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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle ccintmencing with the issue of July .20. 195/

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite St -6, Southfield, Mich. 48075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

Alan

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Business Manager

Advertising Manager

Hitsky, News Editor . . . Heidi Press. Assistant New's Editor

" This Sabbath, the 18th day of Av, 5736, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:

Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 49:14-51:3.

Candle lighting, Friday, Aug. 13, 8:18 p.m.

VOL. LXIX, No. 23

Page Four

Friday, August 13, 1976

Reckoning Communally

Mid-August always serves as an ad-
monition that a new year is dawning for the
Jewish community, that classrooms will be
re-opening in the schools and the children's
educational needs are to be accounted for,
and that a score of obligations again will
challenge all who have a sense of duty to the
community.
There is never a time for procrastina-
tion, just as there is never a lull in demands
for action. Yet there are always shortcom-
ings to be obliterated and faults to be av-
oided.
The approach of the year 5737 again is
certain to have the never-to-be-avoided
symptom of the repetitive take-it-for-
granted attitudes. Religiously it may again
be a three- or two-day per year association
with the synagogue and the lay and clerical
leaderships may again be grateful that
parishioners at least do not forget the house
of worship on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kip-
pur.
More distressing, however, is the
threat of indifference to the school. If edu-
cational processes are not to be given prior-
ity in Jewish action and thought then the
community will really be in danger. •
Priority for the Jewish school is not li-
mited to the afternoon classes. The Day
School program must be encouraged to an
unprecedented degree. The old opposition
to' this full-time program of teaching the
youth is no longer valid and the obligation

on the part of parents, the community at
large and the culturally-dedicated is to give
to the all-day school program all the help it
needs.
Communal reckoning and planning for
the future, for the year ahead and for the
decades to come, must take into account the
need to train young men and women for the
Jewish teaching profession. It is one of the
most vital duties because there is the grow-
ing evidence that the teaching profession is
not attracting Jewish ybuth who qualify for
it. This is a problem not to be ignored and
unless it is solved it will plague the next
generation and will ruin whatever chances
there are to encourage Outh identification
with the community.
Problems galore are here to distress
the communally-minded. Mixed marriages
are increasing. Indifference to Jewish
needs is menacing. Progressive schooling is
a major way of overcoming the undeniable
threats, and the chief aspect of the problem
relates to the home. A traditionally-
oriented family encourages study and iden-
tification and is therefore the most effective
means of overcoming menacing situations.
Philanthropy seldom falters in Jewish
ranks, yet fund-raising also depends
greatly upon a properly educated Jewish
community.
These are factors not to be ignored in
reckoning, in preparation for the future.
Lay leadership is seriously challenged by
these issues.

Hatreds Have No Limitations

It was to have -been imagined that the
Lebanese tragedy which exposes the incon-
sistencies in Arab political thinking, the Is-
raeli triumph over terrorist hijackers, the
Open Fence Policy on the Israel-Lebanese
border and the effectiveness of the Jewish
will to live manifested by Israel's refusal to
be subjected to a suicidal position would
combine to influence those who would de-
stroy the Jewish state to abandon their tac-
tics. But to no avail. Reason has no place in
the diplomacy of the Third World and the
Communist blocs. Uppermost in the minds
of the haters is the aim to undermine Is-
rael's existence and the plotting continues
despite the determination of Israelis and
their few friends not to permit the lights to
be extinguished for the civilized society
they protect in the Middle East. Already, in
advance of the next United Nations General
Assembly, Israel's enemies are gathering
forces to renew the schemes aimed at deny-
ing basic rights of statehood to Jews. These
efforts- always fail, yet they are repeated
time and time and time again.
Supplementing the combination of
anti-Israeli forces at the UN is the miscon-
ception about Palestinians and the delu-
sions about a so-called Palestinian state.
Every amateur politician, posing as a dear
friend of Israel but misled by the falsehood
inherent in the Palestinian state mirage,
will pose as a great humanitarian defending
the rights of those who are granted martyr-
dom and for whom a new state is proposed.
The facts are ignored. The truth about an

already existing state in Jordan is over-
shadowed by misleading tear-jerking for re-
fugees .whose numbers are constantly
exaggerated and whose desires are seldom
properly evaluated.
There has, in fact, never been a Palesti-
nian state, and the talk about millions of
refugees is an escalation from the no more
than 500,000 who actually left the area now
operating as the Jewish state of Israel.

When polled, refugees seldom, except in
instances of politicians, submit to the pres-
sures to claim a wish to settle in what is
truly the autonomous state of Israel, and
cheap political capital is bandied
everywhere.
The menacing symptoms of new attacks
on Israel at the UN — the statesmen's plot-
ting that never succeeds — has more dis-
tressing counterparts on the American
political horizon. The cheap politicians, and
the serious-minded who are dreadfully mis-
led, may be grasping for an issue by embrac-
ing the Palestinian issue. It is something to
be on guard against. The would-be states-
men must be properly briefed to understand
the truth of a distorted issue.
Meanwhile, the bigots are paving their
way into notorious hatemongering that has
no limits. It has gained a place at the UN
and it seems to influence the political scene.
They challenge the vigilant never to permit
the political lies to gain an upper role in the
ranks of decent people.

American Zionist Leader

Lipsky's 'Memoirs in Profile'
Enrich Biog raphic, Zionist Files

Louis Lipsky was among the giants in American Zionist leader-
ship. He had risen from the ranks to become the president of the Zion-
ist Organization of America. In his early years, as a lover of the thea-
ter, he was recognized as an able critic of stage and movies. As editor
of Zionist publications he was a master interpreter of the movement
and a recognized Zionist ideologist.
Thus, his name attained national fame and the recognition he
gained was as a Zionist political leader as well as a writer of note.
The Jewish Publication Society again renders a marked service by
publishing his collected writings that had accumulated in the final
years of his life. "Memoirs in Profile," the new JPS volume, includes
many of his interpretive works and the biographies he had written of
the eminent personalities with whom he had served in Zionist ranks
and with whose records of service he became fully acquainted.
Most of the data recorded by the late Mr. Lipsky relates to Zionist
memoirs and becomes a vital part of American Jewish history. Surely,
the Zionist activities in this country attain authoritative and definitive
commentaries from the eminent lead-
er's interpretations. In fact, since his bi-
ographies are of world'Jewish leaders as
well as American Jewish personalities,
there is a global significance in Mr. Lip-
sky's works.
The importance of this volume be-
comes apparent when the reader takes
into account the fact that Mr. Lipsky
had described personalities with whom
he had worked closely. Louis D. Bran-
deis, Julian Mack, Menahem Ussishkin,
Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion,
Max Nordau and other notables are in-
cluded.
Mr. Lipsky was deeply devoted to
LOUIS LIPSKY
associates he had drawn into the Zionist
movement. Meyer Weisgal is noteworthy among them.
While dealing with the giants who had guided Zionism into inter-
national recognition and eventual success through the emergence of
the state of Israel, Mr. Lipsky also delighted in dealing with the hu-
man interest experiences. Thus, he took into account a character like
China who was the clown of Zionism, but nevertheless was a symbol
of popular devotion to Zionism, who attended all of the Zionist conven-
tions in his lifetime as well as World Zionist Congresses and spent his
final years as a resident of Israel.
Differences over Zionist policies were rampant in the ranks of the
movement and often Lipsky was a stormy petrel. He was often at odds
with Mr. Justice Brandeis. The biographical sketches critically allude
to the interesting experiences between leaders in the Jewish national
movement.
Many of the vignettes in the new JPS volume also allude to signifi-
cant occurrences in Zionist developments.
To provide the biographical data regarding the author of this his-
torically important book the reader is additionally enriched with a
descriptive foreword by Ben Halpern who impressively and informa-
tively defines the Lipsky role in Zionist history.
The parents and grandparents of present-day American Jews, as
Prof. Halpern writes in his foreword to "Memoirs in Profile," contin-
ually marked (Lipsky's) words and followed, or violently opposed, his
views. He experienced, in terms of a direct, personal responsibility, all
the Jewish trials of half a century of fathomless sorrows and unima-
ginable triumphs.

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