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May 15, 1964 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-05-15

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2 Days of Prayer for Soviet Jews Set in U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Twenty-
four major American Jewish or-
ganizations, representing the over-
whelming majority of Jews in this
country, endorsed a call for two
days of prayer for Soviet Jews.
The call for the prayer days was
issued by the Synagogue Council
of America. Special services will
be held in synagogues and temples
throughout the nation May 22
and 23.
The 24 organizations had spon-
sored last month in Washington, a
Conference on Soviet Jewry, to
protest the Soviet campaign of op-
pression against its Jewish citi-
zens. Leaders of the Jewish or-
ganizations which sponsored the
Conference met in New York and
voted endorsement of the Syna-
gogue Council proclamation.
The Synagogue Council of
America is the national coordinat-
ing agency of the three major
Jewish religious establishments,
Conservative, Orthodox and Re-
form, representing the three rab-
binical groups and the three .con-
gregational bodies.
Rabbi Uri Miller, president of
the Synagogue Council, emphasiz-
•ed that the proclamation for the
Prayer was issued by each of the
r a bb i n i c constituencies, Rabbi
Max J. Routtenberg, on behalf of
the Rabbinical Assembly; Rabbi
Abraham AvRutick, on behalf of
the Rabbinical Council of America;
and Rabbi Leon I. Feuer, on behalf
of the Central Conference of
American Rabbis.
A national Day of Prayer for
the welfare of the Jews in the
Soviet Union was observed by
all Jewish communities through-
out Canada last week.
The All-Canadian Rabbinic Con-
ference in Ottawa, under the spon-
sorship of the National Religious
Welfare Committee of the Can-
adian Jewish Congress, made the
decision to hold the Prayer Day.
Two of the largest services were
held in Montreal and Toronto
with thousands of men and women
crowding the synagogue where 30
rabbis officiated. They represented
every major congregation in Mont-
real—Orthodox, Conservative and
Reform.
The National Day of Prayer
gave expression to the great
anxiety expressed by Canadian
rabbis that the Jewish community
in the Soviet Union is prevented
from pursuing a collective Jewish
life.
In Washington, a resolution
condemning the Soviet Union
for the persecution of its Jewish
citizens was introduced in the
House of Representatives by

Rep. Abraham Multer, Democrat
of New York.
Several resolutions on this sub-
ject have already been submitted
in both houses of the Congress
but no action on them has yet
been taken by the respective For-
eign Relations and Foreign Affairs
committees.
Rep. Multer, introducing his re-
solution, urged speedy committee
action and declared that "it was
clear that the Soviet government
and the Communist party have
fostered and encouraged acts of
anti-Semitism in the Soviet
Union."
A group of 88 ecclesiastical and
lay leaders of the Protestant, Cath-
olic and Jewish faiths in Delaware
sent a letter to Soviet Premier
Khrushchev, demanding an end to
USSR repressions against Jews.
The message was sent to Khrush-
chev through Soviet Ambassador
Anatoly F. Dobrynin, at Washing-
ton, by Louis J. Finger, chairman
of the Delaware unit of the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee.
Among the signers were 41 Pro-
testants, 34 Catholics and 13 Jews,
including Catholic Bishop Michael
W. Hyle; Protestant Episcopal
Bishop J. Brooke 'Mosley; Rabbis
Herbert E. Drooz, Leonard B. Ge-
wirtz and Jacob Kraft; and Samuel
Eisenstadt, president of the Jewish
Federation of Delaware.
Elsewhere in the world, pro-
tests were issued against Soviet
anti-Semitism,
In Paris, obviously reacting to
strong criticism by Communists
against the anti-Semitic book,
"Judaism Without Embellishment,"
published by the Ukrainian Aca-
demy of Science at Kiev, the
French Communist party opened a
public discussion of that book and
of charges of anti-Semitism level-
ed against the USSR.
An article in the party's offi-
cial weekly, France Nouvelle, by

Victor Michault, a member of the
French party's central committee,
was seen here as going out of its
way to imply that the "Judaism"
book was merely an attack against
Israel.
But, at the same time,. Michault
did concede that all anti-Semitism
has not yet been eliminated in the
Soviet Union, declaring that such
racialism cannot be tolerated in a
Socialist state.
Overlooking the fact that the of-
fensive book had touched on Israel
only incidentally, Michault declar-
ed in his article: "One cannot be
branded as an anti-Semite be-
cause one disapproves of the policy
of Israel's government. It is far
too easy to claim anti-Semitic mo-
tives whenever Judaism as a reli-
gion, Israel as a state and Zionism
as an ideology are questioned. Al-
though we are determinedly
against racism, we defend our
right to call a spade a spade —
Zionism, nationalism and any reli-
gion are not scientific ideology."
The Ukrainian Canadian Com-
mittee, representative body of
the Ukrainians in the dominion,
issued a statement denouncing
"Judaism Without Embellish-
ment," as "a shameless provo-
cation." The committee con-
demned the book "as an attempt
to bring disunity and mistrust
"among Jews and Ukrainians."
The committee's condemnation
of the book, under the signatures
of the Rev. Dr. B. Kushnir, its pre-
sident, and W. J. Sarchuk, general
secretary, appeared in the Jewish
Post, local Jewish weekly. "This

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type of publication," stated the
committee, "cannot serve any
good purpose."
Referring to the fact that the
book had been issued by the Uk-
rainian Academy of Science, the
committee declared: "The Ukrain-
ian scientists and their highest
scientific institutions are now the
object of an accusation of anti-
Semitism, and this can throw an
unfavorable light on the entire
Ukrainian nation. The publication
inflicts a cruel and unjustifiable
blow to the Jewish people and
their religion."
Acting Soviet Ambassador A.
Safanov said in Canberra, Aus-
tralia, that the official investiga-
tion of the anti-Semitic book
was still underway in the Soviet
Union.
He made the statement in an
hour-long talk with a deputation
of the leftist Jewish Council to
Combat Fascism and Anti-Semi-
tism which called on him to pro-
test against the book. The Soviet

envoy told the group that publica-
tion of the book had been a serious
error,
In Melbourne, the executive
council of Australian Jewry adopt-
ed a resolution at its semiannual
meeting here expressing its grave
concern over anti-Jewish discrimi-
nation in the Soviet Union and
urging coordinated action on the
part of Australian Jewry.
The resolution called upon every
Jew in Australia "collectively and
individually by all means available
to endeavor to rouse Australians
and world opinion" on the subject
and to ask for the active help of all
"having human dignity and right
at heart."

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Academy Elects
Jewish Scientists

WASHINGTON (JTA)—At least
five American Jewish scientists
were among a list of 35 noted
scholars and researchers elected
to membership here by the Nation-
al Academy of Sciences.
Another Jewish scientist, Dr.
'Hans Krebs, of England, who
shared the Nobel Prize in physi-
ology and medicine in 1953, was
among six foreign scholars chosen
by the Academy as associate
members.
The five American Jewish scien-
tists newly added to the Academy's
membership rolls are: Dr. Lipman
Bers, professor of mathematics at
New York University; Dr. Louis
Barkhouse Flexner, professor of
anatomy and director of the In-
stitute of Neurological Sciences at
the University of Pennsylvania,
who is also research associate in
the department of embryology at
the Carnegie Institute in Washing-
ton; Dr. Alfred Gilman, professor
of pharmacology at the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine of
Yeshiva University, New York; Dr.
Philip Handler, James B. Duke
professor of biochemistry at Duke
University School of Medicine; and
Dr. Hans Lewy, professor of
mathematics at the University of
California, Berkeley.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, May 15, 1964
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