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\ NTrr .E 2I\Q^ Serving Columbus, Dayton, Central and Southwester Vol. 41, No. 50 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1963 — 20 KISLEV, 5724 Hi'-J i ..V :. H-)l H n n:ri : ; 'v.. i f:;;,I.'^ 1 H 'u ¦., .. z. I -:^ -ii\...>VJ •39 D»»o*»<' ^9 Atj^s*" and Jswiih Idaali Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver Dead At 70 ¦ CLEVETLAND (JTA) — One Of the giants of modern Zion¬ ism, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, died of a heart attack this -week in Cleveland in his 70th year. He had -waged an untiring fight for the establishment of Israel and had won an international reputation for his lifelong leadership in the Zionist movement. He was honored last Janu¬ ary at a dinner in Cleveland attended by state and national welfare officials including Secre¬ tary bf Health, Education and Wel¬ fare Anthony Celebrezze. He was rabbi of Tifereth Israel Temple from 1917 until his death. Born in Lithuania, the son of a rabbi, he was brought to the United States when he was eight and grew up on New York's lower East Side. When he was 11 years old, Abba Stiver and a group of friends estab¬ lished the Herzl Zion Club, a group that espoused the Zionist beliefs of JDr. Theodore Herzel. This was America's first Hebrew - speaking Zionist organization. In 1911. he entered Hebrew Onion College in Cincinnati and at the same time he attended the Univer¬ sity of Cincinnati. He was graduat¬ ed from both in 1915, cgmpleting the nine-year rabbinical program in four years. A vigorous and powerful speaker, he attracted early attention in his fights against segregation, class domination and for the right of la¬ bor to organize and bargain collec¬ tively. After service as a chaplain in France in World War One, Rabbi Silver was named by President Hoover to a national committee to ease joblessness. Later he became chairman of the Committee on Un¬ employment Insurance when the Consumers League was working on anti-depression measures. As chair¬ man of the Ohio Committee on Un¬ employment Insurance he was a founder of this state's jobless in¬ surance movement. He attained his greatest fame as an impassioned spokesman for the restoration of Israel. Rabbi Silver took part in a his- tonc conference of American Jewry in ItfCTv Yoi-k City in 1942 at which a defirute program was adopted defining the establishment of an independent Israel as the principal aim of Zionism. He presented the Zionist case before the United Nations in 1947 and 1948 and on May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was officially pro¬ claimed. During the past 10 years, Rabbi Silver had received many honors (contlnusd on paga 4) E The Staff of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle extends wishes for a Happy Chanukah Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver Men's Club Horah Hoe Down Saturday The Tifereth Israel Men's Club Horah Hoe Down has been resche¬ duled for Saturday evening, Dec. 7, at 8:30 p.m. The dance will be held in the social hall and Mayer Rosenfeld and Uri Katz will, be the callers. A late supper will be served. The subscription will be $2 per couple. Dr. Freund To Speak At Bonds Luncheon Honoring Mrs. Kruger The internationally known Dr. Miriam K. Freund will be the principal speaker at a State of Israel Bonds luncheon being held by the Columbus Chapter of Hadassah in honor of Mrs. Norbert F. Kruger who will be named "Hadassah Woman of the Year," The luncheon will take place at Ilonka's Provincial House on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 12 noon. Dr. Freund was elected to Hadassah's national presidency at the organization's national con Publicity Chairmen: Deadline Is Friday The Jewish Chronicle attempts to give the Columbus Jewish com¬ munity effective and complete coverage of events in the commu¬ nity. However, we need your co¬ operation. The Chronicle " deadline is Fri¬ day before the week of publication. Any information received after Fri¬ day runs the risk of not being pub¬ lished in that week's issue. To insure proper handling of your material, please observe the Fri day deadline. vention in Houston, Texas, in 1956. She was subsequently re-elected to that office at national conventions in Philadelphia in 1957, Miami Beach in 1958, and St. Louis in 1959. As of September, 1960, she assumed the post of national Bond chairman for Hadassah and chair¬ man for the Chagall exhibit. At present, she also holds the position of national Zionist Affairs chair¬ man. Dr. Freund has served as Ha¬ dassah's national Vovational Edu¬ cation chairman from 1948 to 1953. In this capacity she played a vital role in the spectacular growth of Hadassah's vocational education work in Israel. During her chair¬ manship, Hadassah organized two junior college-level institutes in Is¬ rael, one in fashion and design, the other in hotel management, and cooperated with 'Youth Aliyah in pioneering the establishment of rural vocational programs. From 1953 to 1956, Dr. Freund was national Youth Aliyah chair¬ man of Hadassah. In May, 1954, she went to Israel to survey Youth Aliyah centers and institutions to determine their ability to accomo- Larry Kent (center), who plays.the title role in the Gallery Players production of "Gideon" opening at the Jew¬ ish Center tomorrow night, gets some final coaching from Gallery Players director Harold M. Eisenstein (left), and Rabbi Stephen Arnold of Temple Israel (right), who re¬ cently appeared before the group in a lecture on the Bibli¬ cal conception of Gideon, &s contrasted to playwright Paddy Chayefsky's version of the Old Testament hero. GALLERY PLAYERS 'GIDEON' OPENING SATURDAY, DEC. 7 AT JEWISH CENTER And the muse spake unto Paddy Chayefsky, saying, "Make a play about that simple, valorous man of the Old Testament, Gideon, and show his troubled partnership \yith the Angel of G-d." And Paddy Chayefsky obeyed, to the delight of New York audiences for almost a year, and of audiences here in Columbus beginning Saturday night, Dec. 7. » On that date, the Gallery Players production of "Gideon," a genial, quizzical, humorous tale about the Biblical farmer projected into a hero hf the Angel of G-d, will open at the Jewish Center. Curtain time is 8:40 p.m. Playing the title role will be Larry Kent, well known local tele¬ vision and stage actor who was last seen in the Gallery Players pro¬ duction of "Damn Yankees." Cast in the role of the Angel is Alvin Beck. Beck was also seen in "Damn Yankees" and has served as mu¬ sical director for many productions in the Columbus area. Burt Louis, Julian Barnett, Alan Oster, Mack Gilbert and Robert Levine portray roles as captains in Gideon's army. Seen in the role of the dancing maiden, Orpah, who helps dissuade Gideon from his G-d-given task, is Blossom Zitron. Sanford Watzman plays the role of her father, Ozni. Other maidens of Succoth include Jo Liebscher, Janice Cariens, Phyl¬ lis Van Dyne, Samara Sokol, Mari- lyo Maierson, Marge Copeland, Lois Leon, and Bonnie Orenstein. (continued on page 4) date the children and youth from Middle Eastern, North African and European countries. From there. Dr. Freund carried out a special Mission to French Morocco, visiting Casablanca, Ra¬ bat, Solud and Marrakech, to gain first-hand information about North African Jews, whil were anxious to send their children to Israel as Youth Aliyah wards. Her recom¬ mendations resulting from this mis¬ sion brought about expansion of Youth Aliyah facilities to provide the kind of training for North Af¬ rican Jewish children which took into account major aspects of their native environment. Dr. Freund's deep-felt interest in youth problems has had its roots in her previous experience as na¬ tional Youth Activities chairman, co-chairman of the American Zion¬ ist Youth Corrunission, as a founder of IZFA (Intercollegiate Zionist Youth Federation of America), and as a director of the Brandeis Youth Foundation. She is also a membfer of the board of directors of the Keren Hayesod Fund and is a for¬ mer national vice-president of the (contInua<l on paga 41 >'i Dr. Miriam K. Freund DAN HARRISON APPOINTED DISTRICT CHAIRMAN FOR ANNUAL BIBLE CONTEST Announcement is being made of the appointment of Daniel Harrison, principal of the Columbus Hebrew School as district chairman of the fifth annual National Bible Contest. The bible contest is sponsored by the Department of E'dUcation and Cul¬ ture of the Jewish Agency, and the World Jewish Bible Society. The contest contains three distinct divisions: advanced He¬ brew, for students enrolled in Hebrew day schools; Intermediate Hebrew, for students enrolled in afternoon Hebrew classes; compre¬ hensive English, for students who study the Bible in English. The age limits for contestants is between the ages of 13-16 as of the first day ot Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 7, 1964). Students who have passed their 13th birthday but have not reached their 17th birthday, on or before this date, are eligible to enter the contest. Contestants must have resided continuously in the United States or Canada for at least the past five years. The following schools will par¬ ticipate in the Bible Contest: Agu¬ das Achim, Beth Jacob, Columbus Hebrew School, Temple Israel and Tifereth Israel. The district finals are scheduled to be held Sunday, Feb. 16. The regional finals will take place Sun¬ day, March 15, 1964. The national finals will be held in New York City on Sunday, May 3, 1964. Each participating school selects its top Bible contestants to take part in the district finals. The dis¬ trict winners participate in Regional Finals. The Regional winners com¬ pete in the national finals in New York City. The participants in the Columbus district Bible contest will be in the comprehensive English division which includes the following books: Ejfodus, First Samuel, Isaiah, Amos, Proverbs and Esther. The aim of the Bible contest is to promote a greater interest in the Bible among students of Jew¬ ish schools in the Unifed States and Canada, with a view to encour¬ aging more extensive reading and studying .of the Bible, and to strengthening the place of Bible studies in the curricula of Jewish schools. • The first prisie in each division in the national finals will be a trip to Israel. Additional prizes will be awarded to the runners-up. Prizes will also be given to winners in the district and regional finals. Former Columbus contestants, winners in the district finals were: (coRtlaoad on paga 4) Charity Newsies-JDrive Aids Needy Families The Charity New^sies are now in the midst of their annual fund-rais¬ ing drive in order to meet an even greater responsibility this year than was met last year. The Charity Newsies provided clothing for 6101 needy school-age children in the winter of 1960, for 6441 children in 1961 and for 6745 in 1962. The climax of the drive will be the red-heart newspaper sale on Saturdaj', Dec. 14. This is the 57tb year the Newsies will care for needy school children in Columbus and Franklin County. The Newsies maintain a year-round emergency servicci mostly for families who lose their possessions through fire. Thomas E. McFadden, a Ck)lumbus firefighter, is the Newsie in charge of the emergency service. The Newsies' long history ot keeping children in school by pro¬ viding them with clothing has gain¬ ed community - wide recognition. Several persons have willed money to the Newsies to insure the con¬ tinuation of the project. The Newsies are accepting dona¬ tions no\v. Phone a Newsie and he will pick up your theck. In addi¬ tion to selling newspapers, Newsies donate time investigating families that apply for aid. This is a guaran¬ tee that Newsies charity helps only the needy families. "Open Your Heart" and "100 Per Cent for Charity" will be the cam¬ paign slogans. Every dollar given will go to charity. To meet admini¬ strative costs, Newsies pay annual dues and hold a summer Outing that yields a profit. The 155 active Newsies are com¬ munity leaders, business and pro¬ fessional men, merchants, lawyers, judges and public officials. Among the members of the Newsies are Herbert L. Fenburr, Milton Yassen¬ off, Marvin L. Glassman, Herman Seigel, Meyer Hoffman, Leo Yas¬ senoff, Al Solove, Abe Wolman and Charles B. Margulis. Newsies head¬ quarters is located at 716 S. High St. Jewish Communities Are Committing Mass Cultural Suicide By RABBI JACOB NEUSNER If someone asked for a policy which would assuredly and quickly lead to the extinction ot Judaism in the U.S.A., I could describe no more effective one than that which is presently followed by American Jewry in the mass. Our commu¬ nity is moving as quickly toward mass cultural suicide as that in Soviet Russia is moving toward cultural and religious destruction. Jewish day schools charge tuition because the community does little and, in most cities, pothing to sup¬ port them. Jewish educational sum¬ mer camps charge fees only the wealthiest people can afford. Col¬ lege and graduate students who would pursue higher Jewish learn¬ ing, work long long hours to pay tuition at every major seminary, because the communities have not supported the rabbinical schools sufficiently for the doors to be open to aU. At least two major teachers' training colleges are desperately short of funds, and may have to close, as may one of world Jewry's great centers of Jewish scholarship. The teachers' colleges in some cities have funds, but few students. The library of a major seminary requires vast funds for rebinding and cataloguing books, manuscripts, and the like, and cannot find it. Jewish newspapers are given over to welfare funds, because com¬ munity support through subscrip¬ tions and advertising is not suffi¬ cient. These papers frequently be¬ come house organs for philanthropic enterprises, full of appeals for funds, for pledges and then pay¬ ment of pledges, elaborate propa¬ ganda for next year's campaign, and little else. The Soviet has not been more effective in suppressing Jewish cul¬ ture by force than the U.S. Jewry by disinterest. The Soviet killed (under Stalin) or silenced Jewish writers. It has prevented the training of rabbis, the pybiication of Jewish books. American Jewry sever killed any writer. But it has di-iven away, to a broader, but less Jewish audi¬ ence, some of its most talented children, by ignoring or refusing to take seriously their best efforts. It had itself become so de-Judaized that in order to reach U.S. Jews, one must address himself to the mass audience; one may reach more Jews through Life magazine or the New York Times, than through the entire circulation of every Jewish publication, but with a deracinated message. American Jewry never forbade the training of rabbis, or the pub¬ lication of Jewish books. But by ridiculing the rabbinical vpcation, by constant carping at the rabbin¬ ate, by coarse and ignorant treat¬ ment of rabbis, it has effectively disc6uraged numerous well trained young men from entering that pro¬ fession. The American Jewish community has sold its soul to money, by mak¬ ing an absolute value out of money and rendering money the only con¬ sequential fact in its collective life. We see the beatification of the big giver, the canonization of the millionaires, the exclusion from the ladder of Jewish values of any spiritual concern or religious ac¬ tion. If a man gives to the institu¬ tions of the community, he becomes thereby an important man, a good Jew. If he keeps the Sabbatli, he does not. If he gives, that in itself is signi¬ ficant, consequential; if he learps, that in itself is nothing. Our com¬ munity does not worship a golden calf. It is a golden goose, pouring out streams of dollars, nourished' by notliing more than stock divi¬ dends and tax deductions. Not everyone is rich. A religion has to provide for everyone. The religion of money, which has con¬ verted our Jewisb people, provides for the poor, too. It allows them to spend money in extravagant shows, in the colossal productions of weddings, funerals, bar mitz¬ vahs, so that even the poor may pubUcly display their piety.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1963-12-06|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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