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January 04, 1980 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-01-04

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THe bEIROIT 'JEWISH' NEWS''

22 Friiity, bag* 4, 1980

RALPH
Y_AIWRON'S
Orchestra

Ernest Bloch Centennial Planned

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Ernest Bloch, the world-
famous composer, much of
whose music bore the dis-
tinct mark of his Jewish
heritage.
Bloch, a Swiss-American
who was born in 1880 and
died in 1959, was perhaps
best known for his
-"Schelomo," a Hebrew
Rhapsody for Violoncello
and Orchestra, and the "Is-
rael Symphony." Both
works were composed in
1916 and are frequently
performed by major orches-
tras throughout the world.
In commemoration of the
centennial of Bloch's birth,
the foundation is seeking to
have Bloch's music played
by major artists and musi-
cal organizations in this
country and abroad.
Among those who have
expressed interest in
joining the commission,
according to "Jewish
Cultural News," are
David Amram, Aaron
Copland, Morton Gould,
Eugene Istomin, Zubin
Mehta, Peter Mennin,
Rudolf Serkin and Isaac
Stern.
Bloch's music, according
to the critic David Ewen,
was a conscious attempt to
uplift man, to reveal to him
new conceptions of beauty
and truth.
Around 1915, Ewen
wrote, Bloch became im-
bued with the ideal to create
a Hebrew music that would
give expression to his heri-
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ERNEST BLOCH
"Racial consciousness is
absolutely necessary in
music, even though
nationalism is not," Bloch
announced as his esthetic
creed. "I am a Jew. I aspire
to write Jewish music not
for the sake of self-
advertisement, but because
it is the only way in which I
can produce music of vital-
ity — if I can do such a thing
at all."
At another time, in ex-
plaining his Jewish
music, Bloch wrote: "It is
not my purpose or my de-
sire to attempt a 'recon-
struction' of Jewish
music, or to base my
work on melodies more
or less authentic. I am not
an archeologist. I hold
that it is of first impor-
tance to write good, au-
thentic music — my own
music.
"It is the Jewish soul
that interests me, the com-
plex, glowing, agitated'soul
that I feel vibrating
throughout the Bible . . . the
freshness and naivete of the
Patriarchs, the violence of
the prophetic books; the
Jew's savage love of justice;
the despair of the
ecclesiastes; the sorrow and
the immensity of the Book
of Job; the sensuality of the
Song of Songs.
"All this is in us, all this is
in me, and it is the better
part of me. It is all this that I
endoavor to hear in myself,
and to translate into my
music; the sacred emotions
of the race that slumber far
down in our soul."
With such works as the
"Two Psalms" (137 and 114)
for soprano and orchestra,
"Trois Poemes juifs" for or-
chestra, composed in mem-
ory of his father, and "Psalm
22" for baritone and or-
chestra, Bloch associated
himself decisively with his
Jewish heritage.

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POTOMAC, Md. (JTA) —
The John F. Kennedy Lodge
of Bnai Brith will honor
President Anwar Sadat of
Egypt and Premier
Menahem Begin of Israel "
for their efforts to bring
peace to the Middle East.'
The ceremony will take
place Tuesday at Ohr
Kodesh Congregation in
Chevy Chase, Md.

Fe deration Support Asked
for
Ed. Programs
Pro a ms
or Special
p

NEW YORK — An
This need can be met in
authority on special educa- part by today's minimally
tion has called for increased handicapped students
federation support of pro- who, he says, have the
grams in Jewish schools for potential to "become con-
the learning disabled, dec- tributing members to
laring that three out of four UJA and Federation as
such children "will be able adults."
to return the investment
The issue of The
made in them by the Jewish Pedagogic Reporter in
community."
which Dr. Rackman's arti-
Dr. Bennett M. Rackman, cle appears is devoted
a teacher trainer for the entirely to Jewish special
New York City Board of education. It includes com-
Education's Division of Spe- panion articles on Toronto's
cial Education, bases his Kadima and Ezra schools,
projection on the fact that pioneers in the education of
"at least 75 percent of the the mentally retarded;
special education popula- Washington's Sh'ma V'Ezer
tion about whom Jewish project for the hearing im-
educators are concerned" is paired; and the role of the
comprised of children who parent in special education.
are "minimally handi-
capped."
Kosher Food Bill
Writing in the current
issue of The Pedagogic Re- at Hospital Hit
porter, professional journal
NEW YORK (JTA) —
of the American Association The National Council of
for Jewish Education, Dr. Young Israel, an associa-
Rackman says "the Ameri- tion of Orthodox
can Jewish community of synagogues, has issued a
the 21st Century" will have statement criticizing the
as great a need for "commit- University Hospital of the
ted followers" as it will have New York University Medi-
for leaders.
cal Center for its "dis-
criminatory" practice of bil-
Congress Urges
ling patients for kosher
food.
Nudel Release
Nathaniel Saperstein,
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Young Israel president, said
Both Houses of Congress, "kosher food is an inalien-
before adjourning for the able right of all observant
year-end recess, adopted a Jews," adding that "the
resolution without dissent
practice of billing the
urging the Soviet govern- patient" at New York Hos-
ment to allow Ida Nudel, the pital "a sur-charge for this
only Jewish woman pris- food is unconscionable."
oner of conscience, to be re-
united with her family in Is- Israeli-Egypt
rael.
The resolution, which had Team Lays Out
31 co-sponsors in the Se- Demarcation
nate, led by Sens. Harrison
TEL AVIA (JTA) — A
Williams (D-N.J.) and joint Israeli-Egyptian mili-
Charles Percy (R-Ill.) was tary team is laying out the
adopted last week in the Se- new demarcation line be-
nate.
tween El Arish and Ras
The Senate vote com- Mohammed in Sinai.
pleted action on the resolu-
The new line will sepa-
tion which was passed in rate the Egyptians from the
November by the House Israeli-held portions of
where it had 125 co- Sinai for the next 33
sponsors, led by Rep. Ed- months, after which Israel
ward Stack (D-Fla.).
will have completed its
The resolution urges withdrawal from the entire
President Carter "to con- peninsula.
tinue to express at every
The search for the re-
suitable .opportunity and in mains of Israeli soldiers
the strongest terms, the op- missing in action since the
position of the United Yom Kippur War will be re-
States to the exile of Ida sumed.
Nudel to Siberia."

Israel Keeps
Palestinians'
from Meeting

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Arab political leaders in
East Jerusalem were forced
to abandon a Palestinian
Assembly that was to have
convened there last week
because the Military Gov-
ernment prevented West
Bank delegates from
attending.
The organizers, heads of
public institutions in East
Jerusalem, declared the as-
sembly postponed when
their West Bank colleagues
failed to arrive.
The Military Govern-
ment had set up road blocks
around the city and troops
turned back the Arab nota-
bles.

Housing Plan
Action Delayed

JERUSALEM (JTA I —
The Cabinet decided to
defer action on a proposal to
build 6,000 new housing un-
its, the majority of them on
the West Bank, until the fi-
nancial aspects of the proj-
ect are studied by Finance
Minister Yigal Hurwitz's
smaller "economic cabinet."

Public Divided

JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
A recent poll by the Public
Opinion Research Institute
shows that 43.6 percent of
the Israeli population be-
lieve that the autonomy

talks will end successfully.
Some 42.7 percent did not

agree and 13.7 percent had
no opinion.

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