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December 11, 1992 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-12-11

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gambling. In Italy, the
craze was more surprising
(unless you're Jimmy
Connors); there, large
numbers of Jews were
placing massive bets on
tennis games. Three hun-
dred years later, European
IJews had turned to lotter-
i es.
The rabbis were not
impressed. They reluc-
tantly agreed to some
games of chance, but a
Lconsuming Jewish inter-
est in gambling was not
The Mishnah labels the
professional gambler a
gutless good-for-nothing
who wastes his time when
'Jie should be studying
Torah and earning a
, respectable livelihood.
Some rabbis insisted the
gambler should be shown
no mercy, denying him
' tzedakah and the right
to wed in the synagogue.
'From the 16th through the
19th centuries, scholars
suggested troubles plagu-
ing the Jewish community
were the result of gam-
bling. Dice players are
sinners, the Psalms say,
"in whose hands is crafti-
-/ All of this may at first
;--sound the alarm to the
many Jewish groups for
whom Wednesday would
be incomplete without the
friendly cry of "B-64," "I-
23," "N-6," "G-18" and "O-
>55." No need to worry.
Halachah notes the dif-
ference between gambling
in which one either wins
or loses, and games of
chance in which someone
always wins.
Synagogue bingo games
! and state lottos, the Vaad
statement notes, bring
funds to their sponsors,
and "where the profits
from the gambling go
toward the building of
schools and hospitals that
serve the people, everyone
) is considered a winner.
If there is no loser, there
is no act of thievery." ❑





A headline that ran in the
Dec. 4 issue of The Jewish
News should have made
clear that Southfield Fire
Department Lt. DeWinter
was not suspended for mak-
ing slurs against Jews. He
was actually suspended be-
cause he refused to answer
charges that he had made
anti-Semitic remarks and
racial slurs.


Maccabee Spirit
Lives Again



Artwork by Lisa Robinson, age 11, of West Bloomfield and Temple Israel.

Record 500 Entries
In Chanukah Contest


aint, crayons, cut-
outs and paste...The
entries in
Jewish News annual
Chanukah art contest
were as varied in style
and media as they were
Some 528 children
entered the contest this
Because of the large
number of entries, Jewish
News staffers decided to
award honorable mentions
as well as select first, sec-
ond and third place finish-
ers in each age group. All
24 entries will appear in
next week's newspaper.
Several appear in today's
L'Chayim section of The


Jewish News.
There were 148 entries
in the up-to-age 6 catego-
ry, 233 entries in the 7-9-
year-old category, 134 in
10-12, and 13 in the 13-15
age group. All will be dis-
played at the Jimmy
Prentis Morris Jewish
Community Center in Oak
Leslie Bash, managing
director of JPM, said the
entries will be mounted
beginning the middle of
next week. The 12 win-
ning entries and 12 honor-
able mentions will be
given a special display.
Because of the large num-
ber of entries, not all may
be displayed. ❑

Groups Aid Hungry

he Men's Club of
Congregation Shaar-
ey Zedek and the
Social Action Corn-
mittee of Congregation
Beth Abraham Hillel
Moses have teamed up
with the Salvation Army
to feed 1,000 needy and
home-bound persons in
north central Detroit on
Dec. 25, Christmas Day.
Members of Shaarey
Zedek's Men's Club have
contacted other local
Jewish institutions for
financial support to pay
for the meals, and to
enlist volunteers to pre-


pare, pack and deliver the
Volunteers will prepare
the meals at the. Salvation
Army's Southfield Corps
Community Center on
Dec. 23, from 2 to 8 p.m.
On Dec. 25, the meals
will be packed from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. and delivered
from the Southfield facili-
ty starting at 10 a.m.
Volunteers and dona-
tions are still needed. For
information call Dr. Mark
Diem of Shaarey Zedek,
548-8398, or Kay Singer-
Wolin of BAHM, 851-1010.

he end of the
Chanukah season
made the emphasis
on the Maccabee
spirit a timely one. The
front page was devoted to
photos of the valor of our
men in the service on all
fronts. Subheads called
attention to the honor
roll of Detroit Jews in
the military and the
strong support being
voiced for the Palestine
home appeal. Four inside
pages contained a partial
list of Detroit Jews in the
armed services.
In a section which
looked back 20 years,
notice was made of good
news and bad news for
Jews of the world. The
good news involved a
thank-you message sent
by the newly-elected
Jewish deputies of Sejm,
Poland, to the Jews in
America for their gen-
erosity. The bad news
was of a renewed wave
of anti-Semitism in
In and around Detroit,
war efforts continued to
claim the interest of the
Jewish community. A
War Brides Group was
formed to give communi-
ty service. A program
was set up at the JCC
under the chairm.anship
of Bess Levin to provide
dancing, cards, games,
etc., for newcomers en-
gaged in war work.
United Dairies employ-
ees and owners received
an "E" flag as a token of
their investment of 10
percent of their income
in war bonds and
stamps; Max Weiss
accepted the flag in the
name of the company.
Sorrow was expressed
throughout the communi-
ty at the passing of the
"master builder" Albert
Kahn; one of his then
recent achievements was
the Ford Willow Run
Bomber Plant.
Another milestone was
noted in the honor
accorded to Maurice
Aronson, of the Aronson
Printing Co., on his 50th
birthday; in the way of
celebration, Mr. Aronson
entertained 500 service-
men at dinner and a the-

ater party.
People who made the
news included Henry
Lapides, who was elect-
ed president of the
House of Shelter; Harry
Zausmer, who was elect-
ed worshipful master of
Perfection Lodge 486;
Alex Schreiber, presi-
dent of the Fresh Air
Society, who was elected
president of the Old
Newsboys' Goodfellow
Fund; Seymour Lipkin,
15-year old pianist, who
was selected as the
musician to be presented
in concert by the Music
Study Club.
The community played
host to some noted schol-
ars. Dr. Louis Finkel-
stein, president of the
Jewish Theological
Seminary of America,
spoke at a luncheon of
the Detroit Round Table.
Dr. Reinhold Niebhur, of
the Union Theological
Seminary and former
pastor of the Evangelical
Church in Detroit, also
spoke under the group's
brought added joy to the
holiday season by joining
in marriage. They
included Edythe Cohen
and Benjamin Feldman;
Shirley Razzman and
David Taub; Gertrude
Mendelsohn and Max
Several families had
added faces around the
menorahs this year as
we noted the births of
Charles Schubiner,
Dennis Foreman, Will-
iam Feinberg and
Michael Golden.
Today we jog and
aerobicize; 50 years ago
an ad, addressed to
wives whose " husbands
are tired," advised the
use of the Arthur
Murray Dance Studio,
claiming that " an hour's
dan'cing on his way home
will invigorate him phys-
ically and improve his
dancing no end!" ❑

This column will be a
weekly feature during The
Jewish News' anniversary
year, looking at The
Jewish News of today's
date 50 years ago.

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