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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-04-08

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4 Friday, April 8, 1977


of July .20, 1951
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 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional
Mailing Offices. Subscription :110 a year.

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue




Editor and Publisher

Business Manager

Advertising Manager

Alan Ilitsky, News Editor . . . Heidi Press. Assistant News Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 21st of Nisan, 5737, is the seventh day of Passover, and the following scriptural selections will be read in our
synagogues: Numbers 28:19-25. Pentateucha I portion, Exodus 13:17-15:26; Prophetical portion, II Samuel 22:1-51.
Sunday. Eighth Day of Passover. Yizkor
Pentateucha I portion, Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17; Numbers 28:19-25. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 10:32-12:6.
Friday, April 15, Holocaust Remembrance Day
Candle lighting. Friday, April 8, 6:47 p.m.

VOL. LXXI, No. 5

Page Four

Friday, April 8, - 1977

Six Decades of Hadassah Services

Detroit Chapter of Hadassah's 60 years
of continuous services to Eretz Israel and to
the Zionist cause have elevated this com-
munity's women's movement to high ranks
in American Jewry's services for national
redemption in the ancient homeland.
When the Detroit chapter of the then
emerging great humanitarian cause came
into being, Hadassah's services were life-
saving. The effects of World War I were de-
vastating. There was little hope for the
Jewish residents in what was then Pales-
tine. They suffered privations, were af-
fected by trachoma and their lives were not
always secure under Turkish rule.
Hadassah served many purposes, in
adding to the relief that was being brought
to the Holy Land, by establishing health
clinics and providing trained American
nurses to heal the weak.
Hadassah was the women's Zionist
movement and as such it fought against
great odds, because of the difficult road that
had to be trekked by the adherents to the
Jewish liberation movement. Therefore the
glory that belongs to the pioneers in Hadas-
sah and in Zionism is all thegreater.
The early leaders attested to the cour-
age that was needed to adhere to the newly
assumed obligations. Beginning with Mrs.


Abraham M. Hershman; the wife of the then
distinguished rabbi of Congregation
Shaarey Zedek, who was the first president
of Detroit Chapter of Hadassah, the local
movement had many dedicated leaders and
continues to attract the devoted in the
ranks of Jewish womanhood to lead the
great cause.
Mrs. Henry Weiristein, Mrs. Noah E.
Aronstam, Mrs. Joseph H. Ehrlich and
others of high rank served as presidents of
the local movement. Dedicated leaders like
the late Jeannette Steinberg and many
others gave status to an important cause.
In the ensuing years local Hadassah
chapters contributed impressively to the
establishment of clinics, the support of the
Hadassah Hospital, the medical and dental
colleges and the numerous research efforts.
Detroit women have an important share in
the reconstitution of the Hadassah installa-
tions on Mount Scopus.

The 60th anniversary of Detroit Chap-
ter of Hadassah inspires recollections of ap-
preciation for great tasks well done and
serves meritoriously to invite greetings to
the present generation of Hadassah women
and appreciation to all who added gloriously
to the movement's many services.

Red Cross Under Scrutiny

If there can be a Red Crescent, why not a
Red Magen David?
Why is Magen David Adorn having diffi-
culty acquiring an international welcome into
ranks with which there already exists a good
relationship and a workable cooperation?
The explanation matches all of the expe-
riences that have caused obstacles to decency
in the treatment accorded Israel in matters
which have given the Arab-Soviet bloc a role of
dominance; the reason is a political one.
Once again an humanitarian cause is on
trial for failure to adhere to common decencies
when Israel is involved. The great cause that
operates under the Red Cross emblem has put
itself on trial by failing to welcome Israel into
the international ranks. John Henry Dunant,

founder of the Red Cross, who was among the
earliest Christian Zionists, would turn over in
his grave over the movement's travesty on jus-
As the great international humanitarian
movement that serves mankind uninterruptedly
during all menacing situations, the Red Cross
has a claim upon all peoples, all faiths, all na-
tions, all governments. It ceases to be a pri-
vate matter. Therefore, with the Red Crescent
as an acknowledged symbol, where is the jus-
tice of banning the Red Magen David, Red Star
of David? There is something peculiarly incon-
sistent in the decisions of the governing powers
that dominate over the International Red
Cross, and it is to be hoped that politicization
of humanism will not be condoned.

'Modern Jewish Thought,' Basic
Reader on Many Vital Subjects

World Jewry's most eminent persorialities of this century,
from many lands, acclaimed historians, theologians, statesmen,
are represented in the Schocken-published "Modern Jewish
Thought —A Source Reader," edited by Dr. Nahum N. Glatzer.
So impressive is the list of selected authorities on the great
variety of subjects, and the material chosen from their writings,
that this paperback gains significance as an anthological treas-
ure. It is understandable that Dr. Glatzer should have inclUde
in his collected essays Martin Buber's "Judaism and Civiliza
tion and Thoughts on Jewish --Existence"; that among the,:
scholars sharing in this work are Abraham Joshua Heschel,
Mordechai M. Kaplan, Franz Rosenzweig, Yehezkel Kaufmann,
Abraham Isaac Kook, Samson - Raphael Hirsch and numerous
other noted theOlogians —philosophers - and Bible scholars. The
roles of eminent Zionists, of historians, short story writers and
pleaders for justice for the Jew before and after the Nazi erg. ,
adds importantly to the contents of this work. -
Elie Wiesel and Emil L. Fackenheim are among those at,-
testing to the representative character of the editor's selec-
Commendable is the recognition given to the late Horace M.
Kallen whose "A Jewish View of Life" adds the views of a noted
thinker to the volume's contents.
Certainly the eminent Orthodox Talmudist Joseph Dov
oveitchik has a place in this collection. Then there are the views ‘ 1
of Albert Einstein, Moses Hess, Heinrich Graetz and Walther,
Rathenau that must be considered as very meritorious in this
type of an instructive anthology.
Dr. Leo Baeck, Judah L. Magnes, Milton Steinberg, Her-
mann Cohen and Abraham Geiger are among the other notables
in Jewish thought who understandably earned a place in Dr.'
Glatzer's collected essays.
The story teller Cynthia Ozick has gained a place here,
Simon Rawidiwicz, Nahum Krochmal and the modern Hebrew,
authors, Jacob Fichman, Rachel, Yitzhak Lamdan, Abraham
Broides and Yehudah Amichi.
The fact that Haim Nahman Bialik, Simon Dubnow, Moses
Mendelssohn, and Ahad HaAm are in this honor role gives
added credence to the merits of this vaulable reader.


Non-Separation From Community

A basic lesson in Pirke Avot—Ethics of the
Fathers—is one must not separate himself
from the community—"Al tifrosh min ha-klal."
This is a season for the strictest adherence
to this obligation.
The annual great campaign for funds to up-
hold the hands of Israel's defenders and the
builders of a vital society in the redeemed fa-
therland, and for support of majority Jewish
causes that are vital to the community is now
in progress.

The educational system, the social services
in behalf of the immigrants from the Soviet
Union as well as the health and recreational
agencies which provide help for young and old,
the ailing and those needing guidance in pur-
suing a wholesome existence, are dependent
upon funds raised in the Allied Jewish Cam-
Every citizen with a sense of responsibility
must be enrolled in the great current effort
and must be inseparable from the community.

Shown are the editor of "Modern Jewish Thought," Dr.
Nahum N. Glatzer, right, with the late Dr. Martin Flu ber.

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