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April 10, 1964 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-04-10

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American Jewish _Leaders Seeh Meeting
`On High Level' With USSR Spokesmen;
Plead for Restoration of Jewish Rights

24 National Organizations
Adopt 18-Point Appeal;
Plan Prayer Day, Protests

WASHINGTON, (JTA) — The two-day emergency
American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry concluded
here Monday night with an appeal to Soviet government
leaders to end official anti-Semitism and to grant the
3,000,000 Jews of the Soviet Union full equality with other
religious and ethnic groups in the country. The 24 parti-
cipating Jewish organizations which convened the con-
ference adopted plans to enlist the help of Americans of
all faiths in drawing world attention to the "oppression
of Soviet Jewry."
The 500 delegates, addressing themselves to the au-
thorities of the Soviet Union, adopted an 18-point resolu-
tion calling for the elimination of discrimination against
Soviet Jews and restoration of their full cultural and re-
ligious rights. The conference expressed its "anguish and
indignation at the treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union."
The conference called for a national day of prayer
to be observed in every American synagogue, as a part
of a national protest against "the calculated assault by
which the destruction of the Jewish community within the
Soviet Union is being pursued."
A message to the conference from Albert Cardinal
Meyer, Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago, stated:
"In the name of God, Who will not be mocked, and In
the name of humanity made in the image and likeness of
God, I join you in protest against any evil and all efforts
to destroy the spiritual and cultural freedom and rights
of men everywhere."
A delegation of conference leaders met with Secre-
tary of State Dean Rusk at the State Department Tuesday
morning to discuss the sentiments expressed at the con-
ference.
The possibility of a meeting between American Jew-
ish leaders and Soviet authorities "on the highest level"
was raised at the conference by Louis H. Weinstein, of
Boston, chairman of the National Community Relations
Advisory Council, and Morris B. Abram, president of the
American Jewish Committee. Weinstein said he hoped
that Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, and U.S.
Senators Jacob K. Javits and Abraham A. Ribicoff would
be in the group, if and when such a delegation is invited
to Russia.
The conference delegates were told that "if Soviet
authorities invite us to a discussion of the status of Soviet
Jewry in terms that signify the earnest desire of the
Soviet government for good-faith exploration of the issue,
we will be prepared to form a delegation to go to the
USSR to meet with Soviet officials of the highest level."
The 18-point resolution, protesting "the denial to
Soviet Jews of the basic institutions and facilities granted
to other religious and ethnic groups within the Soviet
Union," informed the Soviet government that "considera-
tions of humanity and justice" required it to:
1. Eradicate anti-Semitism by a vigorous educational
effort conducted by government and party; 2. Permit the
free functioning of synagogues and private prayer meet-
ings; 3. Remove hindrances to the observance of sacred
rites such as religious burial and circumcision; 4. Permit
production and distribution of religious articles and cal-
endars; 5. Restore facilities and permission to produce
and distribute matzoth and kosher food; 6. Grant the right
to publish Hebrew Bibles, prayer books, and other reli-
gious texts; 7. Permit synagogues in the USSR to organ-
ize a nationwide federation; 8. Sanction the association

Continued on Page 32

THE JEWISH
NEWS
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A Weekly Review

MICHIGAN

i of Jewish Events

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper,

Vol. XLV—No. 7

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Incorporating

The
17100 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit, Mich. 48235

Jewish Chronicle

April 10, 1964

Bann er Beginning of All

Time' Marks First Event
of Allied Jewish Campaign
$3,666,000 Initial Total Augurs Well

For Anticipated $5 Million Campaign

A new record was set here for a commencing sum with which to open an Allied
Jewish Campaign. At the formal opening of the 1964 campaign at the dinner meeting
held Tuesday at the Jewish Center, Isidore Sobeloff, executive vice-president of the
Jewish Welfare Federation, announced a total of $3,666,000 — $250,000 more than
the largest sum previously announced on an opening night.
Acclaiming the efforts of the campaign leaders and workers, Sobeloff also an-
nounced that half of the assigned slips have been covered, pointing to an enlarged
enrollment of campaign participants. He described the occasion as being " a banner
night for all time."
"Whatever we have done so far is part of our continuing effort to solidify and
strengthen our community," he declared, and he made a strong appeal for the pur-
suance of the campaign activities to assure a minimum of $5,000,000 in this year's
drive.
Charles H. Gershenson, chairman of this year's campaign, presided over the eve-
ning's festivities after a brief session, with Presiding Judge Theodore Levin of the
U. S. District Court acting as chairman, during which honors were extended to Hyman
Safran, president of the Jewish Welfare Federation, and Max M. Fisher, national asso-
ciate general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and the former president of
the Federation. In recognition of their services to the community, Judge Levin pre-
sented to Safran and Fisher olive wood gavels made in Israel and appropriately in-
scribed for each of the recipients.
In their responses to the presentations, the two honorees pledged their continued
devotion to the community causes. Fisher said he viewed the gavel as a symbol of
the efforts to which he continues to dedicate himself. Safran said he accepted the
honor as a duty to the community and as a measure of his pride in the objectives of
Detroit's total community functions.
Commenting on the excellent start in this year's drive, Gershenson said he was
optimistic that the $5,000,000 goal will be attained. He reviewed the local scene in the
over-all campaign picture, told of the work that is being conducted to provide care
for children who have become the wards of the community, and he pointed to the
numerous other duties fulfilled by the campaign: in caring for 300 residents in the
Home for Aged, assisting the Sinai Hospital health programs, assuring an education
for the thousands of children in the United Hebrew Schools, providing for the _rec-
reational programs at the Jewish Center, assisting numerous other agencies, includ-
ing Hebrew Free Loan, Jewish Vocational Bureau and Workshop and other agencies.
A brief appeal for unstinted labors for the drive was made by the campaign's
associate chairman, Al Borman.
In the principal address of the evening, Reuven Dafni, Israeli pioneer who helped
establish the border settlement of Ein Gev, war hero, former Israeli Consul in Los
Angeles and New York and now a member of the Israel Ministry of Education and
Culture, reviewed the accomplishments in Israel and pointed to successes in which
all contributors to the UJA through the Detroit campaign can feel a sense of great pride.
He described the emergence of the State of Israel as marking "the recognition by
the nations of the world of Israel's right to be master of her own fate and not the
recipient of crumbs from royal tables."

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Allied Jewish Campaign leaders at the opening dinner of the 1964 drive, at the Jewish Center, on Tuesday evening are (from left) : Charles H.
Gershenson and Abraham Borman, chairman and associate chairman of this year's campaign; Hyman Safran, president, Jewish Welfare Federation;
Irwin Green, co-chairman of pre-campaign activities; Reuven Dafni, Israeli war hero, now a member of the Israel Ministry of Education and Culture,
guest speaker at the dinner; Max M. Fisher, national associate general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; Judge Theodore Levin, who was one of
the presiding officers at Tuesday's dinner meeting; and Mrs. I. Jerome Hauser, chairman of the Women's Division of the Allied Jewish Campaign.

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