Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1965-07-16, page 01
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zJIWvy Serving Columbus, Dayton, Centraf and Southwestern Ohio Vol. 43, No. 29 FRIDAY, JULY 15, 1965 — 16 TAMMUZ, 5725 ul ito ^ J ¦• .'ic¦¦/.')';.. .^ HiVil iV :.S HOIH IJ f Tv'oi.on(.7ii.;av I Amariean ih IdaaU Convention Sparked By Official Visits On Tuesday night the curtain came dowfl on the 113th Annual Con¬ vention of District Grand Lodge #2 and the .32nd Annual Convention of B'nai B'rith Women, District #2. Full of bustle and activity, the four day convention centered around the Sheraton Columbus Hotel in down¬ town Columbus. At almost any time delegates could be found in the many sessions and meetings or renewing old or making new acquaintances in the lobby. THE CONVENTION sparkled with the visits of high B'nai B'rith officials including such international officers as Sidney Kusworm; Daniel Brenner, vice president of the Su¬ preme Lodge; and Dr. William Wexler. newly-elected international president of B'nai B'rith. The Historical Pageant The Saturday night of the affair was centered around the historical pageant depicting the 100 year his¬ tory of Zion Lodge in Columbus. The show, directed by Harold Eisen¬ stein, worked through flashback to historical scenes from 1865 to the present. It was narrated by Gene Gerrard and employed the talents of local B'nai B'rith members. Slides were flashed on a backdrop behind the stage, adding pictorial fact to the show. Jack Resler Honored At the Youth Fellowship Luncheon on Sunday. Columbus' Jack Resler was honored by the international president of B'nai B'rith. Dr. Wil¬ liam Wexler. I. W. Garek, past president of District #2 and inter¬ national officer, presided at .the luncheon. Dianel Brenner, vice president of the Supreme Lodge ot B'nai B'rith. introduced the speaker. Dr. Wexler. DR WEXLER gave a short ac¬ count of his recent trip to Israel where he was elected president, and then proceeded to present a Presi¬ dential Citation to Jack Resler, an extremely rare honor, one which is received by the presidents of the United States among others. MR. RESLER'S contribution and the contributions of others toward the fellowship bearing his name, is the largest sum given in the history of District #2. Dr. Wexler Speaks At the same Youth Fellowship Luncheon Dr. Wexler addressed the District members assembled, one of his first public speeches since taking office. Dr. Wexler explained that he felt at home in District #2 because he was from Toledo. "Columbus is not a new town to me." he stated, for he had attended the Ohio State Uni¬ versity. His oldest son also went to O.S.U. and graduated from the Optometry School here. (continued on paoe 4) Jack Resler (left) presents check, to the B'nai B'rith Youth Foundation lo master of ceremonies I. W. Garek at the Youth Fellowship Luncheon held on Sunday. Around Mr. Resler's neck hangs a Presidential Citation, given to him at that time by Dr. William Wexler, Supreme Lodge presi¬ dent. The World's Week Compiled from JTA and WUP Report* TKL AVIV (JTA)—Moshe Sharett, first Foreign Minis¬ ter and second Premier of the State of Israel, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and interna¬ tionally renowned Zionist leader, was laid to rest last week¬ end at the tiny "Old Cemetery" here, close by the Mediter¬ ranean Sea. The funeral procession, led by Israel's spiritual, political and military leaders, world Jewish figures and high ranking foreign diplomats, accompanied the beloved Jewish statesman to his final resting place from Jerusalem, where he had died at Uie age of 70. BONN (,ITA)—The Bundesrat, the upper house of the West German Parliament approved a final indemnification bill previously passed by the Bundestag providing a fund of 1,200,000,000 deutschemarks ($300,000,000) for the compen¬ sation of those Nazi victims who were unable to file claims by the October 1, 1953 deadline because they were in Iron Curtain countries. NEW YOUK (JT.'\)—Conversions to Reform Judaism in the New YorR area have tripled in the last decade, ac¬ cording to a report issued by the Federation of Reform Synagogues here. A study, based on 10 years of conversion classes, showed that conversions have become more readily acceptable, that converts are extremely devoted and dedi¬ cated members of the Jewish faith with a large majori.ty Joining synagogues and that marriage accounts for 90 per¬ cent of the converts. The above'"lihotograph was taken at .an Israel Bonds Parlor Meeting on .luly 7 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Schottenstein. Pictured from left to right are: Howard Schoenbaum, .ludge Gilbert Bettman, Alvin Schottenstein and Melvin Schottenstein. Advance Bond Purchases Have Totalled $35,000 Mr. Alvin E. Schotten.stcin, chairman, and Dr. Ivan Gilbert, co- chairman, of the Governor Rhodes Israel Bond Dinner, announced today that at a Parlor Meeting held Wednesday. July 7. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Schottenstein, $35,000 in advance bond purchases of bonds were pledged in honor of the Governor's Dinner. Judge Gilbert Bettman, Court of Common Pleas of Cincinnati, was the guest speaker IN HIS REMARKC Judge Bett¬ man pointed out that>Israel bonds were now the important life-line in the continuing development of the State of Israel. Judge Bettman praised Governor and Mrs. Rhodes for their fine gesture in offering' their home for this most worthy cause. MR. ALVIN E. Schottenstein, chairman of the Governor James A. Rhodes Dinner, also announced today that the cost of the dinner will be subscribed to by himself and the following members of his com¬ mittee: Dr. Ivan Gilbert, co-chairman, Ben Kahn. Ray Kahn. William Kahn, Jack Resler. Bernard R. Ruben. Harold Schottenstein. .ler- ome Schottenstein, Leon Schotten¬ stein. Saul Schottenstein and Isa¬ dore Topper. Center's Annual Water Show To Be Tomorrow And Sunday The annual water show given by the Aquatic Department of the Jewish Center wili be presented Saturday. July 17, and Sunday, July 18, at 7 'p.m. at the Center. Directing this years production Will be Peggy Pierce, director of Aquatics for the Jewish Center. The entire swim department along with the Gallery Players will be involved in the production. , Those featured in the program will be Jerry Anthony, Elaine Haw¬ kins. Audrey Block and Marge Copeland in dance numbers ar¬ ranged by Lynn Nateman and Meltons Establish OSU Professorship Establishment of a Samuel and Esther Melton Professorship of Jewish History and Studies at The Ohio State University was approved by the University's Board of Trustees. The position within the department of history will be supported by a gift through the University's Department Fund from Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Melton. 435 N. Columbia Ave.. Columbus. MR. AND MRS. MELTON will Lennie Scliottenstcin. Others fea¬ tured will be Ray Berry. Hy Cope¬ land. Peter Copeland. Steve Gell¬ man. Carol Gregg. Sanford Joseph. this presentation will be: Sue Miller. Fred Mendelson. Dale Nuzzo, Holly Schottenstein. Ellen Green¬ berg. Kim Stewart. Mary Copeland. Cheryl Nateman. Marlene Gurevitz. Karen Susi. Dusty Stewart, Steve Skilken. Bud Orlov. Sam Greenberg, Synchronized Swimmers In Exercise give the university $20,000 per year for a trial period up to five years. If after this time, it is decided to continue the professorship on a permanent basis, they will give an additional $250,000 for its support. In establishing the professorship, Mr. and Mrs. Melton asked that the position be filled by a scholar who is fluent in reading knowledge of Biblical and modern Hebrew and who is qualified to offer general courses in Jewish history as well as courses in more specified areas of interest. DURING THE TRIAL period, the professorship may be filled by visiting professors. However, if established on a permanent basis, the position would be filled by a scholar appointed as a permanent member of the university faculty. A 1923 graduate of Ohio State with a bachelor of science degree, Mr. Melton is a prominent Colum¬ bus industrialist and civic leader. HE IS vice president and a mem¬ ber of the board of Harsco Corp., Harrisburg, Pa.; president of Capi¬ tol Pipe and Nipple Manufacturing Co., Detroit. Mich.; chairman df the board of Chicago Nipple Manu¬ facturing Co.. Chicago and Balti¬ more; chairman of the board of Eagle Crusher Co., Gallon, 0.; and was chairman of the board of Capitol Manufacturing Co.. Colum¬ bus, a firm which he founded in 1924, until its merger with Harsco Corp. in 1959. He is president of the law board of the Melton Research Center of the Teachers Institute and Seminary College of Jewish Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York City. Mr. and Mrs. Melton established the research center through a grant made in 1959. MR. MELTON has served as chairman and treasurer of the United Jewish Fund and as a mem¬ ber of the board of the Jewish Center, Temple Tifereth Israel Con¬ gregation, Children's Hospital, Co¬ lumbus Hebrew School. Heritage House and American Friends for the Hebrew University. In announcing his gift to Ohio State, Mr. Melton released the fol¬ lowing statement on his motivation for establishment of a professorship in Jewish history and studies. IN PART it read: "It was a stroke of luck which enabled me to attend Ohio State University. I was living in Toledo, Ohio with my parents when I gradu- . Samuel M. Melton ated from Scott High School in 1919. Early that summer of 1919 my father and uncle bought a grocery store in Columbus and I moved to Columbus with the family. I was (eontlmlad on p*qu 4) GERALD FRIEDMAN ANNOUNCES A NEW U.J.F.G. COMMITTEE Gerald Friedman, the 1965-66 Chairman of the Young Men's Di¬ vision Executive Committee an¬ nounced the election of his new committee for the year 1965-66. Serving with Mr. Friedman are the following people: Bernard Yenkin—chairman of the Young Men's Division; Millard Cummins — vice chairman of the Young Men's Division; David For¬ man—vice chairman of the Young Men's Division; Irving Baker—vice chairman of the Young Men's Di¬ vision; Stanley Katz—chairman of Maccabees; I. David Cohen—vice chairman of Maccabees. Also elected were: James Feibel, Victor Goodman, John Resler, Leslie Wcxner, Barry Zacks, Ben Zox. Thomas Lurie, Gary Cheses. Mark Zalk. Donald Katz, Alan Weiler, Stanton Robbins and Victor Krupman. The Young Men's Division's Exec¬ utive Committee is the governing body of the Young Men's Division of the UJFC. Mitzi Leeds, Tom Lech, Clara Lloyd, Roz Sonestein, Blossom Zit¬ ron, Bob Connors, narrator, and Larry Mann. THE GYMKANA Club, under the direction of Stu Greenberg. will also do several .selections. Assisting in and Josh Greenberg. The club will demonstrate gym¬ nastic skills based on themes of the underground in modern day Israel. ANOTHER AREA of the Aquatic (continuad on page 9] WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS PRESIDENT SEES CHANGES FORJEWS IN RUSSIA STRASBOURG. France (JTA) — Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, expressed his belief here tliat some change for the better is about to occur in the Soviet Union's treatment of Russia's Jewish community. He warned that "creating tlie impres¬ sion that the Jewish people is anti-Soviet would be a historic tragedy." He discussed the situation of Soviet Jewry in his address at the opening session of the World Jewish Congress executive, which is meet¬ ing here with 100 delegates from 30 countries in attendance. The session is being held in the head¬ quarters of the Council of Europe. DR. GOLDMANN appealed to the Jewish people and its friends around the world to contitiue the public demand for equal rights for the Jewish community in the Soviet Union as a religious and national minority, and to seek to persuade the USSR to change its policy con¬ cerning Soviet Jews. At the same time, however, he warned against "distortions" regarding the situa¬ tion. "Above all," he said, "we should iuoid being diagged into cold war polemics. Tliese we should oppose more than any other minority. We should avoid creating the impres¬ sion that the Jewish people, as Such, is antrSovict." Such a development, [continued on pag« S) Jewish Involvement Necessary, B'nai B'rith President Feels BY MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Dr. Wexler, optometrist from Savannah, Georgia, and interna¬ tional president of the Supreme Lodge of B'nai B'rith, held a press interview last Sunday at the Shera¬ ton-Columbus Motor Hotel following his speech at the 'Youth Fellowship Luncheon honoring Jack Reslcr. If there were one word to em¬ brace the keynote of his term in office as well as his personal be¬ liefs, that word would be '"involve¬ ment." Dr. Wexler has had first hand experience with the Civil Rights movement that is going on today, but he has been involved in negro rights for a long time. He even set precedent by campaigning for pub- Uc office in negro districts. He got many tlireatening phone calls and the occasional loss of a patient, but it has never really worried him. "Nothing will take the place of standing up foi- what you beUeve in," he stated. In commenting on the Ku Klux Klan Wexler said that he feared this group very little. His real con¬ cern and fear was with the groups of the extreme right like the Birchers. To these groups, he said, are attached every imaginable sort of racist and bigot. In reference to the recent essay on the American Jew in "Time" Magazine which stated that Jews are losing their cultural identity, the same feeling expressed here by Dore Schary earlier this year. Wexler said that that thesis will not come true, although the trend is there as well as the danger. In commenting on the participa¬ tion by a great number of Jews in the Civil Rights movement, Wexler said that being a Jew, one is consciously or unconsciously drawn by an "invisible antenna" into the fight for the underdog. When one minority in a country does not have rights, he said, the others do not.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1965-07-16|
|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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