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September 04, 1959 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-09-04

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Plan Appeal Against Verdict for Teen-Agers Believe Anti-Semitism Dying, Survey Reveals
NEW YORK, (JTA)—Jewish among youths attending re- sidered Jews of a marginal
In his report, Davidson
`Voluntary' Prayer in N.Y. Schools teen-agers trained in Reform gional camps of the National faith.
suggests that rabbis who edu-

NEW YORK, (JTA) — A
County Supreme Court ruling
that the court could not compel
the Herricks, Long Island
School District to discontinue
the practice of classroom pray-
ers in its five schools will be
appealed to the highest State
tribunals and, if necessary, to
the United States Supreme
Court. The prayer recited is a
non-denominational form rec-
ommended by the New York
State Board of Regents.
Justice Bernard S. Meyer
held, however, that the school
board was at fault in making
the prayer mandartory for all
6,000 students in the schools
and said that it could not re-
quire the children to pray.
Justice Meyer said that the
First Amendment did not pro-
hibit the non compulsory say-
ing of a non denominational
prayer. The clause provides
that "Congress shall make no
law respecting an establish-
ment of religion, or prohibit-
ing the free exercise thereof."
Justice Meyer held, however,
that the regulation calling for
the opening of each school day
with prayer in the Herricks
School District was "mandatory
in form" and therefore, "ob-_
jectionable."
In his 46-page opinion, Jus-
tice Meyer noted that the
"free-exercise" provision of
Federal and State Constitutions
required that parents be ad-
vised of the adoption of the
prayer, its wording and the pro-
cedure to be followed when it
was said, "so that a conscious
choice can be made whether a
child shall or shall not partici-
pate." Justice Meyer held that
"freedom of religion is not an
absolute right; the state may
impose restrictions if reason-
able in relation to the end
sought to be attained."
Religious tensions and divi-
sions over the saying of the
prayer do not constitute a con-
stitutional reason for not per-
mitting it to be said, "Justice
Meyer declared. He quoted from
a decision in 1839 by the Su-
perintendent of Common
Schools of New York State
saying schools could be opened
with prayer if it were not made
a matter of school discipline.
The school board was report-
ed satisfied with the decision.
The five parents who initiated
the legal action said they were
far from satisfied and planned

to appeal. "We'll go to the
Supreme Court before we're
through," one said. George E.
Rundquist, executive director
of the Civil Liberties Union,
said also that an appeal would
be made to the Appellate Divi-
sion of the State Supreme
Court. The reason for the ap-
peal, he explained, was that
the decision "does not clearly
hold that publicly supported
schools and facilities may not
be used for prayer and other
religious devotions, and because
we feel that even non-compul-
sory regulations pertaining to
the saving of a prayer are
unconstitutional."
The "regents" prayer reads:
"Almighty God, we acknowl-
edge our dependence on Thee,
and we beg Thy blessing upon
us, our parents, our teachers
and our country."

Two Saboteur Attempts
to Derail Israel Trains

JERUSALEM, (JTA) — For
the second time in a week, an
effort was made by saboteurs
to derail a train between Beer-
sheba and the Southern Negev.
The engineer of the south-
bound train found that his loco-
motive had run into stones and
sheet metal piled across the
tracks. He stopped the train.,
and continued after the obsta-
cles were removed. There was
no damage to the train, and
no injuries resulted from the
incident.
A week ago, a similar effort
to derail the train from Beer-
sheba had been made near the
same spot. A Bedouin found
loitering nearby was detained
for questioning.

Rabbi Fram to Speak
at Inteerfaith Scout Parley

Dr. Leon Fram, Rabbi of
Temple Israel, will address the
national convocation of profes-
sional leaders in Scouting Sept.
6 at Hill Auditorium, Ann
Arbor.
The interfaith convocation,
which will be addressed by
leaders of various faiths repre-
sented in Scouting, will be the
climax of a conference of sev-
eral days which has hosted
leaders in Boy Scout work from
all parts of the country. "The
Idealism of the Scout" will be
the subject of Dr. Fram's ad-
dress.

Cong. Shomrey Emunah

Announces

High Holy Day Services

To Be Held in the Air-Conditioned

Schauer Auditorium

(L.Z.I.-19161 Schaefer Hwy.)
TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Sunday 10 a.m. - Noon; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday thru Thurs. — '7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

NOTICE
Rosh Hashanah
Greetings

from

Congregations

and

Organizations

for our annual Rosh Hashanah Edition


Federation of Temple Youth,
an affiliate of the Union of cate children to meet anti-
American Hebrew Congrega- Semitism are dealing with a
tions. It was directed by Rabbi problem of yesterday. It would
Jerome K. Davidson, assistant be far more significant, he said,
rabbi at Temple Beth El, Great for them to train youth to see
Neck, L.I. Evaluating the senti- their social responsibilities as
ments expressed by the Reform Jews in the American corn-
Jewish youths, Rabbi Davidson munity.
said that one reason for their
Rabbi Davidson found sur-
way of thinking is that the prisingly little social idealism
"religious revival" has hit Jews among the young people he
as well as Christians in this talked to, and he thinks this
country. A second is that the might be an extension of their
boys and girls questioned did feeling of security. "Their lack
not feel any anti-Jewish senti- of idealism comes from being
ment in the communities where satisfied with being American
they lived, and from that they teen-agers," he said. "They are
generalized that it did not exist not rebelling against their par-
elsewhere.
ents, and they are not rebelling
Today in America, the rabbi against the world except on the
said, Judaism is accepted as an intellectual level. They hate
Doubt Hate Groups
American faith—if you are a segregation and they hate the
Protestant, Catholic or a Jew, suffering of the poor. But they
Caused Cross Burning you
are considered part of the see little of this in their com-
at Indianapolis Center mainstream. Twenty years ago, munities, so it doesn't bother
INDIANAPOLIS, (JTA) — A he said, other Americans con- them."
fiery cross, burned at the Jew-
ish Community Center Associa-
tion here was believed to have
been the work of one or two
Cordially invites the traditional community in the vicinity of
individuals rather than of an
our Synagogue to worship with us during the corning HIGH
organized hate movement. The
HOLY DAYS, Rosh Hashono, October 4 and 5, Sunday and
criminal investigation depart-
Monday, and Yom Kippur, Kol Nidreh, October 12, Monday
evening, and October 13, Tuesday.
ment of the Marion County
Services will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph Rabinowitz, spiritual
Sheriff's office is handling the
leader of the Congregation, assisted by Rabbi Mayer Mosko-
case.
witz, of New York.
The incident took place on
The Synagogue building is air-conditioned. Distribution of
the night of August 10 but was
admission cards is in charge of a committee, in attendance
not made public in order to
daily 9 to 12 A.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. and all day Sunday.
facilitate the search for the per-
The Officers will be deeply grateful for early reservation, so
petrators. A statement by the
that choice seats may be had as long as available. Please
Indianapolis Jewish Community
telephone TE. 4-0777; or TU 3-3380 for telephone reservations.
Relations Council and the Jew-
ish Community Center Associa-
tion expressed belief that the
police would apprehend the
crass burners.
The statement pointed out
OF NORTHWEST DETROIT
that this was the first case of
its kind involving Jewish insti-
UN. 4-97'76
1'73'76 WYOMING
tutions in Indianapolis in many
announces that
years and stressed the prevail-
well known CANTORS will officiate
ing good relations between the
Jewish and non-Jewish com-
munities here. It declared there
was no cause for alarm or rea-
Reservations and tickets can be obtained every evening
son to believe that the incident
was the symbol of an organized
from 8 to 10 p.m., Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and
hate movement.
DAVID CERN, President
from 8 to 10 p.m.

Temples feel secure as Jews,
and are of the opinion that
anti-Semitism is "dying" in this
country, according to a survey
made 'public by the Union of
American H e b r e w Congrega-
tions.
The survey established that
Jewish youth are not running
away from Judaism and that
they are strongly against inter-
marriage, although they do not
oppose "dating" non-Jews. Of
about 900 teen - agers ques-
tioned, 95 percent of those who
answered t h e questionnaire
said they would be reborn as
Jews if they had a choice and
had to do it over again.
The survey was conducted

CONGREGATION BETH SHMUEL

YOUNG ISRAEL

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Refugee Sparks Chess
Revival in California

SAN FRANCISCO, (JTA) —
Northern California is becoming
the chess capital of the United
States and the annual Valley of
the Moon Chess Festival at So-
noma has become the largest in
the United States, due to the
efforts of a German-Jewish ref-
ugee who settled here.
George Koltanowski and his
wife Leah came here in 1947.
At that time there was one
chess club in the Bay area. To-
day, there are 50 any chess is
part of the San Francisco Rec-
reation and Park program for
youngsters. The Sonoma festi-
val he established will draw 300
players this year.
Koltanowsky writes what is
believed to be the only daily
chess column in the world. It
appears in eight papers and in-
volves, according to the Jewish
Community Bulletin of San
Francisco, playing 100 games
simultaneously by mail. The
chessmaster also answers hun-
dreds of questions on chess that
come to him each week by mail.

Beth Abraham to Enroll
Students for Fall Term

Registration for the fall
term of Beth Abraham reli-
gious school will take place
on Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to
12 noon at the synagogue. Stu-
dents will be accepted for
nursery, kindergarten and all
grades. Registrants will be as-
signed to their class rooms
and meet their teachers. Ac-
tual instruction will begin
Sept. 20.
For further information call
svnag_o glle
office.
UN

A New Modern Air Conditioner Installed

CONG. BETH TEFILO-EMANUEL TIKVAH

Located at WYOMING and MARGARETTA

is informing its members and those who reside in the Northwest
section that a committee will be present in the synagogue each
day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PLEASE come and get your tickets for
the High Holidays.

The Synagogue building is new and com-
fortably air-conditioned.

CANTOR ERNEST GREENFIELD will con-
duct the services.

The sermons for the High Holidays will be
delivered in both Yiddish and English by
Cantor Greenfield RABBI LEIZER LEVIN, spiritual leader of
the Congregation and his well knoWn scholarly son RABBI
ABRAHAM LEVIN.
Morris Dorn, President.

TORAH CENTER — BNAI ISRAEL

Is Happy to Announce That

High Holiday Services Will Be Held
At The

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

15110 W. 10 Mile Road

For Information and Reservations
CALL: TE 4-8360 or EL 7-2764

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