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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-26

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the Sigma Alpha Mu frater-
nity house in November as
the catalyst for forming the
group. "We realized that
there wasn't an existing
organization to respond to
these events," says Laura
Sankey, a senior. "(With SFA)
we hope to work in a reac-
tionary capacity, to respond to
the public and press when
such incidents arise."
Students said they had not
experienced overt anti-
Semitism, but had en-
countered disconcerting
behavior. "The only pro-
blematic thing I've en-
countered is vague stereotyp-
ing," says Blumenthal. "I've
seen lots of anti-Semitic graf-
fiti," adds Sankey.
SAF will request funding
from B'nai B'rith Hillel and
the Michigan Student
Assembly. It would 30

organizations that are
recognized by Hillel.
Michael Brooks, executive
director, of Hillel, thinks the
group is appropriate. "It's
very important that a student
group focuses on this kind of
issue and have a visible
presence," Brooks says. He
also points out that while
Jews are a minority on the U-
M campus they are not
recognized as such. "At the U-
M, minorities are women or
people of color."
"We're not going to be a pro-
Israel organization," says
Blumenthal. "There are
other groups doing that." But
the group wants to network
with black organizations, see-
ing it as an opportunity to
restablish some bridges that
have been broken.
SAF will meet again Jan.
31. LI

Joseph Campbell Works
Focus Of Wine Lecture


Features Editor

oseph Campbell has
been called a guru for
the 20th century. He is
the man who encourages
followers to abandon the
Judeo-Christian heritage
and "find your bliss."
However, a new side of
Joseph Campbell seemed to
emerge in a recent article in
The New York Review of
Books: fellow intellectual
Brendon Gill charged the
modern-day guru was an an-
At a forum this week at
the Birmingham Temple,
Rabbi Sherwin Wine


Speaking at Sarah
Lawrence College
in 1941, Campbell
urged his students
"not to get caught
up in war hysteria."

discussed Campbell's alleg-
ed anti-Semitism, along with
Campbell's views on the idea
of myth.
An author and professor at
Sarah Lawrence College in
New York, the late Joseph
Campbell became a popular
figure following his series of
PBS interviews with jour-
nalist Bill Moyers in 1988.
Campbell, author of The
Masks of God and The Hero
with a Thousand Faces, cited
> two styles of mythology:
Hebrew and pre-Hebraic.
"Many people see the begin-
nings of his anti-Semitism
here," Rabbi Wine said.

Pre-Hebraic mythology is
characterized by a
multiplicity of gods with
many names; they were sen-
sual figures who often
visited earth. Hebrew
mythology is monotheistic,
with a God who has only one
name, is non-sexual and "is
so powerful, grand and great
that he never comes down to
earth," Rabbi Wine said.
Campbell said these myths
came under attack for many
reasons, among them the
rise of individualism. "Men
began to claim they had
minds of their own" and
challenged the authority of
religious leaders who used
myths to portray stories as
real events. Consequently,
large numbers of people
began to feel alienated from
the myths of religion.
"People no longer able to
believe the old myths began
searching for new myths,"
such as Eastern religions,
and turning to "new gods"
like nationalism and fun-
damentalism, Campbell
This attitude opened the
doors for the rise in
popularity of intellectuals
like Carl Jung, who roused
limited interest in his
lifetime. A colleague of Sig-
mund Freud, Jung eventual-
ly broke with the father of
psychoanalysis and later
became a favorite with Nazi
ideologists. Campbell was a
great admirer of Jung, Rabbi
Wine noted.
Campbell said that "If the
old myths no longer were
working for an overwhelm-
ing majority of the Western
world, maybe we need a new

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