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September 13, 1974 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-09-13

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Personalities, Courage, Age, Bias and Eloquence


(Copyright 1974, JTA, Inc.)

According to a British
newspaper, the livelist mem-
ber of the House of Lords is
a senior citizen, Lord Shin-
well, who is 91 years old.
Emanuel Shinwell, even when
he was in the House of Com-
mons, was said to be one of
the lively ones. He did not
shy even from tackling the
great Churchill himself.
Perhaps the thing that
sticks most in the memory
about him- was when a mem-
ber of the House of Corn-


mons made an anti-Semitic
remark. Shinwell replied by
walking across the floor and
smacking the member in the
* *
Ninety-one is a ripe age,
but no one has come near
matching Methuselah, who
almost made it to the thou-
sand mark.

What diet did Methuselah
follow? Did he eat corn flakes
in the morning? Did he take
vitamins and watch his chol-
We know little about him.
We don't know his politics.
Was he a liberal or a con-
servative? Did he play golf?
He doesn't seem to have
been a card playing man. He
was too much of an outsider
for that.
The one story that is told
about him deals with this
outside aspect. He slept and
lived in the open. There is
a legend that when he was
500 years old an angel visited
himand told him he wasn't
setting a good example for
the people. A man of his age,
the angel said, should have
more dignity and build a
"Hmm," Methuselah said,
"I see your point." Methuse-
lah thought a while, then
asked the angel how much
longer he had to live.
The angel told him that he
would have close to another
500 years.
"Well," said Methuselah,
clearing his throat and fixing
his tie, for such a little time
he didn't think it worth
while going to the trouble
of building a house. Maybe
it was living on the outside
that kept him in such good

rael is a college man who
has majored in languages
and speaks five languages.
He had expected to become
a language teacher but he
says driving his cab pays
him twice as much as he
would earn teaching. But he
thinks his college education
helps him. He is able to talk
to passengers speaking all
kinds of languages.
There is nothing like a col-
lege education!
* * *
General Amin of Uganda
got his military training in
Israel. When he became the
ruler of Uganda he drove the
Israelis out. Following that,
he drove all the Asians out
and since then, according to
the New York Times, has
put to death 90,000 of his
own people. Amin also is


* *

Abba Eban as all know is
a master of eloquence. He
can take a single sentence
and make it into a beautiful
paragraph, but he can also
do the opposite, which is more
difficult — take a paragraph
and reduce it and hammer
it into a single sentence. Re-
cently talking with a news-
man about one politician, he
said, "I wouldn't even believe
the opposite of what he says."
A whole page couldn't say

A recent substantial influx
into Hebrew day schools of
students from Conservative
and Reform homes has been
a key factor in successful
pressures toward a weaken-
ing Orthodox position in some
of the schools "and further
s hi f t i n g in this direction
seems likely."
According to a study by
Dr. Irving Fried, an Ortho-
dox educator and principal
of the Columbus Torah Acad-
emy, he had chosen 35 He-
brew day schools for his in-
vestigation, selected to re-
flect the makeup of such
schools in terms of their size
and geographic locations na-
He sent a questionnaire to
the .principal of each school,
to a rabbi actively involved
in the school and to the
executive director of the
local Jewish federation. Be-
cause several of the re-
spondents had dual roles as,
principal and rabbi and two
of the communities had no
local federation offices, the
potential respondents totalled
98. Dr. Fried, who reported
he made his study in the fall
of 1972, said nearly 90 per
cent of the questionnaires,
representing- 32 schools, were
The data showed that 31
of the 32 schools reported
families with Conservative
synagogue affiliations among
their student bodies. Ten of
the schools reported student
bodies of between 41 and 100
per cent Conservative affili-
Twenty schools reported
students with Reform affili-
ations and eight of those
schools reported student



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One taxicab driver in Is-

bodies of between 11 and 50
per cent Reform affiliates.
Dr. Fried concluded that "it
seems probable that at least
50 per cent of the students
in the schools represented in
this sample were from non-
Orthodox families."
He also found that 26 of
the schools reported Conserv-
ative affiliates among their
board member s. Eight
schools reported boards con-
sisting of between 41 and 100
per cent Conservative affili-
ates and 10 reported between
21 and 40 per cent such af-
filiates. Reform affiliates
were reported holding mem-
berships on 16 boards.
Dr. Fried reported that in
23 out of 26 schools report-
ing pressures to change the
school's religious philosophy
during the 1967-72 period,
"the direction of pressure
was towards G weakened re-
ligious position" and that "all
of the respondent groups in-
dicated that the parents
were the p r i m a r y group
seeking change." '
He said there was evi-
dence that, in some of the
schools, anti-Orthodox pres-
sures for change was com-
ing from the growing non-
Orthodox membership of
school boards.
He also asserted that ex-
ternal forces, "notably the
federations, influential con-
tributors, and occasionally
other communal organiza-
tions, all seem to be arrayed
in favor of the reduction of
religious emphasis" in He-
brew day schools. In con-
trast, he asserted, "no or-
ganized group in the Jewish
communities" represented in
his sample "is mounting
counter pressure for in-
creased religious influence."

Friday, Sept. 13, 1974-19

A family often finds a little
Lost opportunities are those
known for having praised credit is a dangerous thing. that go to the wrong people.
Hitler and apparently he is
trying to imitate him.
Russia has been supplying
him with jets and arms al-
most as lavishly as she , is
helping Syria. One can al-
ways count on good old Mos-
cow that way.

Discover Non-Orthodox Influx
In Many Hebrew Day Schools

(Copyright 1974, JTA,_Inc.)


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