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February 18, 1983 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-02-18

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Students Reverting
UJA Mission Generates
to Traditional Family Values $2 Million in Pledges

PHOENIX (JTA) —
Though less than half of
American Jewish families
are intact today as a unit,
young Jewish adults are re-
verting back to traditional
family structures, accord-
ing to Jewish sociologist
Yehuda Rosenman.
Rosenman, national di-
rector of the American
Jewish Committee's Jewish
Family Center in New
York, said despite the
alarming breakdown of the
American Jewish family in
the last 15 years, the crisis
is turning around.
Rosenman's team re-
cently interviewed some
1,200 American Jewish col-
lege students at 14 cam-
puses nationwide. "Ninety-
two percent of those inter-
viewed definitely planned
to get married and defi-
nitely planned to have chil-
dren," Rosenman said,
"Many were absolutely op-
posed to having one child."
Rosenman blamed
much of the breakdown
of the Jewish family on
outside influences.
"First, economic, educa-
tion and emotional inde-
pendence and maturity
of women. Second, the
continued diminution of
Jewish law and values on
individual Jews. Third,
the impact of the sexual

revolution, of new values
placing the emphasis on
the individual's happi-
ness, pleasure and ful-
fillment."
But the same influences
are causing a return to
Judaism, Rosenman said.
"After a short odyssey into
the 'me' experience, lots of
kids are finding themselves
feeling empty, alienated,
lonely and purposeless," he
said. Rosenman said Jewish
synagogues and organiza-
tions have to stop molding
their membership and serv-
ices for couples. "We have to
start thinking about
people," he said.
Rosenman's study shows
that unaffiliated young
Jews return to Judaism
through the opportunity for
study and practical experi-
ence with tradition.
"In the past," he said,
"most Jewish institutions
believed the only way to at-
tract young people was
through social activities
. . . parties, dances and
outings." He added: "No
more. We have to start
building substantive educa-
tional programs with origi-
nal texts, where people can
work through their tradi-
tion.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Re-
sponding to a stirring plea
for unity by Israel's Prime
Minister Menahem Begin
at the concluding session, of
the Jan. 31-Feb. 4 United
Jewish Appeal Winter
President's Mission, 150
American Jewish leaders
announced 1983 pledges of
$1,953,800 for the regular
campaign, $450,250 for the
Israel Special Fund and
$374,450 for Project Re-
newal.
The regular campaign
total represents a 26.4 per-
cent increase over commit-
ments from the same donors
for the 1982 campaign.
Begin's call for unity at
the final session projected
an enduring partnership
between the American
Jewish community and Is-






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Editor, The Jewish News:
I would like to clarify a
mistake that appeared in
the article (on the mourning
procedure for ruined or
worn Jewish religious arti-
cles). The article stated that
kriah was required when
the Sefer Torah was burnt
whether or not it was inten-
tional.
The Shulkhan Arukh
(Yoreh Dayeh . . . Chapter
340, paragraph 37) quotes
the Gemara (Moed Katan
page 26A) saying that one
would tear his garment only
if the Sefer Torah was burnt
purposely. If however, there
were an accidental fire
there is no obligation to tear
the garment.
The reason for this is that
the purposeful burning of
the Sefer Torah is consid-
ered to be a Hillul Hashem
(desecration of g-d's name).

Rabbi Feivel Wagner
Young Israel of Greenfield

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rael's people:
"Stand together with us
in the days to come. We are
one. Let us believe in the fu-
ture here in the land of our
forefathers which we have
together made so green and
beautiful. Our dream is that
our children will grown up
with no more killing and the
Jewish people and state of
Israel will go on and on for
all generations to come."

Major Speakers

NEW YORK — Prime
Minister Menahem Begin,
President Yitzhak Navon,
Labor Party leader Shimon
Peres, former UN Ambas-
sador Chaim Herzog and
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