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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-12-24

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The Return to Jewish Roots

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Is Hanuka just a Jewish
form of Christmas? The
religion editor of the United
Press International asked
that question last week. His
interview caused me to re-
flect on the extraordinary
change that has taken place
in the way the majority of
American Jews, especially
third and fourth generation

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long ago when second gen-
eration American Jews --
the sons and daughters of
immigrant parents — were
desperate to assimilate as
100 percent Americans.
Many felt that the religion
and customs of their immig-
rant parents were foreign
and therefore a barrier to
their Americanization.
In their drive to become
assimilated, many Jews of
that transition generation
adopted the attractive sym-
bols of Christmas as a sign
o f 4,their becoming fully
American._ The Christmas
trees they placed in 422.‘:",ir
homes, the presents they
gave their children had lit-
tle to do with the Christian
observance. It was far more
an act of identifying with
the national civil religion of
America.
Today, there has been a
widespread return on the
part of thousands of
young Jews to the roots
of their ancient Jewish
faith. While respecting
the faith of Christians
who observe Christmas
as an authentic holiday,
Jews increasingly ob-
serve Hanuka as a
genuine Jewish festival
in its own terms.
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cabees has become not only
a narrative of national lib-
eration, but an experience
of personal liberation of
modern Jews who have
come to appreciate their
own rich heritage and cul-
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SEYMOUR FABRICK
With such a hard-
magnetic giant behind the working group as the
big 50-year, reunion . . • local chapter of NFIC, it
"Plus or Minus" classes o f is on wonder such won-
1928-1935, Northern High derful advances are
. . . set for May 20 at Michi- being made toward the
gan Inn . . . writes that the cause and cure of in-
committee has had to stop flammatory bowel dis-
taking reservations . . . It is ease.
already completely over-
Carlton Rasmussen is
sold, says Seymour, who has chapter president and Dr.
to come here from Califor- Bernard Schuman, chair-
nia first part of January to man, scientific advisory
try and find some extra board . . . (NFIC address is
i-cQin at the Michigan Inn.
17000 W. Eight Mile,
Sixty peoP i l f: are coming Southfield 48075, in case
from California, arit,t2?-e_r you want to give a very
large group from Florida, I ► elpful donation gift for the
or other-
,
and besides those here, folks holiday -,,,ason
,
are coming from around the wise.)
country for the big event.
BELATED CON-
Seymour's comment of GRATS . to Linda and
two years ago not to make it Howard Nudell . . . on their
another weekender if they 15th anniversary.
ever have another affair
GLEN JANKEN, ac-
seems out the window .. . countant with the architec-
When Seymour does some- tural firm of William Kes-
thing, he does it BIG . . . or sler and Associates, tells of
not at all.
a senior architect at the
Friday, May 20, will be company, a happy, friendly
a meet-and-greet cocktail back-slapping Italian gent
party in the St. Clair who likes to use ethnic ex-
Room 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pressions with his business
p.m. ... with everyone associates and acquain-
the guests of Seymour tances . . . Knowing he
and wife Ruthe . . . At 7:30 would be seeing some
p.m. it's the Grand Bal- Jewish friends during the
lroom for dinner and holiday season, Glen at-
entertainment ... plus tempted to add to his Yid-
music for dancing by ex- dish vocabulary (which was
alumni Frankie Paul and "Shalom") by teaching him
orchestra til 11:30 p.m.. . . the holiday greeting Glen's
Then til 1:30 a.m. it's back family always used, "Good
to the St. Clair Mom for Yom Tov."
coffee, etc.
Surprisingly, he had a lot
On Saturday; May 21, of trouble with the words .. .
Northern High is inviting repeatedly asked Glen how
everyone as its guests for to say them together . . . Fi-
brunch in the new school's nally, Glen's friend came up
dining room . . . Two buses with the mongrel expres-
at Michigan Inn will take sion that would be certain to
folks to Northern High that please everyone, "Good
morning . . . Seymour and Yule Tov."
Ruthe will continue to
CONGRATS . to Scott
entertain in their room with Selik . . . on his 22nd birth-
day.
cocktails, etc. til 5 p.m.
IT'S BECOME AN an-
CONGRATS . . . to Rita
and Jerry Neff . . . on their nual event for the Pitt
25th anniversary . . . Re- families . . . and the Mur-
cent surprise party included ray's Discount Auto Stores
a ceremony with Rabbi Mil- folks again invited all their
ton Rosenbaum marrying in-laws (almost 100) to an-
them all over again under a other gala Thanksgiving
hupa . . . Just as he did a Day feast . . . at Holiday Inn
of Southfield . . . hosted by
quarter century ago.
HISTORIC EVENT Sarah and Iry Pitt, Doris
capped recent fifth annual and Al Pitt, Ina and Murray
presentation by the Michi- Pitt and Jane and Barry
gan Chapter, National Pitt.
NICE FOR A youngster
Foundation for Ileitis and
Colitis . . . at Northland to have two sets of grand-
Theater . . . An almost parents that get along as
capacity crowd saw the well as those of three-year-
world premiere (never old Aaron Lipson, son of
shown anywhere before) of Nancy and Ken Lipson .. .
"Kiss Me Goodbye" with Alex and Honora Lipson
Sally Field, James Caan, and Fran and George Lip-
Jeff Bridges and Glenda shaw recently returned
from two weeks together in
Farrell.
It also honored Dr. Man- Europe.
uel Sklar, one of the local
group's founding physi- Holiday Fears
cians, as Man of the Year.
JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
Instead of an afterglow The World Zionist Organ-
. . . the members did it their ization was told that the
way : . . with a pre-glow .. . threat of anti-Semitism and
Chamber music in the terrorist actions, led many
lobby, wines and cheeses by Jews in Switzerland and
Merchant of Vino . . . and France to refrain from going
delicious pastries to their synagogues on Rosh
homemade by 10 of the Hashana and Yom Kippur
members.
last fall.

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