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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-11-15

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Friday, Nov. 15, 19 63 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- 8

Federations Take Action on Civil Rights,
USSR Anti-Semitism, Church-State Issues;
Judge Levin Elected a CJFWF Vice-Pres,

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—In reso-
lutions adopted by the 1,200
delegates to the 32nd general
assembly of the Council of Jew-
ish Federations and Welfare
Funds, action was taken on civil
rights,. church-state issues, the
shortage of trained social work
personnel, anti-Semitism in the
Soviet Union, cooperation be-
tween government and volun-
tary agencies, non - discrimina-
tory immigration, public wel-
fare and overseas aid.
Louis Stern, of South Orange,
N.J., was re-elected president.
Judge Theodore Levin of De-
troit was elected one of the vice
presidents.

In a resolution which de-
tailed aspects and incidents
of anti-Semitism in the Soviet
Union, the delegates appealed
to the conscience of the world
to press for early and full re-
moval of these discriminatory
practices.
In another action, they voic-

ed approval of the President's
civil rights legislative proposals,
and called upon both political
parties to join in bi-partisan
action to assure the earliest pos-
sible enactment by the Congress
of comprehensive and effective
civil rights legislation.
The representatives, in addi-
tion, commended the American
Jewish Joint Distribution Com-
mittee on the occasion of its
50th Anniversary.
The Assembly also adopted a
resolution expressing gratifica-
tion on the passage of Federal
public welfare amendments de-
signed to restore dependent peo-
ple to self-support.
The resolution, however, call-
ed for larger Congressional ap-
propriations to translate these
legislative gains into reality.

The resolution also urged
Congress to enact legislation
on medical care for the aged,
extend public assistance to
needy persons not presently
covered, set up retraining and
employment programs for un-
employed youth and economi-
cally deteriorated areas, and
establish a national service
corps to help meet domestic
human needs.
In addition to the resolution
on civil rights, which stressed

that all Jewish organizations
are "under obligation to ad-
vance the cause of equality,"
several speakers referred to
Jewish support of the Negro
people and other minorities in
their struggle for full citizen-
ship.
Stern commented on this sub-
ject in the Assembly's opening
address which he based upon a
comprehensive symposium on
the major issues facing the Jew-
ish community contributed by
37 noted social scientists, medi-
cal experts and religious lead-
ers.
He noted that partial success
in this struggle for human dig-
nity and equality may create
more rather than less bitterness
among Negroes when the legal
rights they are fighting for do
not bring the complete equality
they seek.
"The answers lie not only in
rights, and the laws to enforce
them," he said. "The answers lie
ultimately in the attitudes of
people."
Two distinguished educators
also presented major addresses
which assessed the civil rights
problem as a personal crisis for
every American.
Dr. Lou H. Silberman, pro-
fessor of Jewish literature and
thought at Vanderbilt Univer-
sity, Nashville, recalled the di-
vine imperative: "Thou shalt
not oppress a stranger." Inter-
preting the biblical injunction
in these terms, he declared:
"You shall not push back a
stranger, not push him back into
the slums, the `Niggertowns', the

He urged the delegates to
separate and unequal schools."
Dr. Buell G. Gallagher, presi- go back to their communities
dent of the City College of New and mobilize them for an out-
York, told the delegates that pouring of generosity that will
"the true meaning of liberty more truly reflect their pro-
and the genuine value of equal- portionate share of this world-
ity will be realized in action wide Jewish responsibility.
only as a genuine and honest
Moses A. Leavitt, executive
fraternity embraces us all."
vice-chairman of the Joint Dis-
Stern also commented on tribution Committee, asserted
other specific issues affecting that "the primacy of Jewish
the Jewish and general com- needs in the next few years is
munity raised by the sympo- overseas and not in the United
sium. He said that the short- States."
age of trained professional
Henry L. Zucker, executive
social workers "constitutes a director of the Jewish Commun-
major crisis for American ity Federation of Cleveland,
Jewry and for the total Amer- said Jewish federations in the
ican community."
U.S. and Canada are turning
Irving W. Rabb, vice-presi- more to foundation and endow-
dent of the Combined Jewish ment funds as an additional
Philanthropies of Boston, said source of income. Since 1953,
that research programs into endowment fund programs of
community needs and attitudes 12 large-city federations have
are not a luxury but a business- grown from a total of nearly
like approach to the commun- $32,000,000 to more than $70,-
ity's major enterprise, its in- 000,000.
vestment in people and its fu-
The eleventh annual presen-
ture.
of the William J. Shroder
Louis A. Pincus, treasurer of tation
Awards, honoring the
the Jewish Agency, Jerusalem, Memorial
and first president of
said that the accumulated ef- founder
the Council, for pioneering ad-
fect of three years of peak im- vances
in social welfare, went
migration to Israel combined to the Associated
with a backlog of unmet human of Greater New YM-YWHAs
for its
needs is straining the resources Mosholu-Montefiore York
of his agency to the breaking Center. The second Community
Memorial
point.
Award
went
to
the
Jewish
Fam-
Declaring that if the problem
Service of the Tucson Jewish
is not resolved everything ily
achieved in Israel thus far will Community Council.
A citation was presented in
be imperiled, Pincus stressed
that there is a disproportionate honor of its 25th anniversary to
division of responsibility for fi- the Greater Miami Jewish Fed-
nancing this program which eration.
In a statement at the closing
places an unfair burden upon
the people of Israel. They ac- business session on Sunday,
count for '70 per cent of the Stern welcomed the news of the
cost, while the Jews of the rest "historic document concerning
of the world contribute only Catholic attitude toward Jews
has been presented to the Ecu-
30 per cent.
Pincus said the Jewish Agency menical Council in Rome." He
is spending $120,000,000 this said "the CJFWF hails this im-
year in an attempt to fulfill its portant development which will
responsibilities, but it will not help to eliminate one of the
have this much to spend in major sources of hostility and
1964 because it cannot continue prejudice against Jews through-
out the ages."
its borrowing.

Mencken's 'The American Language' Due in New Edition

terial, by Raven I. McDavid, Jr.,
professor of English at the Uni-
versity of Chicago, who previ-
ously taught at the University
of Michigan's Linguistic Insti-
tute.

On Nov. 20, Knopf will pub-
lish the fourth edition and the
two supplements of H. L. Menc-
ken's "The American Lan-
guage," abridged in one volume,
with annotations and new ma-

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