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March 18, 1983 - Image 60

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-18

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60 Friday, March 18, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Delicacy is to the affec-
tions what grace is to
beauty.
—Degerando

Rabbinical Group Meets in Dallas

NEW YORK — The
strengthening of
Christian-Jewish relations
will be one of the items dis-
cussed by the Rabbinical
Assembly, the interna-
tional body of Conservative
rabbis, at their 83rd annual
convention, April 10-14 in

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Other items on the
agenda include strengthen-
ing the involvement of
laymen in religious life and
nuclear proliferation. The
Rabbinical Assembly repre-
sents 1,200 rabbis in the
U.S. and Canada.

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Readers Forum

Materials submitted to the Readers Forum must be brief. The writer's name will be
withheld from publication upon request. No unsigned letters will be published. Materials
will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

Jewish Idea
Criticism Hit

Editor, The Jewish News:
On March 9, Michael
Brooks, director of the Bnai
Brith Hillel Foundation at
the University of Michigan
presented a speech entitled
"Arab Propaganda On
Michigan Campuses" at
Cong. Bnai Moshe. Outside
Bnai Moshe, representa-
tives of the Jewish Idea
handed out leaflets entitled
"Michael Brooks, Hypoc-
racy and Hillel." The con-
tents of this leaflet warrant
refute.
The beliefs of the Jewish
Idea clash with those of or-
ganized Judaism. Most of
their argument centers
around incidents last No-
vember when the Univer-
sity Activities Committee
(UAC) invited Rabbi Meir
Kahane to speak at U-M.
Brooks and a member of the
Union of Students for Israel
informed the UAC of the
rabbi's radical views and
stated they "didn't object to
Kahane's right to speak, but
thought it was inappropri-
ate of UAC to provide him a
forum."
The Jewish Idea calls this
a "transparent subterfuge"
and goes on to say that
Brooks was not bothered by
inappropriateness but "it
was a deliberate, calcu-
lated, malicious attempt to
prevent another Jew from
having an audience and
forum."
It is easy for members
of the Jewish Idea to sit in
suburban Detroit and
make such claims be-
cause they do not have to
deal with the daily job of
fighting anti-Semitism
and of defending Israel
on campus. At U-M, as at
most colleges in the coun-
try, there is an organiza-
tion called General Union
of Palestinian Students
(GUPS), which is found
on the PLO organiza-
tional chart as part of the
Mass Union and Syndi-
cates arm of the Palestine
National Council.
GUPS is hardly a social or
religious group = their goal
is to detract support away
from Israel and towards the
Arabist cause. A walk
through Wayne State Uni-
versity will emphasize their
mission, as one of their most
recent displays reads
"Blacks, Chicanos, Mus-
lims, Jews: Revolt against
the oppressive Zionist
Entity."
Who is on campus to
counter these anti-peace,
anti-Israel and usually
anti-Jewish attacks? Al-
most everywhere the fight
is led by Bnai Brith Hillel
Foundations and their pro-
Israel, pro-Western democ-
racy coalitions of groups
like the Union of Students
for Israel, American Zionist
Youth Foundation, College
Democrats and Young Re-
publicans. Of course, Hillel
is mainly, and should be, an

organization to embrace all
Jewish students but it has
other roles too.
The Jewish Idea says that
"Hillels are staffed with, at
best, well-meaning and in-
effective Jews. At worst,
they are staffed with pro-
assimilationist Jews who
undermine Jewish pride,
and/or who brook no opposi-
tion to their views."
They ask "where is the
Jewish leadership who
gives Jewish students a
reason to remain Jewish,
and gives them pride?"
These leaders are to be
found at Hillel and those
who say they are not should
look again.

Mark Prussian

* * *

Aguda Conflict
Is Re-Opened

Editor, The Jewish News:
Regarding the letter of
Rabbi Menahem Lubinsky,
it takes great courage' to
write that there is harmony
in Agudat Yisrael.
I have no intention to de-
scribe in my response all the
conflicts and differences of
opinion in the Aguda. I wish
only to point out that when
the Rabbi of Gur and his
partisans held a protest
meeting in Jerusalem on
the question "Who is a
Jew?," two Knesset De-
puties of the Aguda, Rabbi
Shlomo Lorincz and Rabbi
Menahem Porush, boycot-
ted the meeting on orders of
their leader, Eliezer Shach,
head of the Lithuanian
Hasidim, who called on all
his partisans to boycott this

meeting.
If there is such har-
mony in the Aguda, as
Rabbi Lubinsky main-
tains in his letter, I would
like to ask why the
Lithuanian Hasidim,
Rabbi Shach and the
Knesset members of
Aguda do not agree to a
merger with Poale
Agudat Yisrael for the
next Knesset elections
and the leaders of Poale
Agudat Yisrael negotiate
with the leaders of the
National Religious Party
to form a united block for
these elections.
It would take much space
to describe the differences of
opinion and conflicts among
the four Knesset members
of the Aguda.

Moshe Ron

* * *

Tel Aviv

Meltzer Family
History Asked

Editor, The Jewish News:
I am doing a family his-
tory on the Meltzer family
and learned recently that
my grandfather's brother
settled in Detroit upon his
arrival from Augustov, Po-
land.
He may have come from
Suvalki, Poland. I do not
know his first name, but he
had a son, and a daughter
named Rose. Rose Meltzer
became Rose Goodstein and
had four children.
If anyone has any infor-
mation, please write to me.

Mrs. Henry Susswein

139 W. Farrell A-8
Trenton, N.J. 08618

Temple Begins Registration
for Fall Nursery Schedule

Registration is now open
for the 1983-1984 school
year for all Temple Israel
pre-school programs.
This year's programs will
include: three-day morning,
five-day morning, three-day
afternoon and five-day af-
ternoon nursery school
classes for children age 2 1/2
to 5. School hours will be
from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and
12:45 to 3:15 p.m. A "Lunch
Program" is offered for
those who desire extended
hours.
The "Kid-bits Program"
on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
will offer woodWorking, sci-
ence, "R" is for Rozie, "Our
Dancing Feet," the "Rita
Show," arts and crafts, cook-
ing and ' "Something . Ter-
rific!"
"Mother-Toddler"
classes (children - 18-36
months) will be available
along with a new class
called, "First Step."
Mothers and their two-
year-old toddlers will
meet with their teacher
one morning a week for
the first semester. During
the second semester,
children will remain with
their teacher and group
while the mothers attend

parenting classes at the
temple.
For an appointment, call
the nursery school office,
661-5700.

Jewish Law
Students Form
National Unit

Representatives of the
University of Michigan Law
School aided in the forma-
tion of the National Organ-
ization of Jewish Law Stu-
dent Associations at a meet-
ing March 6 at Harvard
University.
Rick Berenson of Harvard
and Eve Lerman of U-M will
co-chair the national organ-
ization. Other U-M dele-
gates at the founding meet-
ing were Howard Cohen and
Alan Maclin.
The group seeks to de-
velop Jewish law student
organizations, involve
Jewish law students in
the political process and
work for the protection of
the civil rights -of Jews.
The U-M group has spon-
sored several lectures and
social events on campus and
is seeking funding through
the Law School Student Se-
nate and private sources.

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