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April 24, 1959 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-04-24

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THE DETROIT JEFISH NEWS -- Fri day, April 24, 1959- 26

Herzog to Address
Israel Festivities
Here on May 12

Yaacov D. Herzog, Minister
Plenipotentiary of the State
of Israel in Washington, D.C.,
will deliver the keynote ad-
dress at the 11th anniversary
celebration of Israel's inde-
pendence, on May 12, in the
Ford Auditorium. Announce-
ment was made by Lawrence
W. Crohn, .president of the
Jewish Community Council
of Metropolitan Detroit, and
Morris Lieberman, chairman
of the Zionist Council of De-
troit. A dramatic program
also will be presented.

Name Chair at Hebrew U.
for American Neurologist

An American physician and
educator has been honored by
the Hebrew University of Jeru-
salem, which has named the
chair of neurology at the He-
brew University — Hadassah
Medical School, the Dr. Israel S.
Wechsler Chair in tribute to
him, it was disclosed in a cable
from Dr. Benjamin Mazar, pres-
ident of the Hebrew University.
Dr. Wechsler, who is honorary
president of the American
Friends of the Hebrew Univer-
sity and a Deputy Governor of
the Jerusalem school, is a dis-
tinguished American neurolo-

YMCA of Atlanta Buys
$1,000 Worth Israel Bonds

In a highly significant ges-
ture of friendship for the State
of Israel, Kendall Weisiger of
Atlanta, a member of the Na-
tional Council of the Young
Men's Christian Association and
treasurer of its Southern Area
Council, purchased $1,000 in
Israel Bonds in behalf of the
Council. Weisiger, one of the
South's outstanding Christian
laymen, is closely identified
with friendship for Israel, and
is himself a substantial pur-
chaser of Israel Bonds.

Yale's Bob Kiphuth
on 'Mission' to Israel

Boston Attorney Succeeds Engel
as President of AJ Committee

striking absence of Jews from
the executive ranks of large
corporate enterprise in t h e
United States" was condemned
here by Irving M. Engel, Ameri-
can Jewish Committee leader, at
a dinner dedicated to him on
the completion of his five years
as AJC president.
Herbert B. Ehrmann, Boston
attorney, Was elected to succeed
Engel as president of the organi-
zation. The election took place
at the closing session of the
three-day annual meeting of the
52-year-old organization, held at
the Commodore Hotel here.
Engel said that there is "a
vital link" between the exclu-
sion of Jews from certain resi-.
dential areas
a n d country
clubs, and the
against Jews
in employment
by large cor-
porate firms.
The Rev.
John La Farge
prom inent
Catholic lead-
er, was pre-
sented at the
dinner with
the American Jewish Commit-
tee's American Liberties Medal-
lion, for his role in fighting for
equality. In his acceptance
speech, he warned that the in-
creased "diffusion" of hate lit-
erature in this country can have
a disastrous and long-range ef-
fect on youth.
The dinner also served as a
farewell tribute to Israel Am-
bassador Abba Eban, who was
presented with a crystal bowl
by Jacob Blaustein as an ex-
pression of "profound esteem
and abiding affection." Blau-
stein hailed the Ambassador as
a statesman able "to be flexible
without sacrificing principle."

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Eban, in an address analyzing
the Arherican community as
seen by him during the 11
years of his service in t h e
United States, said:
"There are three gifts which
nascent nations — and Israel
in particular — can learn from
America. The first is your al-
most innate genius for freedom
under law, the sublime convic-
tion that democracy is the high-
est expression of man's social
"The second is the American
gift of harmonizing diversities—
for nowhere has there been such
a great triumph in creating a
national personality which seeks
the enrichment of varied cul-
tural sources.
"The third is your belief in
the affirmative qualities of tech-
nology and science—for the true
vocation of the scientific age
lies in its response to the corn-
passions and utilities of man-
The conference, attended by
about 1,000 communal leaders
from 600 communities through-
out the country, culminated in
cornerstone laying ceremonies
for the American Jewish Com-
mittee's new $2,500,000 eight-
story Institute of Human Rela-
tions, which will be ready for
occupancy in June of this year.
The Institute will be a center
for research and practical appli-
cation in intergroup and human
relations and will serve as the
Committee's permanent head-
Speaking at the ceremonies,
Sen. Jacob K. Javits urged the
Federal Government to "mobil-
ize all available resources in the
technical, scientific, educational
and practical areas" in an ef-
fort to reduce the scope of
intergroup tensions.
He urged the Congress to
follow President Eisenhower's
recommendation and create a
Statutory Commission on
Equal Job Opportunity on
Government Contracts. He
said that this measure "could
have a far-reaching effect in
helping us achieve the full
implementation of the Fed-
eral Government's established
policy of non-discrimination
in employment."
Other principal speakers at
the ceremonies, which were at-
tended by national and com-
munal leaders, were Engel,
Blaustein and Judge Joseph M.
Proskauer, honorary presidents
of the American Jewish Com-
mittee; and the AJC's executive
vice president, Dr. John Slaw-
son. A. M. Sonnabend, of Bos-
ton, AJC vice president, served
as chairman. Dr. Slawson set
these goals for the Institute:
"The Institute will be engaged
in basic as well as applied re-
search in the problem of preju-
dice. It will be a center for the
taking of counsel with one an-
other with those who work in
the field of human relations. It
will engage in training in the
skills of human relations and
prepare people to work in that
area, thus contributing toward
the emergence of the new pro-
fession of human relations."
At the opening session of the
conference, Dr. Slawson said
that there is a cultural lag be-
tween the "deeply American
quality of American Jewry
today and the twin acceptance

French Group Seeks
Anti-Bias Legislation

PARIS, (JTA) — Stronger
laws banning publication and
dissemination of anti-Semitic
literature, and forbidding dis-
crimination in employment or
in housing because of race or
religion are being sought here.
Passage of such laws is re-
quested by MRAP, the Move-
ment of the Resistance Against
Anti-Semitism and for Peace.

of healthy integration into
America and self-acceptance as
He warned that "there is a
tendency for self-isolation;
there is an uneasy relation
with non-Jews; there is a fear
of risk of the consequences of
open participation, • such as
inter-marriage or group ex-
tinction; and there is great
sensitivity in any form of self-
The AJC official also warned
Jews that "we are not suf-
ficiently taking care of the beam
in our own eyes with reference
to the prejudices we ourselves
feel toward others."
Dr. Slawson told the parley
that in their studies, AJC re-
searchers had found that "those
who are affirmative in their
Jewishness and in their citizen-
ship role, participate. in both
Jewish and community affairs in
a balanced manner.

Announcement is made by
Sydney S. Baron, chairman of
the American Wingate Commit-
tee, a project of the United
States Committee for Sports in
Israel, of a mission to Israel
which has been accepted by
"Bob" Kiphuth, Yale's legen-
dary swimming coach, whose
teams have won more dual
meets than any other team in
Prof. Kiphuth, internationally
renowned swimming and physi-
cal education authority, left for
Israel last Saturday for a six
week stint as visiting professor
at the Orde Wingate Institute
for Physical Education in Na-
tanya, Israel.
This is Kiphuth's second visit
to Israel, under "Sports for Is-
rael Committee" auspices. He
will conduct clinics and ad-
vanced courses for Israel's swim-
ming teachers and coaches, plus
a few top notch swimmers.

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