THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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This Sabbath, the 28th day of Nisan, 5737, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 9:1-11:47. Prophetical portion, I Samuel 20:18-42.
Monday. Tuesday. Rosh liodesh lyar. Nu tubers 2 8:1-17y
Candle lighting. Friday. April 15. 6:33 p.m.
VOL. LXXI, No. 6
Friday, April 15, 1977 .
I srael's Election , Jewry's Concern
Israel's national election, scheduled for
May 17,understandably dominates Israelis'
concerns over the future of their govern-
ment and the effects of it on the country's
economic as well as political conditions. The
dominant Labor Party in a sense is on trial
because of some fraudulent ekperiences.
Rational scrutiny would prove that there
may be less of corruption population-wise in Is-
rael than in any other democratic country in
the world, but unethical practices are consid-
ered abominations in a Jewish state and as
sins never to be tolerated. It is therefore as-
sumed that when Shimon Peres is called upon
to form a government—this appears inevi-
table—he will face a situation so serious that
his cabinet will be formed on the basis of con-
cessions which would ordinarily be viewed as
unacceptable. This is what happens when a rul-
ing party loses members, as the Labor Party is
expected to do -at -the hands of the constituents.
These are all internal problems. They
are Israel's concerns. Nevertheless, there is
the Diaspora concern, especially that of
American Jewry, and the relationship can
not be ignored. The fact is that Israel's
largest philanthropic benefactor is begin-
ning to think more seriously about a share
in certain responsibilities in the handling of
funds raised philanthropically. It is true
that the dollars contributed by American
Jews are not viewed as "charity funds," but
rather as the share of kinsmen in a partner-
ship that involves the welfare of fellow
Jews. But just because of this basic princi-
ple the right to judge disbursements is be-
lieved now to be paramount.
The fact is that in principle American
Jews shunned the very idea of sharing
duties. All they wanted, as it remains in
many respects, was to be helpful, not to
abandon the needy.
Yet there is a feeling that Israel can be
helped by American knowhow, that the
American Jewish experts who have a long
record in areas of social services, can intro-
duce more practical, more efficient means of
aiding Israel's needy, the elderly who are
served in Joint Distribution Committee
Malben Homes, the retarded who get a
measure of support, the new immigrants
who are assisted in becoming integrated, in
learning the Hebrew language, in acquiring
homes and jobs and whose children are
given good schooling.
Israel suffers immensely from economic
setbacks, and in this sphere especially it is
important that the partners from abroad
should have an opportunity to provide both
guidance and help.
In the cultural-spiritual-educational
tasks the help from abroad is vital, and
there is no reason why leadership and a
ministrative responsibilities should not
shared by -Israelis and American Jews.
The election in Israel undoubtedly carries
with it a new aspiration for efficiency and
abandonment of bureaucratic . dominations
with which the dominant Labor Party has
been accused and of which the new govern-
ment must clear itself. Diaspora Jews have
some rights in administering the functional
social services they had introduced in Israel
with their philanthropic dollars. At the
same time, the Israelis should welcome also
such aid as will remove the bureaucratic
blight from Israel. The Israelis would do
well to give serious thought to these prob-
lems involving kinsmen's partnerships on
the eve of the oncoming election.
Beirut's Guidelines for Demonstrators
It is not a bit surprising that threats of
demonstrations within Israel by PLO sympa-
thizers among Arabs in Israel administered ter-
ritories should come from Beirut. The PLO con-
tinues to operate from Lebanon, in spite of the
Syrian assumption of power over the delicate
peace agreement between the contending
forces whose ,internecine warfare has nearly de-
stroyed that land. Apparently PLO was not baf-
fled by failures in Lebanon and succeeded in en-
rolling supporters within Israel. They have
caused much trouble, there were six deaths
among demonstrators last year and the anti-Is-
rael forces now are inspiring new outbursts.
It is no wonder, therefore, that curfews
should have been imposed frequently upon such
trouble spots as Nablus (ancient Jewish city of
Shechem)., Ramlah, Tulkarm, Jenin, as well as
East Jerusalem, Hebron and other troubled
areas. There are differing opinions on desirable
action to be pursued in these areas and the
form of resistance to be organized by Israel.
The need to preserve calm and to prevent the
spread of the demonstrations surely affirms
the good judgment of Israel's authorities in im-
posing military control upon the cities whenCe
stem the pro-PLO sentiments. It may well be
that only an eventual agreement for an end to
the Israel-Arab struggles will, alone, provide a
solution to this serious problem. Meanwhile Is-
rael faces a grave situation, and the propagan-
da that accompanies the PLO venom from Bei; -
rut, to which often is appended the animosity
often enacted towards Jewry as an entity, is
one of great concern.
Adding to this concern is the new form of
anti-Israel hatred fanned by reports of alleged
cruelties practiced by Israelis in the treatment
of prisoners who are held in the hundreds upon
their apprehension after terrorist and other
anti-Israel acts. Some of the descriptions of al-
leged Israeli barbarism are so patently the cre-
ations of hate-inspired anti-Israelis that their
propaganda is cause for even more serious con-
cern than the mob rule in the cities where Is-
rael's administration, in spite of efforts to as-
sure peaceful relations, often result in violence.
Americans from Germany' Lists
Many Prominent Personalities
An 80-page paperback published by the German Informa-
tion Center in New York under the title "AMericans from Ger-
many" contains brief biOgraphical sketches of many prominent
Americans who were born in Germany.
Edited and compiled by Gerard Wilk,. the biographies are
brief and most of them are accompanied by photographs of the -
notables selected for inclusion in this informative volume.
The list dates back more than a century and includ-
es among others the prominent participant in free-
dom movements Carl Schurz.
Albert Einstein is among the notables listed
and accounted for with him are many other
prominent Jews who figured in many walks of
Prominence is given to Dr. Henry A. Kis-
Others who figure prominently in this book
include Oscar Hammerstein, Manfred George,
Abraham Jacobi, Ernst Lubitsch, Charles
Steinmetz, Levi Strauss, Bruno Walter, Kurt
Weill and many others. .
Jack Benny, Highly Esteemed
Genius in Entertainment World
Jack Benny made many friends. Not only the audience of
tens of thousands, perhaps the millions in many lands, - but his
associates, his confreres ih the world of entertainment, loved
That's part of the story related in the biography by Irving A.
Fine, just republished as a Pocket Book by Simon and Schuster.
There is an impressive tribute to the great actor by George
Burns who states, among other things, that Jack Benny was
"the warmest,. the most gentle, the nicest human being I ever
met in my life."
Many incidents in the life of
Jack Benny, who was born Ber
jamin Kubelsky, are told in thi.
interesting story about one of the
most eminent men in the world of
entertainment. There was a con-
test testing his popularity. Thei:e
were 270,000 participants. Only
three expressed anti-Semitic feel-
Jack Benny was popular in
many areas. He was among the
great attractions when he ap-
peared on Israel Bond programs
and for UJA.
The esteem for him was
shown by his associates on stage,
over radio and television, and the
Fine biography is a veritable en-
cyclopedia of actors and enter-
tainers who played their roles in the entertainment world, who
were Jack Benny's friends and who attested to the affections in
which he was held. The Fine biography splendidly elaborates on
the interesting life of an interesting personality.