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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-05-23

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56 Friday, May 23, 1975


Brother Daniel in Limelight Again in Israel;
Contact Now Possible With 14 Jews in China

Jewish News Special Israel

TEL AVIV — In Haifa
there is confusion about the
invitation to Brother Daniel,
a convert, by the manage-
ment of "Beit Rothshield" to
take part in an open discus-
sion on "The Religious Ak-
iba Movement in Poland to
the Carmelite Monastery in
Brother Daniel is a Polish
Jew, whose name was Os-
wald Rufeisen, who saved
many Jews during World
War II. He took refuge in a
monastery in Poland, and
converted and became a
Sixteen years ago he came
to Israel and demanded all
rights due a Jewish immi-
grant under the "Law of Re-
turn." The government re-
fused to grant him
immediate citizenship, and
he appealed to the Supreme
Court, which also ruled
against him.

ficial Jewish personality has
been invited to visit China.
The Romanian Chief Rabbi
Moshe Rosen is not an Is-
raeli citizen, but his positive
attitude towards Israel,
which he visits often, is well
Twenty-five years ago an
official Israeli delegation
headed by Israeli ambassa-
dor David Hacohen visited
China and met Chinese pol-
itical leaders.
Chief Rabbi Rosen is a
political personality and a
member of the Romanian
Parliament. Lately there
were reports that China was
trying to establish some
contacts with the state of Is-
rael and World Jewry and
maybe Chief Rabbi Rosen's
invitation to visit China was
not accidental.

China watched carefully
the latest political activity
of the leaders of the Soviet
Union in connection with
the Arab-Israeli conflict
and the failure of Dr. Kis-
Brother Daniel later singer's mission in the
became an Israeli citizen . Middle East. It also noted
and joined the Carmelite
the late-it - contacts be-
monastery, "Stella
tween Russian envoys and
Moris," on Mt. Carmel in
Israeli leaders.
China is far away from

Two weeks ago Rabbi
Bernard Hach, who is the
manager of "Beit Hiller at
the University of Haifa, in-
vited Brother Daniel to par-
ticipate in the symposium.
Religious functionaries in
Haifa demanded the pro-
gram be cancelled. The
member of the Mafdal in
the municipality, Prof. Yes-
Alayahu Jarnicky, succeeded
in persuading the manage-
ment of "Beit Rothshield" to
call off the symposium.
This step led to a strong
protest. Art critic Zvi Raf-
faeli, who heads the cultural
center in "Beit Roths-
hield," threatened to quit.
He also appealed to some
members of the Knesset.
The management of Roth-
shield House closed
the building, claiming that
repairs in the basement
were necessary.

Israel's leading papers
came out on both sides of
the issue: Haaretz claim-
ing Brother Daniel had the
right, as an Israeli citizen,
to express his opinion, and
Yediot Acharonet claim-
ing that it was not a ques-
tion of freedom of speech,
but whether the invitation
should have been extended
at all.

The leaders of the Mafdal
in Haifa were satisfied that
Brother Daniel was not al-
lowed to tell in public in a
Jewish institution his life
Story. They said a convert is
worse than a Gentile, and
nobody should hear his ar-
The majority of the popu-
lation seems to feel that the
invitation was a mistake.




Rabbi's Trip to China
May Provide Contacts
With Country's 14 Jews


TEL AVIV — For the
first time in 25 years an of-

the Middle East and it is dif-
ficult for Peking to compete
with the Soviet Union in aid
to the Arab countries. It can
make declarations of sym-
pathy for the Arabs and
against Israel, but can
hardly give economic and
miliVivy aid.
TI*e is specualtion that
Chief Rabbi Rosen will ttc-
amine possibilities of estab-
lishing a contact between
Jerusalem and Peking. As
the Chinese government
cannot invite an official
Jewish delegation to visit
China, it chose the Chief
Rabbi of Romania, a coun
try which has good relationS
with China.
Some believe the invita-
tion is connected with the
approaching British evacua-
tion of Hong Kong. There
are Jewish merchants, in-
dustrialists and bank man-
agers in Hong Kong and it is
believed that with the eva-
cuation, they would trans-
fer their business to the
U.S. Therefore China is in-
terested in maintaining
those ties.

In China there is no
Jewish community. There
are about 14 Jews among
more than 800 million
Chinese. Six old Jews are
living in Shanghai, seven
in Charbin and one in Pe-
king. He is the manager of
the State Book edition in
China, Sidney Shapira
from Brooklyn, who is
translating books and
propaganda material from
Chinese into English.

The mother of Sidney
Shapira is living in Brook-
lyn. When diplomatic rela-
tions between the U.S. and
China were renewed, she
appealed to an American
diplomat to look for her son
in Peking and give him her
The diplomat carried out
the mission and brought her
regards from her son and

his telephone number. Sid-
ney Shapira still speaks
good Yiddish, so he may be
meeting Chief Rabbi Rosen.
A few years ago Israel
tried to make contact with
the Chinese Premier Chou
En Lai with the mediation
of a great Socialist personal-
ity. He tried to explain to
Chou En Lai the historic
rights of Jews on Palestine,

but Chou replied: "If we
would agree to the principle,
that people which have lived
in one country thousands of
years ago, could return to it
and establish a state, it
would lead to chaos in the
But lately the Chinese
leaders are modifying their
stand in talks with interna-
tional political leaders.

Israeli Students Study Elderly,
Visit Natanya Home for Aged

TEL AVIV — Some 45
Orar, another student,
Israeli high school students was surprised to learn of the
recently visited the Frieda outings and the long trips
Schiff Warburg Home for the residents take — those
the Aged in Natanya, about who are able to — and by
20 miles north of Tel Aviv, the number of self-enter-
as part of a course on the .tainment projects such as
country's social problems. the choir whose singers are
The Warburg Home, one all over 80, with quite a few
of six operated and sup- of them in wheelchairs.
ported by Malben, the Joint
In a question and answer
Distribution Committee session conducted by Simon
program in Israel, has some Bergman, deputy medical
600 residents almost all of director of JDC/Malben and
whom are over 80 years old. a senior lecturer at Tel Aviv
Rachel, a student, all of University, he told the visit-
w h om were Sabras and ing teenagers that more
came from middle class Tel than half the residents need
Aviv families, had thought professional nursing care to
that "life in an old age home some degree and almost 25
must he a frightening exper- percent need nursing care
ience, like a last station constantly.
where you sit around and
In a growing number of
wait to die."
Israeli communities the eld-
It didn't seem at all erly who are well or who do
frightening to her after she not need expert nursing
had walked around the care, are being offered a
18-acre park-like tract on wide range of services right
which the home was situ- in the community so that
ated and chatted with the they can continue to live in
residents. She said she their own homes.
was impressed by the
Bergman told the .
pride and pleasure they dents that the aged are not
took in their work and in really so different from
their readiness to partici- younger people. "They lead
pate in study groups, lan- lives basically much like
guage classes, physical fit- otherfage groups including
ness exercises and other work, recreation and relaxa-

Jaffa and the Holy Land

JERUSALEM — Jaffa ers, Turks and the British.
has always been in the fore-
This sentinel that over-
front of events affecting the looks the Mediterranean
Holy Land. Rising along the was the port used by King
seashore south of Tel Aviv, Solomon for the cedars of
this ancient site was prized Lebanon imported for his
by many an invader.
splendid temple in Jerusa-
The Egyptians seized it lem.
Ruins recently uncovered
from unsuspecting Canaan-
the heart of the res-
ites in the 15th Century
tored area include cata-
BCE when a shrewd general
combs from the Second Cen-
smuggled his troops within
tury BCE, a dwelling
the city walls by concealing
destroyed by Vespasians's
them in baksets.
Roman legions in 68 CE and
With the march of time a storage building destroyed
they were followed by Assy- during the reign of the
rians, Sidonians, Greeks, Emperor Trajan in the Sec-
Jews, Mamelukes, Crusad- ond Century CE.

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
. . . and Me'


Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

THE JEWISH FAMILY SCENE: I was sitting at a
session on Jewish family problems held at the recent an-
nual meeting of the American Jewish Committee and was
astonished to learn of the extent to which Jewish family life
is eroding in the United States.
Not only is one of every three Jews now marrying out-
side of the Jewish religion, but Jewish family life is greatly
affected also by divorce, low birth rate, alcoholism,
use, generation gaps, alienation, indifference and confus.
over Jewish values.
One after the other, American-born Jewish mothers,
mostly middle-aged, got up to relate the problems they face
vis-a-vis their grown-up children. Most of these mothers are
ready to accept intermarriage of their children as a fact
which they cannot escape. But it hurts deeply when a
daughter tells her mother that she does not want her non-
Jewish husband to convert to Judaism, although the hus-
band is willing to do so. Nor can a Jewish mother remain
indifferent when her daughter tells her that she prefers liv-
ing with a man, rather than to be married, even though the
man with whom she lives wants to marry her.
Many examples of how today's Jewish home is affected
by the rising rate of intermarriage and the assimilatory
pressures of the environment were cited by the women par-
ticipants in the session, coupled with dramatic appeals to
Jewish leadership to "do something" to counteract these
improving the quality of Jewish family life has long been
considered by the Council of Jewish Federations and Wel-
fare Funds as a challenge to the organized Jewish commu-
nities. It was discussed in detail at the CJFWF General As-
sembly in Chicago last year. It has been studied by the
Institute of Jewish Life, a division of the CJFWF, which
recently issued a report on the subject.
The American Jewish Committee is considering a na-
tional study of the causes and effects of intermarriage. The
organization is considering a questionnaire designed to be
administered by volunteers in selected communities.
Synagogue leaders are similarly perturbed by the dan-
gerous impact which the erosion in family life may have
Jewish continuity. A three-day National Conference c
Jewish Family Life, designed to explore the quality of to-
day's Jewish home and its problems, was held last week by
the Conservative movement. It was called by the United
Synagogue of America and by the Women's League for Con-
servative Judaism.
only one of the major family problems bothering Jewish
leadership. The increasing low birth rate among Jewish
women — known as "Minus Zero Population" — and the
growing number of single parent families are also being
viewed seriously.
In New York City alone, it is estimated, there are more
than 27,000 Jewish households headed by one parent. A
sharp increase in single-parent residents is noted in some of
the thickly Jewish-populated Brooklyn sections of the city,
and especially in the Flushing area of Queens. Often re-
moved from the mainstream of the Jewish community, the
single parents and their children can both lose Jewish affi-
liation and identification.
The growing practice of birth control among Jewish
women is similarly beginning to attract more attention. It
is now becoming a central issue in discussions on the qual-
ity of Jewish family life. It is estimated that there are 250,-
000 fewer Jews in the United States today than there were a
generation ago. The blame for this decrease is laid not so
much on intermarriage as on birth control practices among
Jewish women. There would today be a Jewish population
in this country of 8,000,000 instead of less than 6,000,000,
had the Jews proliferated at the same rate as other groups
in the American community.

Look at Family Tragedy, Community Responsibility

"Journey" by Robert Mas- the community and not in-
sie (Knopf) is a personal dividuals alone.
document about the Mas-
Sue Massie joins with her
sies' son who suffered from husband in expressing the
hemophilia and the tragedy views emphasized in this
that struck the young con- volume on parental experi-
ple. But it is more than that. ences when a family • is
It is a study of a great need struck by a tragedy like a
to assure proper medical child's hemophilia.
interest in a person so af-
Other incidents are rec-
flicted and in the communi- orded and referred to, and
ty's responsibilities.
the effects of the blood dis-
ease are outlined skillfully.
Therefore, "Journey" is
Calling attention to the
also a social document with tragedies that emanate
a great lesson that concerns from the problems arising

from hemophilia sufferers
and their needs, the Mas-
sies attack indifference by
government and the Red
Cross in tackling the needs
when they confront the
poor. Here is the Massies'
"ultimate challenge":

"I believe," says Bob Mas-
sie, "that in life it is not
what happens to us that
makes tis what we are. Over
this. we usually have no con-
trol. It is how we react to
what happens that mat-

"Journey, - says Bobby
Massie, "is the story of how
we mastered hemophilia,
began to control it, and be-
gan to forget about it."
"The burden has shifted,"
says Sue Massie. "More and
more, I found, it was he who
was comforting me. Then he
went away, and when he
called, each time, his voice
sounded deeper and more
confident. One weekend he
came home and I looked at
him and I saw: he had
grown into a. man."

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