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December 15, 1961 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-12-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, December 15, 1961 —

Archbishop Cushing Warns Against JDC Adopts s30,685,750 Budget for '62;
Leaders Depict Worldwide Grave Crises
Weakening of Jewish Tradition;
NEW YORK — Following som- ria. JDC receives its funds chief- following officers: Honorary
Says 'Americanization' Is Threat
ber warnings that the "unfore- ly_ from the campaigns of the chairmen, Herbert H. Lehman

BOSTON, (JTA)—A warning
that the Americanization of the
Jew may produce a scattering
and weakening of "the vast
accumulation of Jewish learn-
ing and cultur e" has been
sounded by Richard Cardinal
Cushing, Archbishop of Boston.
The Cardinal told a meeting
of the Brandeis Club here that
whatever might be said against
the European ghettoes of past
periods, "there was no reason

Bar-Ilan Viewed
as 'Mendip a of
Faith, Reason'

Addressing a gathering of
600 at the annual dinner of
Detroit Friends of Bar-Ilan Uni-
versity, in Latin Quarter,
Wednesday night, Dr. Joseph
Lookstein, president of the
board of governors of the uni-
versity, located in Ramat Gan,
Israel, declared that the sig-
nificance of the school of
higher learning is that "it is
a blending of faith and rea-
"This is the particular char-
acter of our university," he
said. "It is rooted and oriented
in the great traditions of our
people. Bar-Ilan was born out
of a recognition that wedded
to the mind is the heart and
soul. What is needed is a
fusion and a synthesis between
the mind and the soul, between
science and a divine purpose
of life. Unless that is achieved,
the fate of humanity is shroud-
ed in uncertainty."

A feature of the dinner
was the presentation of an
Honorary Fellowship in Bar-
Ilan University to Brig. Gen.
S. L. A. Marshall, in recog-
nition of his deep interest
in Israel. The presentation
was made by Dr. Jacob
Goldman, who was toastmas-
ter, and Dr. Lookstein. Gen.
Marshall also was presented
with a scholarship to be
awarded annually to a stu-
dent in the Wayne State
University Near East Depart-
ment for a year's study at
Bar-Ilan. Dean J. Russell
Bright of the College of Lib-
eral Arts of Wayne State
University, who accepted the
scholarship, says Wayne Uni-
versity "is proud to be as-
sociated with Bar-Ilan in this

The hood of the university was
placed on Gen. Marshall by Dr.
Max Kapustin and Tom Borman.
Phillip Stollman, national
chairman of the Bar-Ilan board
of trustees, who opened the
meeting with greetings, an-
nounced a $5,000 scholarship
gift froth Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
Nosanchuk, in honor of their
54th wedding anniversary.
Gen. Marshall delivered an
address, accepting the awards,
and stated that all he has done
to deserve the honors is hat
he runs all over the c
"like a nudnick" telling
they are not doing enou,
Participants in
J oh
program inclu d
Segal, and Sa
anis and
Cantor Simon
n, national
Mrs. Max
Ilan Worn-
chairman of t
en's Division.

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to be anxious in these centuries
about the survival of Jewish
tradition and culture."
He said that this living pat-
ten "produced a Jewish com-
munity conscious of itself and
one aware of the extraordinary
treasures of the past which were
handed down by learned teach-
ers from generation to genera-

In contrast, he said, the
complete Americanization of
the Jew in this country was
"a new experience for the
Jewish community." He said
it posed the threat that "the
vast accumulation of Jewish
learning and culture will now
be dissipated into the wider
community and in the process
lose much of its strength in
the generations that lie
before us."

Stressing that the problem in
the United States now "is the
opposite of the one that faced
the Jewish community in times
past," the Cardinal declared:
"The over-concentration of Jews
in a single place has given way
to the scattering of Jews in all
places. Unless steps are taken
to meet the challenge this new
social situation presents, Jewish
culture itself will be affected
in the years that are before us."

He said that "the Jewish
contribution to science and
art and literature" in the
United States as in other
parts of the world, "is a mas-
sive one but it could become
a purely personal contribu-
tion made by people of Jew-
ish descent but without a
bask Jewish identification."

For this reason, he advised
that "alongside and encourag-
ing the great personal efforts of
individual Jews, there should
be somewhere in this broad
land a visible institution which
in a sense can formalize and
give structure to all the Jewish
learning of times past and
through its presence provide
new inspiration for the learning
and discoveries in the days
The' Cardinal stated that
Brandeis University, "without
being in any exclusive sense
Jewish, provides the home in
Which 'the riches of the past
can meet the challenges of the
present in terms of the . uni-
versal genius of Judaism."

United Jewish Appeal.
Presiding at the meeting was
Edward M. M. Warburg, who
was re-elected JDC chairman for
the 17th consecutive year. He
told the assembled Jewish lead-,
ers that JDC was faced with "fa
greater and more difficult" pro
lems than those of the last s
eral years.
Summing up JDC's 1961
ties, Leavitt said preli
figures indicate that
have aid
ore t
men, wo
hworld by the
e e . This includes
end of
more t n
,000 in Moslem
ore than 50,000 in 13
countries and some
72,000 1 Israel.
In presenting the 1962 JDC
budget, Jordan reported that
Jewish communities in European
countries are facing "almost im-
possible" problems in attempting
to cope with the flood of refugees.
Sol Satinsky of Philadelphia,
who was re-elected chairman of
the JDC National Council, urged
the assembled communal leaders
"This sum may not be to alert their communities to the
enough," Jordan declared. "In new and urgent problems and
a world where catastrophes are needs of Jews overseas,
Re-elected with Warburg for
common, violence 'routine' and
emergencies 'normal,' the 1962 another one-year term were the

seen crises" of 1961 affecting
Jewish communities ov er seas
"may well have been a harbinger
of similar crises" in the year
ahead, the Joint Distribution
Committee last Saturday adopted
a 1962 budget of $30,685,750 for
its aid programs.
Addressing more than 400
members of the JDC National
Council at the agency's 47th an-
nual meeting at the Waldorf-
Astoria, Moses A. Leavitt, exec-
utive vice-chairman, stated that
"because of their minority role,"
Jews often suffered more than
others in the same areas from
the effects of the cold war. He
added that "Jews were singled
out—by events unrelated to the
cold war, or nearly so—for a
special portion of affliction and
Charles Jordan, director - gen-
eral for overseas operations of the
JDC, added that the $30,685,750
budget was a "dangerous mini-
mum" needed to care for an esti-
mated 325,000 needy men, women
and children in 27 overseas

budget will prove realistic only
if, in the coming 12 months
there are no major crises af-
fecting Jews overseas."

Leavitt cited the outbreak of
fighting at Bizerte as an exa le
of 1961 emergencies. Th s ds
of Jews fled Tunisia in t ee
months ollowincs the iz e n-
cident. or thi the o y
p uci4 a ream of
e said. "From
civil war —
Algeria torn
nearly a ma Jews emigrated
to Israe in the first seven
months o 961 as in all the years
from 1956 to 1961."
Thousands of additional ref-
ugees are expected to enter
France before the end of 1962,
Leavitt said.

As a result of these and
other emergencies, Leavitt said,
JDC incurred a deficit of near-
ly $1,000,000 in 1961, the first
in 10 years.

Leavitt also presented the JDC
budget to the National Confer-
ence of the United Jewish Ap-
peal, which took place Dec. 10
and 11, also at the Waldorf-Asto-

and James N. Rosenberg; execu-
tive vice-chairman and secretary,
Moses A. Leavitt; director-gen-
eral, Charles H. Jordan.







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Hillel Foundations Report Reaction
of U.S. Students to Eichmann Trial

Eichmann trial drew the high-
est audience response of any
college campus topic of the past
year, the Bnai Brith H i 11 e 1
Foundations reported.
Reports from Hillel directors
on 75 major American cam-
puses show that, with few ex-
ceptions, attendance was "un-
usually heavy" at college
forums, film programs, lectures
and discussions of the trial, and
students had an _"intense and
vocal interest" in its legal and
ethical aspects.
Rabbi Oscar Groner, Hillel's
assistant national director, said
that for many young stude
the trial was a "first personal
awareness of the real horrors
of the holocaust and of the Nazi
era in history as symbolized by
As the trial unfolded, he said,
a large majority of both Jewish
and non-Jewish students "were
profoundly shocked by the testi-
mony of Nazi mass murders, re-
vealing their unfamiliarity with
the Hitler period." One effect
was a "marked increase" in the
number of non-Jewish students
and faculty members seeking
information on Judaism and on
the causes of anti-Semitism.
The 75 Hillel directors re-
ported that campus opinion was
strongly in favor of Israel's
judicial handling of Ow trial

and the "calm objectivity" . of
the proceedings. This was a
sharp shift from pre-trial senti-
ment when many students
questioned the legal basis for
the trial being held in Israel.
In the early weeks after Eich-
mann's capture, before the trial
convened, a considerable num-
ber of Jewish students were
found to be "uneasy" about the
possibility of a negative re-
action in the non-Jewish com-
munity, Rabbi Groner said The
character of the trial dissipated
this feeling too, he said.

$100,000 Grant to Brandeis
Honors Jonah J. Goldstein

A $100,000 grant has been
given to Brandeis University by
the Lester Martin Foundation of
-'bute to Dr.
New York as
• n, retired
Jonah J. Go
ork Court
judge of t
of General
be used to sup-
The grant,
pler ent fasil salaries, is one
of t e arrest ever received by
or this purpose.
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