Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1984-05-24, page 01
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^saaAi:.t-A^iBsBESwiKi<J sy IS If IK? 'I' [ii s I I 5; Lt BRAKY 7 OH 10 H IQTOR ) CAL SOC4*/~^ ' 1982: VELMA AVE. 43211 ;ols» o» EXCH VOL.62 NO.21 MAY 24,1984-IYAR22 t Ocvoted to American And Jewish Jdrali. •j7' iW -r: Conservative Rabbinical Assembly Again Rejects Application Of Reform-Or To Become First Fern ained Woman Rabbi onservative Rabbi ■ ■« .&: ,**.' '4si& V<-S™fflrt, ~i»J "^ I On Wednesday, May 16, community leaders had an opportunity to meet with Rabbi Adolf Shayevich of the Soviet Union. Pictured above, at Columbus Torah Academy, are (1. to r.) Dr. Irving Fried, Torah Academy principal; Rabbi Shayevich and Rabbi Alan Ciner of Agudas Achim. Soviet Rabbi Visits Columbus As Part Of Tour Of United States By Judith Franklin Chronicle News Editor Rabbi Adolf Solomonovich Shayevich, chief rabbi of the Moscow Choral Synagogue, was in town last week as a guest of the Metropolitan Area Church Board—but not t„ many people were aware of his visit. That is, however, just the way Karen Moss, co-chairperson of the Columbus Jewish Federation's Community Relations Committee,, planned it. "We didn't gather together a large group of community people because we didn't want to give him the impression that we recognize him as spokesman of the Moscow Jewish community," Moss explained. Her sentiments echoed those expressed by the Anti- Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, which issued a statement cautioning that Rabbi Shayevich "sadly is not free to speak for the Russian Jewish community, or even for himself." If, in fact, Rabbi Shayevich represented Soviet Jewish prisoners of conscience and refuseniks, the ADL said, "he would not have been allowed to visit the United States in the first place." Moss pointed out that, during her trip to the Soviet Union last year, she encountered total cynicism about the rabbi as a person. "He is recognized as entirely co- , opted by the situation — entirely compromised," she said, noting that he told her privately that anything he does or does not do is by permission of or prohibition by his government. Touring the United States as part of a ' 20-member Soviet delegation of 11, clergymen land nine lay peo-' pie under the auspices of the National Conference of Churches as part of an exchange program with the Soviet Union, Rabbi Shayevich came under strong criticism according to the Jewish (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y. (JTA) — Conservative rabbis voted last week at the 84th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) to reject for a second year in a row the application of Reform-ordained Rabbi Beverly Magidson to become America's first woman Conservative rabbi by convene tion vote but changed circumstances in the Conservative movement have made that issue academic and no future RA convention is ever likely to vote on that issue again. Despite the backing of the RA membership committee and that of many Conservative leaders, Magidson, of Clifton Park, N.J., received 230 votes in favor to 99 votes against her application, 22 votes short of the required 75 percent of the convention majority needed to affirm her application. At last year's RA convention she failed in her bid by fewer votes. The application of another Reform^ordained woman rabbi, Jan Kaufman of action. But her application was tabled. Both she and Magidson were ordained in 1979 by the Hebrew Union College, the Reform seminary branch in New York ".., the time will come when Rabbi Magidson and her fellow women rabbis will take their place in our ranks and share with us their insights, resourcefulness and scholarship." Washington, D.C, had been approved by the appropriate RA committees for consideration for convention City. What The Vote Showed Last week's vote reflected, in part, the objections of would be "Reflections '83/Projections '84." The Annual Meeting will celebrate Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center To Hold 'Sports Spectacular' On Aug. 6 At Winding Hollow "Another spectacular event is in the making," states chairman for the Third Annual Sports Spectacular Ron Feerer. Other personalities attending the "Spectacular" will be golf great Juan A. "Chi Chi" Rodriguez and tennis champs Fred Stolle and Roy Emerson. Ticket price for the entire event, which includes lunch and an evening cocktail hour and dinner, is $250. Proceeds will go to the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center's Health and (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) Heritage Village Annual Meeting Scheduled For Sunday, June 24 Morris Skilken, Heritage Village 'president, announced recently that Mrs. Harry Polster has been appointed chairwoman for the 23rd Heritage Village Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, June, 24, at 2 p;m. on,the Village Land-V scaped Gardens. Mrs. Polster has distinguished herself as an active member of the Heritage Village Board of Trustees and has served on a variety of committees of the Board. In 1977, the Harry A. Polster Dental Clinic was dedicated at Heritage House in memory of Mrs. Polster's late husband. The clinic continues to be one of the few dental clinics in the country to be located within a home for the agings In reviewing initial plans, Mrs. Polster stated that the theme of the Annual Meeting Mrs. Harry Polster the relationship between Heritage Village and the community, as well as project Heritage Village's response to the growing demands of the future. Also serving with Mrs. Polster on the Annual Meet- (CONTINUEDON PAGE 14) Brian Kravitz Selected To Receive Rabbi Julius 1, Baker Scholarship Arnold "Red" Auerbach The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center will hold this year's "Sports Spectacular" on Monday, Aug. 6, at Winding Hollow Country Club.^ "If you attended last year's event, and we know you had a great time, you can look forward to an exceptionally exciting day this year with our featured guest speaker, Arnold "Red" Auerbach,'" says Feerer. In his 32nd season as president and general manager of the Boston Celtics, Auerbach, has brought his team f.o *14 NBA Championship wins. The Columbus Torah Academy announces that Brian C. Kravitz, a seventh grade student, has been selected as the 1984 recipient of the Rabbi Julius L. Baker Torah Scholarship Award. The award, which was established in 1983 to Encourage advanced Torah study among Torah Academy seniors and graduates, carries a grant of up to $2,500. The grant is to be used to pay the tuition of a senior at Torah Academy or a freshman at a Yeshiva High School for a period of one year. The Rabbi Baker Award will be granted annually and is administered through the Endowment Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Kravitz, who will be a senior at Torah Academy in September, was selected by the awards committee in recognition of his diligence in Torah study and trie-practice of Judaism and for his exemplary behavior. Rabbi Julius L. Baker was a resident of Columbus for almost 40 years. Until 1957, he served as rabbi.,of the Congregation B'nai Israel in Lancaster and from 1958-1971, as rabbi of the Congregation Ahavas Sholom. During his residence in Columbus, Rabbi Baker became well known for his Torah scholarship and for his active participation in endeavors to enhance religious and communal life. He was one of the founders of Brian C. Kravitz the Columbus Torah Academy, the father of a former Torah Academy student and the grandfather of two graduates. Rabbi Baker, who now resides in Netanya, Israel, maintains close contact with the community and visits his family in Columbus annually. This scholarship fund is his legacy to the community. Conservative rabbis who believe that the only route to the Conservative rabbinate should be via the JTS rabbinical school. But until last October, women had been barred from admission to the school since its founding. In October, after years of heated debate, in which three recent successive RA conventions endorsed admission of women to the JTS rabbinical school, the JTS Faculty Senate yielded and agreed to do so, starting with the 1984-85 class in the fall. Another basic source of opposition to women rabbis in the Conservative movement, on halachic principle, comes from a strong group of right- wing RA members and supporters in the active rabbinate, who came in a body to the RA convention to oppose the admission vote on the two women Reform rabbis. Those conservative rabbis and scholars were a major force oyer the years in keeping the'JTS rabbinical school closed to women but are now considered a weakened force in the movement. ; Nature Of The Changed Circumstances The changed circumstances, which make an RA vote such as last week's ever unlikely again, are not merely the fact that more than 20 women have been enrolled in the JTS rabbinical school for the coming fall term, but, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was reliably tpld, one of the members of the school's entering class has earned sufficient JTS credits so that, barring unexpected developments, she will complete the school's academic requirements and be graduated next June and thus achieve ordination as the first Conservative woman rabbi in American history. Her identity was withheld by the JTA's source. Accordingly, the JTA was told, when the RA meets in convention next spring, the woman will be a member of the 1984-85 rabbinical school graduating class whose ' members will be routinely voted into RA membership. Rabbi Alexander Shapiro of Congregation Oheb Shalom of South Orange, N.J., the new RA president, told the convention that "the time will come when Rabbi Magidson and her fellow women rabbis will take their place in our ranks and share with us their insights, resourcefulness and scholarship."
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1984-05-24|
|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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