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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-09-23

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Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951-

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National

$ditorial Association.

Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 35,
Mich., VE 8-9364. Subscription $5 a year Foreign $6.
Entered as second class matter Aug. 6, 1942 at Post Office, Detroit, Mich. under act of Congress of March
•8, 1879. -


Editor and Publisher

Circulation Manager

Advertising Manager

City Editor

Rosh Hashanah Scriptural Selections

Pentateuchal portions: First Day, Thursday,. Gen. 21:1-34, Num. 29:1-6; Second Day, Friday,
Gen. 22:1-24, Num. 29:1-6.
Prophetical- portions: Thursday, I Satnuel 1:1-2:10; Friday, Jeremiah 31:2-20.

Shabbat Shuvah Scriptural Selections

The coming Sabbath, the third day of Tishri, 5721, the following Scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentatiuchal portion, Haazinu, Deut. 32:1-52. Prophetical portion, Hosea 14:2-10, Micah


Scriptural Readings for 'Fast of Gedaliah, Sunday, Pentateuchal p o rt i o n, Ex. 32:11-14;

34:1-10. Prophetical portion, Isaiah .5'5:7-56:8.
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September 23, 1960

Encouraging Trends for the New Year

In the course of stock-taking of the events that transpired during the year
that has just passed, of the accomplishments to our credit as well as the shortcom-
ings; and as we begin to plan for another year of wholesome efforts, there is cause
for inspiration in the knowledge that there are positive approaches to Jewish needs.
The year. 5720 may well be judged to have been, comparatively, a constructive
one. It is true that it was marred by an outburst of anti - Semitism, by swastika-
smearings, by a resurgence of neo-Nazisrn. But the speed with which the world
at large rejected the Hitler-type of bigotry was indeed heartening.
In Jewish ranks, the answer to the bigots was prompt and firm. There was no
dilly-dallying either about an anti-Semite in our nation's capital or when there was
need for action against vandals in many lands.
It is in the internal sphere that the positive Jewish attitudes were in evidence.
Jewish communities showed an earnest desire to advance cultural activities that are
so vital to a' people's existence. Many new educational projects were introduced,
and while the attainments were not revolutionary, they registered progress in the
planning for the training of an informed Jewish constituency.
We are witnessing- greater consolidation of school activities. The cooperative
efforts between congregations and the communal schools, the trend towards stand-
ardizing curricula, the formation of schools of higher learning for the training of
teachers—all these arein-
dications of sound planning.
American Jewry already 4
has gained acclaim for its
philanthropic spirit. Gener-
ous giving to relief and re-
habilitation movements, sup-
port of edu6ational endeav-
ors, encouragement to sci-
entific research movements,
have been the distinctive
factors in our activities.
Now there is an evident
new symptom in our com-
munal programming — to
create able leadership, to
train the youth for an un-
derstanding of our needs
and aspirations, to encour-
age learning as a basis for
Jewish existence.
Taking into account these
new trends, we should feel
truly heartened as we wel-
come 'a New Year.
Naturally, it will remain
vitally important for us to
strengthen the fund-raising
agencies. Without the neces-
sary income the new aspira-
tions will be valueless. Un-
• ess there are sufficient
means with which to con-


Threat of Religious Bigotry

We are a progressive nation. Our country has
made great progress in many spheres. Although we
are challenged in some areas by the Soviet Union, we
are far from backward.
In one sphere, however, we are again in danger of
retrogressing. As we approach an important Presiden-
tial election, we face the danger of a renewal of reli-'
gious bigotry that can do no one any good.
The extent to which the religious issue is playing
a major role in the current campaign is truly disturbing.
When the Democratic candidate for the Presidency
was making great progress in securing support for his
party's nomination, there was hope that the prejudices
of 32 years ago had disappeared. But the moment the

battle lines were drawn and a Catholic became a nom-
inee, there was talk again that "it is 1928 all over
again." As a matter of facts, the literature that is being
spread, appealing to hate and bias on religious scores,
it became apparent that the 1928 bigotries may even
be inflated and that we are due for a bitter-debate in
the present crucial political campaign.
The new tendencies must be discouraged. Religious
bigotry must be condemned. There must be an end
to bias and discrimination. We can not argue about
civil liberties and at the same time endorse religious
Fortunately, there is, an organized movement
among nearly all religious groups to condemn the evi-
dences of religious prejudice in the political campaign.
Thei. e is unanimous accord in Jewish ranks against
any and all manifestations of religious liberty.
It is imperative that the religious issue should be
removed from consideration of the candidates for the
Presidency, both of whom have joined in an effort to
put an end to discussion of religion in politics. The
candidates must be judged on their merits. Their
parties should be tested only on the score of prin-
ciples. All of us owe a duty to the truest American
ideals to oppose whatever manifestations of religious
bias may be injected in the current campaign.

• V.

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tinue our assistance to Is-
rael, our support of local
and national agencies, all- of
our traditional accomplish-
ments will vanish into thin
It stands to reason that
the attainments of the high-
est standards in our cultural
undertakings also will re-
quire increased giving to
our communally - collected
funds. Without adequate
support our best intentions
will be mere dreams.
The aspiration for a
stronger cultural entity,

however, indicates a will-
ingness to continue our best

efforts for all the important
causes to whose upkeep we
are committed. We are on
the road towards building
better - informed Jewish
communities. Even in the
process of fund-raising we
have been encouraging lead-
ership training. All of that
is to the good. It is a satis-
fying omen for the New

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