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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, August 24, 1919

First Woman Presiding Rabbi
May Spur Similar Appointments

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NEW YORK — The ap-
pointment of Rabbi Linda
Joy Holtzman, a graduate of
the Reconstructionist
school, as rabbi of Cong.

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Beth Israel in Coatesville,
Pa., may spur other congre-
gations to name women as
presiding rabbis.
Rabbi Wolfe Kelman,
executive vice president of
the Rabbinical Assembly,
called her appointment "an
historical breakthrough
and simply fantastic.
"The real significance,"
he said, "is that many con-
gregations have been lean-
ing toward appointing a
woman, and have been re-
luctant to be the first, will
be encouraged to do
likewise."
Although the congreg-
ants in Coatesville, a
town of 15,000 people 40
miles west of Philadel-
phia, broke new ground
by picking a woman
rabbi, their appointment
of a non-Conservative
rabbi was not unusual.
Owing in part to a shor-

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tage of Conservative
rabbis, 20 percent of the
pulpits in Conservative
synagogues are occupied
by non-Conservative
rabbis.
Another woman rabbi,
Sandy Sasso, now serves as
co-rabbi with her husband
in a Conservative
synagogue, Beth El Zedeck,
in Indianapolis. But Rabbi
Holtzman is the first
woman to head a congrega-
tion.
Reconstructionism,
founded earlier in the cen-
tury by Rabbi Mordecai
Kaplan, a professor at
Jewish Theological Semi-
nary, defines Judaism as a
"civilization," composed of
language, custom and cul-
ture, and not primarily as a
religion.
Rabbi Holtzman, follow-
ing the prevailing thought
of the movement, rejects the
idea that the Torah was di-
vinely revealed and dismis-
ses traditional concepts of
God.
But she says she believes
in a "divine force," and that
she believes her congreg-
ants should have the "op-
tion to choose" traditional
or nontraditional ideas.

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Tel Aviv Reaches Milestone

By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — Hebrew
writer Jacob Hurgin still
remembers the first days of
Tel Aviv, which was
founded 70 years ago.
"I was a small, barefoot
boy running on the hot
sand," Hurgin told us. "We
were living in a suburb on
the frontier of Jaffa when
the news was spread that 52
`crazy men,' headed by
Akiva Weiss, had decided to
build a Jewish city on the
sands, where today the
biggest luxury hotels are
standing."
It was then an audacious
step to leave Jaffa and settle
in the "desert." Parents
were afraid to send their
children because rumors
were spread that Arab chil-
dren were torn by wild be-
asts.
Forty years ago, I
spoke with the late
Mayor Israel Rokach,
whose family was among
the founders and buil-
ders of Tel Aviv. Rokach
proposed that I visit the
institutions which the Tel
Aviv municipality had
built for immigrants from
Poland, and publish arti-
cles in Yiddish newspap-
ers in Poland in order to
encourage immigration
to Tel Aviv."
He dreamt about Tel Aviv
turning in to a world re-
knowned modern sea resort.
He intended to build a broad
beach, modern hotels, rec-
reation centers, swimming
pools, etc.
Some owners of houses on
the beach protested against
the plan. The Mandatory
Government and the
Municipal Council sup-
ported the plan. Its execu-
tion would create massive
employment.

Israel Town
Gets 2 Buffalo
From Sister City

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
After six months delay due
to snow storms, air line
strikes and the DC-10
groundings, the Israeli
town of Kiryat Gat, a com-
munity of 29,000, will be
presented with two Ameri-
can buffalos this month.
The pair are a gift from
Kiryat Gat's sister city, Buf-
falo, N.Y. They will be air
lifted from Colorado to
Chicago by United Airlines
and then flown via El Al to
Israel.
The buffalos, the first in
the Middle East, will be
housed in the National Bi-
blical Zoo in Jerusalem
where special facilities have
been constructed for their
display and eventual breed-
ing. The animals were
supplied by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
Buffalo and Kiryat Gat
became sister cities in 1974
through the auspices of Sis-
ter Cities International, a
nonprofit organization with
headquarters in Washing-
ton, D.C. which currently
links 675 U.S. cities with
some 900 communities
abroad.

Forty years after its birth,
there were 80,000 Jews in
Tel Aviv. Today, there are
more than 350,000. The
center of Tel Aviv, then, was
situated on Nachmani,
Rothschild Blvd. and Ahad
Haam streets. This was es-
tablished by Polish Jews
coming with the Fourth
Aliya.
Ten years later, the Ger-
mans built the Ben Yehuda
St. and people mo'ced to the
north of the city, to Dizen-
goff, Keren Kayemet
Teines, Gordon, Frishmai.
and Arlozorow streets.
Later, sections like Pin-
tas, Remes, Epstein, Weiz-
man, Jabotinsky, Helsinki
and Bloch streets were
built.
Tel Aviv is today the
cultural center of Israel.
It has the Mann Au-
ditorium, the Habima
Theater, the Kameri The-
ater, municipal museums
and libraries, a soldiers
house and headquarters
for journalists.
Israel's major newspapers
and political parties are
based in Tel Aviv, along
with cultural and educa-
tional centers.

Jewish Detectives
Fired for Religion

NEWARK, N.J. (JTA) —
Former Union County Pro-
secutor Edward McGrath
and Roy Earlman, the pre-
sent chief of detectives, are
charged in federal lawsuits
filed ehre with illegally fir-
ing two investigators be-
cause they are Jewish.
McGrath currently is a
Superior Court judge in
Elizabeth.
The suits, brought by
Robert Goldberg and
Richard Yontef, charge that
both were fired solely be-
cause of their religion. This
contention was supported
by the U.S. Equal Employ-
ment Opportunity Commis-
sion and the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith.

New Chariman of
Moscow Jewry

ELIZABETH, N.J. (JTA)
— Rabbi Pinchas Teitz said
here he has been informed
by the Moscow Jewish
community leadership that
Boris Michaelowitz Gram
was appointed to replace
Yaakov Mikenberg as
chairman of the Moscow
Synagogue.
Gram, 34, is the younger
person ever to serve in that
post, Teitz said. He is also
the first chairman to have
been raised and educated
under the Soviet regime.
Gram studied for two and
one-half years at the Mos-'
cow Yeshiva before getting
his appointment, Teitz said.

Philip Moses Russell,
surgeon's mate to the Sec-
ond Virginia Regiment, also
served the sick and
wounded at Valley Forge,
1777-1778. Illness forced
him to resign in 1780, but
General Washington com-
mended his "faithful atten-
tion to the sick and
wounded."

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