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July 21, 1961 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-07-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, July 21, 1961 —

Hasidic Jews Win Rights to Own a Village in N.Y.

Editorial •

Editorial Appeal for Unity

(Continued' from Page 1)

our community so, seriously that it will require not a
beth din, not a traditional Jewish conciliation court, but
a, Murphy to decide what is right or what is wrong on
the Sabbath, then it will be a sad day for our people.
And if, as a result of such a controversy, there will
be a threat to the unity we have cemented among
elements in Detroit Jewry — out of differing opinions
that involved Orthodoxy and Reform,' Zionism and
assimilation, advocates of a Hebrew 'educational syste
and the minimalists who were satisfied with the lea
in Jewish learning — then the threat to our cooperati
efforts will be even greater.
• It .is against the danger of such disunity that t
appeal is directed to our community.
, It is in behalf of the retention of our spirit of - unit
that we plead with all elements in Detroit Jewry at
this time.


While the hearings involving the Sabbath issue
already are set for today, in Judge Murphy's court, it is
not too late to act in defense of orderly negotiations,
in support of traditional Jewish conciliatory methods,
for the protection of the solidity of our communal life.
We have deplored the dragging of an internal Jew-
ish issue into our civil courts. Even such regrettable
action can be defended. There are on record numerous
instances in • which Jewish issues were resolved by
decisions of non-Jewish judges. It is preferable that
internal Jewish issues should be resolved by Jews in
accordance with our traditional practices. But it can be
argued that, if and when necessary, some matters can
be taken into non-Jewish courts. Even so great a schol
as Saadia Gaon went to the non-Jewish Caliph in
controversy over an ethical matter with the Exilar
the Judaeo-Babylonian community, David ben
in the tenth century.
The Sabbath issue itself has its many side
ought to be some justification for high level
programming. For generations, devout Jews
meeting in synagogues, in all lands, studying,
Jewish law, reviewing the Pirke Avot, the Ethi
Fathers, on Saturday afternoons. If our syn
regardless of their denominational differences,
announce that they were re-instituting the tradit
studying and discussing the - Pirke. Avot on Satu
afternoons, we would acclaim them for such creativ
We have yet to hear about any of our synagogties
reverting to such practices.
It is, therefore, too much to ask that a secular Jew-
ish Center should undertake a program. aiming at such
high standards. But we can hope that our Jewish Com-
munity Centers may embark on programs similar to it
We agree that it was a grave error for our Jewish
Center to open its facilities on the Sabbath with its
• health club program. It would have made it difficult for
anyone to protest against Sabbath programs if they
were to be cultural and spiritual in nature.
Because such a program is possible, we reiterate
that a compromise over the issue is not out of the realm
of possibility, and we plead with the contending groups
to strive for conciliation and to meet amicably to discuss
alteration of the present policy.



—An attorney for a community
of Hasidic Jews in Ramapo dis-
closed that the community had
obtained State Supreme Court
approval of its long legal fight
to incorporate
f New
e na
village and
e villa: is named
Has' • c "Skverer
raham S ger, the attorney,
d that S eme Court is
ohn P. Donohue r
port of the sect's
order fort
ply with
village la
Ramapo o
ments to
the incorp
Albany for
ed the way for
The ruling
order instructing
authorities to certify a
map of New Square and to de-
liver to the New York Secretary
of State a certificate of the vote
on incorporation which was held
last Aug. 3. The Ramapo authori-
ties have 30 days to file an ap-

The Hasidim have been fight-
ing for a separate community so
that they can issue their own
village ordinances to assure maxi-
mum conditions for fulfilment of
Orthodox religious practices.
here are 530 Hasidic Jews in
community, totalling 69 fami-
with 250 children.

Justice Donohue began • the
hearing in the Rockland County
Court House last March 6. The
Hasidim began moving to this
rural area seven years ago from
the Williamsburg section of
Brooklyn to escape the intrusion
of new housing developments





Israel Seeks Associate
Membership in Europe's
Common Market

EM, (JTA) —Israel
decided to
p in t
late mem
r on Market, it
reveal here.
r-gen 1
Chaim Yahil, d'
of the Israel Fteni
ions are
o join the.

Associate me ership, of the
by the ECM to
type just vot
ifferent than full
, but would still asso-
srael with the European
Common Market.' The six nations
with full membership in the
ECM are France, Italy, West
Germany, Belgium, The Nether-
lands and Luxembourg.

WM. 111.





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Our concern is over the danger to our unity, as a
result of the bitterness that has been instilled in the
debates over the issue.
It has already been hinted by several — we 'are
thankful that they are only a handful — that their griev-
ance now is against not the Jewish Center but against
the Jewish Welfare Federation and the Allied Jewish
Campaign. It is such unreasonable involvement that
should shock the entire community into an effort to
avoid unnecessary conflict that may split us asunder.
We have labored for many decades to create unity
in our midst, and disruption of it must not be permitted
under any circumstances.
It is in the interest of a perpetuated communal
solidity that we plead for abandonment of external court
tests and for resort to conciliatory efforts to solve the
grave Center Sabbath issue. We are convinced that a
compromise is possible and we earnestly plead for it.

Adenauer Pledges Aid to Israel
After Reparations Pact Expires

BERLIN, (JTA) — Chancellor conditions. The credits, h
Konrad Adenauer told a press dared, will be given only
Conference here that West Ger- certain enterprises, which wi
many will continue aiding Israel checked carefully by Germany.
after 1963„ when the German-
Israel Reparations Agreement Austrian Press Union
is due to expire. "We acknowl- Urges Self Censorship
edge our moral duty to assist Against Anti Semitism
Israel after 1963 too," he stated. LONDON, (JTA)—A warning
Asked about West Germany's against "over or covert" anti-
recent agreement to extend large Semitism in the Austrian press
credits to the United Arab Re- was issued by the Austrian Union
public, Dr. Adenauer said those of Journalists, according to a
credits are not given without report received here.




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