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March 31, 1978 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-03-31

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16 Friday, March 31, 1918



Job for Peled

Tnie•riters Marie sk.

Benjamin Peled, comman-
der of the Israeli air force
who is retiring next month,
will join Elbit Computers
Ltd., in Haifa.

French Jewry Has Grown in Size, Stature

Their wish to preserve
(Editor's note: Adam this heritage was often
Loss, of Paris, is the editor expressed in their impas-
and publisher of the sioned defense of Yiddish
342-7800 399-8333 342-1221
Jewish Telegraphic culture. Two papers in
Agency's Daily News Bul- Yiddish are still pub-
letin in France, a member lished in Paris: "Unzer
of the JTA board and di- Wort" and the Com-
rector of the Fonds Social munist "Naie Presse."
These eastern Jews have
Juif Unifie (Federation of
shown a pathetic obstinacy
Jewish Welfare Funds.)
to organize "landmanshaf-
PARIS (JTA) — While in
ten," groups of people from
Paris, Theodor Herzl de-
the same towns inyoland or
scribed France's Jews as "so
Russia, in order to meet and
little Jewish and yet not
to try to sort out the prob-
quite French . . ." These
lems of their and their chil-
words may have been true,
dren's integration.
years ago, but are so no
These Jews from Eastern
longer. Weakened and de-
Europe who are already giv-
cimated by World War II,
ing a Jewish quality to some
French Jewry was to know a
areas of Paris, were soon
fate similar to the American
• Burglary
Jewish community at the joined by others — Jews
0 -Vandalism
from Egypt, Tunisia and
• Fire
Morocco. Later came the
within proportions, to that
• Personal Attack
' •
of Algeria, who were
not refugees but French
Successive waves of re-
since 1870, al-
fugees from Eastern Europe
At A Price You Can Afford
though some of them were
melded into old time French
Automatically Notifies
discovering the "mother-
Jewry, escaping what had
within seconds Police Dept.
land" for the first time in
once been the lands of their
& Fre Dept. Central Office
their lives; to many of them
great culture and had be-
Hidden Wire Installatio.
it looked somewhat like a
come that of their suffering.
You Won't Know
new continent.
These "ostjuden" (eastern
We've Been There
If the flood of refugees
Jews) brought with them
was a blessing for the com-
the remains of a warm and
emergency reporting system with 24 hr. protection
munity, it remained for
living Judaism as well as a
long, and still is, a real bur-
sense of political combativ-
ity linked with the heritage den which the public au-
thorities and the American
of their fathers.
Joint Distribution Commit-
tee have helped to bear.
The North African
Jews poured fresh forces
into the community and
radically changed its so-
cial and professional pro-
file. The French Jewish
community now consists
to a large extent of work-
ers, employes and small
shopkeepers who are-
shaping the new outlook
of the Jewish community
and making it similar to
the general French popu-
The North African Jews
have integrated remarka-
bly well into communal or-
ganizations and regener-
ated the norms and values
of Jewish life. French Jewry'
thus succeeded where Israel
has failed so far in integrat-
ing the Oriental Jews.
Sephardis of France are
quite preoccupied by as-
pects of poverty in Israel
where so many Jews from
Arab countries live.
Politically, the Jewish
community disagrees with
the attitude of the French
government towards Israel ;
They pay tribute, however;
to the fact the France re-
Spring gets into full swing with a total
mains a country of asylum
and fresh look of related separates... active
whatever its political or
parts working together in the positive piece by
economic situation.
piece way. It's your Spring dream. Active
This open door policy exp-
separates group & regroup for endless wardrobing.
lains how the Jewish com-
And all these easy mixers are from your
has increased in size
Special fashion place. P.S. We Carry all
from 150,000 people after
your favorite "special" brands.
the war to the present
700,000, half of whom are
Sephardi and the other half

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A melting pot of cul-
tures, rites and tradi-
tions, the French Jewish
community succeeded in
harmoniously integrat-
ing these two facets of the
Jewish people. Now,
children, whatever their
origin, learn their com-
mon history and herit-
Like American Jewry,
the French community is
becoming more involved in
the life of the country,
claiming its own specific
and general demands. Gen.
Charles de Gaulle's claim in
1967, that the Jews are an
"elite people, domineering
and self-assured," provoked
a shock but also a rise in
consciousness which actu-
ally prompted France's
Jewish community to play
an increased role in the
country's social and politi-
cal life.
Progressively, the com-
munity changed from a re-
ligious minority to a cul-

Philanthropist Rossen Dies;
Aided Many Jewish Causes


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Winnie' Not Told
of Jewish Plight

LONDON — Historian
Martin Gilbert told a Lon-
don audience recently that
British officials withheld
information about the
plight of European Jewry
from Winston Churchill
during World War II.

tural and political body. It
has become influential and
Jews no longer hesitate to
express themselves. Their
link to Israel is strong and
deep and the Jewish leader-
ship voices its demands for a
more balanced policy to-
wards Israel.'
Although the problem of
"double allegiance" is still
raised, it no longer prevents
the Jews from adopting at-
titudes in accord with their
hearts and minds. Herzl
could now say that the Jews
are "fully French and quite
French Jewry today is far
from being frozen into a
fixed mold. Doubts, incon-
sistencies and contradic-
tions sometimes delay its
progress. But it is vibrant
and vital and exudes a
pride in its Ashkenazi and
Sephardi history and cul-
ture and feels emotionally
close to Israel. Unquestion-
ably, French Jewry can look
safely to the future.

Hundreds of associates in
a score of local and national
movements he had aided
philanthropically joined at
funeral services Sunday at
the Hebrew Memorial
Chapel to pay honor to the
memory of Nathan P. Ros-
Mr. Rossen died March 24
at age 82. He resided at
23621 Cloverlawn, Oak
Born in Russia, Mr. Ros-
sen lived 65 years in De-
troit. He was the owner of
the N.P. Rossen Insurance
Agency and was active in
the real estate field.
A proponent of local
and national Jewish
causes, which he aided
financially, Mr. Rossen
was a member of Perfec-
tion Lodge of the Masons
and Moslem Shrine,
Pinsker Progressive Aid
Society, Farband Ar-
lazaroff Branch 137, the
national board of direc-
tors of Histadrut,
Yeshivath Beth Yehudah,
the Turover Aid Society
and Cong. Beth Tefilo
Emanuel Tikvah, Adat
Shalom Synagogue and
Cong. Bnai Moshe.
He was a past president
and current executive sec-
retary of the Hebrew Be-
nevolent Society.
Mr. Rossen was a founder
of the Ideal Detroit Loan
Association, Vladimiritzer
Emergency Relief Society,

Hillel Day School, Akiva
Hebrew, Day School and was
a member of the Israel
Bonds' Prime Minister's
Club. He received an honor-
ary award from the Jewish
Theological Seminary and
was a member of the
Businessmen's Council for
the City of Hope.
Mr. Rossen is survived by
his wife, Frances; two
daughters, Mrs. Harry
(Genevieve) Portner and
Mrs. David (Sylvia) Schane;
a son, Jordan; two sisters,
Mrs. Esther Gruman of
Russia and Mrs. Allen
(Clara) Reimer; six grand-
children and seven grept-

Max Helvarg,
Bonds Director

NEW YORK — Max Hel-
varg, who was a director of
various State of Israel
Bonds divisions from 1952
to 1976, died March 18 at
age 68 in Fort Smith, Ark.
Born in Russia in 1910,
Mr. Helvarg retired from
the Israel Bond Organiza-
tion in 1976. He was named
the first Joint Distribution
Committee director in Ber-
lin in 1946, after having
served as a Russian in-
terpreter for the U.S. Army
at the Quadrapartite Con-
ference in Berlin.
During his directorship of
the JDC in Berlin, he played
a key role in helping Jewish
concentration camp sur-
vivors establish themselves
in Israel and the United
States. From 1947 to 1950,
he worked for the United
Jewish Appeal and in 1952
joined the. Israel Bond Or-
In 1955, Mr. Helvarg was
named director of the Com-
munity Leadership Divi-
sion of Israel Bonds and
later held other executive
posts in the organization as
regional director of the
Southeast Division and of
the Midwest Division, and
as director of the National
Rabbinic Cabinet.

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