Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1989-11-23, page 01
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*w* W Ob i o H i st. Soe i et y L i bv- 1'38£ Velrna five. Columbus. Ohio 43S11 C0MP VOJ..67 NO. 48 NOVEMBER 23, 1989-CHESHVAN 25 Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals. Temple Israel Names New Members' Class After Bunny Cowall Each year Temple Israel holds a New Members' Dinner at which time the class of new members is named in honor of a Temple member. This year's class will be named the Bunny Patchat Cowall class of 1989. In appreciation of her many years of temple involvement, Cowall was chosen as this year's honoree by the Temple Israel Honors Committee, headed by Roger Blair. The dinner, Twhich iis scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8, at6:30'p.m., has been planned by Barbara Guthoff and Ilene Bronson with the help of Catering by Paula Weinstein. Following this year's dinner will be a service honoring Cowall and the new membersand a special Oneg Shabbat coordinated by Hope Ellen Kaplan. Prospective members are always welcome to become part of the Temple Israel family. This past September, two Prospective Mem- . her Dinners^coordinated by Membership Chairpersons Roger Sugarman and Marcy Gross^were7held; Anyone who is interested in membership or wojiid like information about member: ship should contact the Tern* pie at 866-0010. Progress Is Reported In Resolving Convent Issue, Split From UCIC JsA ■ "^ "r-nSVKji^i.1 Jack Rubin, president of Beth Jacob Congregation, presents a copy of "The Jews in-America", to Rabbi David Stavsky. Beth Jacob is featured in the book. Beth Jacob Featured In Book Columbus, Ohio, and Beth Jacob Congregation have received national attention with the publication of the coffee table-size photographic essay book. "The Jews in America," edited by David Cohen and published by Collins Publishers, Inc., San Francisco* Calif. film a cross section of the American Jewish community in all of its rich diversity - to photograph the daily life of a remarkable tribe that includes farmers and doctors, t criminals, senators and Nobel Prize winners, black-suited Brooklyn Lubavitchers and pin- Cohen says,'"TheJewsin 7 ,Striped"L.'A.!lawyere: America' began 'With a simple idea. Then, like many creative enterprises, it took on a complex life of its own. The idea was to capture on Sylvia Schecter Honorary Chair Of Next Jewish Blood Donor Day Blood Donor Council is com1 prised of representatives from 50 area Jewish organizations and is a beneficiary agency of the Columbus Jewish Federation. A community-wide phone campaign will be held next month to alert past and potential donors to the date and time of the Dec. 21 drive. Sylvia Schecter, whose community endeavors have touched the lives of three generations of Columbus area residents, has been named honorary chairwoman of the Jewish Community Blood Donor Council's upcoming Blood* Donor Day, to be held Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center between the hours of 12:30 and 6:'30 p.m. Schecter, who created the Jewish Community Blood Donor Council in 1949 and chaired the council through- . out its early existence, has agreed to once again lend her expertise and inspiration to a cause which twice yearly attracts nearly 300 donors. "The war years set the pattern for Jewish community involvement in this cause, and, in my travels for B'nai B'rith District Two, I saw how well- this concept worked in the St. Louis community," said Schecter. ~ The Jewish community's blood contribution helps the Central Ohio Red Cross to meet its goal of at least 550 pints of blood dally. Forty- eight hospitals in 27 area counties are served by this supply. ' „ The Jewish Community 1 Our photographers spread out across the Jewish American landscape to Squirrel Hill and Beverly Hills, Shaker Heights, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Great Neck and Maine. They came back with more than 2,000 rolls of film-photographs which were "sometimes expected, often surprising and frequently moving. "Then it was left, to the editors and designers to choose the best pictures and weave them into a convincing tapestry. This involved some tough decisions and close calls. Eighty thousand pictures were taken; CONTINUEDONPAGE12 Pictured above are (1. to r.) Janet Abroms, Whitney Mirvis, Alice Taub and Sharon Frank, members of the committee planning the Agudas Achim Chanukah Dance. Missing from the photo are Ken Palestrant, ' Meryl Palestrant, Michael Moss and Sarita Moss. Agudas Achim Finalizing Plans For Chanukah Dance On Dec. 10 Alice Taub and' Sarita Moss, chairwomen of the. Agudas Achim Sisterhood/Brotherhood Chanuka Dance, announce that the committee is finalizing plans for their annual dinner dance set for Sunday evening, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m, in the Silberstein Social Hall, Michael Moss represents CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 NEW YORK (JTA) - The controversy over the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz has dropped from the headlines over the past several weeks, but those.in contact with the Catholic church and the Polish government say they are confident that progress toward its relocation is continuing. Seymour' Reich, who serves as chairman of UCIC, the International Jewish Committee forlnter- religious Consultations, said he anticipates that the issue may-be resolved by the end of this year. Though Reich and others know that completing construction of a new convent anji interreligious center away from the site of the former death camp is^a goal that looms far in the future, they believe the Carmelite nuns will be moved from the current building to temporary quarters shortly. Kalman Sultanik, vice president df.the-.World-Jew- ish Congress, "recently reported after a trip to Poland that a nurnber of the nuns had already moved. The present time is being described as a period of breathing space for both Jews and Catholics, following the heated exchanges of August and September, when the conflict reached its ti boiling point. ;;; i Jewish groups at that time furious over the stated refusal of Polish Catholic officials to honor their agreement to move the convent, comments by Polish Cardih- al Jozef Glemp perceived to be anti-Semitic,; and the Vatican's silence on the entire issue. The situation was defused with a statement from the Vatican on Sept. 19 supporting the agreement to move the convent and build an interreligious center, and a subsequent turnaround on the part <>f the Polish Catholics. x .-,..., Another» reason for the quiet regarding the convent is Jewish uncertainty over the changes taking place in the Polish government, as the grip of the Communist party loosens. . Rabbi A. James Rudin of the American Jewish Committee, who returned from Poland last week, observed that the country is now at an important crossroads. A current overriding concern for Jews, he said, is whether the emerging nationalism in Poland and other parts of - Eastern Europe will bring with it the resurrection of the region's traditional anti- Semitism. Parallel to the uncertainty about nationalism are doubts about the renewed influence of the Catholic Church in Eastern Europe. .With the resurgence of the church's power, Rudin said, he is concerned about whether the theology of the newly strengthened Catholic Church will be "pre-Vatican II or post-Vatican II." Prior to the Second Vatican Council, which took place from 1962 to 1965, it was commonly taught in the Catholic Church that the Jews ..were responsible for the death of Jesus and that Judaism was essentially a heretical religion. The document that emerged from the council formally stated a more tolerant view of Judaism by the church. As Jews begin, to heal the rifts with Catholics, there also seerns to be movement toward reconciliation within the Jewish community, as organizations work to resolve conflicts1 that were intensified bythe convent controversy. Leaders of the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith met with Reich on Oct. 25 to explore the possibility of the three organizations becoming part of UCIC. In early September, in the midst of the heat of the convent controversy,. AJCommittee pulled out of UCIC and joined forces with ADL, which left UCIC four years ago, and AJCongress to form an alternative organization. The new umbrella group, the Jewish Council of International Interreligious Relations/has essentially the same mandate as UCIC: to deal with the Vatican and other international religious bodies on behalf of Judaism, in the interest of promoting stronger interreligious relations. The split in UCIC and the formation of an alternative group stemmed, in part, from disagreements between hard-line and more conciliatory elements within the Jewish community over the best approach for dealing with the convent issue. But is also involved the desire of some Jewish groups to have a more open exchange with the Vatican on matters of religious doctrine, a direction strongly opposed by Orthodox elements in UCIC. The meeting left Reich optimistic about the prospects of ironing out these differences and Convincing the "three groups that formed the Jewish Council to join UCIC. "I think we will be able to resolve any nuances that might be necessary in order to unite the Jewish community under one umbrella again," Reich said. But members of the groups Reich is trying to woo said his optimism may be premature. "I think some real issues ^regarding dealing with Christians have to be resolved," said Judith Banki, associate director of interreligious affairs for'the American Jewish Committee.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1989-11-23|
|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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