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February 14, 1964 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-02-14

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A Weekly Review


of Jewish Events

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle


Printed in a
100% Union Shop

Day School
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17100 W. 7 Mile Rd.—VE 8-9364—Detroit 35, February 14, 1964—$6.00 Per Year; This Issue 20c

President Acclaims U. S. - Israel
Cooperative Water Plan in Dramatic
Weizmann Institute Dinner Speech

N.Y. 'Regents Charter Given

Israel's Bar-Ilan University

Bar-Ilan University in Israel has received a provisional
charter from the Board of Regents of the State of New York, it
was announced by Dr. Joseph H. Lookstein,
acting president of the university, at a meet-
ing of the board of trustees of the American
Committee for Bar-Ilan University held in
New York City.
The charter confers upon the institution
the right to award bachelor and master de-
grees in the arts and sciences, and the Ph.D.
in Judaic studies. By the provisions
Dr. Lookstein
of this charter, Bar-Ilan University now be-
comes the only American chartered institution of higher learning
in Israel and in the words of Dr. Lookstein, "represents America's
contribution to higher education in Israel."
Bar-Ilan University, situated in Ramat Gan, the garden city
of Israel, has a student enrollment of 1,300 and an academic
staff of 160 full- and part-time faculty. It is a co-educational
institution and its academic structure is patterned after the
American universities. During the current academic year a
total of 450 courses are being offered in Jewish studies, mathe-
matice and natural sciences, social sciences, and languages and
While the majority of the students are Israeli, more than 100
come from foreign countries, including 40 from the United
States. The institution is non-sectarian, and at Bar-Ilan Uni-
versity there are Moslems and Christians studying alongside
students of the Jewish faith. In addition, there are a goodly
number of students who come from the African countries.
Bar-Ilan University was founded ten years ago by the
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By Jewish News Special Correspondent
NEW YORK. — Castro's latest anti-U.S. move of shutting off the water sup-
ply to Guantanamo was sprung a few hours before President Johnson was to
address the 18th annual dinner of the Weizmann Institute of Science on Feb. 6
It created a dramatic link between this country and Israel.
The President's speech was directed toward the problem of water needs
and its effect as a "force for peace." Then came the Guantanamo crisis, and the
President utilized the occasion to explain the American position and to assure
the American people from the rostrum at the Weizmann dinner that proper steps
were being taken to protect the Americans at Guantanamo.
In his historic statement, the President commended the Weizmann Institute's
pioneering efforts in dealing with major scientific problems, and he dealt with
the chief one among them as follows:
"One of its earliest and most important scientific problems was the same
problem that has troubled so many nations of the globe, and so many parts of
this country, including my own. This problem of water; water for irrigation, wa-
ter for consumption, water for industry and recreation and all of its other uses.
"Our own water problems in this country are not yet solved.
"We, like Israel, need to find cheap ways of converting salt water to fresh
"So, let us work together.
"This nation has begun discussions with the repre-
sentatives of Israel on cooperative research in using
nuclear power to turn salt water into fresh water.
"This project poses a challenge to our scientific and
technical skill. I promise no early and easy results. But
the opportunities are so vast, the stakes are so high, it
is worth all our efforts and all our energy.
"For water means life and opportunity and prosper-
ity for those who never knew the meaning of these words.
"Water can banish hunger, reclaim the desert, and
change the course of history.
"We are equally ready to cooperate with other coun-
tries anxious to cure water shortages.
"This would be a part of a general program for pool-
ing experience and knowledge in this important field.
The International Atomic Energy Agency is a focal point
in this program.
"In this way we can demonstrate the constructive
meaning of man's mastery of the atom. We can pool the
intellectual resources of Israel, America and all mankind
for the benefit of all the world. And we can better pur-
sue our common quest for water.
"Water should never be a cause of war—it should
always be a force for peace.
"Peace is first on our agenda.
"It is not there only because it is right and decent
to seek peace. The larger reason is there is no rational
alternative to peace."
"For water should never divide men — it should
unite them."
While the President did not mention the Israel-
Jordan water project, his speech could be interpreted
as a reaffirmation that the U.S. strongly. backs Israel
in its current project in accordance with the ideas pro-
mulgated by the late Eric Johnston.
(In Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency,
a specialized agency of the United Nations, with head-
quarters here, asked Technion, the Israel Institute of
Technology, at Haifa, to investigate the feasibility of the
use of atomic energy for the desalination of sea water.
(The study, according to the IAEA, will be conducted
at Haifa by Prof. Fritz Ashner and Dr. Shimon Yiftah,
both of Technion's nuclear sciences department.
(The Technion study, it was indicated, will be part
of the agency's international program for pooling re-
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of Christians & Jews

Observance of annual Brotherhood Week sponsored
by the National Conference of Christians and Jews will
commence on Sunday. In Detroit, directed by the Round
Table of Christians and Jews, the celebration this year is
under the general chairmanship of Stanley Winkelman.
The Round Table will sponsor its annual Border-City
Conference at the Rackham Building next Thursday.

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