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January 13, 1978 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-01-13

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Hadassah Zionist Leader Rose Halprin Dies

More than 1,000 people filled
the Central Synagogue
Tuesday to attend the funer-
al services of Rose Halprin,
who died Sunday at age 82.
People form all walks of
Jewish and Zionist life
came to pay their last re-
spects to one of the leading
American Zionists.
Her body will be flown to
Israel where whe will re-
ceive a state funeral. Her
body will lay in state at
Hadassah Medical Center in
Ein Karem and then be
taken to the courtyard of
the Jewish Agency building
in Jerusalem where the offi-
cial state funeral will take
She will be buried on the
Mount of Olives near the
burial site of Henrietta
Szold, the founder of Hadas-
In 1946, Mrs. Halprin was
elected to the Executive of
the Jewish Agency for Pa-
lestine. In 1947, when the
Jewish Agency-American
Section was authorized to
represent the Jewish case
for Palestine before the
United Nations in New
YOrk, Mrs. Halprin partici-
pated actively in national
and international negotia-
tions leading to the estab-
lishment of the state of Is-
She served on the execu-
tive of the Jewish Agency
for more than 20 years and
was designated acting
chairman of its American
Section in 1955, and chair-
man in 1960, a position she
held until 1968.
Mrs. Halprin was also
chairman of the Education
and Culture Department of
the Jewish Agency for the
American Section.

She was president of Ha-
dassah from 1932-34. From
1934 to 1939 she lived with
her family in Jerusalem,
when she was liaison be-
tween Hadassah in the
United States and in Pales-
tine. A member of the build-
ing committee of the hospi-
tal on -Mount Scopus, Mrs.
Halprin was present at its
opening in 1939.
She was national presi-
dent again from 1947-52 and
in that capacity dealt with
the situation after the War
of Independence in 1948
when access to Scopus was
cut off. It was during her
presidency that the decision
was made to open the He-
brew University-Hadassah
Medical School in tempo-
rary quarters.
Mrs. Halprin was honor-
ary chairman of the World
Jewish Congress-American
Section, a member of the
Zionist General Council fo
the World Zionist Organiza-
tion (Actions Committee), a
member of the Board of the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
and a lifetime member of
the board of the United Jew-
ish Appeal.
In 1976, she received the
Bublik Award from the He-
brew University in Jerusa-
lem. In- March 1977, she
received the honorary de-
gree -of Doctor of Jewish
Literature from the Horace
M. Kallen Center for Jewish
Studies. -
Mrs. Halprin attended the
Teacher's Institute, Jewish
Theological Seminary of
America, 1912-14, and Hunt-
er College 1914-16, 1920-30;
and Columbia University
1930-31. She was taught He-
brew as a child and spoke it

Franc ois.!Poncet,
Warned of Nazis

at Emanu-El

Hunger Forum

"Hunger Knows No Sea-
son" is the theme of the
Oakland County Hunger and
Nutrition Forum to be held
on 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at
Temple Emanu-El.
Speakers include State
Representative Melvin Lar-
sen (R-61st District ), ()A-
land County Commissioner
Lawrence Pernick and Ter-
ri DeSchryver, coordinator
of the Macomb Emergency
Food Program.
Concurrent workshops
dealing with food stamps,
school meals, supplemen-
tary foods, nutrition for sen-
U-M Offers Class
iors and emergency food
programs will be held.
at Detroit Site
Forum is sponsored
on Mideast Conflict by The
the Jewish Community
A two-credit, graduate Council of Metropolitan De-
troit with the cooperation of
course in political science,
focusing on the Arab-Israel the Archdiocese of Detroit,
Department of Christian
conflict, will be taught by
Service and the Oakland/
University of Michigan po-
litical science professor Ed- Livingston Human Services
gar C. Taylor at the Rack- Agency. There is a nominal
ham Education Memorial at
For information or to reg-
Woodword and Warren.
The course will meet from ister. call the Jewish Com-
munity Council. 962-1880.
4:15 to 6:45 p.m. on
Tuesdays. For information,
\- 1-ien need is greatest help is
call Fran Hill, 832-7400, ext.

PARIS—Andre Francois-
Poncet, France's non-Jew-
ish Ambassador in Berlin
during Hitler's rise to power
who warned repeatedly and
futilely about Germany's
rearmament, died Jan. 8 a_t
age 90.
Mr. Francois-Poncet was
a French High Commission-
er in Germany after World
War II. He was -a writer, a
member of the French
Academy and a longtime
International Red Cross of-
ficial. -

fluently. She also spoke
Yiddish, French and Ger-
She was much sought af-
ter as a speaker and as a
contributor to publications
devoted to analyzing the
problems of the Zionist
movement, and dealing with
Jewish life. She was consid-
ered one of the foremost
authorities on current Jew-
ish and Zionist problems.
According to the New
York Times she was a "live-
ly disputatious conversa-
tionalist" who "was famous
for holding her own, in ex-
changes with such masters of
repartee as Menahem Be-
gin, now prime minister of
She was married to Sam-
uel Halprin, an importer
and lifelong Zionist, who
died in 1974.
Tributes were issued by
scored of leaders of Jewish
and Zionist organizaitons. In
addition, Kalman Sultanik,
executive vice president of
the World Confederation of
United Zionists, announced
that the establishment of a
large memorial project to
perpetuate the memory of
Mrs. Halprin will be pro-
posed at the forthcoming
meeting of the confer-
eation's leadership. The
confederation is a non-party
Zionist umbrella organization
in this country whose major
constituents are Hadassah,
Bnai Zion and the American
league for Israel.
Mrs. Halprin was its hon-
orary life-president and was

one-of the original founders
of the World Confederation
of General Zionists in 1946
and a driving force behind
the reorganizaiton of the
confederation in 1958 as the
world Zionist body espous-
ing the platform of non-
affiliation with political par-
ties in Irael, Sultanik re-

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