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February 07, 1964 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-02-07

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Brith Anti-Defamation League
adopted a budget for 1964 total-
ing $4.317,000. The budget was
approved at the closing session
of the League's 51st annual
meeting this week.
A national drive to seek to
raise the amounts needed will
be headed by Paul Sampliner,
chairman of the ADL's national
campaign cabinet.
An announcement that the
ADL has underwritten a $500,-
000 five-year program of re-
search which, when com-
pleted, "will be the most com-
prehensive study of Ameri-
can anti-Semitism ever con-
ducted" was made by Samuel
Dalsimer, chairman of the
league's program committee.
According to Dalsimer, the
survey will "cover such areas as
prejudice among adolescents.
the relationship of Christianity
to anti-Semitism, political
values, the extent and location
of anti-Semitism, and the insti-
tutions in American life sup-
porting it."
Dr. Charles Y. Glock, of the
University of California's sur-
vey Research Center, at Berke-
ley, is in charge of the survey.
The ADL convention also
heard the annual report by Dore
Schary, national chairman of the
League, and an address by U.S.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy,
brother of the late President
At the convention's closing
session, the league's annual
Democratic Legacy Award in
the form of silver medals,
was presented by Schary to
the R e v. Eugene Carson
Blake, A. Philip Randolph,
Walter Reuther and Roy Wil-
kins for their "distinguished
contributions to the enrich-
ment of America's democratic
A message from President
Johnson lauded the medalists
for their "contributions to the
cause of human equality and
Messages on civil rights and
Christian-Jewish relations were
given by Sen. Kennedy and Ben-
jamin R. Epstein, national ADL
Sen. Kennedy declared that
the civil rights bill "will pass
the House unweakened" and
that only a filibuster can stop
a Senate majority "ready and
willing to vote for it."
The senator, in his first
public appearance in New
York since the death of Pres-
ident Kennedy, pledged him-
self to vote for the bill and
to "support all necessary
means to give the majority of
the Senate, after full and fair
debate, a chance to work its
Likening the position of the
Negro to where "the Jewish
immigrants and the Irish immi-
grants stood 40 to 50 years
ago," he said they face "the
same kind of barriers, the same
kind of stereotypes," and
warned that the time was long
overdue for the American peo-
ple to rid themselves of pre-
judice and discrimination.
Sen. Kennedy noted that the
Anti - Defamation League had
last year presented John F.
Kennedy with its Legacy Award
for "distinguished contributions
to the enrichment of our demo-
cratic heritage."
"There is an ancient Jew-
ish saying that 'the righteous
are mightier in death than
in life,' " Sen. Kennedy said.
"Certainly today, the finest
thing all of us could do, in
his memory, is to devote our-
selves to the principles and
programs for which he lived
and to the eradication of the
hatred and extremism that
took him away."

The notion that the Jewish
people have responsibility for
the death of Jesus is "still dis-
tressingly alive and a cruel,
critical factor in perpetuating
anti-Semitic prejudice," Epstein
He reported that the Univer-
sity of California study of atti-
tudes toward Jews on the part
of "church-oriented Christians"
made clear that Christian lead-
ership—Protestant and Catholic
—must more actively undertake
the mission of rectifying "the
centuries-old injustice of anti-
Among the findings made so
far in a preliminary question-
naire were these:

the proportion of persons in-
dicting Jews for the death of
Jesus was smaller in large, lib-
eral congregations than in con-
servative and fundamentalist
He pointed out that 55 per
cent of large, liberal congrega-
tions blamed Jews for the
crucifixion, while 84 per cent
of the fundamentalists did.
He added, however, that
the report indicated that all
groups tended to remember
Judas as a Jew, not as a
Christian, and said the "sin-
ister connection" was rein-
forced by the similarity be-
tween the words "Judas" and
—81 per cent of the adult Chris-
tian church members studied
"The findings of the pre-
believed that Pontius Pilate
liminary study merely reinforce
wanted to spare Jesus from the
Cross. More than 48 per cent of
us in our long-time speculation
the total thought that he failed
on the role of church institu-
to spare Jesus because "a group
of powerful Jews wanted Jesus
tions in developing ambivalent
and often tragic attitudes to-
—69 per cent of the total chose
Jews as the group "most re-
ward Jews—a speculation that
sponsible" for crucifying Jesus.
led to the study itself," Epstein
—19 per cent believed that Jews
have been persecuted because
"God is punishing them for re-
The ADL director cited the
jecting Jesus." Another 15 per
cent were undecided on the is-
proposed Ecumenical Council
document, rejecting the notion
—45 per cent agreed that "Jews
can never be forgiven for what
that the Jewish people were
they did to Jesus until they ac-
responsible for the death of
cept him as the True Savior."
Another 18 per cent were un-
Jesus, as "a significent develop-
certain as to whether or not
ment, which could, if adopted,
Jews could be forgiven unless
they turned to Jesus.
presage a major and positive
In his report on attitudes of change in attitudes throughout
church-oriented Christians to- the world."
ward Jews, Epstein said that

Jewish Congress
to Appeal Dixie
Prayer Decision

—The Supreme Court of Florida
ruled that if Bible reading and
recitation of the Lord's Prayer
in Florida public schools is to
be barred, it will have to be
done by an order of the United
States Supreme Court, not by
the Florida tribunal.
The Florida Supreme Court
took that stand in ruling for a
second time that it considered
such practices as legal. The sec-
ond ruling was required because
the U.S. Supreme Court sent
back the first decision of June
1962 and asked the Florida
court to modify it to conform
with a decision in Pennsylvania
and Maryland cases that such
practices were unconstitutional.
The second decision, like the
first, contended that the prac-
tices in Florida public schools
were different from those in
Pennsylvania and Maryland, be-
cause the Florida law describes
the practices as "good moral
training." The Florida court
said again that the practice was
founded on secular considera-
tions and that the practice was
necessary for good citizenship
and were therefore not in con-
flict with the constitutional re-
quirement of church-state sepa-
* * *
American Jewish Congress an-
nounced it would appeal to the
United States Supreme Court
the decision by the Florida Su-
preme Court that upheld Bible
reading in Florida public
Leo Pfeffer, general counsel
of the Congress ,who represent-
ed Jewish and non-Jewish par-
ents in challenging religious
practices in the Miami public
schools, said the Florida court's
action was not consistent with
U.S. Supreme Court decisions
in the Schemp and Murray cases
and added he would ask the
U.S. Supreme Court to declare
the Florida Bible reading statute
equally invalid.

He who has one hundred din-
ars, desires two hundred.—Mid-

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The order represented the
British firm's largest single
sale. It has had business ties
with the Haifa firm for 10


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7-THE DETR OIT JEWISH NEWS—Friday, February 7, 1964

ADL Adopts $4-Million Budget at Parley;
Hears Rights Pledge by Sen. Kennedy and
Report on Study of Anti-Semitism in U. S.

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