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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-08

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 8, 1977 25

Hebrew Union College Will Train Israeli Students as Reform Rabbis

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CINCINNATI—Hebrew
Union College-Jewish In-
stitute of Religion will in-
troduce a graduate pro-
gram at its Jerusalem
School to prepare Israelis
for careers as rabbis in the
Reform movement in Is-
rael.
Reform. or Progressive.
Judaism in Israel is cur-
rently served by rabbis who
were trained elsewhere in
the world. Never has a Re-
form rabbi been ordained in

the Jewish state, where the
Reform movement is at-
tracting a growing number
of adherents.
Admission to the new
graduate program, which
leads to the Master of Arts
degree in Judaic studies,
will be open only to those Is-
raeli students who have
been accepted as candi-
dates for a Master of Arts
degree in the Department
of Jewish Studies at the
Hebrew University of Je-

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rusalem.
Upon satisfactory com-
pletion of both the Hebrew
University and the Hebrew
Union College courses of
study, the Israeli students
will be eligible for ordina-
tion as rabbis by a special
ordaining body, which will
include prominent rabbis
and scholars. Dr. Alfred
Gottschalk, president of
HUC, will be chairman of
the ordaining body.
The Hebrew Union Col-

lege curriculum, which has
been developed by a special
faculty committee, will con-
centrate on such subjects
as the history and philoso-
phy of Reform Judaism. the-
ology, medieval and mod-
em Responsa literature.
The focus of the students'
study at the Hebrew Univer-
sity will be in the areas of
the history of Jewish
thought, Bible, Talmud,
Hebrew language and liter-
ature and Jewish history.

Moredver, two dis-
sertations will be required
of the students. one for the
Hebrew University degree
and the other for the Hebco
ewe Union College degree.
The World Union for Pro-
gressive Judaism, with
headquarters in Jerusalem,
in hailing the innovative
move by Hebrew Union Col-
lege, has pledged its sup-
port in meeting the addition-
al academic and adminis-
trative costs.

Leader of N.Y. Black Synagogue
Gets BA Degree from Yeshiva U.

NEW YORK—Rabbi
David M. Dore, who serves
as the spiritual leader of
the nation's oldest Black
synagogue — the Ethiopian
Hebrew Congregation in
Harlem - received his Bach-
elor of Arts degree this
month from Yeshiva Univer-
sity.
Rabbi Dore, the second
Black to receive an under-
graduate degree from Ye-
shiva, inherited the mantle
of leadership from his
grandfather, Rabbi Wen-
tworth A. Matthew, who
died in 1973. In 1923, the
year the congregation was
founded, Rabbi Matthew be-
came the first ordained
Black rabbi in the country.
Since assuming his posi-
tion, Rabbi Dore has offici-
ated at Jewish services and
holidays for nearly 300
members of the synagogue.
While the synagogue is
called the Ethiopian Hebr-
ew Congregation, Rabbi
Dore says its members in-
clude Black Jews of West
Indian and African descent
as well. The majority of the
congregants are now third
and fourth generation Amer-

Rabbi Dore says that a
number of his white class-

Prizes Awarded
to Yiddish Writers

TEL AVIV (JTA)—The
Itzik Manger Awards for
1977 for Yiddish prose and
poetry were awarded re-
cently in a festive ceremo-
ny at Habimah Hall.
The recipients were Hirsh
Osherowitz for his writings
in Israel, Yehuda Elberg of
Canada and his Yiddish
writings abroad and Yaa-
cov Tzvi Shargal for his
poems written in Yiddish in
Israel as an Israeli.

The ceremony was attend-
ed by President Ephraim
Katzir, who is honorary
president of the Itzik Man-
ager Awards Committee.
Katzir delivered an address
in Yiddish which received a
thunderous acclaim by the
audience which filled the
hall to capacity.
Golda Meir awarded the
prizes to the winners. Maa-
riv editor Shalom Rose-
nfeld, chairman of the
Awards Committee, was
also chairman of the event.

mates have attended serv-
ices at the synagogue,
which follows the Orthodox
tradition.
Acceptance of Black
Jews is better today than it
has been in many years."
'Rabbi Dore observed. "We
have never really had any
difficulties in Harlem.
There are many religious
denominations here, and
this has created a deep re-
spect for all sects, includ-
ing our congregation."
The "Roots" phenomenon
has had a special impact on
the members of the Ethio-
pian Hebrew Congregation,
who see their ancestral heri-
tage as going back to the
original 12 tribes of Israel.
'Roots' went back only
400 years to an African vil-
lage. Our roots reach back
to Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob," Rabbi Dore noted.
Rabbi Dore is a product
of the Yeshiva University
system. He was graduated
from Yeshiva University
High School for Boys in
1972. Along with his bache-
lor's degree from Yeshiva
College, he also received
*he Hebraic Studies Diplo-
ina from the University's
Erna Michael College. A po-
litical science and speech

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major. he was active on
campus as a student editor.
club officer and delegate to
the Model UN He took first
place in the extempo-
raneous speech contest last
year. Rabbi Dore hopes to
go on to law school.

Rabbi Richard G. Hirsch,
executive director of the
World Union. said there
was need today for the serv-
ices of rabbis in Progres-
sive congregations, in the Is-
raeli youth movement, in ki-
butzim and in other aspects
of Israeli community life.
He said Haifa, Nazareth
and Beersheba were among
a number of communities
in which Reform congrega-
tions are now without the
services of full-time rabbis.

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