A Lady President
Portrait of Florence Heller of JWB
of Gap Between
Antwerp Mayor Accused of Insulting
Jews; Newspaper Voices Indignation
half of GIs have encouraged many
ANTWERP (JTA) — Antwerp as citizens of Antwerp we are
By NATHAN ZIPRIN
Center women's groups around the
was rocked by an incident in which ashamed — yes, ashamed — that
(Editor, Seven Arts Feature
country to make this work a part
BOSTON — A noted American the mayor of this city allegedly such a person should hold such a
position and should be allowed to
The National • Jewish Welfare of their program. In 1948 Mrs. Jewish historian and communal unloosed a stream of viciously anti- discredit our city with spiteful
Board's new president has created
president. She was no stay-at-home tional Jewish Welfare Board con- he learned they were Jews, one nonsense."
a bridge between the old concept
The incident occurred when
of social service as a hand lent to officer. She literally circled the vention here to help close the gap an Israeli.
Le Matin, Antwerp's French- Mayor Lode Crayebeck entered
the unfortunate and the modern globe, seeing JWB in action between the Jewish intellectual and
a cafe near City Hall and in-
idea that the community has a through personal meetings with his Jewishness and warned Ameri- language daily, the largest in Bel-
vited himself to a table occupied
wide variety of responsibilities to
by the two Jews, and began a
all of its members. Mrs. Florence vices Committees and Center ishness in the matter of civil "We wish to declare our indigna-
cordial conversation with them.
tion and shame. As Belgians and
G. Heller had her first contact leaders.
Inadvertently learning they•---- \
Mrs. Heller first came into the
Edwin Wolf 2nd, president of
with communal work as a young
Jews, he reportedly began
married woman, interviewing ap-
Day School Bus Riders
shouting insults such as "dirty
plicants for relief at Chicago's president of the women's auxil- ish Culture, author and curator of
Jews, cowards, parasites," and say-
United Charities. She is now deep- iary of the Jewish Peoples Insti- the Library Company of Philadel- Discriminated Against,
ing "the crematoria did not do
ly involved in ambitious programs tute, now part of the Jewish Com- phia, told the JWB delegates:
Parents Charge in Suit
of training, research and admini- munity Centers of Chicago.
"We have the paradox of more
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (JTA)
Three Jews from another table
Jews active in cultural and intel-
—A complaint of discrimination joined the argument and, if the
Mrs. Heller is the choice for pre-
against religious schools by a local mayor had not been separated
sident of the JWB during the cur- was an early friend of the Uni- time. more Jews accepting the school board was before the Rock- from the five Jews, the fracas
rent national biennial convention versity and provided a gift which worst of anti-intellectual material- land County Supreme Court as the would probably have ended in
was seed money to help get the ism. Free access to academic posi-
in Boston. Her elevation to the
school of social work started there. tions, a wide reading public for result of a suit by three parents blows. The five Jews complained
presidency of one of the nation's
of pupils at the Yeshiva of Spring to the Anti-Defamation Commit-
In September, 1959, the Flor- books of Jewish content and a re-
major social work agencies cli-
tee of Bnai Brith, and the board
maxed more than 30 years of ence Heller Graduate School for
The issue arose when the par- of directors issued a public state-
- communal activity, in the course Advanced Studies in Social Wel- been gained. Yet there is still a ents applied for free bus trans- ment declaring that Crayebeck's
of which she constantly broadened fare was opened at Brandeis Uni- chasm between the great majority portation for their children after outburst disqualified him from rep-
'the scope of her interests and the versity. This pioneering institu- of the intellectuals who were born the Aug. 1 deadline. Among those resenting the Antwerp community.
tion is the f i r s t professional Jews and Jewishness in any re-
character of her service.
The statement was sent to the
school to train social workers for ligious, philosophical, cultural or who testified were transportation
As JWB president, Mrs. Hel- administrative, planning, research social sense. I blame the gulf on superintendent George Grossman, prime m i n i s t e r, parliamentary
ler becomes the first woman to and teaching responsibilities and the intellectual who has failed to of Ramapo Central School District leaders, members of the Belgian
2; and Dr. Abraham Gitlow, presi-
head a national Jewish social the first professional school at find for himself the values in his dent of the district board of educa- Parliament and to the press. It
asked the Belgian authorities "to
heritage and on the Jewish organi-
welfare association not exclu- Brandeis.
zation man who has scorned mat- tion. The suit is being heard by point out to the mayor that he
sively composed of women or of
Supreme Court Justice John P. should draw the necessary conclu-
ten a study on teen-age program- ters of the mind.
professional social workers.
sions from his intolerable attitude."
."I can say that Jewish Commu-
ming in Jewish Community
The school board officials tes-
Crayebeck, who has been Ant-
The president of JWB is a sta- Centers, and a similar young- nity Centers are better attuned
tified that it was the board's werp mayor for many years, has
tuesque woman possessed of great adult study conducte I by JWB and to the coming cultured world than position
to waive the deadline
frequently attended Jewish func-
most other Jewish organizations.
dignity, yet one who is warm and Brandeis University
on such bussing applications for
tions and maintains personal rela-
friendly to all with whom she
"I believe that the raising of the
In 1953 Mrs.
public schools, but not for paro-
tions with many Jews. A member
comes in contact. Mrs. Heller is Frank L. Weil Award given by level of education is creating a
chial schools. Dr. Gittlow said
of the Socialist party, he has offi-
sensitive to the feelings of others, JWB for her contributions to the great new potential for you.
the reason for waiving the dead-
cially visited Israel several times.
but in meetings and in her or- development of the Jewish Com-
"For the first time the Jew will
lines for public school pupils
It was presumed he had been ill
ganizational activities she is can- munity Center movement in be part of the majority—the white
was the result of directives from
when the incident occurred.
did and outspoken, an attitude America. In 1960 she received the majority. Even now his reactions
the state education department.
which springs from a deep sense annual award of the Research In- to discrimination are being colored
Judge Donohue declared that
of what is appropriate in any situ- stitute for Group Work in Social by a majority point of view. If a the school board had placed itself
ation. Despite her long service and Agencies, for her pioneer efforts Jew is and has been for centuries in a difficult position "by not ad-
the recognition she has received, in stimulating research activities, essentially a Jew because he has hering to the strict letter of the
she is modest and unassuming, al- and in 1963 she received the an- been the witness against injustice, law" concerning deadlines. He
most shy. She is a niece of the nual award of the National Confer- the martyr for humanity, the con- said his decision would be handed
great philanthropist Julius Rosen- ence on Social Welfare for her science of civilization, what hap- down shortly. It could set a legal
85 police women in Israel fulfill the
wald. Mrs. Heller was born in Al- outstanding contributions to social pens to Jewishness when it precedent in New York state.
same duty done by men. They caught
and dangerous criminals. They
buquerque, N. M., was married and welfare.
keep order on the roads and help in
abandons those roles?"
lived in Chicago and is at home
situations. Today they are a
Wolf called upon JWB and its Pilgrimage to Mt. Zion
part of the scenery in the city of
everywhere. Her family of three
sons and four grandchildren is Brazil to Subsidize
The situation was different three
promote "a frame of mind, a way Recalls Liberation Day
Choir's Trip to Israel
years ago. Then they first came out on 1
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
of life, which is Jewish in that
streets of Tel-Aviv. The public was
to The Jewish News)
Mrs. Heller was in 1943 a foun-
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)—The it devotes itself to things of the
undecided whether to obey them or not.
TEL AVIV — Several thousand The men on the police force did not
der of JWB's Jewish Community Brazilian Ministry of Education intellect, not exclusively religious.
that the women would be able
Center Services and served as its has allocated a subsidy of 10 mil- The working-out of a philosophy survivors of Nazi concentration believe
to keep order. However, the end was
budget chairman until she was lion cruzeiros (about $7,000) to of American Jewish life, which is camps made a pilgrimage to the good, and now these police-women care
scores of unpleasant happenings and
named chairman of the Services partially finance the travel ex- American, Jewish and of the 20th shrine on Mount Zion Tuesday for
even dangerous ones.
in 1949, a post she held for seven pense to Israel of the 80-member century, should be enough of a night to mark the 19th anniver-
From 200 young women that applied
years. During World War H she Jewish choir of the People's In- problem to keep our best brains sary of the liberation of the Ber- for the police force, 39 were accepted.
These young women were sent to a spe-
was vice-chairman of JWB's Sixth
cial course, while only 24 of them
as busy as the Talmudic scholar Israel's 16th anniversary.
graduated. These were the first ones;
Service Command Armed Services which will take part in the song
followed later, and now the police
The pilgrims, members of the
Committee and chairman of the festival in Israel next July, it was
have 85 women.
13 of them married policemen. One
Central USA Club in Chicago,. as announced here by Dr. Shaul dent, Brandeis University, Wal- Shaarit Haplaytah (Surviving Rem-
of them married a rich tourist from the
well as a national USO board mem- Levin, cultural attache of the Is- ter D. Heller, San Francisco nants), recited chapters from the United
States. He met her while she
Mishna, kindled memorial lights was on duty
ber, Her continuing efforts on be- raeli Embassy.
in the street.
civic leader, and Arthur S. and recited Kaddish.
Translation of Hebrew column
<t)Published by Brit Ivrit Olamit, Jerusalem
Kling, a one-time candidate for
mayor of Louisville and Jewish
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communa l leader, were an-
nounced as the winners of the
three 1964 Frank L. Well
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Awards of JWB.
The awards will be presented
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by Louis Stern, South Orange,
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Jewish Federations and Welfare
Funds and a JWB vice-president.
They are given for distinguished
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contributions in JWB's three major
fields of work.
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Mrs. Sims Spurs BB 'Visit for Rights'
California Rightists Join
Fight for School Prayer,
Hold Rally for 2,500
LOS ANGELES (JTA)—A coun-
trywide series of rallies to support
a constitutional amendment per-
mitting prayers in schools was ini-
tiated here with a meeting attend-
ed by 2,500, under the sponsorship
of an organization known as Pro-
The group, which is planning
Bnai Brith Women's International President Mrs. Leonard N.
Sims of Detroit is shown here in the office of Michigan's Senator
Philip A. Hart, initiating her organization's "Visit for Rights" cam-
paign to hasten U.S. Senate's passage of the civil rights bill.
32— Friday, April 17, 1964 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
similar rallies in cities through-
out the country, is backing a
constitutional amendment intro-
duced into Congress by Rep.
Frank J. Becker, New York Re-
publican, which would make
prayer and Bible reading permis-
sible in schools and other pub-
lic places "if participation there-
in is on a voluntary basis."
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