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September 06, 1963 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-06

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BY

MILTON FRIEDMAN

(Copyright, 1963,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)

WASHINGTON—Deeper and
more personal Jewish involve-
ment in the Negro revolution
was indicated here on Aug. 28.
The spontanous participation
of hundrds of rabbis, lay lead-
ers, and many Jewish young
people showed that effective
Jewish involvement on the bat-
tle line for Negro rights is
spearheaded by the rabbis, the
religious community and many
unaffiliated Jewish youths.
Jewish youth appeared at-
tracted to the more militant and
direct action of such groups as
the NAACP, Congress of Racial
Equality and the Student Non-
V i o l e n t Coordinating Com-
mittee.

beginning. The fight for
President Kennedy's civil
rights bill will be waged in

Superb police work sealed off
potential trouble from a group
of Nazi counter-demonstrators.
George Rockwell later admitted
that he was "disgusted" by the
meager turnout for his cause.
Rockwell's exaggerated prepar-
ations had come to naught.
Rockwell commented that "the
right wing, I'm sorry to say,
is the most cowardly thing in
the w o r 1 d. The Negroes are
brave enough to go out and get
arrested by the thousands. But

Negroes on the line of
March applauded the rabbis,
who were more in evidence
than other Jewish partici-
pants and seemed to elicit the
respect and appreciation (A
the crowd.

Several rabbis told this re-
porter that they were deeply
moved by the Negro spirit of
commitment and dedication.
They made known a realization
that they must do much more to
prod and awaken the conscience
of their congregations.
Rabbi Joachim Prinz, presi-
dent of the American Jewish
Congress, included in his ad-
dress to the March a reference
that could apply directly to
American Jewry. He said he
learned in Nazi Germany that

bigotry was not the most urgent
problem but that "the most ur-
gent, the most disgraceful prob-
lem is silence." He said Ger-
many became "a nation of silent

thousands of Rosh Hashanah
and Yom HipPlir sermons.
Any landlord or merchant of
Jewish faith wno hiocks
Negro rights will be increas-
ingly exposed to disapproval
of co-religionists.

the white man is a coward at
his point, I'm ashamed of my
race."
Sen. Jacob K. Davits, New
York Republican who took part
in the March, was moved es-

pecially by the non-Negro par-

ticipation.

He w a s 'impressed by the
large number of non-Negroes,
including many religious lead-
ers, who marched.

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in Hebrew:

Jamaican Rabbi Booed

Rabbi Henry S i 1 v e r m a n,
spiritual leader of the Jewish
community in Jamaica, was
booed at a recent mass meeting
in support of the civil rights
march on Washington. The din
of hecklers forced him to leave
George VI park after he in-
voked a blessing on thousands
of West Indians in a nearby
demonstration.

George Lincoln Rockwell,
self-styled "fuehrer" of the
American Nazi Party, smoked
a pipe in the shadow of the
Washington Monument as his
counter-demonstration to the
March for jobs and Freedom
failed to materialize. He ex-
pressed his anger by charg-
ite man—right
ing: "The wh
wingers—are cowardly."

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onlookers. They remained silent
in the face of hatred, brutality
and murder.'

The prayer offered by
Rabbi Uri Miller, president
of the Synagogue Council cf
America, also stressed that
actions rather than "empty
words" were now needed.



A. Philip Randolph, Negro
leader who headed the March
organization, went out of his
way to commend Jewish sup-
port.
This reporter interviewed
many Negro marchers from
both north and south and heard
not one evidence of anti-•emi-
tism. Some Negroes actually
sought out rabbis and told of
their sincere appreciation of the
rabbis' presence.
The Rev. Martin Luther King,
his eye on the future, cautioned
the Negro masses that they
must "not seek to satisfy our
thirst for freedom by drinking
from the cup of bitterness and

hatred."

It was apparent from the
messianic spirit of Jewish
participants that the March
was not a climax of Jewish
involvement but only the real



Commerce Secretary
Hodges Visits Israel

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM— United States
Commerce Secretary Luther

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with his wife from Athens for an
unofficial 3d-hour visit as a guest
of the Israel government.
He expressed the hope that
the visit "will contribute to the
fostering of closer trade rela-
tions between our two coun-

tries."

He was met at the airport by
Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir,
senior government official and
representatives of the United
States Embassy. The American
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United States last year and his
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of industrial enterprises during
his visit. He will also call on
President Shazar and address
the Israel-America Chamber of

Commerce.

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7 - THff DffTROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, Sept. 6, 1963

Jewish Groups, Rabbis, Lay Leaders Played Important Roles in Rights March in D.C.

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