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July 02, 1965 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-07-02

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Detroit Educator Warns U.S. Jewry to Maintain
Vigil on Education Act in NCRAC Parley Address

The National - Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council—coordin-
athig body of eight national Jew-
ish organizations and 76 local
community relation agencies —
completed its annual plenary ses-
sion here Sunday with a warning
to the American Jewish commun-
ity that it must exercise unre-
mitting. vigilance to insure that
the . principle of separation of
church and state is not breached
in the implementing of the fed-
eral aid to educatiOn program and
the war on poverty.
Aaron _Goldman of Washington
was reelected . NCRAC chairman.
Walter Klein,. executive director
of Detroit's
Jewish Commun-
ity Council, was
elected to the ex-
ecutive commit-
Dr. Norman
Drachler, repre-
senting Detroit's
Jewish Comunity
Council, told the
delegates, "I
strongly u r g e
that the imple-
mentation of the
(Federal Educa-
tion) Act calls
for the involve-
ment of men and
women repre-
senting the total
community — and
not be left mere
ly to the parties
most directly in-
terested, school
officials of pub-
lie and private agencies.


"Let us keep in mind that
those who expressed concern
about church and state are not
anti-religious, that the propo-
nents of equal educational op-
portunities do not represent
vested interests, and that the ex-
ponents - of local school control
are not enemies of better edu-
cation. The cooperative endeav-
ors of all are needed to accom-
plish the primary objectives of

the Federal Education Act of

Delegates adopted a resolution
appealing to all federal, state and
local officials involved in expendi-
ture of federal funds for element-
ary and secondary school educa-
tion ' under the new federal aid
program to take adequate meas-
ures to assure that state consti-
tutional prohibitions against aid
to religious institutions are not
American Jewry was reminded
that its entire community relations
program for the coming year must
be envisioned within the frame-
work of the struggle for racial
equality. Deliberations at the con-
ference reflected the shift in em-
phasis from the struggle for civil
rights to the broader arena of
equality of opportunity.
The NCRAC plenum called for
"strenuous" opposition against any
state legislation which would nul-
lify fair housing legislation.
Leaders adopted a set of rec-
ommendations to see that "Jewish
community relations agencies ad-
here scrupulously, and take initia-
tive in pressing for adherence by
other Jewish agencies, institu-
tions, and organizations, to racially
non-discriminatory practices in
their own operations."

Particular em ph a s i s was
placed on meetings that the
Jewish leaders could hold with
employers, realtors, trade and
industry associations, to make
certain that these organizations
conformed their business stand-
ards in accord with those areas
outlined for the Jewish agencies
themselves and under the cur-
rent civil rights law.

President Johnson, in a mes-
sage to the conference, said
"America is today meeting a chal-
lenge much broader than that of
the civil rights of man. Citizens
are striving - to eliminate the
curse of poverty to improve edu-
cational possibilities for youth
and to reduce unemployment." He
praised the NCRAC for its role
in this activity and appealed "to
all of you to sustain and deepen

your commitment as we work to-
gether in this great task."
Bayard Rustin, Negro civil
rights leader, addressing the con-
ference, appealed to the Jewish
community to take the lead in
creating a wide coalition of all
liberal forces to wage bhe war for
economic equality.
He deplored the fact that many
Negroes were unaware of the rale
of the Jews in the Negro struggle
and proposed that the story of the
late Julius Rosenwald and his con-
tributions to Negro education be
written for young Negroes.

After protracted discussion of
the condition of Soviet Jewry,
the conference adopted a reso-
lution calling on "men of good
faith in all lands to join with us
in a concerted demand upon the
Soviet government to put an end
to its religious and cultural per-
secution of Soviet Jewry." The
resolution urged the United
Stites government to "pursue
this matter vigorously through
various diplomatic channels and
within the United Nations."

The resolution cited recent de-
velopments in the Soviet Union
which it said suggested an amel-
ioration of the situation of Soviet
Jewry. It concluded, however, that
"these changes have not effected
any fundamental changes in the
tragic situation of Soviet Jewry
nor do they in and of themselves
justify the hope that the new So-
viet leadership are removing the
barriers of discrimination that
apply to Jews."
In this connection, leaders
asked Jewish community councils
to send large delegations to a
three-faith Eternal Light Vigil in
Washington, D.C., beginning the
week of Sept. 19 in which nation-
al clergymen and laymen from all
parts of the country will demon-
strate the need "to keep the flame
of protest alive•"
The Vigil is sponsored by the
American Jewish Conference on
Soviet Jewry, a. cooperative body
of 24 major national Jewish reli-
gious, civic and Zionist agencies.

a resolution calling on Congress
to "complete the unfinished
business it began in 1949" and
ratify the United Nations Geno-
cide Convention. It urged Presi-
dent Johnson and the U.S. State
Department "to express more
affirmative leadership" in press-
ing the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee to schedule
early hearings on the human
rights treaties on forced labor,
slavery and the political rights
of women and to report the gen-
ocide convention out of commit-
tee ithout delay.

The conference urged the 89th
Congress to "play the historic roll
of eliminating the shameful na-
tional origins quota system" by
passage of the administration-
sponsored Hart-Geller immigra-
tion bill.
In a resolution on the Middle
East adopted with little discussion
and virtual unanimity, the confer-
ence declared that Egyptian Presi-
dent Nasser's campaign for hegem-
ony in the Arab world and his hos-
tility. to Israel as well as Arab
water diversion activities threat-
ened the peace of the world.
After describing the Arab ac-
tivities, the resolution affirmed
that "under these circumstances
it is clear that Israel must be
provided the necessary military
strength to effectively deter ag-
gression by the Arab states." It
therefore called on the United
States government to extend di-
rect arms aid to Israel instead of
through other countries "to as-
sure Israel of the capacity to main-
tain a convincing and effective de-
terrent to Arab aggression and
thus to reinforce America's com-
mitment to Israel's security."

The resolution endorsed an
amendment of the Export Con-
trol Act of 1949 to strengthen
resistance to the Arab boycott
and urged the administration to
issue regulations to curb and
eliminate boycott procedures.
It concluded by proposing that
"bringing the Arab states to the
peace table with Israel be the

The conference also adopted

32—Friday, July 2, 1965

He urged immediate initiation
of American-Soviet negotiations-
including other nations with pres-
ent nuclear capability or poten-
tial — to formulate a non-prolifer-
ation treaty. The Senator also
urged creation of nuclear-free
zones. He said: "If these efforts
are succesful, we should call on
Israel and the neighboring states
of the Middle East, which might
not be covered,. to make the same
An article published. in the new
issue of "Foreign Affairs" by Fas-
ter was obviously cleared by the
Administration before publication.
It warned against proliferation of
atomic weapons and pinpointed
Israel and India as the two coun-
tries of the greatest immediate

concern to the United States in
1 this connection.
Foster said Israel and India
were "almost certainly the most
immediate cases in point." He
stressed that one side in disputes
like the Israel-Arab situation
could not be expected to forego
acquisition of nuclear weapons if
the other side obtains such arms.
He hoped this point would be ap-
preciated "by all elements" in Is-
rael and Egypt "whenever the
question of acquiring nuclear
weapons arises•"
The -White House press office
said it was glad Sen. Kennedy
shared the President's concern on
the proliferation issue. It was in-
dicated that the President him-
self will speak out on this ques-
tion in the near future. -

As the Cartoonist Sees It


a bit

out of tune

but still


permission of "Maariv," and the "Jerusalem Post."

A..Tarbuth Foundation..Feature

Hebrew Corner

Cloak of Happiness

There was a rich man in the country.
The man had a beautiful house, silver
and gold, fine clothes, servants and
horses. But the man was not happy.
One day he met our friend, a wise old
man. He asked him: "Perhaps you know
how I can find happiness?"
Said the old man; "My son, happiness
is very diicult to find. But if you travel
a lot, pass through distant and strange
countries, you will perhaps find- a man
who lives in happiness. Ask him for the
cloak he is wearing. Wear the cloak of
the happy man. Then you will also be
happy and joyful."
The man embraced the old man and
quickly went his way.
The way was long. Many times our
friend met people whom he thought
happy: princes and kings, rulers and
wealthy men, but not one of them was
Months passed, years also passed. Our
friend had already ceased to believe that
he would find the cloak of happiness. He
decided to return home.
Near his home he suddenly heard the
sound of song: a young man was plough.
ing and singing. The man approached
the youth and asked: "Are you happy?"
"Yes" — answered the youth, "I am
happy"—"And you are sure of this?"
—he asked again.
"Why not?" — replied the youth — ".1
Iack nothing. You see in the valley, I
have a small house. In the house are my
charming wife and my two sons. For
them I work." Our friend said: "Hurry
and go home and bring me your cloak.
I shall pay a lot of money for it."—"Sell
you my cloak?" asked the youth — "I
haven't got a cloak at all .. ."
(Translation of Hebrew column, pub-
lished by Brith Ivrith Olamith, Jerusalem)

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Israel's Atomic Role Stressed by Two Officials

and India haVe been singled out
by both William Faster, director of
the Arms Control and Disarm-
ament Agency, and Sen. Robert
F. Kennedy, New York Democrat,
as the two nations of greatest im-
mediate concern to American au-
thorities in the proliferation of
nuclear weapons issues.
Sen.• Kennedy charged in a Sen-
ate speech that Israel and India
already possess
"weapons - grade
fissionable ma-
terial, and could
fabricate an
atomic device
within - a f e w
months." He said
"there could be
no stability any-
where in the
world when nu-
c l e a r weapons
might be used
. . . between
Arabs and Is-
raelis over the
Gaza Strip."
According t
S e n. Kennedy,
"Israel and
Egypt each have been deeply sus-
picious of the other for many
years, and further Israeli prog-
ress would certainly impel the
Egyptians to intensify their pres-
ent efforts." He flatly asserted
that Israel "can make nuclear de-
vices within a couple of months,
and weapons shortly thereafter."
He said, "that is the kind of dan-
ger that confronts us."

unequivocal policy goal of our
Jewish civic and religious or-
ganizations were called upon to
join with like-minded community
groups in a campaign of exposure
and counteraction to offset mo•nt-
ing and increasingly successful
radical right activities during the
past year in smaller American
The report from 18 communities
and 14 states showed that "radi-
cal right forces probably some-
what stronger today than they
were a year ago, with a particu-
larly noticeable in c r e as e in
strength evident in the east•"
The report called upon local
and national Jewish organizations
to set up new machinery to watch
the activities of the John Birch
Society and other right-wing
groups; prepare materials to coun-
ter attacks by these groups; and
seek broader cooperation with
other community agencies to carry
out this work; and to increase ed-
ucational programs to 'convince
the Jewish community and others
of the threat posed directly to
Jews by extremists."



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