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January 16, 1987 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-16

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A JANUARY FUR CLEARANCE

AT

Sarah Davidson

MALTER FURS

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Continued from Page 24

ization of America when Rabbi
A.M. Hershman was president.
That's when I first met her and
her parents and earned the
privilege of being a guest at her
marriage to Ralph Davidson in
her parents' home. I believe it
was on Virginia Park in De-
troit.
The recollections revive
interest in the pioneering era
of 20th Century Detroit Jewry.
It was the time of the
Wetsmans, Israel Davidsons
(not related to the Ralph
Davidsons), D.W. Simons, the
Ehrlichs and many more, their
mention inviting an
encyclopedic record of this
community's most eminent
personalities.
The very mention of A.M.
Hershman as president and

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Friday, January 16, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

PURELY COMMENTARY

Sarah Wetsman as secretary of
the Detroit Zionist District in-
vites recollections of others of
eminence who shared roles
with Sarah Wetsman David-
son whose passing on Monday
at age 96 gives emphasis to
pioneering as a quality in lead-
ership. Dora and Joseph
Ehrlich were in our ZOA lead-
ership ranks at that time. Is-
rael Davidson, Maurice and
Anna Landau, so many more,
where the activists.

The Davidson gifts to
Hadassah, inspired and shared
by Sarah Wetsman Davidson's
son William Davidson, are
notable.

The name of Sarah Wetsman
Davidson will always be \
treated as a blessing.

Leaders' Criticism
Angers O'Connor

New York (JTA) — John
Cardinal O'Connor was taken
aback and visibly angered
last Sunday by a statement
sharply critical of his conduct
and remarks during his re-
cent visit to Israel and Jor-
dan. The statement, which ex-
pressed disquiet and distress
about some of his remarks,
was signed by the leaders of
53 major American Jewish
groups, including community,
rabbinical, Zionist and fund-
raising organizations.
O'Connor, the Archbishop
of New York, told reporters
after conducting Sunday
Mass at St. Patrick's Cathe-
dral, that he feared the
"fruits" of his trip and his
meetings afterwards at the
Vatican could be "destroyed"
by the response of the Jewish
organizations.
He expressed "deep, deep
disappointment" at the state-
ment. "I hope there is
nothing in that statement
that will make it more dif-
ficult than it has been for me
in trying to support the
Jewish cause," he said.
He described his trip to the
Middle East as the most dif-
ficult he ever made, one that
involved "great personal and
professional risk." He went to
Israel "in good faith," the Car-
dinal said.
The trip was fraught with
controversy and embarrass-
ment. The Cardinal was
forced to cancel appoint-
ments he had made with
Israeli leaders because
Vatican policy which does not
recognize the status of
Jerusalem as Is-ael's capital,
forbade him to meet with
them at their offices in
Jerusalem.
He did meet, however, with
President Chaim Herzog at
the Presidential residence in
Jerusalem and with Vice
Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres at the

latter's home. The Cardinal
apologized profusely during
his trip for any offense he
might have given the Israeli
people and their leaders and
faulted himself for failing to
recognize the ramifications of
the constraints placed upon
his movements by Vatican
policy.
The Jewish leaders said in
their statement that they
were "disquieted and dis-
tressed" by remarks made by
O'Connor sympathetic to the
Palestinians and that they
"found disturbing and pain-
ful" his statement at the Yad
Vashem Holocaust Memorial
in Jerusalem that the Holo-
caust "may be an enormous
gift that Judaism has given
the world."
O'Connor was particularly
stung by the latter criticism.
He said he meant it as "an
enormous compliment to the
Jewish people ... If this is
considered demeaning to the
Holocaust, then it demeans
my entire theology because
mine is a theology of suffer-
ing," he said.
He also said that the com-
passion he expressed when
visiting a Palestinian refugee
camp in Gaza was not meant
as an indictment of Israel. "I
said repeatedly that this was
not to be blamed on israel,"
the Cardinal declared, adding
that the blame rests on the
entire Middle East. Both=,
Arabs and Jews are "involved
and responsible." __/
The Israel government pro-
mptly dissociated itself from
the statement by the Jewish
leaders. Barukh Binah, press
spokesman for the Israel Con-
sulate in New York said that
"It was an American re-
sponse and not an Israeli
response.
The statement acknow-
ledged that the Cardinal has
been an outspoken foe of anti-
Semitism.

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