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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-05-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

N.Y. to Train Rabbis to Aid Jewish Alcoholics

(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

:

agogues in the metropoli-
tan area and to federation
family welfare and voca-
tional service agencies.

Synagogue, a major Reform
congregation, who has long
been interested in the prob-
lem
Alcohol abuse has re-
ceived wide attention in the
media and among various
social agencies but the Jew-
ish community has, as in
the case of the drug prob-
lem, delayed in giving alco-
holism among Jews ade-
quate attention, according
to Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin,
commission director.

By BEN GALLOB

Evidence that alcoholism
is a problem among Jews
and that it may be a grow-
ing one has spurred an ef-
fort in New York City under
Jewish communal auspices
to determine the severity of
the problem and to enlist
the aid of rabbis to help the
victims and their families.
The first step was the re-
cent creation of a Task
Force on Alcoholism by the
Commission on Synagogue
Relations of the Federation
of Jewish Philanthropies.
The idea for such an agency
was proposed to the com-
mission by Rabbi Sheldon
Zimmerman of the Central

The task force question-
naire seeks information on
the number of synagogues
prepared to cooperate in
meeting the problem. It also
asks information on the in-
cidence of alcoholism among
congregants as related to
family unrest, joblessness,
accidents, irregularity in
synagogue participation and
requests to the rabbi for
help. The results and impli-
cations of the questionnaire
will be examined at a special
meeting of the task force.
Rabbi Zimmerman said
the task force hopes that ex-
posure to persons involved
in alcoholism will give the
rabbis and Jewish commu-
nity leaders a better under-
standing of the problem. He
also expressed the hope that
the work of the task force
would create an atmosphere
in which synagogues could
openly take part in assist-
ance programs.
The goal of the sensitivity
program will be to enable
rabbis to become alert to
such problems among con-
gregants and other Jews
suffering from alcoholism.
The rabbis will be shown
how to reach out to alcohol-
ics and their families and to
become acquainted with the
specialized agencies which
can provide the treatment
alcoholics need.

To determine the nature
and extent of alcoholism
among Jews, a group tra-
ditionally free of that
problem, the task force
prepared and distributed a
questionnaire to syn-

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(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

countries are worried
about people coming in—
about immigration, not
emigration.

England didn't want to
admit the Jews. Then Man-
asseh ben Israel came to
Crom.vell and pointed out to
him that the Redemption,
according to the Bible,
couldn't take place until
Jews were scattered all over
the world and since there
were no Jews in England, by
the denial of admission to
Jews, they were frustrating
the coming of the messianic
period. So Cromwell admit-
ted the Jews.
Many millions of people
were to immigrate to Amer-
ica, but even with liberal
America, there was always
opposition to immigration,
not to emigration. The Indi-
ans didn't like it for the
whites to come. We know
that the Puritans walked
about with their flint pieces.
When the Quakers came
to Massachusetts, several of
them were hung. When the
first Jewish settlers landed
at New Amsterdam, Peter
Stuyvesant, the Dutch gov-
ernor, wanted to deport
them and if he could have
had his way, he would also
have deported the English.

Russia fears if she per-
mits Jews to emigrate,
other Russians will de-
mand equal rights. This Benjamin Franklin was
leads to the question: Why a liberal man and he
is Russia so afraid of peo- wanted an increased popu-
ple emigrating? Most lation but he was very

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In the course of history
Jews have often been denied
admission to countries and
have as often been expelled.
The most famous expulsion
was from Spain in 1492, the
time when Columbus left to
discover America and a good
many Jews went to Brazil,
and then to the land which
Columbus discovered.
When the Dutch were
driven out from Brazil the
Jews also were expelled
from that country. They
were expelled from other
countries. Russia is the only
land outside of Egypt which
did not want the Jews to
leave, but in Egypt the Jews
were slaves, so the opposi-
tion was understandable,
but in Russia the Jews are
not slaves.
James P. Clarity, a New
York newspaperman who is
now in Moscow, tells what
he calls is "the current joke
in Moscow."
"Brezhnev said to Kosy-
gin, 'If emigration is relaxed
as Jews demand, there
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The Jewish attitude to- ward was not considered
ward medicine stems from ethical, the practice of medi-
the beginning of Jewish his- cine was most often chosen
tory until the present. Jews as a means of livelihood.
have exercised a tremen- This trend was further
dous influence on the devel- strengthened by the fact
opment of medical science. that during the greater part
They have always been soli- of the Middle Ages, Jews
citous in their care for the were excluded from almost
sick and held the medical all other occupations, in-
profession in great esteem. eluding public office, and
In ancient times medicine medicine was left as one of
and religion were closely the few dignified occupa-
connected. The priests were tions by which they could
the custodians of public earn their living.
Jews have contributed to
health, the Encyclopaedia
Judaica states.
medicine both by the crea-
The dispute as to the tion of new medical con-
propriety of human inter- cepts and by the transmis-
ference in sickness, re- sion of medical knowledge.
garded as divine retribution, It was through the medieval
ceased to trouble the Jews. Jewish physician-transla-
Rather, they came to regard tors that the medical knowl-
the physicians as the instru- edge of the East and much
ment through whom God of ancient Greek medical
could effect the cure. Jewish lore was preserved and
physicians therefore consid- transmitted to the West.
ered their vocation as spirit- During the last two cen-
ually endowed and not turies, Jews throughout the
merely an ordinary profes- world have excelled not only
sion. By the same token, in the practice of medicine
great demands were made but in all fields of medical
of them, and the ethical research and teaching. The
Judaica
standards have always been Encyclopaedia
very high,
states that more than 20
The importance of medi- percent of all winners of the
cine and physicians among Nobel Prize for medicine are
the Jews is best seen in the Jewish.
long line of rabbi-physicians
that started during the tal- Israelis Vacate
mudic period and continued Asian Countries
until comparatively re-
JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
cently.
Approximately 100 Israelis
According to the ency- who had been working in
clopedia, various factors
Vietnam and Cambodia
were responsible for this have returned to Israel.
combination of profes-
The Israelis were part of
dons. Medicine was sane-
development and building
tioned by biblical and tal- teams sent by Israel to both
mudic law and had an countries at the invitation of
important bearing upon
their respective govern-
religious matters.
ments. There are still Israeli
Since teaching or study- specialists doing similar
ing the word of God for re- work in Laos and Thailand.

worried about the large
German influx in Pennsyl-
vania. When the big Jew-
ish and Italian emigration
began, Congress adopted
stringent immigration
laws with quotas.

Even today in America,
many are worried about
hundreds of thousands of
illegal immigrants entering
the United States. The
Nvorry is always about im-
migration—not emigration.
In Russia, the reverse seems
to be true. We have heard of
no thousands trying to enter
Russia. Russia is worried
about departures.
What is the explanation?
Does Russia fear that little
Israel may force it to some
liberalizing? You can't ig-
nore the Moscow joke.

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