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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 15th day of Iyar, 5742, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 21:1-24:23. Prophetical portion, Ezekiel 44:15-31.
Tuesday, Lag b'Omer
Candlelighting, Friday, May 7, 8:19 p.m.
VOL. LXXXI, No. 10
Friday, May 7, 1982
THIS COMMUNITY ACTS
THE REPLY TO THE BIGOTS
As of last night, Thursday, May 6, 1982, the
Greater Detroit Jewish community has joined
in registering a reply to the bigots who would
In anticipation of the conclusion of the cur-
rent Allied Jewish Campaign, it is anticipated
that gifts to the great Campaign will exceed last
year's. Leadership anticipates that a substan-
tial increase will again be on the record and that
this community does not falter in time of need.
This is a matter to be recorded with pride and
dignity: that in spite of the economic pressures,
of the mounting difficulties, Metropolitan De-
troit Jewry adheres to its obligations.
Because the major portion of Allied Jewish
Campaign income is allocated for the social and
cultural needs in Israel, the results of a fund-
raising task are more heartening than ever.
The current Campaign must be judged as a
communal response to the genocidal aims of
Here are two of the most representative
statements by Israel's enernies:
"There is no doubt that the day will come
when Israel will be finally liquidated . . . The
day will come when Israel will be paralyzed and
nobody will be able to help it, not even by giving
it nuclear weapons." — Saudi Crown Prince
Fand in an address at Dhahran Institute for
Technical Studies, cited by the Saudi daily Al-
Jazira, Jan. 8, 1982.
"Israel's existence conflicts with the presence
of the Arab nation. Either we stay or Israel
stays . . We do not recognize the existence of
anything called Israel. We do not recognize the
occupation of any part of the Arab homeland."
— Col. Muammar Qaddafi in an address to
Libya's Congress, broadcast Jan. 5, 1982 by
The reply to these threats to Israel's existence
became apparent last night. Detroit Jewry has
spoken, and American Jewry will surely echo
the declared attitude of a united Jewry that acts
only on. the basis of a will to live and to protect
fellow Jews wherever they may be. Now they
are especially in Israel, and no one dare say that
Israel ever will vanish.
The action by Detroit Jewry registered in the
current fulfilled obligations sheds glory on a
people that will not be divided either by hatred
from the outside or divisiveness internally. The
latter danger is obviated by what this commu-
nity is accomplishing. What has been attained
is a great tribute to a dedicated community, to
devoted leadership, to gtlf-respect and dignity
in Jewish ranks.
To the co-chairmen of the Campaign, Jay
Kogan and Joel Tauber, and their army of asso-
ciates go forth merited recognition for a task
HIS TO RIC YEA_R S
Cong. Shaarey Zedek's 120th anniversary is
truly an occasion for celebration by the entire
community. While this Conservative
synagogue is a decade younger than the Reform
Temple Beth El, it is in a sharing sense also the
oldest Jewish house of worship here because its
beginning was the same as Beth El's whence it
sprung in a decision to retain the traditional
tenents in religious observances.
In another sense, the synagogue has an aspect
of national importance because it was a leader
under the then Rabbi Abraham M. Hershman
in the founding of the United Synagogue of
America and the strengthening of the Conser-
vative movement in this country.
On another scale, it rose high in the respect it
attained from the Jewish ,community of
America in the leadership it provided for the
Zionist movement. At one point Shaarey Zedek
became a unit in Zionism, with unanimity for
enrollment in Zionist Organization of America
From Shaarey Zedek ranks have developed
national, state and local leaders. The
synagogue's name always elicited interest and
respect wherever it was uttered.
Primarily, Shaarey Zedek earns a high-
ranking place in Jewish ranks for the dignity its
services assure, for the efforts to enroll the
youth and provide for them a place for service to
Jewry, the nation and mankind, and therefore
also for leadership.
It is appropriate that the occasion of the 120th
anniversary of Shaarey Zedek should have been
chosen by the Jewish Theological Seminary of
America to award Rabbi Irwin Groner an hon-
orary- doctorate. Like his predecessors, Rabbis
Hershman and Adler, Rabbi Groner adheres to
the high ideals which make the synagogue a
tower for devotion and dignity in Jewish life.
The entire community surely will share in the
joys provided by the importance of the events
observed at Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
The New York Overseas Press Club and the
Detroit-Windsor International-Freedom Festi-
val Committee have added their tributes to
The inerasable worldwide recognition ac-
corded one of the most courageous humanists of
World War II keeps increasing. Already
accorded the great honor of being given honor-
ary American citizenship — an honor given
only once before, to Winston Churchill — Wal-
lenberg, the rescuer of more than 60,000 Hun-
garian Jews from certain death in the Nazi cre-
matoria revives anew the proposal that he be
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
His notable record for lifesaving already
grants him the most distinguished honors that
can be accorded an individual. His name is per-
manently recorded in human history and it
serves among the most effective instruments
exposing the Nazi crime and emphasizing the
"Never Again" slogan.
Jewish Publication Society
`Art From the Camps'
Symbolizes Will to Live
Kibutz Lohamei Haghetaot has become a symbol for respect for
the survivors of the Nazi terror. As the Ghetto Fighters Kibutz in the
Galilee, it perpetuates a sacred memory. It pays honor to those who
have shown the spirit of survivalism against the grimmest of odds.
It is also the cultural counterpart of that spirit. Therefore the
Ghetto Fighters Museum centered in that kibutz mobilizes senti-
ments in support of the Never Again declaration which defies threats
to the Jewish people.
It is appropriate that the art of the geniuses who depicted the
horrors should be housed in that museum. The volume "Spiritual
Resistance: Art From Concentration Camps, 1940-1945" (Jewish
Publication Society of America) serves as the spiritual appeal for
remembrance, for zikaron, for dignity in treating the labors of those
who painted and drew on whatever paper was available to depict the
realism of the terrible experience.
Therefore it merits more than one review, many comments, the
multiple interpretations inspired by the labors of those who were
gathered for destruction, as well as those who survived the horrors.
It is to the credit of the curator of the Ghetto Fighters Museum,
Miriam Novitch, that the 85 black and white and 26 color art works
should serve as a medium of 'her own tribute to the artists in this
immense JPS work. Miss Novitch, herself a survivor, identifies the
artists, shares with them their experiences, defines the objectives of
"Spiritual Resistance: Art From Concentration Camps."
One of three important articles in this book is by Halina
Olomucki, one of the artists who now lives in the Holon suburb of Tel
Aviv. Her essay is in itself a testimonial to the survivors, and as part
of her declaration describing her work she stated:
"While I was in the Auschwitz-Birkenau someone told me, 'If you
live to leave this hell, make your drawings and tell the world about us.
We want to remain among the living, at least on paper.'
"I promised them, for I understood the great need that all their
suffering and theirdeath should not be permitted to vanish, that their
sacrifice should not be lost before the conscience of the world. And this
need to document became an extraordinary force that carried me to
survival. It became the foundation of my will power. My sole purpose
in life was to live so I would be able to testify before the world about
the most terrible of all atrocities and the courage of all the inmates of
It is this emphasis on the will to live that is additionally described
in two other essays in this volume.
Tom Feudenheim, director of the museum program of the /v
tional Endowment ar the Arts, wrote a moving commentary on "
From the Concentration Camps."
Lucy Dawidowicz, a noted historian of the period of horror,
authored the article "The Holocaust Landscape." The various areas of
torment are listed and the horrors perpetrated there depicted in her
essay. Her identification of the victimized artists is a touching por-
traiture. She comments:
"Besides the landscape of the Holocaust, its exteriors and inter-
iors, its cruelty and suffering, the artists bequeathed to us also a
legacy of portraiture. Here are faces of notables and of the humble, of
the old and of children, of young people cut down in their springtide."
Such is the compelling effect of this documentary in art. It is
unforgettable and memorable. While it distresses and agonizes, it
lends power to the spirit of resistance, the undying Jewish will to live,
to remember, to stamp with realism the determined identification of
Jews, no matter how dangerous the road to life.