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March 26, 1965 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-03-26

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Appeal for Ruby
Pressed by Dann

Place of Honor Is Taken by Rabbis in Selma March

Charging that "the prosecutors
already wasted too many thou-
sands of dollars of Dallas tax-
payers' money on scapegoats,"
Sol A. Dann, Detroit attorney, this
week pursued his efforts to secure
a change of venue for Jack Ruby.
Charging discrimination, de-
manding that Ruby be heard and
tried elsewhere than in Dallas,
and not by the judge who has
been sitting in the case, Dann
"A better solution than his
judicial murder would permit a
plea to be quickly entered for
Ruby of 'guilty of murder without
malice, with a recommendation
of mercy' — without fanfare — at
a new trial."
Dann said he plans to take the
- case to the American Bar Associa-
tion and ask for its intervention.
He also is considering an am
peal to the American Psychiatric
Association for its intervention
"because there is no room for dis-
pute regarding Ruby's sanity."

"Talmudic Seminar of Air'
Marks 13th Anniversary


NEW YORK (JTA) — The Tal-
mudic Seminar of the Air, a week-
ly Talmud lecture broadcast every
Saturday evening over radio sta-
tion WEVD here, marked its 13th
anniversary Sunday night with an
hour-long program in which lead-
ing scholars took part. The lectures
are given by Rabbi Pinchas M.
Teitz, member of the presidium of
the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of
the United States and Canada.
The lecture broadcasts have
been beamed to Europe by Israel's
short-wave network program, Kol
Zion Lagolah.

(Continued from Page 1)
on bond. An estimated 10 to 12
rabbis took part in the march
which began Sunday.
Brant Coopersmith, Washington
D.C., director of the American
Jewish Committee, was in Selma
with instructions from his organi-
zation to assist the demonstrators
in any way possible.
An expert in community rela-
tions and human rights projects,
Coopersmith is helping to facili-
tate the aims of the demonstration.
Benjamin R. Epstein, national di-
rector of the Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith, led a con-
tingent of ADL officials in the
From various cities, Jewish com-
munity leaders came to Selma,
among them Mr. and Mrs. Don G.
Lebby, representing the Jewish
Community Federation of Cleve-
land. A considerable number of
the white youths who came to
Alabama to join the march, affili-
ated with such groups as the Stu-
dents Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee and the Congress of
Racial Equality, were of Jewish
(Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath,
president of the Union of Ameri-
can Hebrew Congregations,
planned to join other Reform
rabbis and laymen from all parts
of the country participating in the
march to Montgomery.
(At the same time, he called upon
664 member synagogues of the
UAHC to "launch a vigorous edu-
cational program" to rally public
sentiment for the strongest and
most effective voting registration
The American Jewish Com-
mitte, in a call by its executive
vice-president, Dr. John Slaw-
son, urged all its chapters and

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Volunteers' Parents
Issue Appeal for Aid

Northern California residents
whose children are civil rights vol-
unteers in Mississippi sent an
appeal to The Jewish News this
week for aid in the young people's
Hal Light, chairman of the Par-
ents Mississippi Association with
headquarters in San Francisco, cir-
culated a similar letter among
10,000 residents in his area for
funds to purchase vehicles for the

"We parents already know the
shock of having our sons and
daughters harassed and beaten, a
feeling we hope you never have
to share . . . but nothing will deter
them, and our only course is to try
to help them," Light wrote.
Light said he hopes to buy at
least 20 cars and trucks to fill im-
mediate needs for mobility and
safety from attacks by racists at
The associations offices are at
625 Chenery, San Francisco.

Criterion to Go Informal
for Single-Adult Dance

Criterion Club will be host to
an informal dance for single adults
9 p.m. Saturday at the MGM
dance studio. This will be the first
in the organization's spring series of
"open-house" stereo discotheques.
Group instruction in the newer
dance steps and refreshments will
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the organization in the march.
Brant Coopersmith, AJC area
director for the Upper South,
headed the AJC delegation on the
first leg of the march from Selma
to the first overnight stopping
place, 11 miles away. Later, Harry
Fleischman, race relations coordin-
ator for the AJC, headed the AJC's
delegation on the final two legs
of the march into Montgomery.
Three national Jewish religious
women's groups sent a joint tele-
gram to President Johnson, sup-
porting his demand that Congress
act promptly on the proposed vot-
ing rights bill. The organizations
were the women's Branch of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish Organi-
zations of America, the National
Women's League of the United
Synagogue of America (Conserva-
tive), and the National Federation
of Temple Sisterhoods (Reform)
Similar wires to President John-
son and to the Congressional dele-
gations from New York were sent
by the Farband-Labor Zionist
Order and by the Brooklyn
Jewish Community Council. Pre-
viously, every major Jewish na-
tional organization had sent tele-
grams to the President, taking the
same stand.
The National Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council, represent-
ing seven national Jewish organi-
zations and '74 local councils com-
mended him on his new civil
rights steps and asserting that
"equality of opportunity and rights
without regard to race, color or
religion" is a goal to which all of
the NCRAC's members organiza-
tions are devoted.
A Selma Jew, Seymour Pal-
mer, who had told newsmen in
an interview in the Alabama city
that northerners were at least
partly responsible for the vio-
lence in Alabama by coming
there to help "defy authority,"
was answered in a statement by
Rabbi Seymour Siegel, secretary
of the Rabbinical Assembly, the
organization of Conservative
Dr. Siegel, who is associate pro-
fessor of theology at the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America,
and Rabbi S. Gershon Levi, treas-
urer of the Assembly, led a group
of Conservative rabbis who went
to Selma last week to participate
in the civil rights demonstrations
there. Addressing Palmer directly
Rabbi Siegel stated:
"We are both Jews whose an-
cestors taught the world the prin-

ciples of justice. We are both Jews
who have suffered too much for
so long. Let us both join in prayer
and action to turn the hearts of
men from hatred to love; from dis-
crimination to acceptance of all
men as brothers; and from passive
indifference to constructive and
courageous action on behalf of all
who suffer."

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