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November 23, 1962 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-11-23

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Israeli- Palish Friendship Strengthened
by Elevation, of Missions to Embassies

JERUSALEM, (JTA) — The elevation by Israel
and Poland of their missions to Embassies is seert
here by diplomatic sources as a further expression of
the developing friendship between the two countries.
A Polish trade mission visited Israel two weeks
ago, and a new trade agreement was signed. It in-
volves an exchange of goods totaling $4,500,000 each

The elevation in diplomatic status, in which it
was understood that Israel took the initiative, was
not expected to produce any personnel changes. En-
voys Antony Bida and Avigdor Dagan will remain
in their present respective posts, but with the rank
of Ambassadors hereafter.
Shrnuel Divon, director of the Middle Eastern

department of the Foreign Ministry, has been named
Israel's first Ambassador to Ethiopia. The appoint-
ment followed the elevation of Israel's representation
in Addis Ababa from the rank of Consul General,
and the decision by Emperor Haile Selassie to ex-
pand cooperation with Israel, disregarding continuous
Arab pressure.




Bar- I Ian's



50th Year of
City of Hope

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Vol. XLI I, No. 13


A Weekly Review

f Jewish Events

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

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Abba Eban's
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CJFWF Opposes Government Aid t
Schools; ADL May Return to NCRAC

Neumann, Eban Call for Iligh
. Priority'
• for Hebrew Education

. NEW YORK, (JTA)—Leading Jewish educators from various parts
of the country expressed divergent views on the future scope of Hebrew
education and culture in this country. They spoke at the conclusion of
a two-day conference under the auspices of the Tarbuth Foundation for
. the Advancement of Hebrew Culture, where Dr. Emanuel Neumann, presi-
dent of the Foundation, and Israel's Minister of Education Abba Eban
had urged that the study of Hebrew be given the highest priority in the
United States.
While some of the speakers voiced pessimism as to the degree of
progress that can be achieved in promoting Hebrew education to the
extent that Hebrew become "a second language" for American Jewry,
it was the consensus of the leading educators that a bold and all-en-
compassing program be launched embracing a nationwide survey of
• colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning, with a
view to the introduction of undergraduate and graduate departments in
the field of Hebrew and cognate Semitic studies.
Dr. Neumann declared that there is "urgent need" for the provision
of opportunities for Hebrew studies in colleges and universities through-
out the United States "not only for Jewish students, but for the cultural
enrichment of American life in general."
Eban warned of the danger of "estrangement and alienation between
American Jewry and the people of Israel" "unless Jewries in both
countries embrace the Hebrew language as a common tongue. The very
unity and integrity of the Jewish people," he said, "depends on whether
Hebrew culture will have a strong position in American Jewry." .
Their statements were made before 700 educators and Jewish com-
munal leaders. The conference, presided over by Dr. Neumann, was
sponsored by 25 Jewish organizations. The Tarbuth Foundation, launched
recently with initial gifts by Abraham and Jacob Goodman, of this city,
has already allocated more than $100,000 for the launching of four educa-
tional and cultural projects.
Another speaker at the dinner was Pierre E. Gilbert, former French
ambassador to Israel, a Catholic educated in a Jesuit school, who had
taught himself Hebrew and urged Jewish youth all over the world to
study Hebrew instead of other ancient tongues like Greek or Latin. Special
citations in the form of scrolls were presented to Prof. Harry Austryn
Wolfson, of Harvard, on his 75th birthday, and to Philip W. Lown, presi-
dent of the American Association for Jewish Education.
Dr. Neumann, outlining the prime objective of the Foundation, said
these are: 1. "To establish for the Hebrew language and Hebraic culture
a position of high priority within the consensus of the American Jewish
community and its accepted table of priorities," and 2. "To encourage
and promote in a practical way programs and activities designed to
spread the knowledge of Hebrew and the cultivation of Hebrew letters,
especially among the rising generation of American Jews."
Dr. Neumann, a world Zionist leader and member of the Jewish
Agency executive, pointed out that "there are more than 200,000 Jewish
, students in American colleges and universities, the vast majority of
whom have little or no knowledge of the language of their Bible and
the growing store of modern Hebrew literature."
Dr. Neumann made a strong appeal for the "establishment, wherever
pOsSible, of chairs and courses of Hebraic studies by private endowments,
governmental agencies and the universities themselves."
Eban asserted that "the crucial question in modern Jewish life is
whether • Israelis and Jews in other lands will continue to feel the bond
of a common memory and a - common aspiration." tic .cautioned that
"the . answer cannot be taken for granted emphasized: it t seriously
possible that our children and yours will be foreign to each other, sharing
no memories, cherishing no common dreams:" He stressed that "if they
do not .possess a common language infused with Jewish associations, it
is difficult to know how this alienation can be avoided," adding that "it
is not too much to say that the unity and integrity of the Jewish people
depend:.: on whether Hebrew culture will have a strong position in
American Jewry."

PHILADELPHIA, (JTA)—The 31st General Assembly of the Council
of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds concluded here Sunday with an
announcement by the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith that it had
decided to open negotiations for rejoining the National Community Re-
lations Advisory Council. The NCRAC is the coordinating body of six na-
tional organizations and numerous local community councils including
Detroit's—active in the work of combating anti-Semitism and defending
civil rights.
The ADL and the American Jewish Committee had quit the NCRAC
10 years ago in disagreement over recommendations by Prof. Robert Mac-
Iver, of Columbia University, who reviewed the functions of Jewish groups
active in the field of civil rights. The study by Prof. Maclver was spon-
sored by the NCRAC.
The announcement on the possible rejoining of the NCRAC by the
ADL was made by Label A. Katz, Bnai Brith national president, on his
own behalf and on behalf of Henry Schultz, ADL chairman. Katz an-
nounced that ADL agreed to open discussions on the possibility of its
participation in the Large City Budgeting Conference for joint budget
The announcement was applauded by all Assembly delegates and
was welcomed from the floor by Lewis H. Weinstein, of Boston, NCRAC
chairman, who expressed hope that the American Jewish Committee would
similarly agree to negotiations on rejoining the NCRAC. The Assembly
adopted a resolution expressing hope that discussions currently under
way by the CJFWF with the agencies active in the field of Jewish com-
munity relations for cooperation may lead to a successful outcome within
The Assembly also adopted a resolution affirming "its whole-
hearted support" . of the principal of separation of church and state.
Pointing out that "this beneficient doctrine has guaranteed religious
freedom for all, and has served as a boom to religion," the resolution
said: "We are profoundly convinced that governmental aid to religiously
controlled schools—Protestant, Catholic or Jewish—whether in the form
of long-term, low interest loans or outright subsidies, would do a arave
disservice to both religious and public education, and would violate the
American tradition of separation of church and state."
Other resolutions, pledging intensified philanthropic aid to. Israel
by the Jewish communities in the United States and Canada, and lauding
the humanitarian achievements made possible by the United Jewish Appeal,
were adopted by the Assembly. The resolutions stressed the primacy of
federated fund-raising in this country.

(Continued on Page 24)

Einstein College Gets $15 Million Gilts

NEW YORK, (JTA)—A total of $15,000,000 has already been raised toward the
$27,500,000 development fund goal of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva
University, it was announced at a special convocation and dinner honoring three promi-
nent personalities. Included in the total raised were six individual gifts of $1,000,000
or more, received during the past 18 months.
The guests of honor, who were awarded honorary degrees by the college at the
special convocation, were: Dr. Arthur Kornberg, Nobel-prize winning biochemist; Dr.
James A. Shannon, director of the National Institutes of Health; and Jack D. Weiler,
philanthropist. The degrees were conferred by Dr. Samuel Belkin, president of .Yeshiva
Dr. Kornberg, who is professor and chairman of the department of biochemistry
at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., was honored for his discoveries concerning
the biosynthesis of nucleic acids. Weiler, chairman of the board of overseers of Einstein
College, is national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and is vice-chairman of the
Joint Distribution Committee. Dr. Shannon has been director of the National Institutes
of Health since 1955, and Assistant Surgeon General since 1952.
Development plans of the college include the construction of the 12-story Ullman
Center for Research in the Health ScienceS, and the University Hospital Diagnostic and
Rehabilitation Center.

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