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September 03, 1976 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-03

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Arab Policeman No Longer Fat

`Reader in Jewish Community Relations'


The most recent 'addi-
tion to the literature on
Jewish community or-
ganization is "A Reader
in Jewish Community Re-
lations" (Ktav Publishing
House) edited by Ann G.
The "Reader - is di-
vided into 12 chapters,
each dealing with a major
asiiect of Jewish social
ern, such as anti-
Jewish iden-
tity, Israel, and Soviet
Jewry. The chapters,
moreover, consist of
selections of original'
materials dating back to
the early 1940s and writ-
ten by 50 authors, includ-
ing Bruno Bettelheim,
the late Kurt Lewin; Dr.
JOhn Slawson, and Ben-
jamin R. Epstein.
The editor defines
community relations as
"a discipline that belongs
in the broad context of
Jewish .communal or-
ganizations. -
. - The first communal or-
ganization concerned with
,r protecting and defending
the political and civil
rights of Jews in other
lands was the Board of De-
_ legates of American Is-
- raelites established in
1859 and lasted until 1878
when it merged with the
Union of - American Heb-
rew Congregations.
In 1906, the American
Jewish Committee was
formed. A major goal of
the AJCommittee was "to
secure for Jews equality
of economic, social. and
educational opportu-
It should be noted that
the AJCommittee was
one of the early organiza-
tions that did not include
in its name "Hebrew" or
Seven years later the
Anti-Defamation League
of Bnai Brith was
founded. Its aimhas been
to defend Jews against
In 1922, the American
Jewish Congress was or-
ganized. Among other
roles, it aimed at protect-
ing national minority
rights and helping build
Palestine. It is noteworthy
that the American Jewish
Congress was the first
Jewish "defense" organi-
zation to include Palestine
in its program.
The Jewish Labor
Committee. was set up in
1934. Its aims included
P•`stance to labor lead-
, (not necessarily
Jewish) "who were vic-
tims of Fascism in
Europe" and enlisting
"tfie support of the
American labor move-
ment in action against
. Although
anti-Semitism always
has been a major concern
of Jewish community re-
lations agencies, their
agenda have included
other major Jewish con-
cerns as well. A pressing
concern has been the
problem of Jewish iden-
tity. It is not surprising
that the "Reader" de-
votes 11 selections to it.
Two of the selections
deal specifically with br-
inging up children. They
were authored by social

psychologists Bruno Bet-
telheim and the late Kurt
Bettelheim's essay
"How Are Our Children"
written more than 20
years ago is still timely
and is applicable to both
parents and children.

He cautions parents:
"Here the example of the
parent is what counts.

True self-respect in the
child-can be achieved only
when the parents show
that they do not depend for
their own self-respect on
arbitrary externals, least
of all on whether they are
accepted by everyone
alike . . . the parent who
expresses pride at being
tolerated where other
Jews are barred — is
surely not one whose

Ravitz to Speak
at Knob-in-Woods

Hebron's Mayor
Meets Hussein

Dr. Mel Ravitz, former
president of the Detroit
Common Council • who is
now director of staff for the
Detroit-Wayne County
Mental Health Services
Board will speak 8 p.m.
Wednesday to the
"Wednesday Evening Rap
Session" for Knob-in-the-
Woods Apts. residents.
His topic will be "Urban
Mental Health Problems."

King Hussein of Jordan
met . with Fahed
Kawasme, the mayor of
Hebron, for the first
meeting in many years
between a West. Bank
leader and the Hashemite
The meeting in Jordan
was described by Arab
experts in Jerusalem as
an attempt by Hussein to
open a dialogue with the
new leadership- of the
West Bank_ which was
elected earlier this year,
and described so far as
supporters of the PLO.
Kawasme asked Hus-
sein to increase Jordan's
financial aid for Hebron
and encourage other
Arab countries to do the

Designer Named .

TEL AVIV — An au-
thority on Israeli
giftware, Adina Berger,
has been named design
director of the Batsheva
Crafts Corp.
The appointment of Ms.
Berger, according to the
firm; represents a major
step in the Batsheva
program to expand its
lines of original Israeli
crafts for overseas and
local markets, and to sup-
ply quality gift items to
the record numbers of
tourists - flowing into Is-
rael. -

Mayoral Size

NEW YORK — Mayor
Abraham Beame of New
York has finally found a
mayor his own size, which
is 5-feet-two. Beame was
introduced to Tiberias
Mayor Moshe Tzahar at a
city hall reception for 36
Tiberias residents tour-
ing the U.S.
Tzahar was presented
with several gifts on be-
half of the city of New
York. He served as Is-
rael's first acting prime
minister when the state
was established in 1948.
While in New York, the
visitors' bus was robbed
of some $4,000 in valu-
ables while the driver and
the Tiberians were eating

WZO Sends Youths
For Israel Study

Friday September 3, 1976 53

example can teach the
child to rely on his self-
respect to take the blows
of intolerance.
Just as insightful and
profound is Kurt Lewin's
essay "Bringing up the
Jewish Child." In this
essay Kurt Lewin is con-
cerned with both the
young child and the ado-
lescent. "Belonging-
ness," states Lewin, is a
major problem confront-
ing. adolescents.
It is, therefore, impor-
tant that the adolescents
understand the sociologi-
cal factors responsible for
this problem and realize
"that the main criterion
of belongingness is inter-
dependence of fate . . .
they must be sufficiently
fact-minded to see clearly
their interdependence of
fate with the rest of the
American Jews and in-
deed with the Jews
over the world."
Since their inception,
Jewish community rela-
tions agencies in their
evolution have under-
gone various stages —
each merging with the
next. Currently they ex-
tended into "a realm in
which the individual
group seeks, not the over-
coming of its own diSad-
vantaged status, but the
maximal realization of its
capacity — as a group in-
tegrally a part. of the
whole society — to con-
tribute toward the gen-
eral welfare Of that
society." ,

Jabreen is the only Arab
superintendent of police
in the state of Israel.
Since joining the police
force in 1949 Jabreen has
risen through the ranks
to the position of superin-
tendent in the Nazareth
district to which he was
promoted in 1974.
, Through the years,.
however, Jabreen experi-
enced a considerable gain
in weight. As he recalls,
"My weight seemed to in-
crease as I gain,ed in rank.
There were always celeb-
rations with good food
and drinks."
The formerly fat wife of
one of his officers eventu- -
ally informed Jabreen of
the method she had used
to lose her excess weight,

She had joined "Shomray
Mishkal" — Weight
Jabreen began attend-
ing Weight Watchers
classes and through de-
termination and- self-
discipline, he began los-
ing weight. went from
242 pounds to 165 pounds.
I now walk through the
streets and anticipate
meeting old friends. They
compliment me profusely
and I must admit I
thoroughly enjoy it."

Prize Awarded

1976 ,Israel Jefroykin
Prize, endowed by the
Jewish National Fund,
was awarded to Dr. Is-
rael Gutman of the He-
- brew University's Insti-
tute -of Contemporary
Jewry at a ceremony in
the University's Senate
Dr. Gutman received
the $2,000 award for his
research work on "The
Reistance Movement and
the Armed Uprising of
the Jews of Warsaw
within the Framework of
Ghetto Life 1939-1943".
This is the''third time
the Jefroykin Prize has
been awarded. It is given
every two years in a con-
test for the best scholarly
work on any political, so-
cial, economic, -cultural,
linguistic or other aspect
of Eastern European


NEW YORK — A group
of 41 American youngsters
between the ages of 15 and
17 are leaving for Israel for
a year of special high school
study under the auspices of
the World Zionist Organiza-
The students, from 15
states and Canada, in-
cluding Aaron Mood of Yp-
silanti, Michigan,' will be
divided into four groups and
sent to study in different
schools throughout Israel.

Beauty Promotes'
Israel University .

NEW YORK — During

her travels in New York
recently, Rina Messinger
of Israel, this year's Miss
Universe, promoted the
overseas student prog-
ram at Tel Aviv Univer-
sity. •

Jewish Studies -
Courses Endowed

The Jewish Chautauqua
Society announced it had
endowed 116 resident lec-
tureships for college cre-
dit courses in Judaic
studies for the 1976-77
academic year, a record
total bringing to 196 the
number of colleges at
which the society has en-
dowed such courses. The
society is the educational
project of the National
Federation of Temple
The program em-
A spokesman said 17 phasizes three main
colleges had been added areas of study: Judaic
this year, and two studies and the state of
reinstated after being out Israel, Middle Eastern
of the program for a time. Studies and humanities.
None of the schools are in Students may study in
Hebrew or English.

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