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November 01, 1963 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-11-01

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Friday, November 1, 1963—THE DE TROIT JEWISH NEWS-6

Hadassah Urges U.S. Action Against Soviet
Anti-Semitism; Plans Expanded Education Program

(Special to The Jewish News)
In a resolution adopted
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Strong, Monday, the convention call-
action in defense of Israel's po- ed on the United States Gov-
sition, in behalf of efforts to ernment to make efforts to
protect Russian Jewry against persuade the Soviet Union to
continuing acts of anti-Semitism, halt discriminations against
in support of civil rights and Jews in the USSR. The resolu-
for the continuation of Hadas- tion called on the U.S.A. "to
sah's program of healing in take every appropriate meas-
Israel was taken at the four-day ure, in and out of the United
national convention of Hadassah Nations, to move the Soviet
held here at the Sheraton Park Union to cease discriminatory
practices against the Jewish
Hotel this week.
Protests against Soviet treat- citizens of the Soviet Union."
ment of Jews were sounded by
Another resolution deplored
several speakers, commencing "the misuse of American for-
with the address of Senator eign aid funds in every respect
Jacob K. Javits who said that and, especially, where such
"a great wave of indignation funds are used to provide eco-
now from all parts of the world nomic aid to countries prepar-
can prove powerful enough to ing to attack their neighbors."
stop the deadly progress of So- Hadassah delegates called on
viet discrimination and perse- the United States Senate to
approve the Gruening - Javits
cution of Soviet Jews."
Mrs. Siegfried Kramarsky, amendment, similar to one al-
Hadassah's national president, ready approved by the House.
urged that the United Nations The amendment stipulates that
"use appropriate machinery no assistance shall be provided
for impressing upon leaders a country like Egypt if the
of the Soviet Union that the President determines such a
community of nations will not country is engaging in or pre-
tolerate continued discrimina- paring for aggressive military
tion against their Jewish citi- efforts directed against the
United States or any nation re-
Mrs. Kramarsky urged that ceiving American assistance.
Congress adopt a "workable"
Hadassah's resolution recog-
civil rights bill before adjourn- nized the "significant role"
ment. She announced that Dr. the U.S. Agency for Interna-
Kalman Mann, director-general tional Development has had
of the Hadassah Medical Organi- in assisting developing coun-
zation in Israel, will go to Africa tries.
for a month to evaluate health
Hadassah presented its Hen-
needs of Basutoland, Bechuana- rietta Szold Award to Dr. Albert
land and Swaziland.
B. Sabin, discoverer of the oral
During the past year, the anti-polio vaccine. Presentation
budget for which was $9,838,243, of the citation and a gift of
Hadassah raised $10,962,821, $1,000 were made by Mrs. Kra-
Mrs. Mortimer Jacobson, treas- marsky who announced that
urer, reported. She said the sum Hadassah will broaden the scope
of $90,000,000 was raised by of its medical activities in Israel
Hadassah in the last 10 years and African countries in 1964.
for operations in Israel.
Israel's Deputy Minister of
Israel's aid to underdevel-
Health, Yitzhak Raphael. said
oped countries was commend- that
the growth of the Israeli
ed in an address by Senator population
it our duty"
Hubert Humphrey of Minne- to build 15 "makes
additional hospitals
with a total of 6,000
The opening session of the in Israel,
within the next 10 years.
convention heard a taped ad- beds,
Raphael said that, of the 15
dress by President Kennedy new
hospitals needed in Israel,
who praised Hadassah's activi- 10 should
be general hospitals
ties and stated:
and five special hospitals, par-
"Your organization has long ticularly
mental institutions. He
played an active and important
that $150,000,000 will
part in the advancement of civil estimated
establish and
rights, the protection of civil equip the new to hospitals
and to
liberties, the relief of poverty build additional structures
and hardship, and the enhance- existing hospitals. He reported
ment of human dignity at home that new immigration to Israel
and abroad. It stands in the fin- from underdeveloped countries
est traditions of voluntary pub- brings with it many sick per-
lic service.
He stated, however, that
"Israel, the chief beneficiary sons.
majority could be cured.
of your actions to improve hos- the Mrs.
Rose L. Halprin, conven-
pital and health care abroad, tion chairman,
and a former
has a major university medical national Hadassah
center as a result of your ef-
in an address that, while
forts. It serves the people of all said
the United Nations is committed
nations without regard to their to peaceful relations among
politics, religion, race or color. members,
"no one rises to pro-
There is no better symbol of test—not even our own Govern-
universal brotherhood.
ment—when the United Arab
"Your many other activities, Republic and other Arab spokes-
such as the programs of voca- men threaten belligerent action
tional training, land reclama- against Israel."
tion, child rescue, and educa-
"The admonition is often
tion, also contribute to the same heard not to take verbal threats
goal. As the world faces increas- too seriously," she said. "Yet,
ingly complicated economic, so- the world knows from bitter
cial, and political challenges, it experience that words can be-
becomes increasingly important come deeds if they are unchal-
that voluntary initiatives such lenged, that slogans can influ-
as yours be expanded. This is ence the young who take words
the very basis of international as guides to action."
understanding. Every citizen and
Dr. Kalman J. Mann, director-
every organization whose pro- general of the Hadassah Medi-
gram advances human welfare cal Organization in Israel, re-
anywhere fulfills an important vealed to delegates that Israel
national purpose. Democracies now had the highest ratio of
such as Israel and the United physicians per population in the
States must have the assistance world. Israel, he said, has one
of voluntary efforts such as physician per 400; the United
yours. I congratulate you for States one per 800; Soviet Union,
what you are doing for mankind one per 750, and England, one
and I wish you a very successful per 1,000. He reported that, in
the last five years, Israel's pop-
ulation increased 14.8 per cent,
while the physician population
increased 28.6 per cent. The age
distribution of Israeli doctors is
changing toward younger men,
he said.
Mann estimated that Hadas-
sah has given medical care to
50 per cent of all the babies

Chief of Staff Tzvi Tsur Declares
Israel Better Equipped Than in '56

born in Israel. He said Hadas-
sah has made a major contribu-
tion toward reducing maternal
mortality in Israel from 7 to .4
per 1,000 deliveries, and infant
mortality from 250 per 1,000
births to 23 per 1,000. These
figures cover 1921 to 1963.
Dr. Mann announced that a
special course in nursing for
African students will be opened
at the Hadassah School of
Nursing in Jerusalem in No-
Dr. Eisig Silberschlag, dean of
the Boston Hebrew Teachers
College, told the Hadassah dele-
gates that "the Hebrew language
is our most potent bond of un-
derstanding with Israel." He
said it was still "the most pow-
erful guarantor of Jewish unity,
of the concept of the totality of
Jewry which must be preserv-
ed." He added that "without the
Hebrew language, we are a col-
lection of weak, pseudo-religious
units; with it, we are a force
with endless possibilities of
Mrs. Henry Goldman, of Jer-
sey City, N.J., national chair-
man of Hadassah's education
committee, disclosed that Ha-
dassah this year will inaugurate
a special program on "Jewish
values for modern living."

Urge Jewish Groups
Start Joint Action
for Jews in Russia
Jewish Labor Committee called
for "united, action by the entire
American Jewish community" to
deal with the latest move of anti-
Jewish developments in the
Soviet Union.
In a statement signed by
Adolph Held, chairman, a n d
Benjamin Tabachinsky, execu-
tive secretary, the JLC called
for an emergency meeting of
the National Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council to dis-
cuss action on the problem.
JLC also proposed that organi-
zations not affiliated with
NCRAC be included in the
emergency gathering, including
the American Jewish Commit-
tee, Bnai Brith, the Synagogue
Council of America, the Na-
tional Council of Jewish Women
and all other interested national
Jewish groups.
JDC leaders declared that no
partisan considerations should
impede the closest cooperation
and joint endeavors by all
American Jewish organizations
in meeting "the increasing omi-
nous threat to Soviet Jewry."




(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV—Gen. Tzvi Tsur,
Israel Chief of Staff, declared in
a special order of the day Tues-
day marking the 1956 Sinai
Campaign, that Israel was now
better equipped than it was in
He added that Israel must
now know that in any future
trial, it would have to depend
on itself.
Recalling the bravery of the
Israeli forces during the Sinai
Campaign, the military leader
warned those "who threaten
Israel but who are themselves
deep in Yemen and the Alger-
ian lands, "a reference to sup-
port Egypt has been providing
to the Yemen rebels in the civil
war in that country and to Al-
geria in the current border
fighting with Morocco.
Israel marked the Sinai an-

niversary with parades and a
display of armor to honor that
corps which distinguished itself
in the Sinai drive and whose
role was decisive in the achieve-
ment of the victory over Egyp-
tian forces then.

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