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June 27, 1980 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-06-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

26 Friday, June 21, 1980

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ROME (JTA) — Dreamt"
up. by Rome's Jewish Cul-
tural Center four years ago,
the "Ghetto Festival" suc-
cessfully went through its
third edition June 15. The
"meeting at the Portico
d'Ottavia" as it is officially
called, drew thousands of
Roman Jews, and other Ita-
lians plus tourists into the
Via Portico d'Ottavia and
the three or four side streets
surrounding Rome's main
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years.
This year the program
was rich with features
grounded in an historial
awareness of the Rome
Jewish community. An ex-
hibition reconstructing the
story of the five "scale"
("shuls") of various Jewish
ethnic origins that were
once housed where the main
synagogue, currently under
repair, now stands was put
together on the basis of
photographs and layouts
that were gathering dust in
the city's archives.
The opening, in the
basement of the
synagogUe, the area of
the "Spanish Temple,"
was attended by Italian
notables, the chief rabbi
and head of the Rome
Jewish community and
the Ambassador of Israel
in Rome.
Another highlight, truly
unique both as a tradition
and as a "happening" was
the sign-off of the day: the
"Mishmara."
Dating back to the custom
in Biblical times of gather-
ing at the table with food,
wine, prayers and songs the
night before a circumcision
was to-take place, the "Mis-
hmara" in Rome was ex-
tended around the 16th
Century, to include all-
night joyous vigils before
other main events in Jewish
life such as weddings.

New Therapy Discussed
at AJCommittee Seminar

By ROBERT POLNER

NEW YORK (JTA)
Ethnotherapy — not a cul-
tish mind control technique,
but a new form of group
therapy under study by
California psychologist
Judith Klein which relates
ethnicity to emotional sta-
bility — was the subject of a
recent American Jewish
Committee panel discussion
here.
Ms. Klein, who got the .
idea for her study from par-
ticipating in black-white
encounter groups in the
1960s, told over 100 persons
that problems of Jewish
identity and self-esteem are
far-reaching in this coun-
try. Her therapy has al-
ready helped some Jews
who participated in her re-
search identify their hang-
ups and sometimes allevi-
ate them, she said.
— The multi-ethnic panel of
four served as an introduc-
tion to Ms. Klein's just-
completed study "Jewish
Identity and Self-Esteem:
Healing Through
Ethnotherapy."
In her research Ms.
Klein led several group
ethnotherapy sessions
for 32 hours over an
eight-week period and
later followed up with in-
dividual interviews. The
subjects were asked to
discuss a variety of
Jewish issues, and many
identified anxieties about
everything from sexual
The end of man is action, relations with non-Jews
and not thoUght, though it and abstract notions of
historical figures, to
be of the noblest.
negative images of
Jewish looks.
"What was conceived of as
WASP looks was more val-
ued than what was con-
ceived of as Jewish looks,"
Ms. Klein said of the "ambi-
valent identifiers" — those
who attributed their most
valued and despised traits
to Jewishness but never re-
AND ENGLISH
solved the conflict.
Joseph Giordano, a
panelist who heads the AJ-

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Committee's mental health
center, priased Ms. Klein's
study and said the best kind
of ethnotherapy may go on
in the family. Society pre-
sents a conflict for Italian-
Americans, he said, because
while Roman Catholic tra-
dition emphasizes personal
care for the elderly, Ameri-
can culture stresses youth,
financial success and get-
ting old people out of the
way by sending them to
nursing homes.
The other speakers were
Harvard professor of psy-
chiatry Alvin Poussaint and
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, di-
rector of the National
Jewish Resource Center.
Poussaint said he saw a
definite need for Klein's
study because he "has never
had a black patient or a
Jewish patient" that has not
in some way related prob-
lems to his ethnic back-
ground. Greenberg added
that Klein "has shown us
there is room and hope for
improvement" in building
Jewish pride and identity.

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CAIRO (ZINS) — Egyp-
tian President Anwar Sadat
told the Israeli newspaper
Al-Hamishmar that he
sought the advice of Au-
stria's Bruno Kreisky and
President
Romania's
Ceaucescu before accepting
Menahem Begin's 1977 in-
vitation to visit Israel and
start the Middle East peace
initiative.
Sadat denied that Begin's
election triumph was the
prime consideration. "I
would have begun the peace
process with Shimon Pe
or Golda Meir, or even
former Premier Mos
Sharett," Sadat said.

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Hispanic-Jewish
Dialogue Goal
of ADL Quarterly

NEW YORK — The sec-
ond edition of a new quar-
terly bulletin for the
Hispanic-American coni-
munity has been issued by
the Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith.
The objective of the quar-
terly, which is printed in
Spanish, is to open a
dialogue between the
Jewish and Hispanic com-
munities on problems and
programs of common con-
cern, an ADL official said.

Woman to Lead
NY Federation

NEW YORK (JTA) ---
Mrs. Laurence A. Tisch is
the first woman to be
elected president of the
Federation of Jewish
Philanthropies in the
organization's 62-year his-
tory. She will take over the
presidency on July 1, suc-
ceeding Harry R. Mancher.

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