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July 07, 1978 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-07-07

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Friday, kly 1, 1918 41

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Questionable Compilation of American Jewish History

Again: what of the pre-
responsibility for the
Stanley Feldstein, who can. 'He has fou?id his waste industry. Tailors
conduct of their orthodox sent? Why didn't Feldstein
earned his PhD at New Canaan in America. Let were familiar with rags,
indicate that the conditions
brethren
and
made
sure
York University and now dreamers hail the re- and merchants had experi-
to tell their Christian thus described do not exist
nationalization of Israel ence in buying and selling

teaches at the New School
neighbors that 'the ways today?
for Social Research, has as they please — Zionism discarded articles. Joseph
Therefore, the proper
of these people are not
written a book entitled "The is a political impossibil- Jacobs remarked:
question
is
this:
"a
corn-
our
ways
nor
their
"In (Europe) . . . it
ity, an historical incon-
Land That I Show You:
prehensive history of
our thoughts.'
sistency and a religious was customary for the thoughts
Three Centuries of Jewish
"Detroit's native corn- Jewish life in America?"
mistake.
All
talk
of
Jews
. . . to send out
Life in America" (Double-
munity was touchy about its That's what the publishers
Zionism in a national their sons every Monday
day) — Anchor Press.
image and was embarassed say; it's not what the re-
Acclaimed by the pub- sense by American Jews morning to neighboring
and frightened by the East viewer and the reader with
And Wrap
lishers as a "comprehensive is nothing short of arch villages as hawkers, who
Europeans. 'The conditions even a minimum of know-
It All Up...
history of over 300 years of treason to the best gov- would return in time for among the newcomers ledge about Detroit Jewry
Jewish life in America — ernment on earth and the Friday-night meal,
In a gift wrap designed
should be so dealt with." meanwhile helping circu- breed discontent, which would say. —P .S.
from the arrival of the small
especially
for his special
opens the way for orthodoxy
band of settlers in 1654 to This is interesting, even if late goods and bring and anarchism,' echoed the
day! Ribbons and coor -
The Sensational
the present," one would ex- the author of this book went back secondhand pro- Jewish American. 'These
dinated wrapping acces
pect a scholarly and well- far afield. But why not lead ducts . . . The same prac- must be alleviated as
PEOPLE'S CHOICE
sories are available.
researched history, a up to the current rejection of tice was at the root of quickly as possible lest the
Quartet
Jewish
commerce
in
chronicle with facts that that nonsense by the pre-
PECIALTY
acts
of
these
Jews
bring
dis-
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mirror the experiences of sent generation of Detroit Russia, where these itin- credit on all Jews.'
• Recent U.S. Tour
the communities described Jews who are nearly erant agents were known
t.1
1
:
to
Disco
• Russian She's
"With little sympathy for
as 'Wocher.' "
and the people defined. unanimous in their dedica-
A reader with a sense of the feelings of the Russians,
OAR PARK PLAZA
Call for apps. to hear band
In all fairness, since De- tion to the wholesomeness
Detroit leaders condemned
COOUOGI AND A•IADLE
troit and Michigan are of Israel, the product of realism must ask: is it con-
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541-0022
them as backward and 'o-
OAK PARK
ceivable
that
a
researcher
taken into account, these Zionism?
Feldstein acts both as would limit himself to such riental' and, almost always,
centers could as they should
characterized them as an in-
serve as judgments of the sociologist and historian. limited tripe, without tak-
ferior breed whose level of
Detroit Jews to him — he ing into consideration the
book.
morality was beneath the
Therefore, a look at the does not differentiate bet- immensity of a community
wean generations — were like Detroit Jewry's? It isn't Americanized native.
record is important.
"The Russians reacted to
.
the
junk
dealers
who
were
even
entirely
true.
It becomes evident that
the charitable efforts of
Feldstein went far afield able as peddlers in that There were, also, periods
PRICES .... VISIT
their
Detroit coreligionists
commodity to observe their when Jewish leaders here
in his studies. Michigan
tics
religious loyalties. Here is were horrified by the with attitudes that ranged
has a limited record. Ann
from
appreciation
to
re-
a a Boutique
Arbor, Ypsilanti and how he describes that aspect emergence of Jewish politi-
am— leha/t Cosme
sentment to bitterness.
cal
clubs.
It
was
an
episode
of Detroit Jewry:
Marshall are listed as the
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"Jews were prominent in in Jewish disputes. Here is Though these poverty-
communities Jewish
Suite 111

the junk, or waste, business. how Feldstein deals with stricken newcomers desp-
migrants went to, then
erately needed the aid, it
NEXT TO SHERATON-SOUTHFIELD HOTEL 559-2930
This industry consisted of the issue:
continuing to Detroit
was
at
times
accepted
with
German
"Detroit's
where, as the author the process whereby dis-
— ANL
.4h.
carded products were col- Jewish leaders, who were feelings of humiliations.
properly states, Jewish
"The charities (are) or-
lected, grouped, and proces- fearful that such organiza-
history in that commun-
sad. The material was then tions made Jews highly vis- ganized for the purpose of
ity commenced in 1850.
Then come some of the sold to a consumer who con- ible, were also opposed to bettering the conditions of
the poor workingman,'
comments on issues involv- verted the discarded matter separate Jewish political
wrote one recipient, 'but I do
ing labor, charities, social into new products. Almost clubs. 'There can be no polit-
experiences. anything was recycled — ical organization among not like to beg.' In 1914, the
bitterness grew to such
He touches upon Zionism, from old scrap iron to old Jews as Jews," stated Leo
Frankel (sic), a Detroit proportions that the Detroit
to show that the Reform rags and bottles.
Russian community, in pro-
rabbi.
"In Detroit, Jews took a
Jews considered Zionists
We will reopen 9 a.m. July 17.
'Those among us who test, virtually boycotted the
leading role in the collec-
disloyal. So where does he
facilities of the German-
tion of junk. Jewish in- attempt to unite the two
turn to for his facts? He
dominated United Hebrew
volvement was not acci- are neither Jews nor
quotes a periodical that was
Charities."
dental but, rather, was Americans.' The Russian
published in Detroit nearly
This is in essence true.
the result of waste deal- Jews who organized
70 years ago.
But note that the author
357-1056
ers' taking their friends 'Jewish Democratic' and
The author refers to the
with a doctorate did not
SUSI 1111-11111TA6E PLAZA
and relatives into the 'Jewish Republican' even check properly to be
attitude of Reform Jews to
business; by the first de- clubs sent shock waves
NORTNIVESIMI HWY.
Zionism. He writes about
able to refer to Dr. Leo M.
throughout Detroit's na-
cade of the 20th Century,
Reform Jews' reactions to
Franklin. After all, there
) SOUTIFIELD
Detroit's Eastern Euro- tive Jewish community. is need for accuracy at
the Zionism of East Euro-
Always conscious of their
pean "junk aristocracy"
least in resorting to
JEWELERS
pean Jews. He writes: "They
ublic image the Ger-
ruled over a vast empire
are trying to separate us
man leadership denied names.
of discarded articles.
from the Christian corn-
munity," said one spokes- "The low status assigned
man. "And this act will only to the collection of junk
serve the anti-Semitic mattered little to the pious
forces who can't wait to Jew as long as he was able to
level a charge of Jewish dis- devote time to the shul
loyalty to America." (synagogue). This assertion
Feldstein continues: is supported by the findings
"Forever reminding De- of Maurice Fishberg. 'It will
troit Christendom that be found,' he wrote, 'that a
Zionism was a product of large majority of instances
a small but vocal East (Jewish) occupations (such
European group, the as the waste business) are
anti-Zionists never mis- determined by their religi-
sed an opportunity to ous needs . . . And, as a
display their loyalty to general rule, those trades
the United States: 'It is et- are most favored by Jews
this is our message: "A Bissel Billiger"!
ernally untrue that the which afford them oppor-
tunities
for
arranging
their
Jew is a man without a
country,' declared the own time for work and leav-
these are our salesmen .. .
Detroit Jewish Ameri- ing them free for their festi-
vals and religious duties
• Robert Mortimer
• Betty Green
• Martin Adler
• Albert Marx
Dulzin at ZOA
generally. Piece work
• Albert Handler
• Zedith Cagle
• Herb (Oshinsky) Owens

James
Kane
NEW YORK (ZINS) — rather than time work,
• - Edward Chanko
• Joseph Pampalona
• Ben Lutz
• Sidney Cohn
Leon Dulzin, chairman of domestic industries rather
• Shirley Watson
George Meyerson

Bill
Collins

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