Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1983-11-17, page 01
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r ••iC" . ,J 4. I ¥ "hi 111 ml fl:' I P- 9' I- *'. ' '*„J* ■ITr H r*1" L'! ■ hi ) till fe ll t fcr. I \y f ifi' i''; li: f«'-. £.*• OfflOJE^^S^KlONICLE /jJAV/y Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over 60 Years \^/A\\-■ 'LIBRARY*, OHIO HiSTOfTl'CAU SOC4*>T*£ 1 98S VELM/v AVE, VOL. 61 NO. 47 NOVEMBER 17, J983-KISLEV11 Devoted to American and Jewish Icteats.' OOLB, 0, 43211 EXOH Riegner: It Is Wrong To Second Guess Klezmer Conservatory Band Klezmer Conservatory Band Plans Columbus Premiere The Klezmer Conservatory Band will present its Columbus premiere performance Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Agudas Achim Synagogue at 8 p.m. From the shtetls of Eastern Europe, through the emigration to America, from the - jazz clubs of the cities and. the stages of the Yiddish theatre, comes the music of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Consisting of 14 musicians, the band is at the forefront of today's Klezmer revival. Through their tours and their album, "Yiddishe Renaissance," the Klezmer Conservatory Band is dedicated to nourishing and fulfilling the Klezmer tradition. In the Boston Globe Magazine, Debra Cash stated, "The melody rises from the shadows, from half-forgotten recesses of a people's musical imagination. The clarinetist is bowed over his instrument, his eyes closed. Slowly a wail rises: It is a Jewish melody, a doyne. from Romania, suffused with complaint and resignation and layered with vir- tuosic cantorial ornaments. The trombone amens from the corner. The violin and piano rumble and the bass viol drones. Suddenly, the music breaks into a coy tango and then, as if despite itself, into a joyous, upbeat wedding dance." The term "Klezmer" comes from the Hebrew words "kleizemer," "vessels of song," and almost any song seems suitable for a klezmer musician. In Easter n Europe, klezmer fiddle bands began traveling from town to town 500 years ago, playing at Jewish weddings that sometimes lasted a week and at peasant dances and banquets given by local landowners. Over the years, the groups added brass instruments and clarinets for a fuller sound. The performance is sponsored by the Agudas Achim Synagogue and the Israel/ Judaic Department of the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Cen ter. Tickets are available at both locations. General Admission is $7, Patron Tickets are $12 (first several rows) and Senior Citizens/Students are $4 with ID. For further information, call the synagogue office at 237-2747 or the Jewish Center at 231-2731. Wh To tee NEW YORK (JTA) — Dr. Gerhart Riegner, who in 1942 as representative of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva first informed the Western world of the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people, indicated recently that he felt it improper to cast judgement on what should have or could have been done to help rescue European Jewry during World War II. ' 'Certainly we could have rescued more, but don't have any illusions that we could have rescued millions," Riegner told a group, of American representatives of the World Jewish Congress at the Minskoff Center here. He said the international political situation was differ ent and the American Jewish community's influence was limited compared to what it is today. Observers interpreted Riegner's remarks, which included a reference to Stephen Wise, the former president of the American. Jewish Congress, as having been a direct reference to the ongoing investigation under the chairmanship of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldbert into what the Jewish community did or did not do in its efforts to save European Jewry. An interim report issued by the Goldberg group has specifically cited Wise's wartime efforts.? The Nov. 9 gathering was in commemoration of the Jewish Feminists Assess Challenges And Gains In Struggle for f quality By Susan Birnbaum NEW YORK (JTA)- Challenges facing American Jewish.women in their longstanding' effort to achieve equality in all areas of Jewish life and ways to attain this objective were the basis of a recent two-day Jewish feminist conference here. The 250 women who met in Congregation Ansche Chesed also examined achievements gained during the past decade. ... ten years ago... "We had three rabbis speaking, all of them men. Today, we have five rabbis speaking, all of them women." One of the primary goals Jewish feminists set a little more than ten years ago was met last week when the Faculty Senate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America voted 34-8 to admit women to the Seminary's rabbinical school for ordination as Conservative rabbis. THe vote culminated a decade-long, struggle that was sparked by the members of Ezrat Nashim, the first Jewish feminist organization, founded in 1971, to convince the Conservative movement that women are equally capable of intense study of the Jewish religion, are equally devoted to keeping traditional Jewish precepts and practices and should be considered bound to fulfill all the religious obli gations ("mitzvot") of men. On March 14, 1972, the 14 members of Ezrat Nashim attended a plenary session of the Rabbinical Assembly, where they issued a "Call for Change," requesting that women be granted: synagogue membership; inclusion in the minyan; full participation in religious observances; recognition as witnesses in a Jewish court of law; the right to initiate divorce proceedings; permission and encouragement to attend rabbinical and cantorial school, and to perform these functions in the synagogue; encouragement to join decision-making bodies and assume .professional leadership roles, both in the synagogue and the secular Jewish; community, and to be considered obligated to maintain the mitzvot; Not Enough Changes Arlene Agus, a founding member of Ezrat Nashim, and currently the director of external affairs and planning at the Cardozo School of . Law at Yeshiva University, reminded the conference at Ansche Chesed that ten years ago, at the first Jewish feminist conference, "We had three rabbis speaking, all of them men. Today we have five rabbis speaking, all of them women." . .. Jewish feminism (is) an "eloquent voice" which has defined and presented the "needs and claims of women." (There are now more than 60 women rabbis, ordained through the Reform and Reconstructionist branches of Judaism; at the time of the conference ten years ago, there was only one, Sally Preisand.) Agus, who was the moderator of the recent conference titled "Jewish Women's Conference: Challenge and Change," a project of the National Council of Jewish Women-New York Section and sponsored by the Jewish Women's Resource Center, said that although many of the changes sought in the (CONTINUED ON PAGE 13) Early G^ Deadline for jth^ Chronicle is ?toclay, Thursday,; Nov? 17, at ■/l2?hoon/,w9-9 Deadlinev for ?thebec^?;l issue ?Wednesdaiy,;Noy9^ the Chronicle of fjce^ill be closed Thurs- , day, Nov *?:249Emd^ ■;. ? Thariksgivihg^qUdayv?^^ ©en Done ewry During WWII 45th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of. Shattered Glass), when Nazi anti-Jewish attacks on the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, decimated Jewish-owned property and synagogues throughout Germany. The event is considered a turning point in the treatment of German and Austrian Jewry marking an end to independent organized Jewish life, with the dissolution of cultural and communal bodies and the banning of the Jewish press. While no complete tally of the destruction exists, reports said at least 30,000 Jews were arrested in Germany, some 8,000 in Austria, and were sent to concentration camps in Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsen- hausen Reports said 815 Jewish- owned shops were destroyed, and 29 warehouses and 171 dwellings set on fire or otherwise destroyed; 1,91 synagogues were set on fire and a further. 76 completely demolished. Thirty-six Jews were killed and 36 severely injured in the anti-Jewish attacks. Rabbi Arthur Schneier, spiritual leader of the Park East Synagogue and a participant in the discussion, was in Vienna 45 years ago and said he was a boy on his way to school on Nov. 9,1938. "It was a day and night of horror. I can still hear the (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9) CJF, Tzavta To Sponsor Monodrama On Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Israel Department of the Columbus Jewish Federation and the Tzavta Club are co-sponsoring a show entitled "Mrs. Davidson's Story," a monodrama written by Av Mender and performed by Rosina Fernhoff. This show is a fictional account of a terrorist siege on an international children's school in Israel. The day's events center* on a teacher and one of the terrorists who used to be her gardener. A confrontation between terrorist and hostage turns into a political "symposium" at gunpoint. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 3) Dr. Samuel Portman Elected President Of Ahavas Sholom On Oct. 27, the membership of Congregation Ahavas Sholom elected Dr. Samuel L. Portman as its new president. In accepting this new position, Dr. Portman continues a long tradition of service to the Columbus Jewish community. A former president of the Columbus Torah Academy, Dr. Portman currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the school as well as the House of Tradition. He is also active in the Friends of Aish Hatorah and is a former board member of the Columbus Jewish Federation.. Dr. Portman is an obstetrician-gynecologist who has been in private practice since 1966. During his formal acceptance, Dr? Portman expressed his strong belief in the underlying principles of Ahavas Sholom and in its present direction. He also indicated his appreciation to the former president, Pearson Press,1 for his dedication to the shul and the manner in which he performed his duties as president. Press continues to serve the shul as chairman of the Board. . Other officers include Tom Schottenstein as vice-president, Arnie Lustiger as secretary and Ditzi Rising as treasurer. Reelected to Dr. Samuel Portman serve on the Board of Trustees are: Sanford Bloom, Harold Shindel, Ken Winiarz, Mike Berenstein, Mike Seidemann. Farrell Shar, Aaron Yablok, Annette Tanenbaum, Thea Press, Mort Rising, Ethel Rising, Mitchell Cohen, Mel Freed- berg and Susan Portman. Newly elected Board members are Steve Factor, Jack Levey, Yehuda Lowy and Paul Tanenbaum.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1983-11-17|
|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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