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January 20, 1984 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-01-20

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Candidates Barely Discuss
Israel, Mideast at Debate

added, "Saudi Arabia is
our ally too and so is
Kuwait and so is Egypt.
And strategic alliances
with Israel cannot pro-
tect America or Israel."
But Sen. Alan Cranston
of California said, "I don't
think you can have an
even-handed policy with
nations that resort to vio-
lence and terrorism, with
The issue was brought up nations that are in a holy
at the end of the first 90- war with Israel and refuse
minute segment which was to accept the right of Israel
largely devoted to nuclear to exist in the Middle East."
weapons and the defense He added "If the Arab na-
budget. The second 90 min- tions drop the holy war con-
utes in which Phil Donahue cept against them (Israel),
moderated questions from then I think we can work
the audience at the New things out."
Hampshire school was
Former Vice President
mainly devoted to domestic Walter Mondale said he has
issues.
long advocated a "strong
and new close strategic
Ted Koppel, who asked cooperation between the
questions during the first 90 United States and Israel."
minutes, brought up the
On Lebanon, Mondale
Mideast with a brief ques- and Sens. Gary Hart of
tion about Lebanon and the Colorado and Ernest Hol-
new strategic relationship lings of South Carolina
between the U.S. and Israel. urged the withdrawal of the
The Rev. Jesse Jackson re- Marines from Lebanon. But
peated his contention that Sen. John Glenn of Ohio
the U.S. cannot seem to be said the Marines should not
an ally of Israel alone in the be withdrawn until they
Middle East.
could be replaced by the
"We have an interest as United Nations Interim
a superpower in all" of Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
the 22 nations of the Mid- which is now in south Leba-
dle East, Jackson said. non.
He said that to give a
"We have an obligation to
support Israel's right to time for the pullout
exist with security within would mean that the Sy-
internationally recog- rians would just "sit and
nized borders." But he wait us out."
Meanwhile, Cranston
vowed that should be be
elected President he would
move the United States
Embassy from Tel Aviv to
BERKLEY THEATRE Jerusalem.

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Israel and the Middle East
were barely mentioned dur-
ing the three-hour debate
between the eight candi-
dates for the Democratic
presidential nomination at
Dartmouth College Sunday
which was nationally tele-
vised over the Public Broad-
casting System.

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ADL Reports
U.S.-Israel
Talks on Africa

NEW YORK — The
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith (ADL) has re-
ported that the United
States and Israel have been
conducting regular consul-
tations on various issues
concerning Africa.
The ADL learned of the
U.S.-Israel talks last month
following a briefing by
Chester A. Crocker, assis-
tant secretary of state for
African affairs. Crocker told
the ADL that the consulta-
tions were "productive" and
were taking place at a "high
level."
The State Department of-
ficial predicted that the
coming year would see other
African nations join Zaire
and Liberia in restoring
formal relations with Israel.
Most black African nations
severed relations with
Jerusalem following the
Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Guides Issued

NEW YORK (JTA) — So-
cial planning by Jewish fed-
erations, the Jewish dis-
abled, and data use systems
in Jewish studies for federa-
tions are the topics of three
new publications published
and available from the
community planning de-
partment of the Council of
Jewish Federations.

Friday, January 20, 1984 45

Odets"Awake and Sing' a Treat

By HEIDI PRESS

Leo Mogill and Shirley
Benyas, the doyen and
doyenne, respectively of
local community theater,
brilliantly showcase their
talents in "Awake and
Sing," the Clifford Odets
classic currently playing at
the Attic Theater. The show
runs through Feb. 11.
What a treat to see these
fine veterans of local
dramatic and Yiddish pre-
sentations appear together
in this American classic de-
picting the struggles, an-
xieties and strong familial
love of a Jewish family
barely making it in
Depression-era America.
Despite the several light
moments scattered
throughout the play, don't
expect a comedy. Yet,
"Awake and Sing" is not sad
either. One has to admire
the overbearing Jewish
mother, Bessie Berger, ex-
pertly portrayed by Mrs.
Benyas. As Bessie's father,
Jacob, not quite attuned to
the freedom and capitalism
of American society, Mogill
convincingly brings to mind
what one learns about the
Jewish immigrants' strug-
gles to adapt to America —
its lifestyle, its way of
thinking and the like.
The embodiment of the
Jewish immigrant to
America is finely por-
trayed by Sam Pollak,
who appears as Sam
Feinschrieber. Pollak
evokes a sympathy for
Feinschrieber, a nearly
new immigrant to
America who is conned
into marrying the
Berger's daughter, Hen-
nie, who has become pre-
gnant out of wedlock by
another man. His accent,
clothes, mannerisms and
general kvetching truly
makes one feel sorry for
the poor soul.
The roles of the Berger
children, Hennie and
Ralph, are skillfully played
by Maureen McDivitt and
Fred Parnes, respectively.
As Hennie, Ms. McDevitt
aptly dramatizes the frus-
tration of the young
woman's situation. Yet, one
who suffers most from the
Depression is Ralph, whose
measly salary goes mainly,
to help support his family,
leaving little for him to pur-
sue his dreams. Parnes ex-
presses well the young
man's rage at no!being able
to better himself and move
up in the world, away from
the family's Bronx tene-
ment.
The characters of Moe
Axelrod, played by Danny
Hicks, and Uncle Morty,
portrayed by Lee Wessof,
add an interesting element
to the story. Here are two
men who have made money
at a time when it is scarce,
but, unfortunately neither
has acquired a modicum of
class to go with their suc-
cess. Axelrod is basically a

Fortune rules in all
things; she raises to emi-
nence or buries to oblivion
from caprice rather than
from principle.
—Sallust

street bum, with a vocab-
ulary to match, but he has a
heart, and his heart is after
Hennie. Uncle Morty has a
heart too, somewhere, but
the big blowhard is much
too concerned with the pur-
suit of the almightly dollar,
rather than the fact that a
few days earlier his elderly
father, Jacob, has jumped
off the roof of his apartment
building. So he's a success
— big deal! If it weren't for
his sister's chopped liver,
he'd propably forget she's
alive. In their depictions,
Hicks and Wessof add an
element of reality while the
others dream of better
things to come.
Hamid Dana is cast as the
ineffectual Myron Berger,
Bessie's husband, and
Robert Rucker is Schlosser,
the building janitor, who by
his very appearance adds a
comedic element.
Despite the frustration
and sadness presented
by the Bergers' misfor-
tunes, one does not leave
the theater sad. Look
closely at the sets — the
seltzer bottle and halla on
the table, the family sea-
ted together. Could one
not be moved by such

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