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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-05-01

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Challenging Issues: Race Problems... Shakedowns...
Religion in Schoois...rogimbeeism...Physical Judaism

An Evaluative Survey by Jewish. News Special Correspondent

NEW YORK—National Jewish organizations are disturbed by the trend of events
in which the Jewish communities are becoming involved together with their non-Jewish
neighbors in matters resulting from racial tensions, the religious issues, the renewed
anti-Israel campaigns as evidenced in Toynbeeism and in the prejudice-arousing mural
in. the Jordan pavilion at the World's Fair, and many other emerging problems.

An Analysis of
Our Government's
Attitudes
Vis-a-Vis
Israel

Smoiar's Column

An event that has shocked Jewish leadership more than any other in recent months
was the molesting of young children of the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn by a
gang of hoodlums. A non-Jew, Leo Berkman, was the only one of the spectators to the
outrage who jumped out of his car and apprehended one of the hoodlums, resorting
Continued on Page 40

'Hebrew Myths'

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A Weekly Review

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'Immortal Rebels',

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Revolutionary

f Jewish Events

Biblical Thesis

Book Reviews
on Page 4

on Page 9

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

Vol. XLV, No. 10

Printed in a
100% Union Shop

17100 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit 35—VE 8-9364—May 1, 1964—$6.00 Per Year; Single Copy 20c

Bonn Defers Action to Stop
Scientists' Work for Nasser;
Protests Mounting in Israel

Mrs. Harman First Israeli
to Head a UN World Agency

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y., (JTA)—Zena Harman, Israel's
representative on the executive board of UNICEF, the United
Nations Children's Fund, was elected, unopposed, as chairman
of the executive board. It was the first
time a delegate of Israel had been
elected as chairman or president of an
international agency of the United
Nations.
Her nomination was proposed by
Mexico and seconded by the United
States, and the election took place at a
special session at UN headquarters in
New York of the executive board, pre-
sided over by the delegate of Nigeria.
Mrs. Harman is the wife of Israel's
Ambassador to the U.S. Avraham Har-
man, and in recent years has served
as Israel's representative on the UNICEF
Mrs. Harman
board, its first vice-chairman of the board's 14-nation program
committee. She has also served as a member of Israel's dele-
gation to the United Nations and its representative on the Third
(Social, Cultural and Humanitarian) Committee, the com-
mittee's rapporteur, and a member of the Commission on the
Status of Women, as well as a vice-president of the Interna-
tional Council of Women and a member of the executive com-
mittee of the International Conference of Social Work.

JERUSALEM, (JTA)—A Foreign Office sp okesman expressed "disappointment" over
the decision of the West German cabinet to postpone action on legislation to prevent West
German scientists from working on weapons systems in Egypt.
The Bonn government was to act last week on an amendment to the federal passport
law which would give officials authority to recall scientists working for foreign governments.
The amendment was prepared by the interior ministry after disclosure last year that West
German engineers were helping Egypt to develop rockets and fighter aircraft. Opposition dep-
uties in the West German Parliament charged that the scientists were violating the Constitution.
While awaiting official assessment of the decision by the Bonn cabinet to postpone ac-
tion on the amendment, officials of the Foreign Office declined to comment on the reasons for
the postponement but the factor of Arab pressure was not excluded.
Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel's foreign minister, expressed her "utmost regret" over the post-
ponement by the West German cabinet of consideration of legislation to prevent German
scientists from working on advanced weapons systems. Speaking at a Tel Aviv Press
Club luncheon, she said: "We never believed the present situation is the will of the West Ger-

Continued on Page 7

Allied Jewish Campaign Enters Final
Stages in Drive for $5,000,000 Goal

With only 10 days left before the deadline set for the 1964 solicitations, the Allied Jewish
Campaign this week was reported to have exceeded the $4,000,000 mark.
Charles H. Gershenson, chairman, expressed confidence that the aspiration to exceed
hst year's income and to reach a $5,000,000 total for 1964 appears to be nearing realization.
The campaign is scheduled to conclude with a victory dinner in the Jewish Center on
May 13.
Detailed story on page 3

Pib ureiliii,:=Dr.
r
Gordon's Thorough Survey of Mixed Marriages

Three years of study, conducted in cooperation with more than 50 university men and women who
assisted in gathering opinions from students in 40 colleges, have resulted in the revealing and chal-
lenging volume, "Intermarriage—Interfaith, Interracial, Interethnic," by Rabbi Albert I. Gordon.
Published by Beacon Press, Boston, this survey of problems and attitudes on one of the most press-
g subjects of our time, was conducted also with the assistance of the Harvard-M.I.T. Computation
Center which provid'ed use of its computers in the gathering of the material for a volume that has equal
) significance for all faiths.
This study is not limited to the United States; there are facts in it about intermarriage among Jews
in other countries; so that, while the survey relates to all religions, races and ethnic groups, it has
special significance for Jewish students of the problem.
The author, who is a former executive director of the United Synagogue of America, has to his
credit two other previous studies, "Jews in Suburbia" and "Jews in Transition."
In his current work, Dr. Gordon takes a strong stand against the mixing in marriage of people of
differing faiths or races. While that represents his "personal credo and a firm conviction," he ex-
presses the belief that "there is evidence to support the thesis that interfaith marriages are less likely
to succeed than are those in which both parties have a religion in common."
• ."Marriage out of one's own faith is, according to the evidence I have examined, almost three
times less likely to succeed than ordinary marriages," Rabbi Gordon claims. Ile sees an even lesser
chance for success in interracial marriages.
Yet, he emphasizes, we can expect the number of intermarriages to increase. Declaring that seg-
regatiOn of any groups and the creation of walls of separation between Americans is "unthinkable and
even dangerous," he nevertheless defends his position by declaring:
"This is not to deny every man's right to maintain and preserve his particular religious heritage.
Constitutionally guaranteed, there ought, at this point in American history, to be no question concern-
ing such a right. Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, or any other religion or body of religious beliefs
and practices need not offer apologies for their existence in America. We have neither the legal nor
moral right to insist that any religious body give up its particularistic and distinctive way of believing
of acting unless such ways interfere with the welfare of American people, or the democratic way of life."
He declares that "respect and love of one's religion cannot be achieved by fiat" but that it is more
likely to result from impressions created by sincere devote parents and teachers," and he states:
"A child mrho sees his parents superficially concerned with religious
See Also Editorial on
observance, who senses that whatever the parents' acts, their hearts
"Intermarriage and Jewish are devoid of any feeling for the significance of the ritual acts they
Continued on Page 2
Family Life" on Page 4

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A chart from Dr. Gordon's "Intermarriage"
Modified Social-Distance Scale with Respect to Jews

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3 63
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Southern
4 77
Private all-male
3 87
Private all-female
3 92
9 85
Private coed
State U. coed
8 80
Mountain States
2 86
3 79
Pacific States

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