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March 17, 1961 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-03-17

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Jewish Groups Uphold President on Schools
Yeshivath Beth Yehudah Day School
The American Jewish Con- time, Rabbi Balfour Brickner of
threw its support this week Washington declared, the inde-
pendence of the very religious
Reopens Alter Suspension; Gets Advance of gress
behind President Kennedy on groups that receive such aid
the issue of limiting Federal would be threatened.
aid at the elementary
President Kennedy's position
$10,000 from Federation; Asks Added Help education
and secondary levels to public also was upheld in a joint state-

Yeshivath Beth Yehudah Day
School reopened Thursday morn-
ing after suspending operations
for two days.
The closing of the school on
Tuesday morning was "due to
a• financial breakdown which
made it impossible for the
school to meet its payrolls and
other obligations, Rabbi Morris
Greenes, one of the school's di-
rectors, said in a statement he
issued on Wednesday.
That morning, David J. Cohen,
one of the lay leaders of the
Yeshivah, conferred with Max
M. Fisher, president of the Jew-
ish Welfare Federation, request-
ing assistance to enable the
school to reopen.
On Wednesday aftern000n,
Fisher, in behalf of Federa-
tion, advanced to,the Yeshivah

the sum of $10,000 tempo-
rarily to , solve the problem.
The Yeshivah's afternoon
school receives a $2,000
monthly allocation from Fed-
eration, as a non-member
agency, and the $10,000 is an
advance payment to the Ye-
shivah f or the afternoon
school's operation, apparently
to be utilized in the emer-
gency for the operation of the
day school.
The Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion's executive committee
calling a special meeting to c
sider the Yeshivah's new
The statement issued by
Greenes announcing the cl
of the day school pointe
that "at present there is
000 in immediate and ove
obligations owed, in sal

Religious Teaching in Michigan's
Schools Ruled Against State, U.S.
Constitutions by Attorney General

Religious teaching in public
schools in 31 counties in Michi-
gan was ruled to be a violation
of U. S. laws, in an opinion
handed down Wednesday by
Michigan's Attorney General
Paul L. Adams.
The ruling stated that Rural
Bible Mission classes violate the
Constitutions of Michigan and
the United States, and 23 teach-
ers who have been conducting
Bible classes for some time were
ordered to 'abandon their prac-
tices. The ruling also is seen as
a warning to other Michigan
communities to avoid introduc-
ing religious teaching in public
It is believed that the ques-
tion now may be raised regard-
ing the constitutionality of some
teachers still reading Bible pas-
sages to their students.
At his press conference
Wednesday, -President Ken-
nedy urged religious leaders

to come to terms on the paro-
chial school issue so as not to
, split the nation on the sub-
Wednesday night, _Jewish
leaders-- among them former
Senator Herbert 11. Lehman—
deplored the controversy over
the school issue and "begged"
advocates of parochial and priv-
ate schools not to endanger
President Kennedy's school bill.
President Kennedy's state-
ment- at this press conference
asked for moderation. He said
his own religion should not in-
fluence members of other fait
to change their views "m
because of the religion
occupant of the White
He asked for discu
strengthen rather tha
the country.
The President has
Catholic dignitaries o
lem of support for
and private schools.

Rabbis Back Kennedy, Call Public
Schools Democrac y's Chief Bulwark

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

NEW YORK—The Association
of Reform Rabbis of New York
and vicinity Wednesday adopted
a resolution expressing support
of President Kennedy's program
for federal aid to public educa-
"We uphold his definite stand
against the extension of any por-
tion of that aid to parochial
schools of any denomination or to
private education institutions,"
the resolution reads. "The Asso-
ciation shares President Ken-
nedy's conviction That the separa-
tion of church and state is essen-
tial to American - democracy„
and is one of the pillars of the
constitution o
•gnize th, ight
• pen discussi • of
and val
oints of view,
y suggestion of
de to
s the n-
ulti •
tire o rarti
fed: :1 aid
Con tion

the public school system is a
major bulwark of our democracy.
It should be clearly evident that
the extraordinary challenges now
faced by our public school sys-
tem make imperative immediate
and effective federal aid to public

Stanford ATO
Fraternity Firm
on Taking Jews

STANFORD, Calif., (JTA) —
The Stanford University chapter
of the Alpha Tau Omega frater-
nity, which was ousted by the
high council of the national fra-
ternity in Chicago because it had
accepted four Jewish students as
members, said that it would be-
come an independent local fra-
The chapter had the strong
backing of the university pres-
ident and state authorities in its
refusal to oust the Jewish mem-
s exalted bers as directed by the national
d the value high council.
The California Attorney Gen-
believe that
eral's office, meanwhile, said that
it would ask the University of
California Board of Regents and
the State College Board of Trus-
tees to require schools under
their jurisdiction to withdraw
recognition of local chapters of
the national 'fraternity.

loans and accounts payable," by
the school.
"It is now up to the com-
munity whether the school
will continue to render the
outstanding service to the
youth of Detroit which it has
given up to now," Rabbi
Greenes' statement declares.
Meanwhile • ews
hat a co
has le
d of Da •
Biber and
is Karbel
posed that the
ers, had
parents of each of the nearly
600 children in the Beth Ye-
hudah Day o d be
ce of
taxed $50
the year
to reope
such an sessm
solved by the co
to care for
alone having
y cases. -
ine su
Greenes, however, said
that on the basis of such an
assessment alone he saw no
point in continuing the struggle
and postponing solution for an-
other three weeks, then return-
ing again to the same diffi-
What the Yeshivah seeks is
additional support from the
Jewish Welfare Federation
through the Allied Jewish
Campaign. Yeshivath Beth Ye-
hudah is not an affiliated
Federation agency, but it re-
ceives a $24,000 annual subsidy
for its afternoon school.
Rabbi Greenes' claim, in the
statement he issued Wednesday,
is that Yes receive
a amo
an ad
in the day
or child
ool on the sis of after 9 on
school attendance.
Federation does not support
day schools and its total support
of e atio • itie De-


es o


e comm
sc sys m., Negotiatio
now being conduct
grate the Yeshi
eth Ye-
hudah after •
ool with the
rew Schools.
abbi Greenes believes
there is a good chance for a
merger of the two afternoon
school systems.
In his explanatory statement
he pointed out that the Federa-
tion has rejected the d a y
school's request for a subsidy
but had granted the sch000l a
$30,000 loan "to relieve its defi-
cit. "He added: "By financing
its operating deficit through
borrowing and not meeting pay-
rolls, the Yeshivah managed to
continue operations until- the
current semester. However, its
accumulated and mounting defi-
cit has now reached the point
where it is no longer manage-
The Parent Teachers Associa- -
tion of the school had met Tues-
day night—the session lasting
long past midnight—and renewed
its demands upon Federation for
support of the school. Lacking
such support, the PTA warned
that it would conduct a mass
march on the Federation's down-_
town offices.

A spokesman for the Jewish
group told a Senate subcommit-
tee conducting hearings on the
Federal aid - to - education bill
that the use of government
funds for church - supported
schools would violate the tradi-
tional American separation of
church and state. At the same

ment issued by Union of Ameri-
can Hebrew Congregations,
United Synagogue of America,
Union of Orthodox Jewish Con-
gregations of America, Central
Conference of American Rabbis,
Rabbinical Assembly of Amer-
ica, Rabbinical Council of Amer-
ica, Jewish Labor Committee
and Jewish War Veterans.

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SATURDAY EVE., MARCH 18 at 8:30 P.M.
At the
Jewish Community Center

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