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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich..48075. .
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

;

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Advertising Manager

Alan Hitsky, News Editor . . . Heidi Press, Assistant News Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 24th day of Heshvan, 5735, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Gen. 23:1-25:18. Prophetical portion, I kings 1:1-31.
Candle lighting, Friday, Nov. 8, 5:00 p.m.

VOL. LXVI.-No. 9

Page Four

November 8, 1974

Book Fair and. Its Symbolism

Books are more than mere symbols. They
are instruments whose keenness often influ-
ences the relation-ships between men, whose
effectiveness can either lead or mislead read-
ers in time of crisis. The author who best en-
visages mankind's role is more powerful than
he who carries a. gun. The latter faces igno-
miny, the former in his wisdom attains dura-
ability.
When dealing with books and in their se-
lection, as a duty faced by those who arrange
book fairs, it is vital that the creative factors
should be considered uppermost. So many
afflictions taunt mankind, the problems con-
fronting the world are so numerous and so
vast, that the author who deals realistically
with the issues that are at stake is the person
who earns recognition and consideration.
The annual Jewish Book Fair of the Jewish
Center has plans for the yearly 10-day exhibit
that give the assurance of good judgment hav-
ing been exercised in the selections of partici-
pants.
Bookland has suffered for many years
from a plague called best sellers which have

primarily enlisted the interest of a book-buy-
ing public that turned either to the sensa-
tional or to the lascivious. The Jewish Center's
book fair committee has wisely given prime
attention to authorship of works concerned
with the plaguing issues of the current' era.
Israel, Russian Jewry and related topics
liffect world Jewry's status so drastic-
ally that they can not be ignored. The Holo-
caust must not be forgotten. Israel's needs are
not to be ignored. These considerations are
vital to a public that is asked to take comfort
in books, to get joy and information out of
reading the latest creative efforts of noted
writers.
The selection of books and authors for the
current Jewish Book Fair has proven to be a
commendably achieved _effort which encour-
ages community-wide participation in the
planned events.
The repetitive programing to include Yid-
dish and Hebrew books and authors as well
as the trilingual theatrical functions all com-
bine to invite commendations for those who
have arranged this year's book fair events.

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The Greens' and Stoilmans' Practical Generosity

This comunity has cause to be justly
proud of the generosity of several of its citi-
zens who, in addition to their dedication to
routine fund-raising efforts, recognize the val-
idity of additional major. obligations.
The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin
Green and Philip Stollman is especially ap-
plicable because of the pragniatism of their
selections of needs to be provided for.
Mr. and Mrs. Green recognized the urg-
ency of pre-kindergartens in a society whose
children need special attention. In an embat-
tled country like Israel, care provided for the

youngest in the community is especially in
demand.
Mr. Stollman has already displayed great
concern for Israel's educational needs. His
efforts earned him the chairmanship of the
global board of Bar-Ilan University, and a
doctorate from the high-ranking university.
His notably large gift to assist in the educa-
tion of underpriVileged children deserves an
expression of gratitude.
These high-minded fellow citizens have
set a splendid example to others for genuine-
ly commendable services to their kinsmen.

Nonsense About Jewish 'Political Clout'

Another political campaign has ended, the analysts that there is "Jewish political clout."
hot issues now will be due for battles on the
When a people demonstrates for justice,
legislative and executive levels. One issue al- It evidences dignity worth fighting for.
ways recurs and should, hopefully, be ended.
If Jews can not ask for merciful acts in be-
It is the recurring charge of ethnic pressures.
There is no doubt that during a political half of Russian Jewry and justice for Israel
campaign candidates vie for interest among and Israelis, then anything resembling fair-
the so-called ethnic elements. Israel is often ness in human relations is editorially dead.
an appealing sweetmeat proferred by candi-
It has happened again and again, and
' dates—as if any one with a sense of justice keeps happening, that office seekers and those
would oppose the inherited right of Jews to —desiring to remain in office should hand out
the existence of a home for the returnees from bouquets to Jews and others in the American
exiles and oppressions. community, appealing either to their vanities
Whatever the resort to the diabetic in poli- or the needs of 'their kinsmen here and
tics, American Jews have a right to demand abroad. If such gestures can not be made on a
an end to the repeated nonsensical statements basis of justice, then friendships thus pro-
by editorial writers, columnists and political ferred are false and misleading. ,
There is Justification for a demand to an
end
to the exaggerations about the Jewish
Demonstrating for Justice
vote or the misleading assertions , that Jews
A people that is silent when its destiny use political influence to attain rights sought
and honor is abused could well be doomed for the oppressed Russian Jews and the em-
to the disgrace it seeks to avert. Therefore battled Israelis.
If friends and reasoning people—commen-
American Jewry earns respect for—
The protest by the tens of thousands at tators, statesmen, diplomats, fellow-voters-
the portals of the UN against the admission cannot treat appeals to reason and to justice
with compassion and realism, they should end
of murderers to the ranks of 'diplomacy;
Demands for justice like those evidenced gestures of comradeship.
with the bike-a-thon in this community Sun-
Let there be an end to the false cliche of
day; and
"political clout" • when discussing, the Jewish
The scores of demands for - just rights for position vis-a-vis the, aggrieved Jews in Russia
Russian Jewry in scores of communities and the people in Israel who are battling for
survival!
throughout this land.

Orr

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Jewish Book Annual Lists
Major Works of Past Year

"Jewish Book Annual," published by the National Jewish Welfare
Board, provides basic information on the achievements in Jewish
book publishing during the year under consideration.
As the sponsor nationally of Jewish Book Month, JWB appropri-
ately also issues the annual volume as a means of chronicling the
literary works of general Jewish interest.
The "Jewish Book Annual" is tri-lingual. Its essays are in English.
Hebrew and Yiddish. The books listed also are the creations during
the year under review in the three languages.
--
Appropriately, appearing during the observance of Book Month,
the annual contains informative essays devoted to timely literary
themes, and adds significantly to the intended objective of increasing
interest in writers and their current works.
Edited by Dr. A. Alan Steinbach, the contributors to this volume
include I. Edward Kiev, Harold U. Ribalow, Deborah Brodie, Theodore
Wiener, Dina Abramowitz, Elizabeth E. Eppler and Ben-Shalom.
Among topics treated by the 11 essays in the annual are: "The
Jewish Braille Library," by Jacob Freid and-Richard Borgersen; and
"The Jewish Student Press—Pulsebeat of a Movement," by David
DeNola.
Two essays deal with IS-raeli poets: Dr. Jacob Kabakoff's memorial
tribute to Abraham Shlonsky, one of the foremost poets of this century,
and Harold Fisch's analysis of the poetry of Shin Shalom, Israel's
prize winner in 1973.
Three winners of National Jewish Book Awards presented by
JWB in 1974 have also contributed articles to this volume: Ytiri Suhl,
"On Writing Holocaust Fiction"; Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, "The Career
of Jewish Existentialism"; and Bernard D. Weinryb, "Some Problems
of Jewish Historiography Today."
Other essays include: "Some Motifs in the Poetry of Yiddish
Writers in Israel," by Hyman B. Bass; "Fifty Years of Kirjath
Sepher," by G. Kessel; "Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1907-1972," by
Byron L. Sherwin; and "Walter Joseph Fischel, 1902-1973," by S. D.
Goitein.
The annual also contains an article on "Jewish Literary Anni-
versaries, 1975," by Theodore Wiener; and a write-up on the activities
of the Jewish 'Book Council, by Rabbi Philip Goodman.

Dore Bible Illustrations

Through the ages, illustrators of the Bible resorted to scripture
texts for their artistic endeavors. Such piettires could be counted
the tens of thousands.
Few however, have gained the recognition and acclaim of the
works, of Gustave Dore. His collective work remains a classic and
in turning to Bible illustrations none ,exceed in importance the Dore
Bible collection.
Dover Publications has just issued a large volume containing the
241 Dore Bible illustrations. The Old and New Testaments are, of
course, included in this immense work.‘

An instructive new introduction by Millicent Rose enhances this
important book.
Also issued by Dover last week is another impressive volume of
notable illustrations—"The First World War in Pictures." The col-
lection is from the Imperial War Museum of London. The photos were
collected, and edited as a text in this volume by Joseph Darracott,
assistant director of the museum. Included are 75 works, many in
full color. This, too. is a most magnificent work that will be valued
by historians and art lovers.

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