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August 31, 1962 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-08-31

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Jewish Groups Excoriate
Jesuit Magazine Editorial

constitutional liberties, it will
call down upon itself the wrath
of anti-Semitism.
"In the guise of a kindly warn-
ing, `America' is encouraging the
very evil it claims to be trying to
avert. It is not the United States
Supreme Court, nor those who
support the law of the land, who
are arousing religious tension in
America. If there is a `harvest
of fear' in America, it is caused
by those who have planted the
seeds in a highly charged emo-
tional attack upon those who sup-
port the Supreme Court de-
The two central bodies of
American Reform Jewry em-
phasized that the position on the
separation of church and state is
shared by many Americans of
all faiths and transcends the
interests of any particular group.
The liberal Catholic weekly
Commonweal, in its current is-
sue, rejected the stand taken
by the Jesuit weekly. In its is-
sue dated Sept. 7, Commonweal
"warns" Catholics to be on
Leo Pfeffer, general counsel
guard against "the sin of any
of the American Jewish Con-
gress, emphasized that the form of anti-Semitism."

(Continued from Page 1)
"The American Jewish Con-
gress is proud of its program
carried on for the last 20 years
in the courts, the legislatures, the
public schools and in the public
arena to protect all Americans
from state-imposed religious ex-
ercises in the public schools. We
will not abandon the effort to
keep the state neutral in all reli-
gious matters regardless of such
attacks, particularly when that
effort is now evoking wide sup-
port from Jew and non-Jew alike.
"We believe firmly in prayer
and we believe firmly in religious
observances but we believe
equally firmly that the place for
prayer and such observances is
in the home, in the synagogue or
the church. The day that the state
begins to foster religious beliefs
and religious observances even
by so-called non-denominational
exercises will mark the first step
in the weakening of religious
groups in our country and the
decline of true religious belief."

Jesuit organ omitted to men-
tion that those supporting the
Supreme Court ruling included
also President Kennedy; the
Joint Baptist Committee on
Public Affairs, which repre-
sents 1'7,000,000 Protestants;
the Christian Century, leading
Protestant publication in the
United States; the National
Association for the Advance-
ment of Colored People; the
publications of the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Kansas
City, Mo., and Portland, Me.;
Father Hemle, dean at the
Jesuit institution, St. Louis
University; as well as leading
newspapers in the United
Rabbi Sidney L. • Regner, ex-

ecutive vice-president of the Cen-
tral Conference of American
Rabbis, and Albert Vorspan, di-
rector of Social Action of the
Union of American Hebrew Con-
gregations, issued the following
statement on behalf of the two
"The organizations of Reform
Judaism react with chagrin and
disappointment to the recent edi-
torial in 'America.' This cus-
tomarily lib e r al publication,
noted for the breadth and fair-
ness • of its views, has seen fit
now to issue a threatening and
patronizing statement to the Jew-
ish community. This editorial
implies that, if the Jewish com-
munity continues to support the
decision of the Supreme Court
and implementation of American

Johnson Won't Offend
Arabs by Visiting
Israel on Mid-East Trip

President Kennedy discussed
Middle Eastern issues with the
new Lebanese Ambassador Ibra-
him Al-Ahdab and invited the
ambassador to return to the
White House for a farewell
function honoring Vice Presi•
dent Lyndon B. Johnson who
left on a trip to the Middle
Vice President Johnson will
visit Lebanon, Cyprus, Iran,
Greece and Turkey to reaffirm
American support of those re-
gimes and to dramatize Ameri-
can steadfastness toward them.
The idea of including Israel on
his Middle Eastern itinerary
was rejected because such a
visit might be "misinterpreted"
by the Arab states, it was




Israeli Delegation
Discusses Textile
Agreement with U.S.

Nasser Issues
Threat to Quit
Arab League

LONDON, (JTA)—A serious
split between Col. Nasser,
Egypt's dictator, and the rulers
of other Arab countries re-
sulted in an announcement by
the Middle East News Agency,
which is under Nasser's control,
that Egypt will withdraw from
the Arab League unless the
League's Council, now meeting
in Lebanon, "takes a decision
concerning the campaign of in-
sults and lies' against Nasser.
Meanwhile, the Cairo Radio
reported that the Egyptian dele-
gation walked out from the ses-
sion of the Arab League Coun-
cil at which Syrian complaints
against Nasser were discussed.
The Syrian delegation asked
the Council meeting to adopt a
resolution condemning Nasser.
Strong opposition to Nasser
was also shaping itself up in
Saudi Arabia where King Hus-
sein of Jordan and King Saud
are mapping joint strategy
against Nasser's "infiltration.'

In spite of the internecine
Arab war, the rulers of the
Moslem countries continue to
put on a front of anti-Israel -
ism and do no _ t pass up an
opportunity to say they still
hate Israel.

After the threatened rift with
WASHINGTON, (JTA) — Ey- Nasser, regardless of the fact
tan Ezrachi, director of the that Nasser has emerged as the
Foreign Trade Bureau, Israel Arab countries' major threat to
Ministry of Commerce and In- independence, Saudi Arabia
dustry and representatives of the and Jordan, announcing that
Israel Manufacturers Associa- they are merging their armies
tion, and Israel cotton goods for defense against Nasser,
manufacturers are visiting Wash- added that they have a contin-
ington currently to discuss with ued enmity toward Israel.
United States government offi- It is an established fact that
cials Israel's participation in the without Israel as a defense to
long-term international textile its borders, Jordan long ago
agreement under the auspices of would have been swallowed up
the General Agreement on Tar- either by Nasser or by another
antagonistic Arab government.
iffs and Trade.

Deadline Today for
Jewish News Sept. 7 Issue

On account of Labor Day, there will be an earlier
deadline for editorial copy for the Sept. 7 issue of The
Jewish News.
All copy for that issue must reach us by noon today.
Copy arriving late will either be omitted or, if timely,
retained for the following week's issue.




The `Nagid"

In the Bible the expression
Nagid usually referred to some-
one in a ruling capacity. Thus
a king (Chronicles 1:5:2), a
prince (Ibid: 2, 19:11), people
like Saul and David, were re-
ferred to with this title. In medi-
eval times the expression
"Nagid" was used to refer to
visors of the king, like Samuel
the Nagid. In later periods, es-
pecially among Eastern Euro-
pean Jews, a rich man was re-
ferred to with this title, probably
to indicate that this wealth gave
him a certain status and placed
him in a position of rulership.

title. He said he had made his
decision after looking at some
of the pictures in the volume
and that he was not concerned
about a negative reaction of the
Chicago Jewish community to
the ban.
Another director, Ralph Berg-
sten, cited the fair's motto,
"World Peace Through World
Trade," and said "our sole pur-
pose is to promote trade. We
don't want to stir up old stories
or political propaganda." He
added that a "number" of per-
sons had objected to the fair's
sale of the book but that he
could not remember who they

Israel Holds Study
Mission for Bankers

Nine senior officers, repre-
senting leading American bank-
ing and financial institutions in
New York, Chicago, Boston and
Detroit, left for Israel to partici-
pate in the Seventh Bankers
Study Mission.
Originated in 1949 by the Jew-
ish Agency for Israel, Inc., the
missions are designed to give
American financial circles an op-
portunity to study at first hand
the effect of American philan-
thropic funds made available for
immigrant resettlement programs
in Israel through the United
Jewish Appeal and to observe
the general economic develop-
ment of the country.
All banks and financial institu-
tions represented in the Mission
have cooperated with the Jewish
Agency for Israel, Inc. in various
loan programs.
Participating in this year's
Bankers Study Mission is vice
President, National Bank of De-
Gottlieb Hammer, executive
vice-chairman of the Jewish
Agency for Israel, Inc., who or-
ganized the Bankers Study Mis :
sions from their inception, will
accompany the group.

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Chicago Trade Fair Removes Book
on Nazi Annihilation of Polish Jews

CHICAGO, (JTA) —Officials
of the Chicago Association of
Commerce and Industry said
that a book on the Nazi wartime
slaughter of Jews in occupied
Poland had been withdrawn
from sale at the McCormack
Place Trade Fair because it was
"highly controversial."
The book, "Martyrdom, Strug-
gle and Annihilation of Jews
in Poland 1939-45," published
and distributed by a Polish firm,
disappeared from fair shelves
on the sixth day of the trade
show. Larry Gordon, a whole-
sale book dealer, noted the ab-
sence of the book and asked
why it had been withdrawn. He
was told it was "provocative."
Bert Prall, a spokesman for
the association, told the Senti-
nel, an English-Jewish publica-
tion here, that it was "our busi-
ness what we choose or choose
not to sell. That book was high-
ly controversial. We serve all
nations here."
When he has asked what was
controversial about a document-
ed history, he said he had said
"all I intend to say on the sub-
He added, however, that he
was not aware that the book
concerned Jews, despite the


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