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May 26, 1961 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-05-26

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THE DETROIT JEWIS H NEWS — Friday, May 26, 196 1

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;A mer ican

JDC Prints

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Boris Smolar's

68,000 Bibles for Jews
in Moslem Countries

`Between You

... and Me'


(Copyright 1961,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)



Internal Issues
The Jewish War Veterans is pursuing its efforts to secure
the introduction of a bill in Congress to prohibit group libel and
to provide for penalties . . . It has approached Congressman
Emanuel Celler, New York Democrat, to introduce such a bill,
contrary to the opposition of other major Jewish organizations in
this country to have a group libel law enacted . . . Congressman
Celler, before taking any action, inquired whether a group libel
law, if enacted, would do more harm than good . . . He was referred
by Joseph Barr, JWV executive director, to views expressed by
the American Jewish Congress in June 1940 . . . At that time the
American Jewish Congress favored group libel legislation, but the
organization has changed its mind since, and has joined the ranks
of those national Jewish groups which oppose such legislation .
The opposition is based generally on the ground that there is less
danger to American democracy and the Jewish community from
free dissemination of hate propaganda—no matter how vicious—
than from use of government authority to suppress freedom of
expression . . The opposing national Jewish organizations are
concerned about providing a well publicized public platform for
bigots in the course of a public trial.. . Illinois has a group libel
law that was upheld as Constitutional by a 5-4 decision of the U.S.
Supreme Court in 1951 . There is some talk also in New York
of trying to enact a state group libel law . .. A proposed law of
this type was recently outlined in the Columbia Law - Review . .
Under this proposed law it would become illegal for any person
"to utter in a public place any false or defamatory statement of
fact concerning a racial, religious, or national group" ... A "defam-
atory" statement would be "any utterance which directly, or by
innuendo, holds up the group, person or persons concerning whom
it is uttered to public contempt, hatred, shame,, disgrace or obloquy"
. • Also if it causes the person or the persons affected to be
"shunned, avoided, or injured iri his or their business, profession
or occupation" . . . All Jewish organizations engaged in combatting
anti-Semitism and in ..fighting for civil rights—with the exception
of the Jewish War 'Veterans—do not favor such legislati
Some prefer laws directed at hate literature rather t

Urges African Jews 'Take Sid

JOHANNESBURG, (JTA) — in any p - of Afric
Israel Maisels, former president part in t e social
of the South African Board of life of th general co
well as t e Jewis
Jewish Deputies, who is leaving He empha
ed that
for Rhodesia where he has been of Africa
s "sor
appointed as a judge, said here and that n e could
that it was the duty of any Jew .problems.

GENEVA—Printing and pub-
WASHINGTON, (JTA) — White House sources
lication of 68,000 Hebrew
Bibles, prayer books and text- declined to comment on reports from Arab capitals that
books by the American Joint President Kennedy sent an important personal message
Distribuiton Committee for dis- to King Saud of Saudi Arabia pertaining to Israel-Arab
tribution in Jewish commu- relations. If such a letter was sent it would be up to the
nities in Moslem countries was
King to publish the contents, these sources said. The
announced :Wednesday by
Charles H. Jordan, JDC director press here reported from Cairo that virtually all Cairo
newspapers reported K .
had received a letter
Israel. The reports
"Many of these communities
e a assado of all Arab League
are cut off from the regular said the King su
rmed them of the ext. The contents
sources of supply of Jewish countries an
religious publications and ob- was not di
jects," Jordan said. "In keeping
a i Arabian Ambassador ere met Tuesday
with our long record of meeting aftern n . ith Phillips T lb t, Ass' ant Secretary of
religious and cultural needs of Stat
for Near Eastern it
e Saudi Arabian
the Jews in the various coun-
nts of the reported
tries we serve, we felt it's our Em ssy refused • di
Arab relations now
duty to provide replacements pe onal commu t .
der study" b
eceipt from President
for religious books worn out
ennedy. An Em
said that any informa-
through years of use. The diffi-
on would have
di Arabia.
culties of importation into some
of these countries and the lack
of Hebrew printing facilities
were the factbrs that prompted
us to undertake this projeCt."
Publication of 35,000 Bibles,
10,000 prayerbooks and 23,000
textbooks was carried through
in Casablanca at a cost of ap-
proximately 11,000,000 Moroc-
can francs and will provide a
two - year supply for JDC-sup-
ported institutions in Morocco,
Tunis, Iran and Algeria. The
prayerbooks follow the special
text used by Oriental Jews and
the entire project was edited
by Jewish scholars in Morocco.
Publication was under the su-
pervision of the Department of
Education of the JDC office in



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Yeshivath Beth Yehudah, after over 40 years of distinguished service as a center of religious and cultural edu-
cation, was forced to close its doors to its over 900 students. This action was made necessary by insufficient
operating funds—drained away by a deficit of $150,000 accumulated over forty years. As a result of emergency
steps taken; the school was reopened on an interim basis, and plans were considered -to assure the school's
continued operation. After a thorough analysis of the problem .


it was decided that an extraordinary effort must be
to the Y ivah's accumulated deficit. It
was felt that, if this could be achieved, the Yeshiv_
wou be able to operate
its normal income. A repre-
sentative group of idealistic and public-spirited • mmunity leaders therefore de ded to initiate a "SAVE BETH
YEHUDAH" campaign—to eliminate the deficit and to preserve for, thg commu ty the values of the Yeshivah's


we are in the midst of that campaign.
proximately on third of i goal has been achieved. Because the
balance must be forthcoming without dela ... and becaus there is either the time nor the manpower avail-
able to visit each member of the communit
ersonally . . . we appe to you to do two things, in demonstration
of your interest in Jewish education and co
unal advancement:
ONE: send in your contribution immedi ly—keeping in ind the importance of Beth Yehudah's
work, and the large -amount still needed
achieve th ampaign goal.
TWO: call in and volunteer your services—as
e or outside worker—to help make a success
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