Development Fund: Assembly Acts on
Adoptions, Birth Control, Bans Gambling
MIAMI BEACH, (JTA)- stitutions, and from two mass
More than 325 lay and rabbinic affiliates of the Union of Amer-
leaders of the Reform branch ican Hebrew Congregations. The
of Judaism contributed a total National Federation of Temple
of $3,860,000 in capital gifts to Sisterhoods pledged $1,000,000,
launch a special three-year drive and $250,000 was pledged by
for $15,000,000 for a nationwide the National Federation of
physical development of the Temple Brotherhoods.
The 3,000 delegates estab-
Union of American Hebrew Con-
gregations and the Hebrew lished a record attendance for
Union College-Jewish Institute a Jewish con-
of Religion, the central national vention. T h e
institutions of the Reform Jew- next biennia!
The action came on the final be held in
day at a luncheon session of the ! Washing-
UAHC 45th biennial general ton, D . C
1 9 6 1 and in
The gifts were made to the Chicago in
Development Fund for Ameri- 1 9 6 3 . The
can Judaism, a special agency board of trust-
created by UAHC HUCUIR. ees of the
UAHC unani- Judge Baar
Max L. Koeppel, of New York,
a member of UAHC's board of mously adopted a new slate of
trustees, is c h air m a n, with officers. Named as chairman of
the board was former Supreme
former Senator Herbert H. Leh-
Court Justice of the State of
man serving as honorary chair-
New York, Emil N. Baar, of
Brooklyn, N.Y. Judge Baar suc-
Three contributions of $250,- ceeds Judge Solomon B. Eisner
•000 each, with many others of Hartford, Conn.
ranging from a low of $25,000
The delegates approved a res-
to over $150,000 were an- olution opposing the . use of
nounced at the luncheon. All gambling for synagogue • fund-
gifts came from members of the raising and against state inter-
governing boards of the two in- ventions to enforce adoption of
children of the same faith as
"The use of gambling as a
Tel Aviv's 50 Years means of raising funds for the
synagogue and the practice of
Translation of Hebrew column
published by Brit Ivrit Olamit.
gambling on synagogue prem-
In the Tenth Anniversary Year so
ises is not compatible with
many exhibitions were held in Is-
proper synagogue standards,"
rael, that I did not intend (think)
to go to the Tel-Aviv Exhibition.
said one resolution which was
which was held in the last (few)
overwhelmingly a p p r o v e d
months. But my children are always
ready to do something new. I
after lengthy debate. Repre-
therefore_ listened to them (their
sentatives of Reform syna-
voice) and together with them paid
a visit to the exhibition.
gogues opposed to the resolu-
The little ones were right! We all
tion said after the vote that
found the exhibition very interest-
while the resolution did not
ing, and it was a great pleasure (to
us). I recalled the exhibition,' called
make the ban mandatory, they
the Levant Fair, held in Tel Aviv in
would find other means of
1935. Of course the difference be-
tween what there was then and
what there is today is very great. I
could really feel the great progress
On the issue of cross-faith
made by Tel Aviv, the largest city
adoptions, the delegates said
My children found a sign with an that while they favored the
announcement that ever y day principle of the same religion
twenty new citizens are born in
Tel Aviv. 1,500 sanitary workers clean for adoptive children and par-
its streets daily, and there are more ents, they opposed "the use,
than ten thousand factories in it.
Every evening about one hundred officially or unofficially, of the
thousand people go to cinema and power of the state to carry out
this religious objective." The
In the pavilion of Tel Aviv itself
we particularly enjoyed looking at resolution contended that the
the pictures and paintings, showing goal "should be striven for
the stages in the development of
the -city from a small group of through the influence of each
houses on a sandy hill, fifty years religious group upon its own
ago. to the big modern buildings of
adherents. The use of the power
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of the state for such a religious
objective is a violation of the
principle of separation of
church and state."
In another resolution, thO
delegates urged the U.S. State
Department "to protest
through proper channels the
denial of equal rights and
privileges to the Jews of the
The delegates went on rec-
ord as favoring "the elimina-
tion of all restrictions and pro-
hibitions against the dissemina-
tion of birth control information
and the rendering of birth con-
trol assistance by qualified
physicians, clinics and hospi-
The Reform 1 e a'd e r s de-
nounced injection of • religious
issues in election campaigns.
"We express our dismay over
statements made and positions
taken by a few religious groups
in outright opposition to • the
possible nomination for Presi-
dent or Vice President of the
United States of any person of
the Roman Catholic faith," a
resolution stated. The delegates
called for application of "the
principle of freedom of relig-
ion" in the selection of candi-
dates for public office.
American Jews who move
from cities to suburbs to
avoid civil rights problems
and thereby • turn "a social
defeat into a moral disaster"
were condemned by a Re-
form leader, Marvin Braiter-
man, member of the UAHC
National Commission on So-
cial Action for Reform Juda-
ism, who denounced Jews
"running from the cities to the
suburbs and carrying their
temples with them because
of a purported invasion of
white neighborhoods by non-
Yaacov Herzog, Israel Min-
ister Plenipotentiary, told the
convention that "paradoxically
enough, as Israel's statehood
matures, the interest of the
people of Israel in American
Jewry, far from weakening, is
constantly growing. On the
other side," he added, "Ameri-
can . Jewry has acknowledged
redemption in Israel as the cen-
tral theme of Jewish experi-
ences in our time."
A Digest of World Jewish Happenings, from
Dispatches of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Other.
CHICAGO—Samuel A. Goldsmith, executive vice-president
of the Chicago Jewish Federation, was one of seven Chicagoans
cited by Loyola University in a Founders' Day convocation for
"exemplary citizenship and outstanding contributions to the
welfare of present and future college students."
NEW YORK—Joe Glaser, agent for Louis (Satchmo) Arm-
strong, American Negro musician, dismissed an announcement
from Beirut that the musician and his troupe were banned from
Lebanon because they included Israel in a recent Middle East .
tour, and he declared: "If Armstrong is banned in Lebanon,
it will be a pleasure for us not to go to Lebanon again" . . . Dr.
Samuel Belkin, president of Yeshiva University, announced the.
largest enrollment in the university's history-4,704 students in•
17 schools and divisions—marking a 27 per cent increase over.
last year . . . The New York Police Department teaches every
recruit about the dangers of holding prejudices which may affect ,
his duties as policeman, Police Commissioner Stephen P. Ken-
nedy said at a Meeting of 300 advertising executives for the Joint
Defense Appeal of the American Jewish Committee and the Bnai
Brith Anti-Defamation League.
ATLANTIC CITY—The Women's Branch of the Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, at its 36th annual
convention here, assailed the "national origins" basis of U. S.
immigration laws as "discriminatory," urged Congress to clarify
the "vital religious distinction" in regard to Americans who do
not observe Sunday as their day of rest and took issue with the
State of Israel over its recent decision to determine a defini-
tion as to "Who Is a Jew" upon secular grounds.
NEWARK—Fifteen persons were arrested in Bergen County,
for violating New Jersey's Sunday closing law and were released
on $25 bail each on charges of being disorderly.
BOSTON—The New England JNF conference launched a
movement for a Massachusetts section in Israel's Freedom Forest
with a goal of 100,000 trees.
PHILADELPHIA—Nathan Rappoport, Israeli sculptor whose
work immortalizing the heroism of the Jews in the Warsaw
Ghetto has been erected as a monument in Warsaw, won the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts $500 award for his "The
Earth Is Given to Man."
WASHINGTON—Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman dis-
cussed the Suez Canal stalemate and American economic assis-
tance to Israel with Secretary of State Christian Herter on
LONDON—It is reported from Damascus that four Syrian
Jews were sentenced by a Damascus military court to lengthy
prison terms, for allegedly having tried to flee to Israel, two
of the Jews receiving 12-year terms and the others to six years
at hard labor, and an Arab convicted of complicity in the
alleged escape attempt drew a six-year sentence . . .. Nine Labor
Party Members of Parliament protested, in a letter published in
Reynolds News, against the fact that there are 1,000 former
Nazis among the judges on the bench in West Germany who are
accused of "making a mockery" of justice.
PARIS—Preparation of claims for damages by the Kaiser-
Frazer Co. in Haifa against the Renault auto company of France,
which withdrew from Israel operations, have been completed
and claims exceeding $2,00,000 will be filled this week, JTA was
informed • by Israel Zaliouk, legal adviser and board member
of the Haifa auto assembly company. .
ROME—An anti-Fascist group filed complaints with the
government and protested to newspapers against the open coinage
and distribution. of gold medals commemorating the Fascist
regime, 18 . medals having been struck with effigies of Hitler
and Mussolini and advertised at $50 each ... The Federal Council
of Italian Evangelical- Churches at meetings here criticized the
Italian government proposed new penal code amendments and
charged that preferred status is given in the code to Catholic
The American theater will churches for whom lesser penalties are prescribed for offenses ...
BRUSSELS—A national center for higher Jewish studies was
receive the 11th annual Amer-
ica's Democratic Legacy award established here by members of the faculties of the universities
for its "contributions • to the of Brussels, Ghent, Liege, the Higher Institute for Commerce in
enrichment of America's demo- Mons and the Agriculture Institute of Gemblouf.
cratic heritage," it was an-
nounced by Henry Edward
TEL AVIV—The United States Information Service will
Schultz, national chairman of
the Anti-Defamation League of provide help for the translations into Hebrew of many American
books, Harold Howland, USIS chief and cultural attache here
Presentation of the League's said . . Israeli veterinarians are trying out a live vaccine
silver medallion will be made against an Asiatic variety of hoof-and-mouth diseases in an
at a luncheon, concluding the effort to save thousands of afflicted cattle . . . Israeli authorities
four-day annual meeting of released the pilot, passengers and Lebanese passenger pl4ne
ADL'S national commission, intercepted by an Israel fighter plane, and the plane with its
Dec. 6, at the Savoy Hilton four passengers left for Beirut after an investigation at the
Hotel, New York. Playwright Haifa airport, the plane, driven by a British pilot, having been
Dore Schary is chairman of the chartered by a British firm operating in Lebanon and Jordan .. .
committee on arrangements for Addressing a meeting here, Premier David Ben-Gurion said Israel
stands ready to convert the . existing armistice agreements with
Accepting the award in be- the bordering Arab states into non-aggression pacts and is pre-
half of the theater will be Rob- pared to disarm if the Arabs do likewise .. .
JERUSALEM-The Israel army has donated a military
ert Preston for Actors' Equity;
Louis Lotito of the League of library to the Ethiopian officers' acadeiny at Harar, and the
New York Theaters; Shepard books were handed over in a special ceremony by the Israel
Traube of the Society of Direc- Consul General in Addis Ababa, Hanan Bar-On . . . The nine
tors and Choreographers, and members of the Canadian • Parliament who visited Israel • en
Dorothy Fields for the Drama- route home from Australia where they attended a conference
of the British Commonwealth Parliamentary Association were
Principal speaker at the feted at a dinner here, and Canadian-Israel friendship was
luncheon will be John Hannah, lauded by Israel's Knesset Speaker Nahum Nir and Roland
chairman of the U. S. Commis- Michener, Speaker of the House of Commons at Ottawa . .
sion on Civil Rights and presi- Technical but not political reasons were given as reasons for the
dent of Michigan State Univer- indefinite postponement of the visit of a World Bank mission in
sity. Dr. Hannah will deliver Israel, the postponement also setting back the visit of. Eugene
the first annual Jacob Alson Black, president of the World Bank . . . The Argentine govern-
Memorial Lecture on the sub- ment has invited the Israeli expert, David Mouchine, director of
ject of civil rights in the the Israel Institute of Productivity, to act as adviser to the Labor
Ministry at Buenos Aires.
ADL to Honor