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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - December 8, 1972, Indianapolis, IndianaFriday december 8, in the jewish Post and opinion largest . Menorah what could be the largest menorah in the United states embellishes the foyer of Temple Emanuel in grand rapids mich., and during hanukah is moved to the altar where the lights Are kindled each night despite its 600-Pound weight. The menorah was created two years ago by Nathan Horowitz above. It is eight feet Long and a Little Over four feet High. The Candle holders resemble the branches of a Large tree. The surface is varied to suggest bark Root and Branch. The symbolism comes from the jewish concept a it is a tree of life to them that grasp the menorah is made of one eight Inch mild steel welding Rod and hot rolled steel plate totally intact or melted together to form the various surfaces. Plaudits and brickbats for Goren premature Bridget loves Bernie under fire rabbis upset some Call for Boycott of show s sponsors Jerusalem a those who May have considered the new chief rabbi Shiono Goren As ready and willing to find loopholes for liberalizing halacha to meet any widely advocated need got a rude Shock when he took a firm stand on non recognition of conversions performed by Reform and Many conservative rabbis. The to Merim Issue which he solved for a brother and sister by developing a unique but contested theory that the first husband of their Mother was really not a jew at the time and therefore the marriage should not be recognized takes care of the few people who fall into the Homzer category. Goren a new stand if it were adopted Means problems for hundreds if not thousands who come to Israel after a no orthodox conversion. It also involves their children who will now be forced to go through formal conversion procedures. The Israel Law of return recognizes anyone As a jew who has been converted even in the very Liberal Reform ceremony. Rabbi Goren has now advocated that the Law of return be amended by the words a according to halacha a which Means a Long process of study culminated by circumcision in the Case of the male and immersion in the Case of the female. Another development was the statement by the newly married Langer brother and sister who said they were opposed to civil Long fight against the Homzer designation that prevented their marriages for More than a year. Both in Israel and in the Diaspora rabbi Goren was being pilloried. A crowd of 5,000 Tore their garments in the Mea Shea rim Section of Jerusalem charging rabbi Goren with desecration of the torah. The orthodox have taken the position that rabbi Goren a rulings May not be relied on in the Effort seen As Congress foil Hollywood Fla. What could mean Competition with the world jewish Congress was the formal announcement of an Institute that will Lead to Long Range planning in world jewish affairs. The announcement was made by Bertram h. Gold executive vice president of the american jewish committee. Established under a Grant from or. And mrs. Morris Bergreen the first project will be publication of a new quarterly Magazine dealing with jewish interests abroad. The Institute bearing the name of the be greens plans to initiate socioeconomic studies of the jewish communities in Mexico Central America and South America to provide direction to the work of the a committee new York a a mounting Crescendo of protests from jewish sources was making the Bridget loves b e r n i e to presentation the most hotly challenged Issue in the american jewish Community. The protests were originating not so much from National jewish organizations As from grass roots jewish sources. Rabbi Sherman Philip Kirsh Ner called on his fellow jews to a a insist on the discontinuance of the program in the immediate future by writing to lbs. The Charlotte n.c., rabbi said that a this television series out rightly defames and castigates traditional jewish concepts and Laws which Are sacred to me and so Many rabbi Noach Valley of Schenectady ., wrote to the network and the presidents of the sponsoring companies and to the Channel 10 in Albany ., protesting against the series. He sent a copy of his letter to the jewish world of Albany and listed the offending sponsors As Procter and Gamble Hunt Wesson foods inc. And the Ralston Purina co. He told the presidents that the shows a Many vulgar and obnoxious character portrayals of jews tend either to reinforce or to introduce negative and degrading anti jewish stereotypes. It also contains Many desecration of sacred jewish rabbi Jack Segal in a Sermon in his Houston congregation pointed out that lbs hired rabbi Allen Secher of studio City calif., to be the religious consultant. He suggested that a the wily question on which he was consulted was in what direction the camera should be he quoted from . Nicola editor of Catholic press features whose article on the to show was to appear in a your Catholic visitor a expressing How a the personally feels offended when he notes that the Only Way the writers can get laughs is by playing heavily on religious rabbi Segal quotes or. Nicola As being furious when in one of the episodes the jewish set of parents win a trip to the Vatican and All they can do in Rome is offer the Pope a Jar of Chicken soup. The rabbinical Council of greater Washington is urging a sincere minded members of every religious denomination to show their disapproval of a Bridget loves Bemies by boycotting the products of the programs sponsor and by writing letters of protest to top to and to the lbs network in new rabbi Hillel a. Cohen called on his members in a letter to write to the sponsors a urging that they discontinue sponsorship and telling them that my family will not buy any of their products As Long As they support the he listed the names of the presidents of the four sponsors and added one More than Given by rabbi Valley a the Chrysler corporation. The spiritual Leader of Temple Beth torah Westbury In his letter to lbs president Arthur b. Taylor asserted that a if my children and other jewish children watch a Bridget loves Bernie they can Only conclude that a mixed marriage is something which is fully Normal and legitimate and that the Only Price to be paid is in the minor annoyances and Petty problems of the sort which provide the material for half hour situation editor Anne m. Hammerman of the Dayton jewish chronicle expressed the a Hope that More voices than mine May be heard so that the producers of this farcical show will know that despite their efforts to make it an example of a living together for Many of us it is a tearing rabbi Albert m. Lewis of Temple Beth Sholom Haddon Heights . Asked a does intermarriage exist yes. Does a Bernie marry a Bridget yes. But the real problem the tensions the real heartaches Are cavalierly set aside in favor of the Petty the inauthentic the a anything for a laugh rabbi Jerome w. Grollman of the United hebrew Temple st. Louis put it this Way a so i suppose we can expect a deluge of phone Calls. The request will be we want the same kind of wedding As we saw on a Bridget loves Bernie. After All if rabbi Goldman can do it Why can to you and i suppose the proper answer ought to be Why not Call rabbi Goldman a rabbi Jacob j. Hecht pointing out that easterners Are used to a ethnic jokes a worried about a the reaction of the inhabitants in other parts of the nation to the jewish language jewish mannerisms and frequent references to jewish religious Observance. One cannot help feel a he wrote Midwest for example View the jewish element in this show As something foreign and different. They probably laugh but at the same time their Lack of understanding at what they see May Well be colouring their impressions of jews As someone to fear distrust and the Canadian jewish news were hardly upset. The Toronto weekly said editorially a fall in All the show is so slight 2nd so unimportant that one wonders if Busy people can to find better things about which to protest. No wonder the anti defamation league seemed embarrassed when requested to join in the Campaign and asked for time to consider the Issue. A Bridget loves Bernie May have shown a Lack of awareness of the seriousness with which both jews and catholics regard intermarriage but it is hard to conceive of the show As a threat to jewish comparing the new show to Abies Irish Rose rabbi Joseph Narot of Temple Israel Miami predicted that it a will not enjoy the Long reign of popularity that came to Abie and Rose. Today too Many non jews and jews know and believe that such artificial surface a interfaith is of no value. Such stories Tell nothing of the realities that face both individuals families and religious societies. They speak of none of the deep emotional and psychological As Well As spiritual conflicts that beset the Abies and the roses or the bridgets and bernies after they marry As they have children As they face their own inner and True ultimate the Post and opinion was told by Ben Epstein director of the Aifiti defamation league of by Nai by Rith that he met with two of the executives of the Columbia broadcasting system. He said they promised to watch the script carefully and a clean up certain lines which could be objectionable and might cause a distaste among the viewers. Epstein confirmed that lbs was aware of the Many complaints and was concerned. Asked if he favored a Boycott he said the Adl was opposed to Boycotts and used As an example the demonstration in which the Adl is participating against Japan airlines which has refused Landing privileges to Al Al. He said the protest was to educate the Public to the fact that Japan airlines was participating in the Arab league Boycott and that Adl was not advocating a Boycott marriage in Israel despite their in these countries refusing to watch the show by a that to watchers in the of does the Post and opinion carry More advertising now than at any time in its history the answer is simple. Our advertisers get results Vii r it ? i f a i a i a i ? i a i f it f r i
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