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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-07-26

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`Children You Gave Us' Relates
Advances in Jewish Child Care

story was not without its hu-
man tragedies.
"The Children You Gave
Us" is the chronicle of the
Jewish Child Care Associa-
tion of New York and its 150
years of service to children.
Miss Bernard has gone into
exhaustive detail on the for-
mation of the great Jewish
orphanages of New York,
their eventual mergers and
dissolution with advances in
child care, and the many pio-
neering steps initiated by the
The history of the associa-
tion is peopled with many
heroes and heroines, notably
Mary Boretz, an alumna of
the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan
Asylum who never forgot
"the shame of delivering her
graduation speech in the drab
uniform and short-cropped
hair that screamed 'Orphan!'
July 18—To Mr. and Mrs. It was she whose early belief
Richard M. Levine (Melissa in foster family care helped
S. Cohen), 20128 N. Lark- revolutionize the profession
more, Southfield, a daughter, of child care service.
Stacy Sharyl.
The changes recorded by
* * *
the JCCA in assistance to
July 17—To Dr. and Mrs. children have paralleled, if
Barry S. Pinsky, 18165 Alta not actually led, advances
Vista, Southfield, a daughter, throughout the country. No
longer is the emphasis on
Stephanie Cara.
placement of children in in-
July 16—To Mr. and Mrs. stitutions, but rather on
Stuart Pinsky (Roberta maintaining the family unit
Eder), 14500 Vernon, Oak by means of supportive serv-
Park, a son, Benjamin Alan. ices, or, if that fails, by use
* * *
of foster homes, agency-
July 14—To Mr. and Mrs. owned homes or group resi-
Manny H. Cetner (Barbara dences for troubled children.
Far from "the time of or-
Ann Schonberger), 23500
Radclift, Oak Park, a son, phans"—the latter half of
the 19th Century and the
Leonard Marc.
founding of the regimented
* * *
July 12 — To Mr. and Mrs. "asylums"—there has come
Mark Gantz (Sandra Fuller), a growing awareness that
23431 Parklawn, Oak Park, children must be treated as
individuals, with unique
a daughter, Amy Helayne.
With that awareness have
come new questions as to
their rights. Newspaper ac-
counts all too tragically point
up one issue: When is it bet-
ter to return a foster child

Serving Homes .8. Hospitols
to his natural parents, or let
399-7194 — 547-7970
him remain with the only
Parents he has known during
his formative years?
Such questions are remote
from the concerns expressed
in 1860 when New York's
Certified Mohel
first Jewish orphanage, later
557-0888 known as the Hebrew Or-
phan Asylum, opened its
doors to 30 children.
"Henry Bauer — 'the first
full orphan' and one of the
first seven boys to enter—in
1910 recalled the daily sched-
ule as 'get up, say your
Expert Mohel
prayers, get your breakfast,
Serving Hospitals and Horne,
go to school, come back,
LI 1-9769
LI 2-4444
N study your lessons, study He-
,C1-= brew, get your supper. and
go to bed. Very little play—
Rev. S. Richmond
very little play!'
"And as for the food:
Certifed Mohel
`Mush and milk, and homi-
352-0013 or 352-0012
ny and milk, and mush and
Endorsed by the Supervisor of Mohelim
molasses, and rice and milk
for the state of Israel.
—and in the evening we had
milk and bread. We never
had the taste of clear water,
RABBI S. ZACHARIASH no, sir. I never could see the
reason. We used to think
water on the sly out of the
hydrants.' "
In Home or Hospital
It is good to be reminded
that this, too, was part of
the American Jewish experi-
ence. The JCCA story pro-
that reminder—as well
as recognition to those dedi-
cated volunteers and profes-
sionals who rendered im-
measurable service to home-
Certified Mohel
less and troubled children.
358-1426 or 357-5544

T h e Jewish community
takes pride in its traditional
emphasis on the family and
respect of the law. But it is
not generally known that in
1901, 25 per cent of all in-
mates of juvenile reforma-
tories in New York were
Jewish—as against a Jewish
population of only 19 per
This statistic — one of the
many interesting facts in Jac-
queline Bernard's "The ,Chil-
dren You Gave Us" (Bloch)
—was reflective more of the
dire poverty of the Jewish
immigrant populace than of
any widespread criminality.
But it does point out that the
American Jewish success

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New ZOA President Sets Action Program

Rabbi Joseph P. Sternstein
of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., who
was elected as president of
the Zionist Organization of
America, said he would con-
centrate his efforts in the
coming months on interpret-
ing Israel's position to Amer-
icans in connection with the
Geneva peace conference be-
tween Israel and the Arab
He also laid great stress
on the development of a
broad scale Zionist educa-
tional program among young
American J e w s, particu-

larly those in the 25-40 age
group, and the upper high
school and college levels
through Masada, the ZOA
youth movement of which
Rabbi Sternstein was him-
self president 30 years ago.
The new ZOA president, at
49, one of the youngest ever
elected to that office, is rabbi
of Temple Beth Sholom, Ros-
lyn Heights, L.I. He has pre-
viously served as chairman
of the ZOA's national execu-
tive committee and of its pub-
lic affairs committee. He
succeeded Herman L. Weis-
man as ZOA president.

Falashas in Ethiopian History

Rabbi Sternstein was born
in New York and was edu-
cated at the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary of America and
St. John's University Law
School. He holds doctorates
from 'both institutions. He is
a member of the executive of
the World Union of General
Zionists, the World Zionist
Actions Committee and of na-
tional executives of t h e
American Israel Public
Affairs Committee and the
Ameican Zionist Youth Foun-
dation. He is married and has
four children.
In his first public address
as new ZOA president, at
the annual convention ban-
quet, June 30, Dr. Sternstein
introduced his wife and four
sons and expressed joy that
the event marked the first
time his family had been to-
gether in more than two
years. One son had been
away at college and another
had just returned from stud-
ies in Israel when the ZOA
convention started.

46—Friday, July 26, 1974

Therefore prophesy, 0
mortal man, and say to God,
`Thus says the Lord God:
On that day when my people
Israel are living in security,
shall you not bestir yourself.
—Ezekiel 38:14.

Hamitic origin and already
formed a part of the Ethio-
pian population prior to the
settlement of Semitic tribes
who arrived from southern
Arabia. Judaism was spread
among them by Jews living
in southern Arabia, but it
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Ethiopia. Ethiopian chroni-
cles show that Judaism was
widespread before the fourth
century when Christianity was
accepted by Ethiopians' rul-
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Ethiopians referring to this
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group call them "Falasyan"
(exiles) ; while they them-
Warned Against
the name "Beta
Belittling the Other Esrael" use (House
of Israel).
CHICAGO (JTA) — Ten- It is assumed that in 1969
sions stemming from differ- their number was approxi-
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ing levels of expertise be- mately 25,000-30,000. Their
tween volunteers and profes- religion is based on the Bible
sionals must be avoided by which includes, in addition
"mutuality of respect" if the to the 24 books of the Bible,
goals of the Jewish com- a number of Apocryphal
munal agencies which they books. They consider the
serve are to be met, Max F. books of Enoch and Jubilees
Baer, international director sacred texts. The Falashas
of the Bnai Brith Youth Or- have priests ("Cahen") who
10495 W. 11 Mile Rd
ganization has warned.
claim descendent from
In his annual report to the Aaron; in practice, however,
golden anniversary meeting every Falasha of good char-
of the Bnai Brith Youth acter and from a respected
Children 2 1 /2 thru 5 years of age
Full or Half Day Sessions
Commission here, Dr. Baer family can assume priestly
Two to Five Days A Week
said "The volunteer's lack functions if he is well versed
Qualified, Experienced Staff
of the specialized training in the prayers and the Bible.
which we attribute to the
The Falashas circumcise
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professional never justifies their sons and observe the
slighting or discrediting the dietary laws. Ritual slaugh-
volunteer. On the other hand, tering is carried out by a
the professional's dependency priest. They wash their hands
upon the agency for his live- before partaking of food and
lihood never justifies depre- recite blessings before and
ciation of his role by the after. The center of religious
life is the "mesgid" (syna-
He added that "the demo- gogue) which is found in
cratic process" often brings every village. The sanctity
"to positions of leadership of the Sabbath is rigorously
relatively inexperienced indi- observed by other Jews. The
viduals." As a result, some language of Falasha litera-
professionals "become im- ture, including the Bible, is
patient when such persons Geez or Ancient Ethiopic,
are slow to grasp the insight but their spoken languages
which the professional learn- are those of their regional
ed in graduate school."
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But, Dr. Baer reported,
Only at the beginning of
Every Monday, Wednesday and
"there is also a failure" on the 20th century some tangi-
Thursday, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
the part of the volunteer "to ble relationship was achieved
respect the professional." between the Falashas and the
Since the Jewish communal Jewish people. The "Pro
agency "is often the volun- Falasha Committee" set up
teer's avocation and the pro- in Italy, Germany, the United
fessional's source of liveli- States and Palestine, brought
hood, the volunteer often some spiritual and cultural
feels that he has a greater relief to them and was in-
sense of commitment and strumental in the creation
conviction in agency en- of friendly relations between
them and world Jewry, the
Dr. Baer warned that "rap- Encyclopedia Judaica states.
port can crumble" when the
After the establishment of
reputation and dignity of the the State of Israel, the Jew-
professional "are denigrated ish Agency accepted the Fa-
by overly harsh judgements lashas into its care. Some
of a few volunteers."
boys and girls were brought
to Israel in order to study
There is hope for your Hebrew and receive a Jew-
future," is the oracle of the ish education. A teachers'
Lord; "and your children seminary was opened in As-
shall return to their own mara as well as schools for
children in several villages.
domain.—Jeremiah 31:17.

The Falashas, an ethnic
group in Ethiopia, mainly in
that country's northern part,
claim to be of Jewish origin
and practice a form of Juda-
ism. According to their tradi-
tion, they originated from the
notables of Jerusalem who
accompanied Menelik, the
son of King Solomon and the
Queen of Sheba when he re-
turned to his country, Ency-
clopedio Judaica states.
Encyclopedia Judaica also
says that according to scien-
tific theories they are of






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