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August 16, 1963 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-08-16

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Steps were taken in Washing-
ton to muster facilities of syna-
gogues and Jewish centers as
assembly and meeting points,
and for lodging and feeding of
marchers.
The Interreligious Committee
on Race Relations of Washing-
ton, a tri-faith group, urged all
citizens in the capital to "con-
sider prayerfully" the purpose
of the march as "a legitimate
expression" of support for the
right of Negroes to equal op-
portunity. The committee urged
churches and synagogues in the
area to offer their facilities as
assembly and assistance centers
for marchers. Rabbi Lewis Wein-
traub, a co-chairMan of the com-
mittee, and Isaac Franck, execu-
tive director of the Jewish Corn-
munity Council here, and secre-
tary of the committee, were
among those signing the appeal.
* * *

Frisco Jews Back
Negroes' Rights,
Aid Food Drive

-

SAN FRANCISCO, (JTA)-
All Jewish organizations in the
San Francisco and Bay area
were urged to give full support
to the principles of non-dis-
crimination and to "a peaceful
and orderly solution of the
Negro struggle for full equality
in the area."
The appeal was issued by the
San Francisco Jewish Com-
munity Relations Council and
was printed in full in the San
Francisco Jewish Community
Bulletin. The JCRC, in dis-
tributing its appeal, indicated
it did so on the basis of "recog-
nizing the obligations of all
Americans in the current Civil
rights movement." The state-

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ment warned that, in the im-
mediate future, "the San Fran-
cisco area will be facing the
most critical inter-racial chal-
lenge of its recent history."
Jews here helped lead a new
movement, to collect food in
the area to be sent to some
200,000 Negroes in Mississippi
"who have been suffering from
economic reprisals because of
their effort to vote." Mrs.
Joseph Eichler was named
chairman of the organization,
Food for Freedom Committee.
The committee has set up 15
depots in boys clubs and
churches to receive non-per-
ishable food. Rabbi Saul F.
White is. one of the committee
sponsors.
* * •

Council Reports
Endorsement of
`Freedom March'

Sidney M. Shevitz, president
of the Jewish Community
Council, announces the Coun-
cil's endorsement of the pur-
poses underlying the projected
Freedom March in Washington
on Aug. 28.
He noted that all of the ma-
jor religious groups as well as
other organizations have en-
dorsed the March and an-
nounced their participation in
it. Among these are the cen-
tral bodies of religious Juda-
ism, Union of American He-
brew Congregations, Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congrega-
tions, and United Synagogue,
who were joined in this by
other national Jewish agencies.
It was announced that a spe-
cial train has been arranged
for the Detroit delegation. In-
formation regarding transpor-
tation and other details of the
demonstration may be obtained
at the Community Council of-
fice, Shevitz stated.
* * •

Farband, Hebrew Trades
Back Civil Rights March

NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
Farband-Labor Zionist Order's
executive announced that the
organization will participate in
the civil rights March on Wash-
ington Aug. 28.
In a parallel development,
the United Hebrew Trades and
the Central Trades and Labor
Council of New York pledged
their support today to the
march, and voiced hope that
the demonstration would suc-
ceed in getting Congress to ap-
p r o v e President Kennedy's
Civil Rights bill.

U.S. Army Cautions
Chaplains to Avoid
Any Indoctrination

NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
American Civil Liberties Union
disclosed it had received as-
surances from the United States
Army that every effort would
be made to avoid any religious
indoctrination of Army person-
nel against their will.
The ACLU said it had re-
ceived the assurance in a letter
from Army Deputy Undersecre-
tary Alfred B. Fitt, sent in re-
sponse to a complaint about a
specific incident which was
filed by the ACLU. The com-
plaint dealt with a recent
"Character Guidance" lecture
held for Army Security Agency
School personnel in Fort Dev-
ens, Mass.
The ACLU asserted that the
presentation last Dec. 5 "con-
sisted of the showing of a film,
`Brother Jupiter' presented by
The Order of St. Francis which
concerned 'The Nativity.'" As
part of the program, the ACLU
complained, the chaplain de-
livered a sermon directed solely
'to Christians, "although the
audience was composed of non-
Christians as well."
Lawrence Speiser, director of
the organization's Washington
office, added that the organiza-
tion would still be concerned
"even if representatives of all
religious faiths gave sermons
to such a mixed audience." He
stressed that the enlisted men
at the program were being in-
ducted into the armed forces and
"had absoluely no choice in the
matter, either as to being in
the Army or being at those
training programs."
The Army official said in his
reply hat an inquiry had re-
vealed that a chaplain "did de-
part from the prepared text"
of his presentation in the Dec. 5
lecture. Mr. Fitt assured the
ACLU that he Chief of Chap-
plains would "emphasize the
necessity of adhering to ap-
proved instructional material"
in the future.
* * *

housing. These developments, formed opinion, the statement
the Council stated, are sympto- declares.
matic of "the revolution of our
time."
It was pointed out that over a
period of years Jewish religious
leaders, national agencies and
local Jewish communities and
organizations have been actively
involved in the effort to expand
civil rights guarantees. "Parti-
cipation has been based upon a
recognition of our obligation to
advance positive social goals,"
and the rapid and dramatic de-
velopments which are now ac-
companying the struggle for
full equality, require, more
than ever, that "our actions and
attitudes" be based upon in- j

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JCC Bulletin Stresses

Need to Understand
Civil Rights Issues

The need for wide under-
standing of issues stemming
from the current civil rights
crisis was stressed in a program
bulletin issued by the Jewish
Community Council to presi-
dents of affiliated organizations.
Attesting the immediacy and
importance of civil rights is-
sues, the Council bulletin cited
Detroit's historic "Freedom
March," the projected civil
rights assembly in Washington,
Detroit's local neighborhood
and suburban demonstrations
and the new drive for legisla-
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LONDON, (JTA)—The Coun-
sellor at the West German Em-
bassy in London reaffirmed
his government's determination
"to do everything in its power
to prevent any revival of Na-
tional Socialist ideas" in West
Germany. The assurance was
given in a letter from Dr. R.
Thierfelder to the World Jew-
ish Congress department of In-
ternational Affairs in London.
Dr. Thierfelder noted that
officials of the West German
states "who, according to the
basic law of the federal repub-
lic, are competent to deal with
these matters, will continue
their endeavors to prevent all
attempts by any groups of per-
sons to pursue policies directed
against the democratic prin-
ciples of the German constitu-
tion and the fundamental free-
doms embodied therein."

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5 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, August 16, 1963

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