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January 22, 1975 The Jewish Transcript Page S Bq.00 Iny a Shy, Simple Man-- Sitys Education Important by Trude B. Feldman Wash. D.C. Correspondent Although the late Jack Benny WOUld have been 81 next month, his complexion was of a much younger man, his walk was springy like a en oying the prime of life, and tWas hard not to visualize him as age 39. His blue eyes always SParkled. Wonderful Feeling During a recent interview, enny mused: "What does one get out of life? The satisfaction of wm_ei.lg People laugh is, for me, a aa,= feeling. To me, it is fun healthful, s, ne feeling young and vi;e=ny'sgreet love was the -r fr, which he took seriously. He ;;l'ced every day. He hoped to a 'fine' violinist. In reCent , Years, he appeared wffh ',ore than 60 s m hon orchestras Y P Y nd raised nearly $4.5 million for ,e musicians, fund charities. He a=sc, ve many concerts in Israel. "1 love to do concerts more than anything else. Concert audiences are the greatest." , "1 Played the violin when I was a e/ng .chap, but gave it up," he the tea. But if I had liked the violin n as much as I do now I Irob k ably would never have "eCOme a comedian." ,,nny aescrllea himself as a bonY and simple fellow, not a 24- n'uraday comedian, not a laugh 0 hint.. . In fact, for a median, I'm surprisingly nor- . I've only been married once , u Ive never visited a cf Itrist.. and a guy can't be Ore normal than that." "If I could live my life over," Benny replied, "1 would have gotten a better education. Un- fortunately, I hated school when I was a kid. I wish I had cared more about my studies." Nonetheless, it is a measure of Benny's success that there is a junior high named after him in his home town. "It's hard to describe the feeling I get when I go back to visit that school," he told me. "But it's such a grand feeling. You see, it touches me to the point that I wish I could instill in children how important their education is while they're in school." Advice to Young /fhat advice did he have for YoL nl People today?    = mm= =mm m m m m mm mm= m m m m mam J mm= Imm =mm Ilm NOW is the TIME to make Reservations for 1975 SHIP Did Benny think of himself as a funny man? "No," he answered with a smile, "but I do have a natural sense of humor." Audiences Differ The late comic said that most of his audiences were good, but he cited London and Australia as the best. "You don't have to even finish a joke--they laugh and scream before you come to the punch line." Cruises Richard Tucker, Devoted Jew by Trude B. Feldman Brooklyn.born Richard Tucker died recently at age 60. Tucker was not only widely known as the world's best tenor, but also for his support and concern for humanitarian and charitable causes all over the world. Born Reuben Ticker to poor Bessarabtan immigrant parents, Tucker did his first singing at the age of six as a boy alto in the Allen Street Synagogue on New York's lower East Side. He began his career as a cantor (chazzan) at the Brooklyn Jewish Center. Tucker would have celebrated his 30th anniversary this month with the Met. On his 25th an- niversary, CBS Records issued a special "Richard Tucker Silver Jubilee" album to salute the significant career milestone of the Met's Number One Tenor. He received the state of Israel's first 'Artistic and Cultural Award' for his "significant contribution to international amity through the universal language of music" and a gold plaque for "distinguished service to Israel in its formative years." Tucker had endowed several sizeable scholarships at Israeli colleges and universities, and was one of the principal sponsors of the Call Me Lovey Cohen Stuart Sloan, Foreign Minister A/Ion, and Samuel Stroum exchange ideas at a special dinner prior to AIIon "s address to the community. Pictured left to right." Stan Jaffe, Robert Miller, Dr. Charles Fine, Dr. Manfred Laband, Foreign Minister Yigal AIIon. LAURENCE OLIVIER NARRATOR Alyn Crippled Hospital in Jerusalem. //Most Excellent Film on Israel"--Available Now New York--"Tree of Life," a major film documentary about the land and people of Israel, has been made available to communities for local program use, Frank R. Lautenberg, UJA General Chairman, announces. Laurence Olivler narrates the film, which has been described by Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek as "one of the most excellent films about the people of Israel I have ever seen." It presents a dynamic picture of modern Israeli society, focusing on the humanitarian needs of the people of Israel and the dramatic social progress they have achieved there during the last 26 years. John Ferno, a leading Dutch film maker, directed the widely- acclaimed "Sky Over Holland," which won Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and many other awards. The director first visited Israel in 1950 and has made several documentaries about its people, including two UJA campaign films, "A Message of Life," produced in Israel during the Yam Kippur War, and the recently- released "The Longest Wave," which deals with the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union to Israel. "Tree of Life" is available in 52 and 26 minute versions from the Film Library, United Jewish Appeal, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019. Israeli Confusion, Not Arabs, Worries Sharon Still an ordained cantor, entitled to perform weddings and funerals, Met Star Tucker had foregone all opera and concert engagements twice a year to return to the ministry for the High Holydays and for Passover 'Seder' Services. i [ In Mem0riam J Memorial services for Abe Bridge, 75, of 1535 42nd Ave. E., were held at Bikur Cholim- .- Machzkay. -Hadath Synagogue Thursday, Jan. 2. He was a long time member. Bridge lived in Seattle more than 70 years. He was an insurance broker for the past 30 years at Sch- wabacher Bros. Wholesale Groceries. He was a veteran of both World Wars and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps. Bridge was a founder and Past Commander of Jewish War Veterans, Post No. 686, and a Past Commander, Legion of Honor, Nile Temple Shrine. He also belonged to other Masonic organizations and American Legion Post No. 1. Bridge was the first to receive a life membership in the Y.M.C.A., Seattle Branch. by Greer Cashman Jerusalem--" Israel has to decide Immediately what we really want--what is important to our existence. People are confused. Nobody knows" thlnks Arlk Sharon, M.K. "People should know for what they are fighting," said Sharon. Referring to the Yom Kippur War, Sharon termed it "an undecided war." Technically, he said, It was Israel's greatest victory on the battlefield; but strategically, Israel lost the war in the face of the oil crisis, coordination between Arab countries and renewed Arab confidence. "In a way, Israel lost her national goals," he stated. "The war in 1948 was more terrible," he recalled. "We had 6,000 casualties out of a population of 600,000 people, but t don't remember He is survived by his wife. Tiny a daughter, Mrs. Dolly Greenfield; three granddaughters, Betty Jo, Cheryl Ann, and Mitzl Lee Greenfield of Menlo Park, Calif.; a son Jerry Bridge of Granada Hills, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Helen Silver; and a brother, Dave Bridge, both of Seattle. Burial was at Bikur Chollm Cemetery. Contributions may be J made to your favorite charity. I Israeli Scientist I Investigates Age I What causes a living organism to grow old and die? Research-by Technion scientist David Gershon J at the Department of Biology may J yield the answer. people would like to live in. We have failed in education. We have to teach people about the contact between Israel and Judaism. We have to worry more about our contacts with our people abroad. We have to come back to basic Zionism." Stressing the partnership bet- ween Israel and the Jewish people, Sharon said, "I never saw Israel as an Israeli project. We are the spearhead of the Jewish Nation." He thinks Jews abroad should be given a greater say on what Is happening in Israel. Political Needs "We are coming to a time where political support is more important than material support," he said, "but we have not done anythlng about it. Because the future of our people abroad Is directly related to Israel, we must start doing things together." MU21 Professor Gershon's hypothesls, to anywhere a ship can go " based on years of laboratory ex- people feeling them, as they did in On the Issue of Palestinians, IJ IITED TRAVEL SERVICE 18181 1973.1n1948, we were on our way to Sharon said, "l will never accept .. 617-3rd Ave. Seattle, A. 98104 . We.e.. J. ........ achieve our goals." the idea that the Palestinians don't "I'm not worried about wars," exist. I don't know if they exist or he said. 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