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May 21, 1976 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-05-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Detroiters Contribute $127,000 for Jewish Studies

More than $127,000 was
raised Tuesday evening by
Detroiters towards the $15
million goal of the Harvard
University Center for Jew-
ish-Studies.
The Harvard program,
which will endow six addi-
tional professorships, li-
brary curatorships, addi-
tional books for Harvard's
Judaica collections and
scholarships and fellow-
ships for students, is ex-
pected to have a major im-
pact on Jewish life in the
U.S. and throughout the
world after implementa-
tion.
Nearly 100 Jewish com-
munal leaders met at the
Standard Club in the De-
troit-Cadillac Hotel to hear
about the proposed pro-
gram. Speakers included
Maynard Wishner of Chi-
cago, member of the na-
tional executive committee
of the American Jewish
Committee and activ in
Chicago Jewish federation
activities; George Gullen,
president of Wayne State

University; Chase Peterson,
vice president of develop-
ment at Harvard; and Yosef
H. Yerushalmi, professor of
Hebrew and Jewish history
at Harvard and holder of
one of the two current
'chairs in Judaica at Har-
vard.
Jerry • Weinstock, na-
tional chairman of the
committee raising funds
for the Harvard program,
said $3 million has already
been raised.
In, the major address of
the evening, Prof. Yerush-
almi gave a history of Judaic
studies and explained the
need for the Harvard pro-
gram. He said that within
the last 10-15 years there
has been a major growth, in
Jewish studies, with a heavy
demand for qualified teach-
ers. None of his teachers
were trained in the U.S.,
Prof. Yerushalmi said, al-
though he and Prof. Isadore
Twersky; who holds the Lit-
tauer chair in Hebrew liter-
ature and philosophy at
Harvard, represent the first

50 French Jews Attack SS
Leader's Office in Cologne

BONN (JTA) — About
50 Jewish demonstrators
Wednesday morning, at-
tacked the Cologne offices of
Kurt Lischka, the World
War II Gestapo commander
in Paris, and then marched
to a local court where nine
French Jews are being tried
for a similar attack on Lis-
chka's offices two years ago.
The demonstrators, who
arrived in Cologne aboard a
bus bearing French license
plates, carried French flags
and signs declaring "Try SS
Fuehrer Lischka, not anti-
Nazi Frenchmen."
Lischka, who was respon-
sible for the deportation of
100,000 French Jews and
Communists to Nazi con-
centration camps during the
war-time occupation, was
sentenced in absentia by a
French court in 1950 to life
imprisonment at hard labor.
The demonstrators
smashed all of the win-
dows in Lischka's build-
ing. German police who
arrived on the scene after
the demonstration began
did not intervene. Later
however, police evicted
several dozen protestors,

mostly French, who were
chanting anti-German
slogans inside the court-
house.
The French Jews on trial
for assault and damage to
private property agreed vol-
untarily to appear in the
German court. Only three
were present when the trial
opened Wednesday. The
other six, all students, were
unable to attend because of
end-of-term examinations
in Paris. The presiding
judge refused to order a sep-
arate trial for them and
warned that if they did not
show up they would auto-
matically be found guilty.

generation of Judaica schol-
ars trained in this country.
Prof. Yerushalmi said
the Harvard program will
serve as a model for other
programs in this country
and abroad, would raise
standards throughout the
world and have a filtering
affect through preparation
of scholars, programs,
teaching aids, books and
materials.
Harvard requires candi-
dates for its five-year PhD
program in Jewish studies
to have a minimum of six
courses on the undergradu-
ate level in Jewish studies
and three or four years of
intensive advanced training
in Jewish studies on the
graduate level before enter-
ing the Harvard program.
Pointing to the needs,
Chuck Thompson of Har-
vard said that Emory Uni-
versity in Atlanta has had a
$1 million endowed profes-
sorship in Jewish studies for

two years but has been una-
ble to find a properly
trained scholar to fill the po-
sition. Other colleges have
reported similar problems
in starting Jewish studies
programs.

"without the soul," what
reason was there for the
survival of the Jewish -peo-
ple.

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emphasized that the fund-
raising campaign was a one-
time request for funds to
properly endow the Harvard
Center for Jewish studies.
None of the funds would be
used for buildings, but for
people and resources.

Dr. Yerushalmi's re-
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vard people were being care-
ful not to tap sources
already committed to Israel
or these needs,. but that
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and its people and the
democratic principles they uphold.

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THE YEAR
to demonstrate our
kinship and affection
for the Israelis and
laud their courage and
love of freedom.

Israel Oil Search
to Cost Millions

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
Israeli government will
spend IL 1.25 billion (about
$170 million) in a search for
oil during the next five
years. The results will de-
termine once and for all
whether or not there is oil in
Israel, Dr. Tzvi Dinstein, the
government's adviser on en-
ergy matters, said here.
Dinstein made his re-
marks in connection with
Jewish Groups Aid the discovery of traces of oil
Earthquake Victims at a drilling site near Ash-
dod. Laboratory tests made
NEW YORK — A check so far showed the sample to
for $25,000 to aid earth- be of good, light quality
quake victims in the North- with low sulphur content.
east section of Italy was Further tests are expected
presented by Jack D. to indicate whether the oil
Weiler, chairman of the exists in commercially ex-
American Jewish Joint Dis- ploitable quantities.
tribution Committee and
Dinstein said that one
Ralph I. Goldman, executive day's drilling costs IL
vice-chairman to Consul 500,000. The overall opera-
General Vieri Traxler at the tion requires a high mea-
Italian Consulate in New sure of expertise and capital
York. Weiler also offered to and it is therefore desirable
send JDC welfare special- to have foreign companies
ists as volunteers to work in join in the effort, Dinstein
the stricken area.
said.
In Israel, meanwhile,
It was learned, mean-
Magen David Adorn sent an while, that two foreign oil
initial four ton shipment - of prospecting firms are seek-
relief material consisting of ing to end their operations
tents, beds, blankets and in Israel because of the
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