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February 14, 1964 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-02-14

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
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(Copyrig
ht, 1964
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)

The Philanthropic Season

The 1964 season of nationwide fund-raising starts this month
with two important conferences . . One is the inaugural confer-
ence of the United Jewish Appeal which opened in Washing-
ton Sunday . . . The other is the inaugural conference of the Israel
Bond Organization which will start in Miami Feb. 21 . . . Con-
tributors of no less than $10,000 were invited to the UJA
conference which will seek $105,000,000 this year . . . The cam-
paign of the Israel Bond Organization this year will be for
$85,000,000 . . . While the Bond conference will emphasize Israel's
industrial and agricultural achievements, the UJA conference
stressed "the other side of the coin"—the difficult financial prob-
lems which Israel is now facing in the bringing and settling of new
immigrants as well as in the absorption of immigrants of previous
years . . . The Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds,
which is interested in stimulating greater giving in the communi-
ties, assembled data on increased contributions in 1963 which may
have significant relevance for 1964 . .. Of the first 85 communi-
ties which reported final 1963 campaign figures, 35 raised slightly
more than they did in the previous year, 44 raised slightly less,
and six held the line .. . In helping the federations and welfare
funds to plan their 1964 campaigns, the CJFWF Campaign Services
Committee sought to find the reasons for variations not only
between comparable community campaigns, but between divisions
and contributors in similar income brackets . . . It established
that the large increases that turned up in 1963 came mostly from
contributors who the year before skipped giving although they
gave annually previously . . . Some of the increases also came
from contributors who decreased their contributions a year before,
as well as from those who, while holding the line of increasing,
gave in 1962 less than had been expected . . . This "hidden poten-
tial" is now being thoroughly assessed for the 1964 campaign by
many communities . . . The CJFWF also established that the bulk
of increases last year came from the corps of top leadership whose
example set the pace of giving—campaign chairmen and workers,
federation and agency officers and board members, and partici-
pants in UJA and other overseas missions . . . It is felt that in
1964, the performance of this group will write the basic campaign
story.

Establish Joint Committee to Handle Compaints on Jewish Funerals

NEW YORK (JTA)—For the Union of Orthodox Jewish Con-
first time in American Jewish gregations of America (UOJCA),
history, a joint committee rep- the national organization serv-
resenting both Jewish religious ing 3,100 synagogues through-
organizations and funeral di- out the United States and Can-
rectors has been established to ada.
deal with any complaints of
The joint committee will
failure to conform with Jewish serve to further implement
religious requirements in fu- the pioneering accord on fu-
neral procedures.
neral standards entered into
This was announced by Moses
last June between the UOJCA
I. Feuerstein, president of the
together with the Rabbinical

the largest number of ratifications of any of those adopted
under the United Nations Charter . . . Why is the U.S. Senate
stubbornly standing in the way of ratification by the U.S'. of
this document which is so important to humanity? . . . Some
senators are ashamed of the fact that there is a majority in
the Senate obstructing the ratification of a pact outlawing in-
tentional destruction of national, racial, religious and ethnic
groups . . . They seek the aid of President Johnson, in the hope
that a special appeal from him to the Senate will bring the
measure to a debate and a vote . . . Especially active in efforts
to secure Senate ratification are Senators Ernest Gruening,
Jacob K. Javits, Maurine B. Neuberger, Eugene McCarthy, Wil-
liam Proxmire, Edward V. Long—all Democrats—and the Re-
publican Senators Hugh Scott and J. Glenn Beall . . . The in-
ternational pact provides for the punishment of genocide whether
committed in time of war or in time of peace . . . It declares
that those guilty of genocide shall be punished "whether they
are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private
individuals" . . . It was adopted by the UN General Assembly
by a vote of 55 to 0, with no abstentions—a fact which makes
the attitude of the U.S. Senate even more conspicuous . . . The
Genocide Convention does not include "cultural genocide" which
was excluded at the initiative of the delegation of the Soviet
Union at the United Nations . . . The majority U.N. delegations
agreed that crimes like destruction of synagogues, schools and
other measures of cultural extermination — as is the case now
with Jews in Russia — were barbarous but that protection of
these rights belong to the field of human rights . . . The issue
of "cultural genocide," with emphasis on discrimination against
Jewish religion and Jewish culture in the Soviet Union, is now
to come up before the UN Commission on Human Rights at its
meeting this month in New York.

Council of America and the
Jewish Funeral Directors of
America.
The committee will also re-
view the experience of the
initial period since the adoption
of the accord. This agreement,
which was put into effect fol-
lowing an extensive study of
funeral practices conducted by
the UOJCA Joint Funeral Stand-
ards Committee, was the first
such accord on a nationwide
scale providing for increased co-
operation between the rabbinate
and funeral directors, aimed at
ensuring that Jewish funeral
practices conform with religious
law and tradition.
Outlining the basic principles
of Jewish funeral practices, the
UOJCA explained that Jewish
religious law prescribes certain
rites of preparation and burial
and described the procedures to
be followed. It declared that
flowers and music have no place
at the Jewish funeral service
and that embalming and view-
ing are contrary to Jewish law.

Polish Jewish Theater
Out to Expand Audience

LONDON JTA) — The Jewish
Cultural and Social Association
of Poland decided on measures
to attract larger numbers of
theatergoers to the Yiddish the-
ater in that country, it was
reported here from Warsaw.
At a meeting addressed by
Ida Kaminska, famed Polish-
Yiddish actress, the association
decided to include more tempo-
rary plays in the theater's reper-
toire.

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Endowment Funds

A spectacular start in its campaign for legacies has now been
made by the ORT in this country, due to special efforts by David
Schweitzer, who was formerly a top executive in the Joint Dis-
tribution Committee and is now active at the ORT world head-
quarters in Geneva . . . Schweitzer, himself in the 70s, came
to New York for a short visit to help the American ORT Federa-
tion in its efforts to secure legacies from American Jews appre-
ciating the valuable work of the organization . . . He succeeded in
securing one legacy of $250,000 from a Jewish woman who wants
to remain anonymous, and another of $100,000 from Sam Lane.
a New York businessman . . . Direct information from attorneys
indicate that the ORT has also been included in 16 wills in varying
amounts . . . The ORT Legacy Fund is directed by a number of
prominent American Jews who take an active interest in the work
of the organization . . . The regular budget of the ORT is about
$8,000,000 a year, of which about $2,000,000 comes from the Joint
Distribution Committee . . . This covers the running annual
expenses involved in maintaining the worldwide network of the
organization's 450 vocational training schools . . . One of the
oldest Jewish organizations in the world-84 years in existence-
ORT has acquired a very high reputation not only among Jews,
but also among governments, including the U. S. Government . . .
At the convention of the American ORT Federation in New York,
a high official of the State Department, Herbert J. Waters,
was one of the principal guest speakers . . . And what did
he say? . . . He spoke of the "growing partnership" between
the U.S. Government and ORT in helping to meet the vocational
education needs in underdeveloped countries . . . He told of the
"property agreement" between the U. S. and ORT, under which
the latter is authorized to acquire—without charge—machines,
machine tools and other excess government property to be used
in ORT schools in Israel, Iran, Tunisia and Morocco . . . He
quoted from official U. S. records lauding Washington's experi-
ences with the ORT's work of surveying for the U. S. Government
the vocational education needs in several newly proclaimed
African countries . . . And he revealed that, just a month ago,
the U. S. A. concluded new contracts with ORT to conduct in-
tensive, out - of - school, in - service courses of employes of govern-
ment entities in Guinea and Mali . . . In seeking endowment
funds, in addition to its regular budget and government funds,
the ORT has in mind that there are sufficient Jews of means
who, having attained the age of 70 years or over, desire to leave
a heritage richer than their fortune by having their names re-
membered forever by someone, somewhere . . . The endowment
fund movement is, of course, not limited to ORT alone . . . It was
started by Jewish Federations in a number of cities in this country
and is today part and parcel of the campaign of various Jewish
organizations . .. It is becoming more and more popular among
Jewish donors who make substantial contributions to Jewish
causes during their lifetime but wish also to be remembered for
generations to come.

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Washington Echoes

President Johnson is being impressed by a number of
senators—Democrats and Republican—with the necessity to
make a personal strong appeal to the Senate to ratify the inter-
national genocide agreement which outlaws mass-killing of
human beings such as was carried out by the Nazis against the
Jews . . . To the detriment of the United States reputation as
a democratic government, the Senate has still not ratified the
Genocide Convention which was adopted by the United Nations
in 1948 . . . This, despite the fact that many other countries
—even the Soviet Union—have long since acceded to the Con-
vention . . . As a matter of fact, the Genocide Convention has

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