overnight.
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk,
President of Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of
Religion, called upon Israel
to take "concrete steps to
recognize the legitimacy" of
Jews in determining their
own Jewishness.
"All evidence of the Dias-
pora's response to the Yom
Kippur War indicates that
the notion of Jewish people-
bood , should be inclusive ra-
ther than exclusive. In such
a conception, the legitimacy
of Jewish diversity must be
recognized," he said.
"We Reform Jews recog-
nize our responsibility to pro-
vide aliya, but not on the
terms of having our olim
questioned as to whether they
are really Jews," he said.
"Their act of personal com-
mitment through aliya should
speak for itself."

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The CCAR convention
heard from Rabbi Alexander
Schindler, president of the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, who lashed
out at certain American Jews
who, he said, "sought to sup-
press all free discussion re-
lating to any policies or
problems of Israel."
Rabbi Schindler said pres-
sures for silence came "not
from Israel as much as from
her self-appointed minions,
with American passports, mi-
nor functionaries strutting
about as guardians of the
Jewish State's security."
Declaring that "dissent
should never be equated with
disloyalty," Rabbi Schindler
asked, "Must I applaud this
government's every act to
demonstrate my love for Is-
rael'? Why should I not be
able to say what Israelis
themselves are free to say in
their own land?"
Rabbis Allan Levine and
Henry Skirball, Israel-based
Reform rabbis, reported on
plans to establish a Reform

NEW YORK — Since the
Yom Kippur War, more than
3,000 men and women have
participated in UJA-spon-
r e d "People-to-People"
missions to Israel, UJA Gen-
eral Chairman Paul Zucker-'
man announced.
"The outstanding response
to this program by American
Jews from almost every
community in the U.S. dem-
onstrates in the most con-
crete terms their overwhelm-
ing support for their brothers
and sisters in Israel," Zuck-
erman said.
As of March 15, 32 missions
have visited Israel since the
program began following the
end of the war.
An additional 28 missions
are scheduled to leave before
June 30, with approximately
participants, Zucker-
man stated.
He pointed out that People-
to-People mission program is
an ongoing project, and that
additional missions already
are being planned for the
summer and fall months,
under the direction of Louis
S. Goldman, UJA national
chairman of the missions pro4 ••

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