12 Friday, October 29, 1976
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Lazar Weiner, Musical Genius
BY RABBI SAMUEL
his credit numberless
musical productions in
(A Seven Arts Feature)
English, Yiddish and
It is hard to believe that Hebrew.
Lazar Weiner is just one
You may know him as
the conductor of the choir
One of the nation's which is heard nationally
foremost musicians, Mr. on the Message of Israel
Weiner has created radio program, which
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scores of scores, has led emanates from Central
dozens of choral groups, Synagogue, Manhattan,
ELECTION MOODS: Many Jewish voters will face
has staged oodles of prog- where Weiner was the a difficult test when casting their ballots on Nov. 2 in
rams, has 'accompanied choir leader for many the Presidential election.
countless singers and to years.
The two competing candidates — President Ford
You may know him from and Governor Carter — differ little on the surface on
his labors as leader of the major issues in which Jews, as Jews, are specifically
Workmen's Circle choir interested. President Ford has, however, the advan-
over which he wielded the tage of having proven himself in action on some of
baton for forty years and these issues.
Seeking to secure a maximum ofJewish votes, the
for which he wrote many
Presidential candidates of both camps have concen-
You may know him trated a good deal of their efforts in the last weeks on
through one of his stu- making public statements regarding their stand on
dents, whom he has issues of specific interest to Jewish voters.
taught the art of choral
FORD'S "JEWISH" RECORD: President Ford —
who entered the White House in August 1974 following
Weiner, a small man, Nixon's resignation — has an impressive record of
whose face crinkles with support for Israel accumulated during the 24 years he
ready smiles, has set to served in Congress. Since his entrance into the White
comes. to your home or office with
music some of the most House he pi-ovided Israel with 40 percent of all aid it
the "garage-on- wheels."
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However, since Ford assumed the Presidency, re-
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He made an opera out of lations between Israel and the United States have
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"The Golen," by H. sometimes been strained. He has sought to combine
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Israel following the breakdown, in March 1975, of Kis-
Verging on 80, Mr. singer's Sinai shuttle, and in a last-minute effort to
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Weiner and his lovely win an agreement, he sent an angry letter to Israel's
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erant as ever. And Mr. of the U.S. Middle East policy if there was no accord.
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a just and lasting settlement of the Arab-Israeli
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taking into account the legitimate interests of
all states and peoples in the area, including the Pales-
tinians." Regarding the Palestinians, Ford maintains
that the U.S. will neither recognize nor deal with the
Palestine Liberation Organization until this terrorist
group first recognizes Israel's right to exist. However,
he affirmed that Palestinian "interests" will have to
be taken into account in a final settlement.
The weakest spot into which President Ford put
himself in the eyes ofJewish voters was in making his
order on dealing with the Arab anti-Jewish boycott in
this country "prospective" after Oct. 7. Only an eve-
ning before, he gave the definite impression in his
television appearance that -the order would be retroac-
tive. By changing his mind, he actually permitted
some large American banking, shopping and indus-
trial firms to apply the Arab boycott against American
Jews and Israel. These firms have been dealing with
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CARTER'S PLEDGES: In contrast to Ford, Gov.
Carter has no long-standing record on issues in which
Jewish voters are specifically interested. He has not
served in Congress, and consequently has not voted on
specific Middle East questions. But during his current
campaign he voiced support for Israel and pledged to
provide "whatever economic and military aid neces-
sary to permit Israel to defend itself against any
He was, however, critical of the letter sent by 76
Senators to President Ford last May on the Adminis-
tration's "reassessment" of its Middle East policy. He
said publicly that he would not have signed that letter
if he had been in the Senate. Later he said he was
In his statements on the Middle East, he usually
mentions the need for the United States to win the
confidence of all the parties involved in the conflict. He
believes that Israel may have to turn over certain
territories occupied since 1967 to the Arab countries,
but he says that as President of the U.S., he would
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On the Arab boycott affecting American Jews,
Carter pledged that he would do everything possible to
make it illegal "to have any Arab country or govern-
ment boycott Jews in American corporations."
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Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Alpert
Mrs. Margaret Alpert
Herman S. Avrin
Mr. & Mrs. Seymour Barnett
Mr. & Mrs. Phil Baum
Dr. & Mrs. Harvey Beaver
Patricia C. Becker
Mr. & Mrs. Irving Belsky
Marc L. Belsky
Dr. & Mrs. Howard Bender
Alexander R. Bensky
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Berman
Paul D. Borman
Mr. & Mrs. Morris J. Brandwine
Mr. & Mrs. Norm Brodsky
Dr. Harold I. Bussey
Shirley F. Bussey
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald & Linda Cohen
• Dr. Cynthia Colvin
Dr. Wallace Colvin
Sen. Daniel Cooper
Stephan C. Cooper
Frances R. Cousens
Alfred A. Cowan
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Dickman
Mr. & Mrs. Julius Eichler
Michael Eidelman, MD
Sen. Jack Faxon
Herbert & Esther Fealk
Charles E. Feder
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Fink
Rep. Joe Forbes
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Freidman
Harold D. Gales
Dr. Conrad Giles
Mr. & Mrs. Norm Golden
Dr. Richard Goldfine