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September 07, 1984 - Image 55

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-09-07

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

55

Friday, September 7, 1984

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BAUME & MERCIER

GENEVE

UAHC-published work for kids
points to synagogue symbolism

O

Aimed A.t inspiring young
readers with the history and sym-
bolism of the synagogue, a large-
sized paperback published by the
Union of American Hebrew Con-
gregations emerges as a fascinat-
ing compilation suitable for all
ages.
Inside the Synagogue, compiled
by Joan G. Sugarman and Grace
R. Freeman, takes into account
the origin of the synagogue with
descriptive historical data on how
the house of worship began, con-
tinuing with the definitive on the
synagogue today, its symbolisms,

Novel set
in pre-war
Vienna

)—cc.1- ■

The Forever Street (Doubleday),
is a rich, memorable novel set in
Vienna covering the years 1873
until the coming of the Nazis in
1938.
The novel opens with the arri-
val of a young, illiterate Jewish
blacksmith named Berek
Spiegelglass to "Turk Place," an
enclave of six houses in 19th Cen-
tury Vienna. Buried beneath one
of the houses is a brick from the
Wailing Wall in Jerusalem which
had been brought back to Vienna
200 years earlier by a Turkish
military officer as a good luck
chatm. It is that brick which be-
comes the cornerstone of
Spiegelglass' invulnerable belief,
guiding him and his family
through a Vienna turning in-
creasingly hostile toward Jews
and their faith.
Based largely on the story of
Morton's own family, The Forever
Street follows in the footsteps of
the author's previous bestsellers,
The Rothschilds and A Nervous
Splendor, both of which were
nominated for the American Book
Award.

Book melds
inquisition era
with 1980s

Author William Darrid has
managed to merge the era of the
Spanish Inquisition and the Mar-
ranos (secret Jews) with 20th
Century America in his latest
novel, Solomon Moon (Villard
Books).
Darrid's protagonist, Solomon
Moon, has just purchased a rustic
farmhouse in Vermont so that he
and his family can escape the hec-
tic life of a Hollywood studio
executive. The family's peaceful
retreat to New England is up-
staged by one Riordan Flynn.
Moon's growing belief in Judaism
marks him as an unwitting target
for Flynn, a religious madman
who believes he is God's emissary,
and who fingers Solomon Moon as
a secret Jew.
Darrid, a former actor, has
written a number of screenplays
and produced several Broadway
shows. He is the former head of
the New York story department of
Universal Studios.

the services conducted, the com-
munal links with it.
Photographs in this exciting
work for youth, by Roland Mass
and others, add superbly to a
commendable literary achieve-
ment.
While the volume is primarily
intended for young readers, it has
a great appeal for all ages.
Thoroughly informative, based on
studious research, Inside the Syn-
agogue could be termed a textbook
on the subject for all ages.
The American scene is included
in the total scene, with emphasis
on the oldest Jewish house of wor-
ship in this country, the Touro
Synagogue.
Symbolically descriptive, In-
side the Synagogue defines the
Ark, the parashat and their im-
portance in Torah readings. The
definition on "What is the Torah"
adds to the values indicated.
Readers will be enchanted by
the explanation of how "The Sofer
Writes the Torah."
Authorship of the introduction
by Rabbi Daniel B. Syme, son of
Rabbi and Mrs. Robert Syme of
Temple Israel, calls attention to
the guidance the former Detroiter
of education of the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions, points to the former De-
troiter, son of Rabbi and Mrs. M.
Robert Syme of Temple Israel,
calls attention to the guidance the
former Detroiter gives to the pub-
lication of important works for
young readers by the UAHC.
— P.S.

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Soviets seek
to build case
against refusenik

New York (JTA) — Soviet
authorities are seeking to build a
case against Moscow refusenik
and Hebrew teacher Aleksandr
Kholmiansky, the Greater New
York Conference on Soviet Jewry
reported last week. Kholmiansky,
arrested last month for a minor
infraction of Soviet law, punisha-
ble only by a fine, is being de-
tained while the KGB attempts to
gather evidence to justify a major
criminal charge, according to the
New York organization.
The KGB campaign has already
involved several Odessa re-
fuseniks in the search for evi-
dence against Kholmiansky, the
conference reported. These re-
fuseniks have been instructed to
supply written testimony claim-
ing that Kholmiansky distributed
Jewish articles and teaching
materials during a number of vis-
its to Odessa. The conference also
reported that there have been
searches at five Moscow apart-
ments in connection with the
Kholmiansky case within the last
two weeks.
Meanwhile, Soviet anti-
Semitism and the decreasing
emigration of Soviet Jews will be
the major topics on the agenda at
the annual meeting of the Union
of Councils for Soviet Jews in
Washington next week.

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