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August 20, 1965 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-08-20

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Hadassah Appeals to USSR Women to Help
Protect Rights of Jewish Children ; Aliyah Growth
Reported ; Educational Program Planned in U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA)—Hadassah, increased to meet the increasing the interests of all Middle East
peoples and that "we hope that our
the women's Zionist organization needs of Youth Aliyah. Despite
government will contribute its
of American, appealed to the the fact that lack of funds and
great prestige and leadership" to
women of the Soviet Union to use accommodations compelled us to
their influence to secure the right refuse admission to 2,000 Jewish induce the Arabs to meet with Is-
of Jewish children in the U.S.S.R. children last year, we shall ac- rael for peace talks.
Mrs. Harry P. Fierst, Hadassah
to a' Jewish education and partici- cept all the Jewish children,
Jewish National Fund chairman,
pation in Jewish cultural activity. especially from Eastern Europ-
reported that Hadassah had start-
The appeal was made on behalf ean countries, who come to us
for help. We shall take them into ed a three-year program to raise
of Hadassah by Mrs. Mortimer
$2,500,000 for a 2,200-acre project,
Jacobson, national president„ and Youth Aliyah somehow."
"Hadassah Hagalil," to be located
Kol
said
that,
within
the
next
sent to Mine. M. D. Ovsyannikova,
near the Lebanese border. She
five
years,
Youth
Aliyah
also
plans
editor-in-cheif of Sovietskaya Zhen-
said it was of vital importance to
shchina (Soviet Women), the most to "complete its task of bringing Israel's security that this land in
important Soviet women's monthly to Israel Jewish children from Central Galilee be reclaimed, that
journal, published in Moscow in North African countries."
roads and homes be built and in-
Russian, English, Chinese, Span-
He said that Youth Aliyah ex- dustries be developed for Jewish
ish, Lithuanian, G e r m a n and pects to take in also 3,000 child-
settlers. She reported that the JNF
French.
ren from Latin American coun-
planned to develop two new towns
ties
during
this
period.
Since
The Hadassah action was an-
in Hadassah Hagalil, Nahalot and
the
establishment
of
the
State
of
nounced at the organization's 51st
Carmiel.
national convention at the Waldorf Israel in 1948, he said, Youth
Mrs. Jacobson reported to the
Aliyah has absorbed 1,000 young
Astoria Hotel. More than 2,500
delegates that Hadassah will
delegates and guests, representing people from Latin American launch "a systematic, continuing
countries.
Hadassah's more than 318,000
program of Jewish education" for
members throughout the United
The United States government its 318,000 me mbers to help
States and Puerto Rico, partici- was urged Tuesday to implement strengthen American Jewish life.
pated in the four-day convention, a new law aimed at protecting She said the program will include
which opened Sunday and ended American business firms from Bible study tours of Israel, courses
Wednesday afternoon.
being forced to engage in the Arab in Zionism and Jewish history, re-
Mrs. Jacobson announced that, boycott against Israel, in a con- search and other projects.
She called on American Jewish
in her appeal to the Soviet women, vention resolution.
she had stated:
The convention featured the pre- and Zionist organizations to under-
"We are concerned with the sentation to Vice President Hubert take joint action on issues affect-
fate of Jewish children and youth H. Humphrey of the 1965 Henrietta ing all Jews, particularly the prob-
in the Soviet Union. We realize Szold Award, the organization's lem of the denial of cultural and
religious freedoms to the 3,000,000
highest honor.
how much the Soviet Union is
The award was presented to the Jews of Soviet Russia. She pledged
doing for the well-being and edu-
Vice President by Mrs. Herman that Hadassah would continue "to
cation of children and youth.
We know theat you teach young Shulman, at the banquet session participate in full measure in the
people to respect every nation- Tuesday night. Accepting the protests of the Jewish people
award, the Vice President paid against the discriminatory policy
ality and every culture. However,
we wonder why the Jewish child tribute to Miss Szold, saying he of the Soviet Union toward its na
is given no opportunity to learn felt she would have been "very tionals."
The delegates heard a message
about his own people and his own much at home in America of 1965
from President Johnson, prais-
culture. He grows up knowing because today we are building the
to
that he is Jewish, but nowhere free and compassionate society ing Hadassah for "helping
protect our democratic heritage
in the Soviet Union can he learn she worked for all her life."
and institutions." He added that
Dr. Moshe Davis, director of
about Jews and Jewry. He does
"it is especially heartening for
the Institute of Contemporary
not know what Hebrew letters
me at this time to applaud your
Jewry in Jerusalem, former pro-
look like and, consequently, he
unstinting support and dedica-
vost of the Jewish Theological
is unable to learn how to read
tion to the United Nations, and
Seminary of America, told the
or write Hebrew or Yiddish.
your enthusiastic endorsement of
delegates that the present gener-
Nowhere is he taught the most
its activities." Another message
ation of Jews was probably the
elementry aspects of the Jewish
of warm greeting was read from
most educated in history in
people—past and present. No-
President Zalman Shazar of Is-
general studies and perhaps "the
where can he learn about Jewish
rael.
least literate" in Jewish learn-
communities outside of the Soviet
Mrs. Max Schenck, Hadassah
ing. He said this fact posed the
Union. Does this not contradict
challenge to Jewish educators treasurer, told the convention that
the Soviet Constitution and your
and leaders to discover new the organization raised $10,850,130
publicly expressed ideas concern-
for its Israeli and American pro-
formulae "to interpret and trans-
ing fundamental rights of
mit the eternal universal and grams during the past 12 months.
nationality within the U.S.S.R.?"
The Hadassah letter pointed out particular values of the Jewish She reported that, of this sum,
$8,608,981 was raised for Hadas-
that in the last Soviet population tradition" to such a Jewish
sah's medical, child rehabilitation,
generation.
census, some 500,000 Jews de-
The real hope "for cohesive- vocational education and land re-
clared Yiddish to be their mother
tongue. "Despite this, however," ness" between Jews in Israel and demption programs in Israel.
She reported also that Hadas-
the letter stated, "no Jewish child Jews in other countries, he con-
is able to learn or read Yiddish or tended, "is to find the religio-cul- sah's budget for the past fiscal
study the ancient history of his tural thread which will be the year, July 1, 1964 to June 30, 1965,
was $9,840,000 and that, of this
unifying factor."
people." It noted:
sum, $8,340,000 was earmarked for
He
appealed
for
more
immi-
"We know that some injustices
against the Jews have been rec- gration from American Jewry to Hadassah projects in Israel.
Other speakers at the convention
Israel, asserting that "a Jewish
tified to some degree of late,
Nevertheless, we appeal to you and community that wants to be part included Ambassador Michael S.
Comay, Israel's permanent repre-
of the mainstream of the Jewish
ask you to moblize your energies
tradition should inspire a portion sentative to the United Nations,
to redress the evils that still exist.
and Harlan Cleveland, newly-
of its numbers to want to go to
Please help to see that there be
Jerusalem. Otherwise, it may named U.S. ambassador to NATO.
no further delay in redressing the
wrongs to the Jewish community not succeed in becoming a Jew- A highlight was the presentation
in the Soviet Union and fully re- ish community at all." He urged to Hadassah of a special citation
American Jewry to reintroduce from President William V. S. Tub-
storing the rights it must have."
John F. Henning, under secre- the commandment of Yishuv man, of Liberia. The citation was
Eretz Yisroel, meaning that we presented to Mrs. Jacobson by
tary of labor; Herbert J. Waters,
Martinus Johnson, charge d'af-
should direct ourselves and our
assistant administrator for ma-
faires
of the Liberian Mission to
young
to
spend
at
least
a
portion
terial resources of the Agency
the United Nations.
of our life in the Holy Land."
Medical Organization in Israel;
National leaders of Hadassah
I. L. Kenen, executive director
Mrs. Irving Mack, Hadassah's
medical center committee chair- of the American Israel Public Af- gathered Aug. 12 at the home of
man; and Mrs. Siegfried Kramar- fairs Committee, told the delegates Mrs. Samuel J. Rosensohn here to
sky, national chairman of the that if the United States could not pay tribute to her on the occasion
Hadassah Medical Organization stop the Middle East arms race of her 80th birthday. Mrs. Rosen-
Committee, addressed the opening because "the Soviet Union insists sohn is a former national presi-
on using surplus weapons for poli- dent of Hadassah and also had
session.
served on the organization's na-
Moshe Kol, world head of tical currency," then we must ask
tional board for more than 25
our
government
to
adopt
a
frank
Youth Aliyah, international child
and open policy to strengthen Is- years.
welfare movement, stated that
Undersecretary of Labor John
Youth Aliyah institutions in rael's deterrent capacity.
He said that before the United F. Henning proudly asserted his
Israel will absorb 30,000 children
a prepared address
from Eastern Europe, Latin States resumed economic aid to Zionism in
delivered
at
the
convention Mon-
Egypt,
"it
should
insist
that
Nas-
American and Oriental countries
within the next five years. He ser cease the accumulation of wea- day night. He declared: "I am
said: "Youth Aliyah is in need pons and once and for all give up not of the Jewish faith but if you
would accept as credentials a be-
of additional facilities to accom- his wars against his neighbors."
Dr. Miriam K. Freund, chairman lief in the dream of Herzl and a
modate Jewish children who
of the Hadassah Zionist affairs dedication to the survival of the
seek admission to its institutions.
committee, said that Hadassah
Our annual budget of more than
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
$5,000,000 — of which Hadassah worked for the day when Arabs
Friday, August 20, 1965-27
contributes $2,100,000—must be and Israelis would join to advance

State of Israel, I would proudly
assert my political Zionism here
tonight."
Henning praised Zionism for its
contributions to the social dimen-
sions of the 20th century, for hav-
ing evolved "a humanitarian
state." He praised Hadassah for
having done much "to forge the
social character of Jewish national-
ism."
The convention closed with the
adoption of a $9,488,000 budget
for 1965 66 programs in Israel
and the United States.
The delegates elected Mrs.
Mortimer Jacobson to a second
one-year term as president.
The budget includes $8,140,000 for
the Israel programs, alloting
$3,740,000 for the Hadassah medi-
cal organization, $2,100,000 for
Youth Aliyah, $1,000,000 for the
building fund of the Hadassah-
Hebrew University Medical Cen-
ter in Jerusalem, $700,000 for the
Jewish National Fund and $600,000
for Hadassah's vocational educa-
tion program.
The delegates voiced "growing
concern" over "the continuing flow
of conventional and sophisticated
arms from the Soviet Union to
Egypt and the continuing insist-
ence of Egypt's President Nasser
that war with Israel is inevitable."
The resolution called on the U.S.
government to take all necessary
steps to implement its commit-
ment to "support the territorial
integrity and political independ-
ence of all countries in the Near
East." It urged the U.S. to directly
provide arms to Israel to prevent
"a military imbalance between
the Arab states and Israel," to
impress on the Arab states that
"unlawful water diversion projects
are- and will be considered acts of
aggression," to continue economic
aid to Israel and encourage the

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leaders and peoples of the area
"to concentrate their efforts and
their resources on regional cooper-
ation and peace and to reject his-
tility to Israel as a national
policy."
Another resolution noted that
the rebirth of Israel offered
Jews "in free countries new
paths for Jewish self-fulfillment"
and that immigration to Israel
was "one such path."
The resolution added that while
"not every Zionist will choose this
expression of self-fulfillment, Ha-
dassah believes it is an obligation
of the American Zionist movement
to foster the idea of Aliyah, to en-
courage those who choose Aliyah
and to help them attain their ob-
jective." The convention called on
all Hadassah chapters "to cooper-
ate with official groups charged
with facilitating the plans of those
who have decided on Aliyah to
Israel and to encourage support
and understanding of Aliyah within
their communities."
Dr. Judah J. Shapiro, executive
secretary of the Foundation for
Jewish Culture, told the -delegates
that "the motivation for Jewish
learning must be shifted from
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