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September 16, 1977 - Image 4

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-09-16

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Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue al 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.
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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the fifth day of Tishri, 5738, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 31:1-30. Prophetical portion, Hosea 14:2-10, Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27.

Yom Kippur Scriptural Selections

Thursday morning: Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 57:14-58:14.
Thursday afternoon: Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 18:1-30. Prophetical portion, Jonah 1:1-4:11, Micah 7:18-20.

Candle lighting, Friday, Sept. 16, 7:22 p.m.


Page Four

Friday, September 16,1977

Strange Gods Imperiling Youth

A study conducted recently revealed the
institutions, and street corner distributions of
shocking information that the numerous
cleverly designed, humorous pamphlets with
strange cults that have menaced the religious
titles such as 'Jesus Made Me Kosher'."
communities in. this country attract more
"Unlike former missionary tactics," he con-
young Jews percentage-wise than any other
"they no longer ask a Jew to 'convert'
group in the land. The survey showed that
to Christianity. Rather, they ask him - to be-
while Jews comprise about 3 percent of the
come a 'better' Jew by , accepting Jesus."
U.S. population the young Jews number from
The "most heinous" misuse of Jewish refer-
10 to 12 percent in the -ranks of Rev. Moon's
ences has been in allusions to the Nazi
Unification Church.
Holocaust, he declared, explaining:
If these figures had not been substantiated
by so responsible a national movement as the
"One group is now offering, in return for a
American Jewish Committee they would be un-
contribution, a yellow star with the word 'Jude'
believable. Yet, the AJCommittee asserted re-
on it. Some literature discusses the tragedy of
cently that the young Jews who have joined the
six million Jews going to their death 'unre-
Moon ranks and similar cults include "some of
deemed,' and stresses that this must not hap-
our best educated and most idealistic young
pen to the six million American Jews. This in-
men and women." A threatening challenge to
vidious exploitation of the Holocaust under-
Jewish continuity and survivalism is seen in
scores the extent to which they are going in
this trend towards cultism, along with the
this campaign. Other pamphlets focus on sav-
equally growing assimilation and inter-
ing Soviet Jews, but in fact end up talking
about saving the soul of the recipient."
The danger is taken seriously by national
The danger being apparent and the menace
Jewish groups. With the recognition of a high-
from the cults now in full view, perhaps finding
ranking cultural status among the defectors
a solution to a grave problem will be easier.
from Jewish ranks it becomes difficult to
The distortions can be tackled because they
blame the Jewish home for the ills that now af-
are stated openly and are in full view. Will the
fect the Jewish communities. Yet, there is hope
organized Jewish community mobilize to act
that influence can not be- ruled out. in the
firmly and to prevent a loss of manpower we
search for an answer to a very painful problem
can ill afford to be without?
that is now linked menacingly with inter-
There is no doubt about the concern of the re-
marriage and the assimilation that stems from
sponsible Jewish religious leaders in this mat-
the freedoms that have revolutionized Jewish
ter. It is to be hoped that action in search of a
life in democratic countries.
solution will not be delayed. Every effort must
Synagogue and school are complementary to
be made to retain youth for our ranks and to
the home in assuring retention of best relations
increase their craving for an identification that
between generations and in retaining the inter-
so vital for the expressed continuity.
est of youth in their Jewish community. There-
fore, all the strength that can be given to the
house of worship and the house of study must
be mustered in providing solidarity between
generations in assuring prevention of unreason-
able defection.
How can Jewish youth be reached so that
Much of the venom associated with the out-
they will not stray from tradition and join the
rageously immoral Deicide charge against the
cults, all of whom proselytize and many delude
Jewish people was inspired by the Oberam-
the young Jews with the usual_ claim that they
mergau Passion Play. Now, thanks to the new
are not anti-Jewish and that their faiths only
liberalism enhanced by Ecumenism in Catholi-
supplement and even supersede Judaism with
steps are being taken to erase the das-
their newly-developed ideas.
tardly depicted accusations from a spectacle
The vast variety of "Hebrew-Christian" sects .produced each decade which is viewed by per-
proves especially deluding. The AJCommittee
haps hundreds of thousands.
revelations showed that in New York City
Whether the demanded atoning action will be
alone there are more than 60 such functioning
in evidence at the Oberammergau festival in
missionary groups and their bait is directed es-
1980 remains to be seen. An American Jewish
pecially at the Jewish community.
Committee delegation, under the leadership of
The menacing missionary elements number-
Dr. Marc Tannenbaum, has found some flaws
more than 1,300 "new-time religions," accord-
in the proposed revised text of the next Obe-
ing to Rabbi A. James Rudin of the AJCom-
rammergau production, with some references
mittee's inter-religious affairs department.
to the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate that retain
Most revealing are the warnings of Malcolm
damaging evidences of suggestive prejudices.
Hoenlein, director of the Jewish Community Re-
But the fact that the Oberammegau producers
lations Council of New York, who stated that
had asked Dr. Tannenbaum to remain avail-
the conversionary techniques of the Hebrew
able for further study in a serious aim to elimi-
Christian groups include "misrepresentation of
nate the prejudices offers encouragement that
biblical scripture, distortion of Jewish sym-
old lies will be eliminated and that there will
bolism, the use of performing groups to gain en-
be a corrective approach to the Passion Play
trance to Jewish organizations, synagogues and
which is to resume in 1980.

Cleansing the Play
at Oberammergau

By Bonim Books

`Jewish Holiday Crafts' Fills
Important Need for Children

Joyce Becker is an artist who is Jewishly knowledgable and has a
deep devotion for the Jewishly traditional. That is why she was able
to produce a volume serving an important need for children who like
to draw and to create ceremonial objects. Her "Jewish Holiday
Crafts" is so complete with all details of ceremonial objects and the
traditions related to festivals and the Sabbath, that the book, pub-
lished by Hebrew Publishing Co.'s Bonim_Books, renders a service
both for individual students and as a textbook for Jewish schools.
It commences with the Sabbath, and from candles to halla covers
to wine bottles, proceeding to the Havdala service, there is plenty to
keep the artistically-minded busy to sanctify the day.
The festivals commence, of course, with Rosh Hashana, which has
much to suggest for drawings and for craftmaking. There are the
greeting cards, the Shofar, the calendar that commences the Jewish
year. For the latter there is the alphabet, and that gives the student
and the artist a chance to deal with the Jewish alphabetical charac-
In every instance from then on, every holiday, all the fast days.
serve to induce the young artists to devote themselves to Jewish
characteristics, ceremonials, observances, the objects that gain sig-
nificance in Jewish life.
The Sukka for Sukkot, the Menorah for Hanuka, trees for Hamisha.
Asar b'Shevat —for every occasion there is the ceremonial object to
glorify the occasion.
In the 180-page large-sized, 8 x 12 pages, filled with hundreds of
drawings. suggestions for the artist and encouragements for the
study of Jewish observances, ceremonials and traditional objects.
"Jewish Holiday Crafts" by Joyce Becker fills a great need and pro-
vides inspiration for the participants in the crafts suggested by the

Herman Wouk's 'Marjorie'
in Limelight as Paperback

When first published more than 20 years ago by Doubleday, "Mar-
jorie Morningstar" was a best-selling sensation. Now reissued as a
760-page paperback by Simon and Schuster Pocket Books, the con-
troversial novel by Herman Wouk gains renewed interest and the
differing views on the book may have changed with time.
When the novel first appeared it wits the subject of controversies:
over the novelist's portrayal of a young elady with changing ideas,
with morals that may then have been considered loose but which
today are flaunted as the rule.
Marjorie is the gal who had relations with men before marriage,
, and upon marrying became a solid social character, with leadership
in Jewish women's groups. Even the change of name from Moigens-
tern to Morningstar, because Marjorie had stage aspirations, were
part of the dispute.
In discussions about the novel, when it first appeared, press reac-
tions were contrasted and national newspapers spoke of The Detroit
Jewish News as having been the most critical. Now the 0 Tempore,
0 Mores can be applied to indicate changing times.
Apparently. with the reissuance of the novel as a thick paperback,
it may be destined to be a best seller again in the paperback field.
Also issued as a Simon and Schuster Pocket Books paperback is
"The Girl That He Marries" by Rhoda Lerman, which enjoyed com-
mendations from book reviewers upon its first appearance.

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