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Marriage rules rigid in State of Israel Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, August 2b, 19(2 A-S) By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph Staff Writer In contrast to the U.S. system where marriage and divorce by Reform and Conservative rabbis are legally recognized; in Israel no civil marriages exist and only Orthodox Jewish marriages and divorces have government backing, Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs of Godfrey's Temple Israel told the Telegraph. Personal status matters such .as marriage and divorce in Israel are under the jurisdiction of rabbinical courts which are Orthodox and have authority established by a status quo dating back before 1918 and backed by the coalition now in power. The coalition now in power is primarily influenced by a secular labor party (Mapai) and the Orthodox National Religious Party (NRP). The coalition government, said Rabbi Jacobs, has left personal status matters in the hands of the NRP and other Orthodox religious parties. In turn for what they regard as a minimum of religious jurisdiction on matters of personal status, the religious parties have generally supported the economic and external policies of the predominantly labor administrations. The philosophy of the National Religious Party is that an authentic Jew is one who conforms to traditional Jewish law. Since Con- strvative and Reform rabbis do not conform to traditional law, their ritual activities such as marriage, conversion or divorce are not acceptable to the National Religious Party. • "Both Conservative and Reform rabbis from America are clamoring for recognition and 'have wirtten to the government that they too should be recognized as performing valid marriages and conversions. This has not worked and the Mapai party sturdily agrees with the NRP not to rock the boat and change their rigid adherence to the treaditionaJ status quo," Rabbi Jacobs said. This status quo, said Rabbi Jacobs, dates back to the days of Turkish rule over the area now known as Israel when "all matters with regard to personal problems, such as marriage, were, by edict of the Turkish Empire, given over to different religious communitits. Each had its own court system, into which were funded aH problems of personal status." As a result, each major religious community is governed by its own personal status laws, and there are a wide variety of Moslem, Christian and Jewish groups with their own such laws, Rabbi Jacobs said. This system is known as the "millet" system. The advent of independent national status did little to alter this situation. In general, jurisdiction in matters of personal status remained with the religious courts, separate from the realm of civil law. In this regard, then, there is greater separation of religion and state in Israel than in the U.S. Since Israel lacks a constitution, this informal system of agreements and understandings known as the "status quo" has come to be considered as semi-sacred. It was her concern to maintain this status quo that led Prime Ministger Golda Meir to threaten to dissolve the Government if the Independent Liberals, a junior partner in the present coalition, sought to introduce civil marriage in Israel. The Independent Liberals stress that it is not their intention to substitute civil marriage according to Jewish law. Instead, ther purpose is to establish a system of civil marriage alongside religious marriage, thus providing relief for those whom Jewish law bars from matrimony. The status quo is alos under attack from some Orthodox quarters which have recently voiced demands to amend the law which grants free and automatic citizenship to all immigrant Jews in a way that will ensure that bentficiaries of the law meet the Orthodox defnition of a Jew. The status \ quo, or millet, system not only affects Jewish denominations, but various Moslem and Christian groups as well. "In Israel today," said Rabbi Jacobs, "some great famous shrines and churches are properties fought for legally by four or five Christian sects in Bethlehem and Jeruselam." He said that in the area of th Holy Sepulchre, there may be services going on in various places conducted by various Christian groups at the same time. In the same church, there may be two different services by different sects conducted at the same time. In the Moslem culture in Israel, there are autonomous enclaves "which dot the whole Arab world from Iran and Iraq all the way south to Egypt." Atheist scholar turns up new angles in Bible study By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) — One of the most meticulous researchers in literature is Irving Wallace, the best- selling author who has written millions of words that earned him millions of dollars on a battered $35 typewriter bis parents gave him in his youth. Wallace developed his passion for research as a nonflc- tion writer, but also kept it up when he turned to fiction. He studied source material over a 10-year-period before completing his latest success, "The Word," a religious novel. Here are a few tidbits of unusual Biblical lore he says he turned up in his quest for facts: About 1% billion Bibles have been sold since Gutenberg printed the first one. There is not a single date in the entire Bible. The New Testament does not mention that Jesus was a carpenter, that he was executed on Mt. Calvary, that nails were driven into his hands or feet in the cross, or that such a place as Nazareth existed. The cross was not a symbol of Christianity until 600 years after Christ's death. Church bells were not used until after the eighth century. "Since Christianity was illegal almost everywhere for five centuries, the faithful were told of meetings by word of mouth. Later they were summoned by trumpet. The New Testament does not mention the Three Wise Men as having ridden camels. According to some Latin- American churches, they rode a donkey, elephant and camel. How much did Judas get for betraying Jesus? The.30 pieces of silver he received were called shekels, and 30 Singing substitutes for regular worship A special gospel singing instead of the regular worship service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 27 at the First General Baptist Church of Rosewood Heights. The Singing Faithmen from Cape Girardeau will be featured for the evening. A youth revival will be held on Sept. 1, 2, and 3 beginning at 7 p.m. each evening with a special prayer meeting preceding each service. Guest minister The Rev. Malcom Martin, pastor of the Affton Presbyterian Church, will appear as guest minister for the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship hour in the Wood River First Presbyterian Church. of them would be worth about $14 in our money. Standard Bibles say Christ died in his early 30's. But a lost Gospel called the Acts of Pilate, and also the Gospel of Nicodemus, states that Jesus died between the ages of 41 and 54. Jesus was reported to have come back to earth 11 times in the month and a third following his death. The vocabulary of the Bible is not large. There are only 5,642 different words in the Old Testament, only 1,400 in the New Testament. ontius Pilate is worshipped •'The Bible li the Word of God: Implred - Inerram • Infallible "Wonhlp Where Christ Is Real" WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 212 Eait Elm Street, Alton Bible School 9:30 Morning Worship 10:40 Ooipel service 7:00 LIKE IT IS Are you sure right now that you have eternal life? 1 John 5:13 says "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of Cod; that you may know that you have eternal life"! May we be of help to you in coming to assurance? ALTON BIBLE and BOOK STORE 2808 E. Ireodway, Alton, III. — Dial 462-6855 ATTENTION GIRL AND BOY SCOUTLEADERS — 50% OFF ALL CRAFT PACKS! Trinity Lutheran of Worden to celebrate 95th birthday WORDEN — Two sons Of former pastors will be special guests Sunday during the 95th anniversary celebration of the Trinity Lutheran Church and School of Worden at the 10 a.m. service and a noon potluck. The Rev. Herbert Kothe, retired, of AnnandaJe, Minn., will be guest speaker. He is the son of the Rev. Herman C. Kothe who served from 1915 until bis death in 1941. Former organist of the congregation, Steven Kohlraeler of St Louis, will be guest organist. His father, the Rev. W. H. Kohlmeier, was pastor from 1965 until his death in 1968. Founded in 1877 by a group of 25 families living in Worden, the first church and school was built at a cost of |3,000 six years after the founding of the Methodist Church. The present church building was dedicated Dec. 19. 1894, for about $5,000 including pipe organ and bell, with a debt of about $800. The parish hall and gym- n a s i u m additions were dedicated Apr. 25,1948. James R- Arbeiter serves as principal and teacher of grades five through eight of the school. Field worker Paul W. Hoffman begins his second year with the congregation and his wife teaches grades one through four. During the celebration, open house in all the properties will be observed, it has been announced by the pastor, the Rev. John Recks. e gelical Suited <£kurek 1212GODFHEY BELTLINE o} GODFREY, ILLINOIS REV. WALTER H. KREBS, PASTOR REV. GEORGE W. HURTER, MIN. of ED. CHURCH SCHOOL-9 AM. MORNING WORSHIP —8:00 & 10:00 A.M. Sermon: "Wired To Self-Destruct" Nursery at 10 am and Church School 10:00 to 11:00 Broadcast Over WOKZ CrlURch Private school aid pledged •BANDY HURST Rand Hurst to conduct revival Randy Hurst will conduct a revival for the Assemblies of God Churches in the Alton area. This joint effort will begin with an area Christ Ambassador Rally Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Street Assembly. Evangelist Hurst will speak at the 9:45 Sunday School Assembly, 10:45 a.m. morning worship at Edwards Street Assembly. Sunday evening he will speak at First Assembly in Wood River. This week of spiritual mobilization will shift into a second stage as Rev. Albert C a 1 a w a y, district youth director, will arrive Aug. 31. He will direct the youth in the area in a Proclaimer's Day witnessing thrust. These meetings are for all people of all churches. All the week night services will be at Edwards Street Assembly, 2615 Edwards St., Alton, at 7 p.m. The witnessing will be through out the area. WASHINGTON (Baptist Press) — Senator George McGovern, Democratic presidential candidate, told a group of Catholic educators and parents in Racine, Wi.s., that, if he is elected President, he will find some way "constitutionally" to help private school education. "I am, at this time, exploring the means by which the federal government can help achieve that goal with aid distributed either directly or through the tax structure. "I am convinced that we can find a way to save our non-public schools within the framework of our Constitution," the South Dakota senator said, according to a press release from liis campaign headquarters here Thus, both the Republican incumbent. President Nixon, and the Democratic nominee have committed themselves to Soviet Jews still divided in Israel by the Coptic Church of Ethiopia, a 10-million-member Christian sect. They believe that Pilate repented his sin of having sentenced Jesus to death and later became a convert. Did his Biblical researches convert novelist Wallace, who was a professed atheits when he began them? f "No, but writing the book made me an agnostic," the author says. "My feelings at this point are best expressed in Ernest Renan's agnostic prayer: '0 Lord, if there is a Lord, save my soul, if I have a soul.'" Social An ice cream social scheduled to be held today ; St. John's United Church Christ in Midway. Serving will start at 6 p.m. By MICHAEL GROSS JERUSALEM (AP) — The fight between the Whites and Reds of Russia is still going on in Jerusalem. Both sides maintain churches in the holy city. The Soviet Ecclesiastical Mission, with about 100 nuns and a few priests, has been based since 1948 in a com- pourd and the Church of St. John the Baptist in a Jewish suburb. One of tne nuns, the Soviets say, is 102 years old. The Whito Russians — the Russian Orthodox Church in exile— compose about 150 nuns and priests mostly based in a golden-dnmed church on the Biblical Mount of Olives. Now the church split, dating back to the 1917 Russian Revolution, has become an issue in Israel's law courts. Israel became involved when it captured old Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. "Don't make waves was the password", said Saul Colbi, director of Christian affairs for Israel's Ministry of Religion. METROPOLITAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6th & MARKET ALTON Sunday School — 9:00 AM Morning Worship — 10:00 AM "Temperamental Sins" By Rev. Beck FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS 50 Rosewood Drive East Alton CLARENCE W. PATTON, PASTOR Sunday School . 0:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sermon: "Sowing and Reaping" B.V.F. 6:00 p-m/H Sunday Evening 7:00 p.m. = Wednesday Evening: i Bible Study ... 7:00 p.m. Brown Street Baptist Church 3125 Brown Street O.A.R.B.G. (Where Everybody Is Somebody and Christ Is Lord) Welcomes Vou to These Sen-Ices SUNDAY — Echoes of Grace - WOKZ Radio .. 8:30 A.M. Sunday School 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship 10:30 A.M. Training Union *:00 P.M. Evangelistic Service 7:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY — Bible Study 7:00 P.M. MID-DAY MEDITATIONS—WOKZ DAILY—12:15 PM. Thomas M. Burke, Pastor ALTON FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH 8th and Henry Streets, Alton Howard "Todd" Taylor, Pastor "The Difference 7s Worth The Distance" SUNDAY 9:00 OJH. Spiritual Growth Hour 10:1$ o.m. Morning Worship 5:30 p.m. Youth Choir Rohtarsal 7:00 p.m. Evening Service WEDNESDAY 4:15 pjn. Youth Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting 7:45 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal Sunday, August 27 7:00 P.M. All-Church Musical "The Church With The Great Sunday Night Service" AIR-CONDITIONED FOR TfOUR COMFORT SPRING STREET ASSEMBLY of GOD 6th & Spring, Alton Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Evangelistic Service 7:00 p.m Family Night Wednesday .. 7:30 p.m. The White Russians demanded that Israel recognize their claims to holy places in Jewish Jerusalem. These, according to the head of the anti-Soviet Orthodox Church. Archimandrite Anthony Grabbe, "we were forced to turn over to the avowedly atheistic Soviet government mission in 1948." According to Colbi, the story is different. "The Whites were staunchly pro-Arab. When they foresaw Israel's imminent takeover of West Jerusalem in 1948, they fled to the Arab sector. "When the official Soviet mission requested the properties, they were turned over and on Dec. 31, 1948, the first batch of priests arrived from Moscow," Colbi said.. The White Russians have petitioned the government for return of the properties in West Jerusalem. The government declined the request and shunted it into the courts. find ways to provide federal aid to parochial and other private schools. Speaking at St. Edward's Rectory in Racine, McGovern discussed conversations he had had with parents and educators concerning the rising costs in private school education. He noted particularly statistics showing that "non-public schools are closing at a rate of six per cent per year." "This sad trend must be stopped," McGovern declared. During his meeting with Catholic parents and educators in Racine, the Democratic standard-bearer said he did not come there "to out-promise Nixon on what we're going to do for parochial schools." McGovern was quoted by a Washington-based columnist as telling the group in Racine that the matter of aid to parochial schools "is an exceedingly difficult problem. "I. . . want you to know by my presence here that I'm trying to find out more about the question and the problem and then try to reach ? judgment that is in the interest of the country." McGovern's stand on parochial aid had been expected. However, this is the first formal statement he has released in which he pledges to find some way to help private elementary schools. McGovern's staff has said they are still trying to develop a position on aid to financially pressed parochial schools without offending the Cons t i t u t i o n , and without jeopardizing the financial well-being of public education. Prior to the week of the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, the Democratically - controlled House Ways and Means Committee held five days of hearings on proposed "tax credits" to aid parents with children in parochial schools. Spokesmen for the Nixon Administration were cautious in their endorsement of this particular plan, although they repeated the President's plea that some way must be found to help private, parochhl schools. The Nixon Administration has been exploring the idea of "educational vouchers" a plan that would give parents a voucher worth a certain amount of money with which a child's education could be purchased in either a public or private school. McGovern has talked with some enthusiasm about the voucher plan, but he has repeated that he "has sympathy but no solution." He has emphasized that the formula for aid to parochial schools is not known, and that "none of us will know until the courts rule." In the statement released by his campaign headquarters, McGovern said further: "I know this. The framers of our Constitution desired and encouraged the diversity of intellectual, cultural and religious belief which has contributed so much lo America's greatness. . . we cannot forsake our heritage of diversity and pluralism. The parochial school system in America has been and continues to be an integral part of that heritage." BUCKMASTER LANE CHURCH of CHRIST "PREACHING CHRIST AND CHRISTIANITY" Bible Study 10 am Morning Worship 11 am E. J. AIlen.Mlnlster In Charge Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene 8816 Hillcrest Rev. Kennrth t,. Owens, Pastor 9:30 A.M.—Church School 6:15 P.M.—Family Hour 10:30 A.M.—Morning Wonhlp 7:00 P.M.—Evangelistic Servlcs 7:W P.M—Wednesday Prayer Meeting THESE TIMES .. . ... GOD IS ABLE COLLEGE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Alton — August 27 Worship and Church School — 10:00 a.m. NURSERIES AIR-CONDITIONED Sermon: "A Difference in Standards" The Rev. Arnold Leverenz SPAGHETTI SUPPER-5 PM —Donation 50c— BBIHG * SltUD OR DESSEBT TO SHARE "YOUTH HAPPENING FOR CHRIST' 7:30 p.m. — Featuring Alton and St. Louis Soloists and Ensembles ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Hlwmy 140 — Bethalto, UL 8:00 a.m. Worship Service 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 7:00 p.m. Worship Service Our church is fit to be tried Worth Side Assembly of God 4W6 N. Alby, Godfrey, III. SUNDAY— 9:30 A.M. Sunday School 10:45 A.M. Morning Service 7:00 P.M. Evening service WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. Prayer and Bible Study Christ Ambassadors (Youth) DAY OB NIGHT DIAL-A-DEVOTION 466-6217 Rev. 1 T. Beard, Vaster CLIFTON BAPTIST CHURCH "Preaching Christ lo Meet The Needs of the Whole Man" TURNING A VISION INTO A REALITY Emmelt W. Pastor Cox Sunday School 9:30 Morning Service 10:40 Evening Service 7:00 Wednesday Service 7:30 Largest- Bus Ministry in the Greater Alton-Godfrey area. A class for every age, plus a class for the Educable slow. Straightforward Preaching. Bible Exceptional Choir and fine Special Music. IF YOU CAN FIND CLIFTON BAPTIST YOU HAVE FOUND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN MISSING IN A CHURCH CLIFTON BAPTIST CHURCH HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL? 30H W. pelmar Godfrey, Illinois School can be a demanding place. But In a Christian Science Sunday School, your child learns how God is the source of intelligence, talent, confidence. And he learns how to express more of these qualities every day. Why not bring your child to Sunday School this week? Christian Science (ihurch Services Subject Sunday: "CHRIST JESUS" ALTON, 533 fc. Tenth St Church Service ami Suiui.iy School — 1U a.m. Nur^eiy provided. Wednesday lesti aitmy Meeting, b p.m. Rending Room, luu K. UruudvMiy 11 a.m. to 4:3U p.m. Daily. ELSAH Church Service and Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nur.M-ry provided. Testimony Meeting Wednesday 8:uo p.m Reading Room at 35 St. open dally 3:3U to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2:UU lo 4 p.m.