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July 03, 1981 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Bar-Ilan's Department of Sociology
Conducting Anthropological Studies

RAMAT-GAN — The
maintenance of extremist
Orthodox religious com-
munities is considered one
of the unique modern-day
sociological phenomena. In
spite of the pressures of the
contemporary life of their
urban neighbors, the
black-frocked Hasidic Or-
thodox communities of
Jerusalem, Bnei Brak,
Williamsburg and Boro
Park (Brooklyn), Monsey
(New York) and Antwerp
are cited as classic examples
r----mf independent sects exer-
ising social control to
maintain their unchanging
identities by the Depart-
ment of Sociology and An-
thropology of Bar-Ilan Uni-
versity.
Israel's only religious-
oriented university is con-
ducting study projects in
various sociological aspects

of organized Jewish life considerable free time
which it believes will pro- for wives in this ultra-
vide vital historical input Orthodox community
and guidance on behalf of who marry young with,
Jewish survival and growth children grown and out
in Israel and the Diaspora.
of the house at an earlier
In one of these, Dr. age than most Israeli
Menahem Friedman, women.
department head, is re-
The successful social con-
searching public wall post- trol mechanism of Hasidim,
ers in ultra-religious quar- believed to exceed 200,000
ters, which provide unusual persons worldwide, is sup-
insight into the sociological ported by a total ban on
developments of this tight mass communications
grouping which flourishes media, plus isolating focus
in the midst of contempor- on independent education
ary pluralistic societies networks, its own children's
which have fragmented books, social life, housing,
other closed religious/ the Yiddish language, and
ethnic groups.
even business and work
Among hundreds of which
involve other mem-
photographs of outdoor bers of the grouping to the
postings, he has un- international level.
covered a new emphasis
The study of tombstones
on cultural and in Israeli cemeteries is an-
entertainment activities other important an-
for women, illustrating thropological project of
Bar-Ilan. Hundreds of
photographs have been
taken in cemeteries
throughout the country to
illustrate historical trends
among Jews of various
periods in the Holy Land.
The deceased's lineage,
learning and support of
Torah are referred to in
cemeteries in religious
areas, while work, defense
and pioneering are noted on
headstones in the country's
veteran kibutz cemeteries.
The Bar-Ilan Department
of Sociology is reaching sev-
for appointment
eral important conclusions

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Friday, July 3, 1981 11

Peace Attitudes

involving
various
phenomena in Jewish life in
Israel. The many highly-
regarded yeshiva high
schools, a relatively new
educational factor, is proj-
ecting thousands of in-
volved modern religious
graduates into Israel's polit-
ical, social and cultural life.
The growth of the religious
kibutzim is also being re-
searched.
Another project, a study
of Jewish immigration from
North Africa and Babylon
(Iraq), has uncovered the
almost unnoticed
emergence of a distinctive
new non-rabbinical
Sephardic leadership in Is-
rael.
Bar-Ilan is planning to
exhibit these findings, in
films, pictures, books and
artifacts. It is interested in
receiving photographic and
other evidence of Jewish
history and current cus-
toms, as a contribution
toward defining the sociol-
ogy of the Jewish people and
helping it maintain its tra-
ditions.
All materials should be
directed to the Department
of Sociology and Anthropol-
ogy, Bar-Ilan University,
Ramat-Gan, Israel 52100.

NCYI President

NEW YORK — Harold
M. Jacobs has been elected
president of the National
Council of Young Israel.

JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
Israelis have not changed
their views in two years on
chances for peace with the
Arabs. According to a recent
poll, 39.7 do not believe
peace can be achieved with
all the Arab countries, 32.1
percent believe it is possi-
ble, 19 percent said "per-
haps," and the rest were un-
decided.

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