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September 02, 1994 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-02

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rluseum Obtains Letters
To Einstein

ive letters written in the 1930s him when he emigrated to Pales-
to Albert Einstein have been tine in 1934. Mr. Einstein was vis-
presented to the Albert Ein- iting in the United States in 1933
stein Archives at the Jewish Na- when the Nazis came to power
tional and University Library of and he never returned to Ger-
the Hebrew University of many.
The letters — three from
Queen Elisabeth of the Bel-
gians, one by Sigmund Freud
and one by Tomas Masaryk,
former president of the Repub-
lic of Czechoslovakia — were
donated by Dr. Reuven
Michael, a Jewish historian.
In 1934, Mr. Einstein's rela-
tives asked Dr. Michael to find
all the letters kept at Mr. Ein-
stein's summer house in Ca-
puth, a village near Berlin, and
destroy them.
The relatives were fearful
that the house was about to be
confiscated by the Nazis. Their
fears became a reality in 1935.
Dr. Michael destroyed all the
letters in the house except the Sigmond Freud (above) wrote to Albert
five and brought them with Einstein.


These Awards Are For
Women Only


o you know a Detroit-area
The Crystal Awards luncheon
woman who is exceptional in will be at noon Oct. 7 at the Sher-
the field of community ser- aton Oaks Hotel in Novi.
vice, economic development, gov-
Success! will feature 200 ex-
ernment leadership, women's hibitors, 75 seminars, fashion
rights advocacy, education, en- shows, cooking demonstrations
trepreneurship, social service, fine and celebrity guests. There also
arts or environmental advocacy? will be an "Ultimate Bachelor
Nominations are being sought Hunt."
in these categories for the Crystal
For Success! ticket information
Awards, which will be presented and nomination forms for the
in conjunction with the Success! Crystal Awards, call Paramount
The Show for Women event Oct. Promotions in Chicago at 1-312-
7-9 at the Novi Expo Center.

Not The Retiring Sorts

ee trips have been sched-
uled for 1994-95 in B'nai
B'rith's Active Retirees in Is-
rael (ARI) program, which is co-
sponsored by the World Zionist
Retirees at least age 50 and in
good health will have the oppor-
tunity to do volunteer work in Is-
rael for a few hours a day, four to
five days a week, during their
Volunteer tasks include tu-
toring children, cultivating a gar-
den, serving on an army base
and working for a municipality.
Hebrew lessons and social and
cultural activities also are on the

agenda for the retirees, and ARI
participants can take part in an
archeological dig.
Retirees will be housed at a
kosher hotel in the Mediter-
ranean resort of Netanya, locat-
ed 30 minutes north of Tel Aviv.
The trip dates are Oct. 3
through Nov. 2, Jan. 23 through
March 21 and April 23 through
May 21.
Participants must be members
of B'nai B'rith. For further infor-
mation on the ARI program,
write to the B'nai B'rith Israel
Commission—ARI, 1640 Rhode
Island Ave. NW, Washington,
DC 20036 or call 1-800-500-6533



outhfield resident Raquel
Pomerantz Gershon didn't
win the first songwriting
competition sponsored by the
American Zionist Movement
(AZM), but she's not complain-
ing. To be one of the five final-
ists among 155 entries was an
honor in itself.
The finalists performed their
unpublished and unrecorded
works at the Coalition for Al-
ternatives in Jewish Education
(CAJE) conference atindiana
University last month and
Robin Anne Joseph of Golden's
Bridge, N.Y. was named the
winner for Im Eshkacheich.
Among Ms. Joseph's prizes
was a round-trip ticket to Israel
courtesy of El Al Israel Airlines.
Ms. Pomerantz Gershon's en-
try was Kol Yisrael Arevim. All
five of the finalists' songs will be
put on a tape which will be
made available by the AZM at
a later date.
"Being on the tape is almost
as good as winning the trip to
Israel," Ms. Pomerantz Gershon
said. "The contest was a won-
derful experience. I appreciat-
ed all the positive feedback I
received from the judges and the
Ms. Pomerantz Gershon is di-
rector of the teachers' resource
center at the Agency for Jewish
Education of Metropolitan De-
troit. She has taught, performed
and composed Jewish music for
many years.

A Grand Slam

Softball League

Now There's A Map
That Can't Be Found

ravelers at the Sheraton
Damascus Hotel and Tow-
ers will no longer be able
to pick up a tourist map of Syria
which refers to Israel as "Pales-
The map was produced and
distributed by the hotel, and
Austrian Airlines had a promi-
nent advertisement on the front
cover. Thanks to efforts by the
American Jewish Committee
(AJC), both the
Sheraton Corp.
and Austrian
Airlines have
pulled the map
from stores at
the Sheraton
"For anyone
reading this
map of Syria
and the neigh-
boring coun-
tries, Israel,
established in
1948, simply
does not exist," This map is accurate.

AJC executive director David
Harris wrote in a March 1994
letter to Sheraton and Austrian
Airlines executives.
"While this certainly may have
been unintentional, I would hope
(your company) would not wish
to be associated in any way with
a publication which includes such
a blatant geographical distortion
based on political motivation,"
Mr. Harris wrote.

Lots Of Lox On
El AI Flights


ere's some food for thought:
Borenstein Caterers pre-
pared more than 8,000
glatt kosher meals each week this
summer for passengers on El Al
Israel Airlines flights from New
York to Tel Aviv.
Those meals contained a total
of 17,000 pounds of cream cheese,
16,800 bagels, 16,000 pounds of
fruit salad, 14,000 cups of coffee,
8,400 raisin bran muffins, 7,200

pieces of cake, 1,800 pounds of
chicken, 1,000 pounds of beef, 680
pounds of Nova Scotia lox ... you
get the idea.
Besides its regular menu, El Al
offers 21 more selections for pas-
sengers with special dietary
needs. These include low calorie,
Hindu, parve, ulcer diet, bland
diet, baby meal, fasting food
(Greek Orthodox and Ethiopian)
and Asian vegetarian.


t was another successful sea-
son for the Young Israel of
Greenfield youth softball
More than 150 boys and girls
in grades 2-7 participated, mak-
ing up eight boys teams and six
girls squads, and everyone re-
ceived a trophy on the last day.
This was the league's 11th
season. Started by Jeff Last in
1984, it had just 22 boys and two
teams in its inaugural year.










El Al: 17,000 pounds of cream cheese


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