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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-30

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24 January 30, 1976

iinffiNOTTJ S NEWS

Self-Styled Black Converts
to Judaism Form Congregation

By HEIDI PRESS

Beth El Hosts Glazer Institute
for Christian Clergymen Feb. 6

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Bar Mitzva's

The 34th annual B. Bene- Police Chaplain Corps; Rev.
Candle Lighting
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diet Glazer Institute on Ju- Paul H. Young, Jr., North
House Parties-Dances Etc.
ing President Ford and daism of Temple Beth El for Congregational Church,
Standards to Rock
Ambassador Daniel P. Christian clergymen of Met- Southfield; The Venerable
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Moynihan for their stands ropolitan Detroit will be H. Irving Mayson, Archdea-
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held Feb. 6 at the temple. con, Episcopal Diocese of
against the resolution.
Crawford, meanwhile,
Rabbi Walter Jacob, spir- Detroit.
has applied to the Council of itual leader of Rod .ef
Orthodox Rabbis for recog- Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, 2
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nition, but has yet not had a will speak at 10 a.m. on 41
reply. Recently, Crawford "The American Roots of the 43
and his officers addressed Judeo-Christian Dialogue."
Author and historian Max 4E
Cong. Shaarey Zedek's
youth and was invited to I. Dimont will speak at 11:15 4E
Cong. Beth Shalom to speak a.m. on "A New Look at 43
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to its youth group.
Jews, God and History."
Crawford said he feels his
Participants in the lunch-
congregants are descended eon session will include 43
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He said there were several Auxiliary Bishop, Arch- 43
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Looking toward the fu-
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gation's first Bar Mitzva
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A predominantly black
congregation of Christian
self-styled converts to
Judaism has re-emerged on
Detroit's northwest side.
Begun in 1960 as a state-
chartered charitable organi-
zation dedicated to helping
the sick, Cong. Isek Abra-
ham has grown to a
50-member integrated con-
gregation. The congregation
was founded by "Rabbi"
Isek Abraham, who led the
PRINCE CRAWFORD
congregation until his death
in 1965. Since that time, the Crawford identifies his
membership worked for a congregation with the Con-
state charter as an eccle- servative movement. Like its
siastical corporation. The more established counter-
congregation was reacti- parts, the synagogue has a
vated in 1974 when the sisterhood and men's club.
charter was granted. The sisterhood teaches the
According to Prince female membership about
Crawford, president of the kashrut and the duties of
congregation, the member Jewish women.
families try to observe and
Unaffiliated with any
follow Jewish tradition and major Jewish or ecclesiasti-
ritual as closely as they can. .cal organization, the syn-
Kashrut is encouraged, agogue must support itself.
and many members pa- Tithing is practiced, and for
tronize kosher butchers members unable to pay
and bakeries.
their share, they are al-
The congregation holds lowed to make a pledge.
Shabat services on Friday Crawford does not serve as
evenings and Saturday full time spiritual leader,
mornings and a Hebrew and works as a bank guard
class Monday evenings. Men and as a waiter for kosher
are required to wear yar- caterers to support his fam-
mulkes while in the building ilv.
and taleisim and tefilin at
Asked if he ever visited Is-
services. Women also are rael, Crawford said he
required to wear head cover- "would like to go to Israel. It
ings in the building's sane- is a great thing. It should
tuary. The congregation is get recognition for that."
housed in two adjacent
Gen-
Deploring the UN Gen-
buildings at 16927 James eral Assembly vote equat-
Couzens on Detroit's north- ing Zionism with racism,
west side.
Crawford said the congre-
On holdiays, including gation wrote letters thank-
Rosh Hodesh, Crawford,
who is president, spiritual
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leader and administrator,
makes use of the ritual ob-
jects and recites many of
the prayers in Hebrew. He
usually is assisted by mem-
bers of the congregation at
services.
He studied Hebrew and
Talmud under Rabbi Leo
Goldman of Cong. Shaarey
Shomayim and the late
Rabbi Jacob Segal of Adat
Shalom Synagogue. Rabbi
Milton Arm of Cong. Beth
Achim and Rabbi Jeffrey
Ballon of Temple Beth Ja-
cob, Pontiac, also have of-
fered assistance.
Crawford has purchased
at his own expense a com-
plete Talmud, Mishna and
Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Starr, center, who were tend-
' Encyclopaedia Judaica. He ered a golden wedding anniversary dinner Jan. 18 by
plans to organize a Talmud Cong. Mishkan Israel Nusach H'Ari-Lubavitcher Cen-
study group.
ter, were honored with a presentation of a $2,100 check
The synagogue, which in their names to be put toward the mortgage on the syn-
has its own ark and Torah, agogue. The check was donated by Cong. Ezras Achim-
is comprised of a sanctu- 'Turover Society. Shown are, from left: Jacob Nosan-
ary, social hall and newly chuk, honorary president of Cong. Ezras Achim; Nathan
acquired Hebrew school Samet, vice president of the Turover Society; the Starrs;
building. There are 20 William Keller, president of Turover; and David Herme-
students in the Monday lin, dinner chairman.
evening Hebrew class who
are taught by an Israeli
who is in the U.S. to com- Tal Lauds Israel Conduct of War
plete his education.
JERUSALEM (ZINS) — rael fought against the Ar-
The congregation is com-
abs a certain complacency
prised mainly of self-styled General Israel Tal, an Is- had developed while the
raeli
officer
and
interna-
converts, including Craw-
Arabs learned to be more ef-
ford who was a member of tional expert in tank war- ficient and improved their
the Church of God and the fare, has praised the strategic and political posi-
Eschatological Church. He government and the Israel tion greatly. However, the
was ordained in Detroit at army leadership for its con- moment the Yom Kippur
the Universal Triumph Do- duct of the Yom Kippur War began, the Israelis
minion of God, under the War.
Tal conceded that be- quickly moved to take the
supervision of Prophet
tween the last two wars Is- initiative.
James Francis Jones.
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