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Jewish Pressure in Hollywood Ineffective

BY BEN GALLOB

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

When the state of Israel
was established, it was con-
fronted by an empty trea-
sury. Ben-Gurion called in a
group of bankers proposing
the idea of floating a bond
issue. The bankers warned
him against it. The experi-
ments of new states with
bond issues had consistently
been disastrous.
"Well," said Ben Gurion,
"I must admit that I don't
know much about money
and finances, but I know my
people. We will go ahead.'
So Israel Bonds became a
:ealitv
in-
.
• and has been of in-
dispensable value in build-
ing up the state.
Not many are reckoned
higher in the world of Yid-
dish literature than Abra-
ham Raisin. His short
stories, admired by many
thousands, give a vivid
picture of Jewish life but
of the world of money and
commerce he was little
acquainted. When Raisin
immigrated to America,
some of his admirers, to
help establish him in his
new surroundings, made
up a collection and opened
a bank account for him. He
was given a check book
and told how to use it.
One day, Raisin received
word that his account had
been overdrawn. "I don't un-
derstand it," he said, "I have
many checks left."
Nahum Sokolow, the
world Zionist leader, used to
tell of the rabbi of his home,
town, a i -Ian who spent all
of his days over his Talmud
and was c nnpletely igno-

rant of the affairs of the once met a peasant with
world. His wife was the whom as a boy they were
close friends. The rabbi,
bread winner.
One time the rabbi was unaware that the peasant
asked to act as a mediator in was rich, asked, "How is
some Beth Din dispute. At it with you?"
"Well, I will tell you,
the end, he was handed a
Berel," said the old friend,
few rubles.
"That is for your serv- "I have found out that what
ices," he was told. "Give it you don't get by your own
to your wife, she will know work you don't have."
Rabbi Baer always liked
what to do with it. You can
to quote this saying.
buy fish with it."
"You can get fish with it!"
exclaimed the rabbi. "So
give me more."
BJE Has New
On Shabat Hagadol (the
Great Sabbath) preceding Books for Youth
the Passover holiday, the
NEW YORK — Two new
Roshpitzer Rebbe was asked books have been published
by his wife about his ser- in the Board of Jewish Edu-
mon.
cation of Greater New
"Well," said the rebbe, "I York's popular collections of
spoke on the obligation of Hebrew readers, the Lador
the richer to provide the Junior Library and Prozdor
poor with the wine and food Junior Hebrew Library Se-
proper for the observance of ries.
the holiday."
"So you think the ser-
"The Green Coat," a col-
mon accomplished its pur- lection of stories by Leah
pose?" asked the rabbi's and Elchanan Indelman, is
wife.
the latest addition to the
"Well, I think I convinced 76-volume Lador series. The
the poor, but I am not so stories by Leah Indelman
sure I won over the rich."
focus on such topics as aid
In Frankfurt, Meyer An- to Israel and human char-
slem encountering a Jewish ity, while Elchanan Indel-
scholar who was in great man's stories reflect the
financial distress, offered author's life in the Russian
him some money but the Taiga during World War II.
gift was refused. He then
"Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa
dropped it in such a way
that the scholar couldn't and Rabbi Meir and Berur-
yah," written by Elchanan
help but find it.
Meyer Anslem later be- Indelman and illustrated by
came known as Meyer An- Arie Hass, is the latest of-
slem Rothschild and legends fering in the Prozdor Junior
say that his great wealth Hebrew Library Series. It
was Heaven's rewards for a includes two imaginative
stories in simple Hebrew
number of similar acts.
Rabbi Yitzchak Baer based on talmudic legends.

A Bicentennial Feature

Detroit Links to U.S. Patriots

BY IRVING I. KATZ

Exec. Secretary, Temple Beth El

Rev. Jacob Raphael
Cohen, the hazan (cantor-
minister) of the Spanish-
Portuguese Cong. Mikveh
Israel, Philadelphia's oldest
Jewish congregation still in
existence, who participated
with Christian ministers in
Philadelphia's Federal Par-
ade of July 4, 1788 (See Jew-
ish News, Feb. 13, Page 48),
was the same clergyman
who married Chapman
Abraham, Detroit's first
known Jewish settler, to
Elizabeth Judah, in 1781, in
Montreal.
He was serving at that
time as the first hazan of
Montreal's Spanish-Po-
ztuguese Cong. Shearith Is-
rael.
Revolutionary patriot
Moses Myers, partner of the
firm of Isaac Moses and Co.,
one of the most daring of
the blockade-running Jew-
ish firms during the Ameri-
can Revolution, was the sec-
ond husband of Elizabeth
Judah Abraham. She was
only 20 when Chapman
Abraham died and was
known among her friends
during the four years of her
widowhood as a "young and
rich widow".

was captured by the Indians
near Detroit in 1763 during
the great Indian uprising,
known as Pontiac's Conspir-
acy, but managed to gain
his freedom. According to
one account, he was a resi-
dent of Detroit in 1783.
Hayman Levy of New
York, another Revolution-
ary patriot, and the largest
fur trader among the colon-
ists and at one time a part-
ner of Levy Solomons, car-
ried on an extensive
business with Detroit mer-
chants. A number of his
4111
business letters appear in
LEVY SOLOMONS
Volume 28 of the Michigan
She married Moses Pioneer and Historical Col-
Myers in New York in 1787 lections.
(he was penniless at the
Michael Gratz of Phila-
time) and the marriage delphia, another Revolu-
ceremony was • performed tionary patriot, helped
by Rabbi Gershom Mendes plan and supply an expedi-
Seixas, patriotic hazan of tion against the British in
New York's Spanish-Po- Detroit in 1781, under the
rtuguese Cong. Shearith leadership of Gen. George
Israel, the oldest Jewish Clark.
congregation in the United
Although the expedition
States still in existence.
did
not materialize and
Moses Myers and his
bride moved to Norfolk, Va., Gratz had to wait three
where he became one of the years before he was paid for
South's leading merchants the equipment he had fur-
nished to Clark, the cam -
and bankers.
Levy Solomons of Mon- paign was, in a sense, sut.-
treal, a Revolutionary pa- cessful in the long run, since
triot, was heavily engaged Clark eventually captured
in the fur trade with traders for the Americans most of
in Mackinac, Michigan. He the West.

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

The director of the Jewish
Film Advisory Committee,
created to induce film-mak-
ers to eschew negative ster-
eotypes about Jews, has
commented that, in the 13
years he has held that post,
"Jewish pressures have
never really gotten any-
thing" from such efforts at
persuasion.
Allen Rivkin, the director,
related his experiences, in
which he also discussed sim-
ilar problems in entertain-
ment television, in an inter-
view in "Davka," a quarterly
journal of the Los Angeles
Hillel Council.
He reported that the Jew-
ish watchdog agency had its
origins in concerns over
"two despicable films" made
before the war, which were
considered "inimical to Jew-
ish interests." One was the
"Cohens and the Kellys,"
made by Universal Studios,
which was so successful it

was made into a series. The
other was the screen version
of the Broadway hit, "Abie's
Irish Rose."
In response, all major
studios joined in formation
of the Motion Picture Pro-
ject, originally supported
by national Jewish organi-
zations. The task of the
project was to convince
movie makers, by persua-
sion and information, "to
tone down such films."
Rivkin, who became direc-
tor in 1962, approached the
task from the standpoint of
a writer — he had written
80 film scripts — trying to
see possibly objectionable
scripts before the film was
made.
The name of the office
was changed to the Jewish
Film Advisory Committee,
its present name, as a unit
of the National Jewish Com-
munity Relations Advisory
Committee, and dealing ex-
clusively with motion pic-
ture and entertainment TV.

The Jewish Film and Broad-
casting Committee in New
York City deals with docu-
mentaries and various TV
projects, according to Riv-
kin.
Rivkin said the ap-
proach of the office was
changed from one of
"policing" to one of infor-
mation, though persuasion
was not abandoned.
He said that when Jewish
consultants are needed, the
office asks the local board of
rabbis to assign someone to
a particular production.

God the Judge

This also were an iniquity
to be punished by the
judges;
For I should have lied to
the God that is above,
If I rejoiced at the de-
struction of him that hated
me,
Or exulted when evil
found him.
—Job

Attitudes Unchanged in Lebanon

NEW YORK — After
nine months of civil war in
which 10,000 people were
killed, not a single new face
has shown up among the
ranks of Lebanese politi-
cians, and attitudes on both
sides, Christian and Mos-
lem, remain unchanged.
New York Times corre-
spondent Henry Tanner re-
ports that hatred and fear
still linger over Beirut and
throughout the towns and
villages of Lebanon.
"We will not sell our land
as did the Palestinians,"
said Father Joseph, a Ma-
ronite Christian priest, in a
reference to the ability of
Jewish settlers before and
after the creation of Israel
to buy land from Arab own-
ers.
A Palestinian militant,
told the priest's remark,
reported angrily, "He
doesn't remember it was
the Lebanese Christian
absentee landlords who
sold most of the land in
Palestine."
Some of the most militant
Maronite Christians agreed
to the cease-fire last month
only when it became clear
that neither the United
States nor Israel would in-
tervene in Lebanon despite
Interior Minister Camille.
Chamoun's call for United
Nations intervention.
Extremists among the
Christians see themselves
engulfed by a wave of Mos-
lem Arabs. And some,
therefore, see some common
interests between them-
selves and Israel.

the answer is yes. And if
you ask whether we are bit-
ter because we did not re-
ceive from any western

In Ashrafiyah, a Maron-
ite quarter of Beirut, a
young man said, "We have
no links with Israel but if
you ask us whether we iden-
tify with the Israelis as an
embattled well-organized
minority in the Middle East,

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