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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-03-05

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

42 Friday, March 5, 1976

Convert Joins Zionist Ranks, Seeks to Make Home in Israel

After the United Nations
outrage, the vote equating
:7Lionism with racism, ur-
gent calls were issued for
enrollment in the Zionist
movement.
Responding to the call to
join the Zionist ranks, a con-
vert wrote to the Zionist
Organization of Detroit ask-

ing if she would be accepted
for citizenship in Israel.
An inquiry by The Jewish
News to the Consul General
of Israel Dan Kyran in Chi-
cago brought the following:
"A convert to Judaism, no
matter what rabbi per-
formed the conversion, is
entitled to immigrate to Is-

Yiddish Concert Set at OP High

The seventh annual Yid-
dish concert, "Lebn Zol Co-
,iUmbus," sponsored by the
Workmen's Circle and the
Labor Zionist Alliance, will
be held 7:45 p.m. March 14

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at the Oak Park High
School.
Featuring a kaleidescope
of American Jewish life in
skits and song, the concert
will headline Ben Bonus,
one of the leading Yiddish
performers in the country.
The musical revue also
includes Mina Bern, who
has performed in Russia,
Israel and United States;
and Bernard Sauer, Jennie
Kessler and Philip Fradkin.
Tickets are available at
the Dexter-Davison Market,
Borenstein's Book Store,
Spitzer's Books, Workmen's
Circle (KE 7-5440) and La-
bor Zionist Alliance
(851-1601).

rael under the Law of Re-
turn, and receive the regular
treatment given to all Jew-
ish immigrants by the Jew-
ish Agency Aliyah Centers
abroad, the Ministry of Ab-
sorption and the Jewish
Agency in Israel.

* * *

Consul Gives Facts on Status
of Israel's Religious Groups

In a recent letter to The
Detroit News, Yaacov
Keinan, consul for press and
information, Consulate
General of Israel in Chicago,
gave the following facts on
the status of religious de-
nominations in Israel:
Until the 18th Century
questions of marriage, di-
vorce, etc., of persons of all

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"However, while in Israel,
the Chief Rabbinate . . .
may require from the con-
vert to undergo an Orthodox
conversion to satisfy their
requirements with regard to
marriage, divorce, etc.,
functions handled by the
Chief Rabbinate office."

first oneg Shabat luncheon
12:30 p.m. Saturday in the
home of Mrs. Marilyn Mit-
tlemann, 23531 Wildwood,
Oak Park. Mrs. Philip Fealk
will review Saul Bellow's
"Humboldt's Gift." For res-
ervations or new member-
ship information, call Sandi
Goldman, chairman,
576-1955, Fran Bloom, sec-
retary, LI 7-6246, or Mrs.
Mittlemann, 968-6377.
* * *

DETROIT BUSINESS
and PROFESSIONAL
CHAPTER will hold its in-

stallation dinner-dance 6
p.m. March 14 at the Ra-
leigh House. The Johnny C.
Orchestra will perform.
Guests are invited. For res-
ervations, call Bertha Fein-
berg, 557-4778, or Kay
Goodman, 543-0984.
* * *

BB Has Exhibit
on Jewish History

WASHINGTON — Bnai
Brith is taking visitors to
the nation's capital on a
tour of American Jewish
history. It is doing so in a re-
modeled museum that cov-
ers most of the main floor of
the Bnai Brith Building.
Beginning with the first
landing of Jewish colonists
at New Amsterdam in 1654
and winding through more
than three centuries of Jew-
ish achievements and prog-
ress in politics, industry and
labor, science, the arts and
education, the historical
journey at the Bnai Brith
Klutznick Museum is made
in an American Bicenten-
nial exhibit featuring some
500 original and facsimile
documents, letters, por-
traits, newspapers, photo-
graphs and other memora-
bilia.

*

* *

Blood Bank Rally

Metropolitan
Detroit
Bnai Brith Council will have
its regular blood bank rally
5-10 p.m. Monday and Tues-
day at Pepper School, Oak
Park. -

faiths in Turkish Palestine
were under the jurisdiction
of the Turkish Moslem au-
thorities.
As a result of the political
pressure of the great powers
in the late 18th Century and
early 19th Century, "ca-
pitulations" were granted to
the various Christian de-
nominations by which these
denominations were recog-
nized by the authorities as
being responsible in matters
of the personal status of
their religious communities.
These
arrangements
were guaranteed by the
great powers of the time,
resulting in an arrange-
ment in which the Rus-

sians became the "pro-
tectors" of the Orthodox
communities, the French
of the Catholic communi-
ties and the British of the
Protestant and Jewish

communities.
With the dissolution of
the Turkish empire follow-
ing World War I and the
granting of the mandate to
Great Britain, the manda-
tory authorities, while re-
moving the "protective" role
of external powers, decided
to maintain the autonomous
rights and privileges of the
religious communities in
matters of personal status.
With the establishment of
the state of Israel in 1948,
there was some considera-
tion of annulling the pre-
existing role of the religious
communities over their ad-
herence in matters of per-
sonal status, but this en-
countered stiff opposition
from the Moslem and Chris-
tian religious leaders, as
well as from the Jewish Or-
thodox rabbinate. It was
decided, therefore, for the
sake of social stability, to
maintain those arrange-
ments which had been cus-
tomary for close to two cen-
turies.
To attribute the difficulty
of mixed marriages in Israel
to an alleged exclusive jur-
isdiction of the Jewish reli-
gious authorities is both fac-
tually and historically
inaccurate and distorts the
character of Israel.

Institute Plans
to Hear U-M Prof

Morris Greenhut, profes-
sor of English at University
of Michigan, will speak at
the Sholem Aleichem Insti-
tute oneg Shabat 8:45 p.m.
March 12 at the Labor Zion-
ist Building.
His subject will be
"Images of Jewish Life in
the Fiction of American
Jewish Writers Since World
War II." The public is in-
vited, and refreshments will
be served.

Missing Relatives Sought in Detroit

The Jewish Community to Weiss, and died in 1941 or
Council recently received a 1942. He had a son Alexan-
letter from a woman in Palo der, who went into law and
Alto, Calif., requesting help is now about 65 years old;
in locating the relatives of another son Lev, about 55;
families she met in the So- and two daughters, Lyubov
viet Union last fall.
and Maya. His wife was
One family is looking for Rebecca Narodetsky, who
relatives who wrote letters died in 1951 or 1952.
from Detroit in the 30s. The
Anyone with information
family is from Odessa, with pertaining to the wherea-
the surnames of Mish and bouts of these missing rela-
Lechtzier. Their nearest rel- tives is requested to contact
ative in the USSR was Zi- the Jewish Community
naida Abramovna Mish.
Council, 962-1880.
The other family is look-
ing for the descendants of
Yefim (Chaim) Weissfeld,
who came to New York from
Vinnista, changed his name

LZA Branch Sets
Meeting Saturday

Brenner-Truman Branch,
Labor Zionish Alliance, will
meet 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at
the Labor Zionist Institute.
Allen Warsen, authority on
the history of the Jewish
people of Michigan, will
speak. Guests are invited.

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