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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Israel lifts taboo on the life of Jesus By MARCUS ELIASON JERUSALEM (AP) Is- rael has smashed a major taboo by giving 13-year-old pupils their first real lessons on the life of Jesus and the growth of Christianity. Trying to escape the wrath of ultra-Orthodox Jews, teach- ers take a low-key approach, sticking to history an9 avoid- ing theological controversy. The issue of who killed Christ is handled in a few words, and the name Judas never appears in the syllabus because, as an official teach- ers' guidebook says, the ques- tion "may arouse emotional reactions among the pupils." But in a country where many immigrants have known little comfort among Chris- tians, and where some Jews still spit on the ground at the mere mention of the introduction of Christianity into Israeli classrooms is striking. Brief course The program, brought into the seventh grade last year, covers its ground in four one- hour lessons. This is hardly exhaustive but in previous years pupils spent 30 mmutes of their 12 years of schooling thumbing through a few pages on the subject. A 35-page textbook recom- mended by the education min- istry tells the story of Jesus tersely. It describes Roman oppression in the Holy Land and the profusion of self- styled messiahs promising a better after-life. Then it con- tinues: "Into this reality, Jesus was born. Little is known of his life, and less of his child- hood." The textbook portrays Jo- seph and Mary as observant Jews who always spent the Passover festival in Jerusa- lem, "and it is easy to imag- ine how the holy places in Je- rusalem were impressed upon the mind of the Galilean boy from Nazareth." The pamphlet quotes at length from Jesus' teachings, describes the miracles, then reaches the story of the Cruci- fixion: "The authorities could not Ignore this man claiming to be a messiah, disrupting pub- lic order and predicting the destruction of the temple... "Jesus was arrested by em- issaries of the high priest and was brought for interrogation. During questioning Jesus pro- claimed himself the messiah and son of God. Upon, hearing this, the priest rent his clothes and ordered Jesus' trial by the Roman ruler Pontius Mate... "He was sentenced to cruci- fixion as a rebel against the empire." Later, the textbook deals with Christian hatred toward Jews as supposed killers of Christ. It teaches simply: "The Christians blamed the entire Jewish people for the crucifixion of Jesus and went even further, placing respon- sibility on Jews for all the generations to come." Annoys Orthodox Despite its approach, the Christianity syllabus has aroused the ire of Israel's Or- thodox Jews. Says Rabbi Men- ahem Porush, a religious lifical leader: "We oppose it because it damages Jewish sensibilities. There is no good reason to plant these things in the brains of our children in tie land of Israel. After all we have suffered from Chris- tians, a knowledge of their- history can do no good for Is- raeli children." Key 73 meeting plans announced A variety of instrumental and vocal items will highlight Key 73 meetings this weekend al Champion United Church. The Knelsen Singers from Coaldale will provide music and Sev. Albert Baldeo will give the sermon. Church Chuckles fry CARTWRIGHT 1253 ''Mrs. Brinks Is paying off her pledge five bmks of trading stamps'" Meetings commence Saturday and Sunday evening at p.m. Other district Key 73 raffles scheduled this month include a rally at Monarch, April 17; meetings in the Nobleford Christian Reformed Church, April 18 and 19; and rallies in Lethbridge at Southminster United Church, April 28 and 29. Distribution of a modern translation of scripture will be conducted by 14 Lethbridge congregations, April 15-21. A leaflet containing the names of churches sponsoring Key 73 programs be enclosed when the books are delivered to city residences. Key 73 is a continent-wide evangelism thrust involving more than 130 Christian demon- inations and organizations. Fur- pose of the program is to strengthen Christian commit- ment in North America. Happy hour Nearly 500 children, parents and teachers par- ticipating in the Lethbridge Happy Hour Bible Club program attended a con- cluding rally last Sunday afternoon in Yates Memor- ial Centre. Jim Dunstan, LHHBC board chairman, in- troduced the program of singing, recitation and skits. The non denomina- tional organization, co- ordinated by Mrs. Ivy Owen, plans to resume after-school activities next fall. Abortion advocate sues church WASHINGTON (AP) A damage suit was filed in United States district court this week against the Ro- man Catholic Church for alleg- edly conspiring to silence abor- tion advocate Bill Baird. The suit, filed by lie Ameri- can Civil Liberties Union, asks for million in compensatory damages and million in punitive damages. Baird alleged he was arrested by a police officer employed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The arrest occurred in a hotel hallway out- side a room where the bishops were meeting last November. When the disorderly conduct charges were dismissed, said Baird's suit, a grand jury re- turned a similar indictment against Baird, which also w dismissed with prejudice. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES as a continuing memorial Ph. 327-5322 or 328-4565 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS DIAl-A-THOT 327-4581 CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S. J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Mr. D. Moisey, Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME A, DANIEl GOlDSMITH MINISTER 1202 3rd Avenue S. KXOO-FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL 11 I KNOW THERE IS A HEAVEN DR. ARMIN GESSWEIN BJBIE TEACHER FROM SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CAUF. WED.-FRI., APRIL 11-13 p.m. HONPA BUDDHIST CHURCH 3611 Forestry Ave. School Japanese Sermon REV. N. KASAGI SOUTHSIOE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720-21 Ave. S. Donald R. Evangelist Sunday: Bible Study a.m. Worship: a.m. and p.m. o.rn. for information and Home Shidv Phone: or 3284855 EVERYONE WEtCOMf 4 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 A AVE S. SUNDAY a.m.-CJOC "The TRUTH That HEALS" School "UNREALITY" WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Tnes., Tburs., Sat Saturday, April 7, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAU) _ 33 Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sun- day night at p.m. over CHEC radio. The Christian Reformed church Is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-2 9th Street So. H. P. NIKKEI, Co-oidinator Phone 345-3335 School Service "CIRCUS" St. Andrew's Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. and 16th St. 5. Phone 327-8827 REV. R. G. DEASLEY Minister Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Worship Guest Speaker: Dr. A. R. S. Deasley, Winnipeg R. J. Wiens, Idaho Adult Choir Will Sing NIGHT Former Church Student Will Take Part Dr. A. R. S. Deasley will speak for our College MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. ond 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, 7.-00 p.m, (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 9 a.m., a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) a.m., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. (Folk Mass in Hall at a.m.) Church 1614 5th Avenue South Ministen REV. G. KEITH CHURCHILL, B.A, M. DIV. Organist MRS. MAIDA MACK Church School led by Students of The Baptist Leader- ship Training School, Calgary. Preacher: Dr. S. J. ivCkolasM principal IN LUKE-ACTS" "AN EPISODE FROM THE BOYHOOD OF JESUS" Special Music by the Gospel Chorus EVERYONE WELCOME LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Home of the Sunshine Evangel Honr Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC1220 K.C. School with classes for aH ages. Worship THE MARKS OF A CHRISTIAN Service Study on First Corinthians Chapter 12 Tuesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study People's Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. COALHURST PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY REV. K. ROSET. Pastor School Service Service "A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 Street South Phone 327-0709 EICC PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN School Worship Hoar and Holy Communion Each Wednesday, Service Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd llth Avenue ond ?4ih Street South EICC PASTOR AISEHT OlSON School and Bible Classes Service Service SUNDAY LCBI CHOIR EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Comer 6th Avenw end 18th Street S. Minister W. F. Sthoepp 327-4336 Office. 328-6987 Rei. School and Bible Classes Worship Service listen to tin Uflfaren Hovr-Sumlinr a.m. Cf AC Cole-orr PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenud South MINISTER-THE REVEREND L D. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY CARE OF YOUR HEART" RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS OP THE BODY OF CHRIST" CHURCH SCHOOL: All classes from nursery to adult at a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. B ETHEL A 716 23rd ST. N. a.m. D MORNING SERVICES T o.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL I s T p.m. EVENING SERVICES (NURSERY FACILITIES FOR ALL SERVICES) MONDAY, P.M. GIRLS' CLUB a a THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAINT AUGUSTINE'S ARCHDEACON CECIL SWANSON, Priest in Communion Communion Eucharist, Senior and St. Monica'! Choirs. (Nursery provided) All departments of Church School MIDWEEK SERVICES Wednesday, April Communion. Breakfast to follow. Tfadrsday. April Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN S If f RECTOR: The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., LTK THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT Eucharist School in Parish Hafl Eucharist Vestry Friday Saturday for Communion THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES MODERATOR: RIGHT REV. M. BRUCE McLEOD, TORONTO President of Conference: REV. P. A. CLINE, Edmonton Choirmon of Presbytery: ReV. KEN JORDAN, SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. one" 11th Sf. S. Ministers: R. W. K. ELLIOTT, REV. A. T. KING Ministry of Music: W. M. WOOLHOUSE A. K. PUTLAND, Org. Emeritot Sacrament of the Lord's Supper "A STRING OF PEARLS" Music: HEAD NOW WOUNDED" Bach a School in aH departments. NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE for youth 15-18 years McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Director: Mr. H. Von Egteren Organists MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, APRIL 8th, 1973 Worship THE BIBLE SOCIETY IN ACTION Rev. Randolf Mohr CHRISTIAN EDUCATION A and Jr. B Grades 34 inclusive Intermediate Grades 7-9 inclusive 3 years to 5 years Primary Grades 1 and 2 Grades 10-12 inclusive Nursery for Tiny Tots FIRST UNITED CHURCH Comer of 5th Avenue and 13th Street North MINISTER REV- K- JORDAN Director Mujic-MRS. DOROTHY GIOCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, APRIL 8th, 1973 HOUR OF THE SOUL" pm.-DISCUSSION GROUP "THE SEARCH FOR MEANING" CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ALL Sunday School Classes at a.m. Nursery Serviccis available at a m. CHINOOK CO-OPERATIVE PARISH REV- A18ERT 8AIDEO COAIDAIE REV. CECIL CARNOCHAN CARDSTON W. CAIDERWOOD-BARONS-NOBLEFORD MORNING WORSHIP Alt BARONS a.m. PICTURE BOTTE RAYMOND a.m. p.m. COALDALE a in. IRON am ;