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August 14, 1959 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-08-14

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The parliamen-
tary aspect of the Plenary Sessions of the
World Jewish Congress, the groupings of
delegations by countries, the multi-lingual
set-up, gave the conference held here, in the
Parliament building, unusual significance.
Not least in importance is the list of
countries whence delegations have come to
this Plenary. Represented here are the Jew-
ries of
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
Belgian Congo, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,

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Cyprus_ Denmark, Dominican Republic,
Eire, El Salvador, Finland, France, Ger-
many, Greece, Great Britain, India, Indo-
nesia, Iran, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Mex-
ico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Para-
guay, Peru, Portugal, Rhodesia, Sweden,
Switzerland, Tunisia, United States, Uru-
guay, Venezuela, Yugoslavia.
The Polish delegation came as observers.
The anti-West position taken by the Polish
spokesman infuriated the delegates, but the
Congress leaders feel that it was proper to
have invited the Jews of Poland, even though
their representatives speak in Communist

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terms. By bringing them° together with Jews
from Western countries, it is hoped that they
may have learned of the position of the free
Jewries in the world.
Leading international organizations were
represented at the Plenary sessions by ob-
servers—among them the World OSE, Scan-
dinavian Youth Federation, Alliance Israelite
Universelle, Bnai Brith, Board of Deputies of
British Jews, Jewish Community of Denmark,
Jewish Agency for Israel, Federation of Ro-
manian Immigrants in Israel, WIZO and
World Union of Jewish Students.

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Stimulate Educational Revival

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STOLKHOLM—A major exhibition at the Plenary
Assembly of the World Jewish Congress was the show-
ing of the bas reliefs and wood works of Berl Satt,
eminent Jewish sculptor. The entire collection was
acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Morris Schaver, of Detroit, and
and will become a permanent possession of one of the
leading museums in Israel. Prior to its presentation to
Israel as the Schavers' gift, the exhibit will tour the U.S.
The top photograph shows the members of the
Detroit delegation to the World Jewish Congress viewing
the exhibit. From the left are: Morris Schaver, his son,
Isaac, Mrs. Philip Slomovitz, Philip Slomovitz, Mrs.
Schaver, Rabbi Leon Fram and Rabbi Morris Adler. Mrs.
Adler is the only Detroiter attending the Congress who
is missing from the photograph.The two additional
photographs are of the Schaver collection of Satt carv-
ings and of the Detroit delegation, from the left: Rabbi
Adler, Mrs. Slomovitz, Isaac, Emma and Morris Schaver,

Mr. Slomovitz and Rabbi Fram.

STOCKHOLM--"The coming years are going to be crucial for the Jewish
people in Israel," declared Dr. Nahum Goldmann, who was re-elected Tuesday
night as president of the World Jewish Congress at the closing session here of its
assembly. Dr. Goldmann explained that the problems which face the Jewish world
cannot be separated from what happens in the world at large. He said that relaxa-
tion of world tension can bring about peaCe in the Middle East and renewed
prosperity for Israel. On the otheii hand, increased world tension could worsen the
situation, he declared.
The WJC president expressed the hope that at the next assembly four
or five years from now, Eastern Jewry, including Russia's Jews, will actively par-
ticipate in the deliberations. He announced that the next WJC executive will con-
sist of 75 members, including 16 from the United
States, 15 from Israel, five from the United King-
dom and four from France.
The assembly passed a resolution express-
ing the hope that the East German government
will change its attitude and meet Jewish material
claims, and also noted, with concern, the fact
that Nazis occupied important positions in the
public life of the Communist-ruled part of Ger-
Elected along with Dr. Goldmann were
Rabbi Israel Goldstein, of New York, honorary vice
president; Samuel Bronfman, of Canada, chairman
of the Western Hemisphere Region; Israel Sieff,
of London, chairman of the European Region; and
Arieh Tartakower, chairman of the Israel branch.
Ira Guilden was elected treasurer and Shad Polier,
of New York, chairman of the budget committee.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress adopted a
global program for the revival and stimulation of
Jewish educational and cultural activities through-
out the world. The 300 delegates from 43 countries decided that at least 20 per-
cent of the World Jewish Congress budget should be spent on the newly-revitalized
educational and cultural program.
Included in the program are the following items: 1. Establishment of a
central Jewish high school, probably in Europe for Jewish students from all over
the world; 2. Creation of local Jewish cultural committees by all communities
affiliated with the WJC that do not as yet have such committees; 3. The conven
ing of regional WJC conferences in the future prior to world-wide sessions of the
plenary assembly; and 4. Increased cooperation between the WJC and the United
Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Other portions of the program call for the publication of a Jewish Journal
of Sociology, establishment of a Jewish Teachers Seminary for the training of
teachers for higher grades of Jewish secondary schools so that such teachers
might serve communities that cannot establish teacher seminaries of their own,
sponsorship of Jewish educational materials in Spanish for the children of 750,000
Jews in Latin America, provision of free books for teachers and scholarships in
Jewish education for children in India.
Another proposal to convene a global conference of Jewish educators in
1960 was also approved by the assembly. Fears by some leaders of Mizrachi that
the Congress itself will enter the field of education through conduct of its own
educational programs were allayed by Dr. Goldmann, who assured the Mizrachi
delegates that the Congress will not itself enter the functional phase of Jewish
education and that, in any case, Mizrachi will be consulted during the implementa-
tion of the program. With the Mizrachi acceptance of Dr. Goldmann's assurance,
the program was voted unanimously.
A major aim of the educational program will be the stimulation and devel-
opment of Jewish day schools, which the program describes as "the fundamental
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