Friday, October 19, 1984
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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unique occasion when both meet
in synagogue life.
There is a phenomenon in
America today which allows the
extolling of members of the corn-
munity, the use of their name for
the sponsoring of dinners and
banquets to raise funds where the
honoree is perhaps, in the tradi-
tional light of Jewish history, not
a worthy person to receive the
honor. I recognize the practical
exigency inherent in this type of
fund raising but merely wish to
point it out along the lines of my
response to your article.
Existing facilities constitute
such a horrendous expediture of
funds that it would be impractical
to close them and start anew.
However, within the synagogue
there is a possibility of fragmen-
tation of the membership in
smaller groups so that their indi-
vidual and group needs could be
met. This could achieve attain-
ment of familiarity, intimacy and
involvement on a much more in-
tense basis than that. which we
have at the present time.
William I. Liberson
28585 Telegraph Rd. Across From Tel Twelve Mall
A number of major Orthodox
Jewish organizations have
leveled rather sharp criticism at
Heritage: Civilization and the
Jews, narrated by Abba Eban
which is currently being aired on
the Pubic Broadcasting System
(Channel 56 in Detroit).
The major thrust of the com-
plaint seems to be that Eban is not
presenting the Torah viewpoint.
He is treating the Jewish people
as just another race or nation; he
speaks of the Torah as just an-
other Bible, among the many that
mankind has produced; and he
fails to highlight the divine power
of God in its pattern of interven-
tion in human affairs.
It is my feeling, however, that
this TV mini-series, as an histori-
cal documentary, is a superb con-
tribution and an excellent rendi-
tion of the historical period that it
seeks to cover.
Eban does a magnificent job of
presenting his point of view of
Jewish history and the role of the
Jew in the history of civilization.
The Cambridge-educated Eban
is not nor ever has been an Or-
thodox Jew. Why does it surprise
his detractors that he does not ex-
press the Orthodox viewpoint?
There is great worth in Heri-
tage. Barely past its midpoint,
this serial will show millions —
Jews and non-Jews alike — that
although the Jews number less
than 2 percent of mankind, they
have contributed far in excess of
their numbers to the civilization
of the entire world — in theology,
in science, in commerce and in-
dustry, in the fields of art and
music and every aspect of human
True, some of Eban's assertions
are strongly worded, yet debata-
ble opinions. And he does make it
appear that the Bible evolved,
that it was the work of hundreds
of men and women, who lived over
a period of centuries, that it was
not the word of God, but rather a
product of the genius of the
Jewish mind. He almost fosters
the impression that man created
God in his image: certainly not an
We cannot expect an Abba
Eban to present Jewish history
from an Orthodox perspective:
But even what he says, God-
foresaken though it may be, is of
inestimable value to the eyes and
ears of the world.
Rabbi Jack Goldman
opening is Sunday
The first exclusively designed
Holocaust Memorial Center in
North America will open to the
public in West Bloomfield on
Sunday. Special opening cere-
monies will begin at noon at the
HMC on the grounds of the Jewish
Michigan Gov. James Blan-
chard will join other political,
religious, business and social
leaders at the ceremonies.
Catholic Archbishop Edmund
Szoka, Episcopal Bishop Coleman
McGehee, Methodist Bishop
Judith Craig and other ecumeni-
cal leaders have been invited to
light the memorial flame inside
the HMC. Confirmation classes
from Detroit Jewish congrega-
tions also will take part.
Benjamin Meed, president of
the American Gathering of
Holocaust Survivors, will be
special guest representing sur-
vivors from across the country.
Hours for the Holocaust Memo-
rial Center are Sunday through
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with
evening hours on Wednesdays
until 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Group tours can be arranged b:,-
calling the HMC office, 661-0840.
The HMC was an unexpected
beneficiary of this year's Brandeis
University book sale. Represent,-
tives of the HMC's library were
allowed to search through 0 -
thousands of books donated to the
sale for volumes dealing with the
Holocaust and related issues.
HMC adviser Michael Kerestesi
said that almost 100 books in
English, Yiddish and Hebrew
were discovered which will be an
important addition to the HMC:s
The HMC continues to look for
any books dealng with the
Holocaust. Yizkor books on pre-
War European Jewish con:
munities are of special interest.
Although English, Yiddish and,
Hebrew texts are preferred, books \I
can be in any language. They caii
be donated to the HMC at 6602
West Maple, West Bloomfield.
LZA seminar set
here next week
Evelyn Noveck, Detroit cool-, -/
dinator of the Labor Zionist Al- ,
liance 1984 Midwest Ideological
Seminar, announces that it will
take place on Oct. 26 - 28 at thd
Best Western Hotel, Three Riv-
ers, Mich., and . at the LZA's-
Habonim Camp Tavor.
Participants in the seminar are: