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February 24, 1978 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-02-24

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Way," February 74, 1918 45


Columbia University Yiddish Program
Attracting Both Jews and Non-Jews

NEW YORK — The Uriel
Weinreich Program in Yid-
dish Language and Culture
began in the summer of
1968 at Columbia Univer-
sity in cooperation with the
Max Weinreich Center for
Advanced Jewish Studies of
the YIVO Institute for
Jewish Research.
A total of 11 students par-
ticipated in the first session
of the program which was
named for Dr. Uriel Wein-
eich, Yiddish scholar and
linguist and chairman of
Columbia's Department of
Linguistics. Dr. Weinreich
died in 1967 at the age of 40.
Since that first summer,
over 450 students and col-
lege professors (including
some non-Jews) from 100
universities and colleges in
America and abroad have
come to study Yiddish, Yid-
dish culture, and the Jewish
way of life.
The participants come
together with one goal —
to absorb the greatest
amount of Yiddish in the
least amount of time.
They come from different
sectors of life as well as
different cultures. Reli-
gious and secular Jews
as well as Japanese,
Irishmen, and the sons of
ministers now read,
write, and speak Yiddish
The summer course is
rigorous, because an entire
year's coursework is tele-
scoped into between 6-9
weeks, depending on the
level of the course.
An afternoon enrichment
program has been part of
the summer course and has
included a language labora-
tory, workshops in
Yiddish-English transla-
tion, Yiddish theater and
creative writing. Trips to
various places of Jewish
interest have been planned:
to Jewish institutions at
work, to the lower east side,
to Yiddish-speaking
neighborhoods. Yiddish
films have been shown
throughout the summer.
In the ten years of its
existence, students have

trekked to the Columbia mer, students came from
campus from Yale, Prince- 26 colleges and univer-
ton, Hafvard; Jewish sities.
Theological Seminary,
Yeshiva University, Michi-
The fields of specializa-
gan State University, Johns tion have been equally var-
Hopkins, Rutgers, Barnard ied — Russian Jewish his-
and others.
tory, cultural anthropology,
The attraction of the philology, gerontology,
summer program has American Jewish history,
reached far beyond the Judaic librarianship, mod-
boundaries of the United ern Hebrew literature,
States as well. McGill nursing,ethnomusicology,
University, University of American liteikature, Ger-
Toronto, Queens Univer- man language and litera-
sity in Belfast, Hebrew ture, and Yiddish cinema.
University of Jerusalem,
Many former students of
and the University of the Uriel Weinreich Sum-
Tokyo have been repre- mer Program have already
sented. This past sum- become professors of Yid-

dish in various colleges and
universities. Through their
teaching of young people,
they have helped to insure
the future of the Yiddish
language and culture.
There are, of course, fi-
nancial problems. Highly
qualified applicants have
had to be turned away from
the program because there
have not been enough
The Uriel Weinreich Pro-
gram in Yiddish Language,
Literature, and Culture is
under the direction of Dr.
Marvin Herzog. Yadja
Zeltman is the associate di-

Explanation Given for Triple
Shalom Aleichem Recitation


for this practice is that the
moon which had waned to a
A person turns to his fel- small size was now being
low man and says "Shalom renewed, and so it gives new
Aleichem',' three times hope to the Jewish people.
when offering the prayers When a person has been
that greet the approach of away on a journey and ar-
the New Moon. Why?
rives safely he greetS his
A variety of reasons are- friends with the greeting of
advanced for this practice. peace — "Shalom
Some attach an historical Aleichem."
reason for this practice.
Likewise the Jewish
There was a time when the people have been undergo-
Roman government forbade ing persecutions so long.
this religious practice under The reappearance of the
the threat of a death pen- moon is interpreted as a
sign that the Jewish people
The messengers of the will also reappear. Their
rabbinical court who came very survival today is like
down from the hill to report an escape from tragedy.
that the new moon had been
A third reason offered
seen had to do it in a clan- stresses the meaning of
destine manner. They did it shalom as peace. Verses
by repeating a "password"
three times—and each time
they received the appropri-
ate reply to affirm that the
message had been received
A reception on behalf of
by the proper party. This
Chinuch Atzmai-Torah
password was "Shalom
Aleichem" and its reply was Schools for Israel and in
commemoration of the
"Aleichem Hashalom."
Every worshipper still school system's 25th an-
repeats it today to remind niversary will take place 8
us of the lengths to which p.m. March 12 in the home
our ancestors had to go in of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold
order to preserve their Zuroff, 31455 Franklin
Fairway, Farmington Hills.
The Chinuch Atzmai
A second reason advanced
schools serve more than
40,000 Israeli elementary
school children in 200
schools, 175 kindergartens,
day care centers and pre-
school education programs.
The network also includes
23 junior high schools and
two accredited teachers col-
leges. The schools focus on

(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)

Another reason is that
the new moon means a new
month and to us the new
month is another chance for
peace in the world.

Reception to Benefit Torah
School Network in Israel

Nursery Children Visit JNF,
Buy Tree for Forest in Israel


Children in the afternoon class at the United Heb-
rew Schools Nursery School visit the Jewish National
Fund office and learn the importance of planting trees
in Israel from Percy Kaplan, right, JNF executive di-
rector. The class of 25 three- and four-year-old chil-
dren received a JNF tree certificate. The children
saved their money to plant the tree, which will be
located in the Children's Forest in northern Galilee.
The UHS Nursery School meets at Temple Emanu-El.

that precede this state-
ment indicate the diffi-
culty that has been ex-
perienced by the Jewish
people from bitter
enemies and the wish for
their destruction. How-
ever, the eventual hope or
the Jewish people is for
universal peace and
hence this greeting is
made to clear the mind of
others and to affirm that
we are basically a peace-
loving people and not a
vengeful horde of attac-

MEN'S CLUB will hold a
brunch 11 a.m. Sunday in
the synagogue. Theme for
the program will be "Jews
Around the World." Guest
speakers will be Dr. and
Mrs. Shemon (Mira) Braun,
who will address the meet-
ing on "Life as a Jew in Is-
rael." Dr. Baun is a profes-
sor of engineering at the
Technion. The public is in-
vited at a nominal charge.
For information, call Her-
man Ozrovitz, 546-6163.

secular and traditional re-
ligious education.
The Torah school net-
work has instituted ex-
tracurricular learning
periods during which the
teachers help students
after school hours, even-
ing sessions for junior
high students to supple-
ment their religious edu-
cation, a longer school
day and extracurricular
clubs and activities and
scholarship programs for
the gifted and the under-

New Home for Hadassah

Metropolitan Detroit
Chapter of Hadassah has of-
ficially moved its headquar-
ters to Southfield, according
to chapter president Inge
Located at 19111 W. 10
Mile, Suite 205, between
Evergreen and Southfield
Rds., the new offices will
have 1,500 square feet of of-

Women Returning
to Work Aided
by JVS Program

Jewish Vocational Ser-
vice has been offering a
program for women who
want to return to the work
world or have never worked
and want to begin prepara-
tion for a move into the
labor force.
The program is entitled
"Project Return" and in-
volves a. series of eight
group counseling sessions,
led by a vocational coun-
selor, to help participants
clarify interests, values and
goals, and develop inter-
viewing techniques and re-
sumes. The sessions also
deal with job opportunities,
training, schooling (degree
programs) and job place-
The group meets 9:30 a.m
Wednesdays at the JVS of-
fices, 24123 Greenfield,
Southfield. There is a
charge. For information,
call the JVS, 557-5341.


My Mother
always taught
me to . . .

dress warmly, eat the right
foods, pick good
company, work hard, be
fair with my customers,
always give them extra
value for their money .. .
"I always follow her
advice. That's why I'm the
country's top Cadillac

'Thank you, Mother!' "


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An Invitation To


Livin' 'n

Drilling Halted

Premier Menahem Begin
will ask Energy and Infras-
tructure Minister Yitzhak
Modai to see to it that no oil
drilling will take place on
Saturdays in the Ashdod
drilling site.
Begin intervened after
Agudat Israel threatened to
quit the' government coali-
tion if "the desecration of
the Sabbath" would not
cease. The Aguda claimed
that despite a coalition ag-
reement, Sabbath drilling
work continued at the
Ashdod field.

Tice space with ample park-
ing for employees, Mrs.
Kramer said.
The new offices, how-
ever, are smaller than the
former headquarters in
Detroit, and there are no
meeting rooms.
Office hours in the new
building are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
All calls and correspon-
dence should be directed to
the new office.
He who is drowning will
take hold even of an ear of
—The Talmud

a■ J


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Ages 35-55 (Approx.)


Early Spring
Weekend Party

March 23-26, 1978

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Get-Acquainted Hospitality Evening,
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, Midnight Swim and More

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Future parties planned for other age groups!



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