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March 04, 1966 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-04

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You

AJC Urges U.S. to Stop Bombing in Vietnam;
Asks LBJ Bargain for Cessation of Hostilities

NEW YORK (JTA)—In a pub-
lic statement on the Vietnam war,
the American Jewish Congress call-
ed on President Johnson to suspend
the American bombing of North
COMMUNAL TRENDS: The trend towards development of public Vietnam and to make an offer of
dialogues between mothers and daughters on themes concerning Jewish negotiations that would include the
life in this country is receiving more and more attention. The purpose Viet Cong at the bargaining table.
of such dialogues is to bridge the gap that may exist between the The call was issued by the organi-
older and the younger generation of Jewish women in their under- zation's national executive commit-
standing of their Jewish responsibilities.
It all started with a dialogue between a mother and her daughter-
"Without disregarding the re-
in-law presented by the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare sponsibilities our presence in South
Funds at its General Assembly in Montreal last November. It turned East Asia has created; without
out to be one of the outstanding presen6tions at the assembly. The denying the validity of American
mother was Mrs. Jacob Blaustein, wife of the noted American Jewish concern for freedom in all parts
leader, who is known on her own accord as an active leader in com- of the world, we nonetheless be-
munal affairs. The daughter-in-law was Mrs. Morton K. Blaustein, also lieve that the overriding moral im-
no stranger to Jewish communal service.
perative of this moment is the need
Their dialogue reflected the changes in all phases of Jewish com- to return peace and freedom to the
munal activities and the efforts to meet the new questions faced by torn and agonized land of Viet-
the Jewish community in our contemporary society.
For only when there is peace
Are Jewish Federations changing fast enough? Are they adapting nam.
can freedom thrive," the statement
themselves to today's needs? Are their staffs relatively young, flexible said.
and sensitive to the new problems that now dominate society?
The statement urged President
These were some of the questions in the mother and daughter-
in-law dialogue which is now being emulated on public platforms Johnson: 1) "To offer an immedi-
in a number of communities by mothers and their daughters serving ate cease fire to be observed as
long as the cessation of hostilities
as volunteers in communal institutions.


and Me'

OLD MORALITY: Whatever the difference may be between Jew-
ish parents and their children, the mother-and-daughter dialogues—like
the one presented by the two generations of Blausteins—show that the
morality or yesterday is being tested today.
Nowadays timid reticence is gone with the blush. And the increase
in illegitimacy, delinquency, divorce, intermarriage and all the other
plagues that beset modern Jewish life is being openly admitted. The
question arises: What happened to the age-old Jewish family values?
And, of course, where does the Federation fit in to solve this new set
of problems?
The mother-daughter dialogues bring out a picture showing how
the Jewish Federation in every community is well aware of these
problems, because they come across the desks of the local Jewish
family service agencies. How do these agencies tackle them? They
change their emphases and redo their images. Their charity image
fades into counseling and service. Skillful case work and psychiatric
insight are now the basic tools of the trade.
The Federations—the dialogues show—also are reexamining their
attitude toward the care for the aged The goal now is to keep the
elderly out of institutions and in the community—as independently as
possible, for as long as possible. To accomplish this, Federations are
now developing all sorts of creative, supportive programs, including
foster family care for the Jewish aged.

continues on both sides;
2) "To offer to negotiate with-
out prior conditions all points now

outstanding between the adver-
saries in Vietnam, these negotia-
tions to be carried on with all
states, governments and groups that
are engaged in or have a direct

3) "To support the proposal of
Secretary General U Thant ac-
knowledging the right of the peo-
ple of Vietnam in free elections to

among any and all elements with-
in their country without interfer-
ence in any way with their choice
of government or its composi-
choose their own government from tion."


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interest in the hostilities in Viet-
nam; and

30—Friday, March 4, 1966

WOMEN'S VIEWS: In the course of the mother-daughter dialogues,
one hears also the question whether Jewish hospitals will be needed
now that the government is introducing Medicare and expanding its
financial assistance to medical institutions.
Jewish communities are usually proud of their Jewish hospitals.
But in most Jewish hospitals the great majority of the patients are
non-Jewish. What is more, many of them are no longer dependent on
contributions from the Federation. They, as well as other hospitals, have
many other means of getting funds—such as service fees, government
and Foundation money, and research grants which come easily.
Some Jewish hospitals are already questioning whether they should
withdraw from Federation. These hospitals were founded because it was
necessary to create Jewish surroundings for immigrant patients, to
provide them with kosher food and Jewish doctors and nurses who
could speak Yiddish. Some hospitals were also established to provide
hospital connections for Jewish physicians and internships for Jew-
ish interns.
These reasons are no longer valid, and it is realized that if the
Jewish hospitals would cease to accept Federation funds, these funds
could be used by other Jewish agencies which look to Federation for
their support. However, it is the accepted opinion that the idea of
Jewish hospitals will die hard, for they have a long tradition and are
a popular outlet for philanthropic giving. .The Jewish community
usually takes great pride in its hospitals and regards them as a major
Jewish contribution to the improved health of,,the whole community.
The mother-daughter dialogues also bring to the fore the need of
more intensive Jewish education, and deal with the problem whether
Jewish centers should accept government funds which can be obtained
only if the community center services are offered to Jew and non-
Jew alike.

Spanish Prayerbook Introduced

31 out of every 7 women in
Detroit prefer the cleanliness and
controllability of electric heat!

Now, if only their husbands knew the facts about the costs!

Dr. Louis Finkelstein (second from left), chancellor of The Jew-
ish Theological Seminary of America, receives first copy of Spanish
prayerbook published by World Council of Synagogues, from Leon
Mirelman of Buenos Aires, president, Latin American section,
World Council. Looking on are (from left) Morris Laub, director,
World <Council, and Victor Mirelman of Buenos Aires, rabbinical
student at seminary. The World Council also published recently
a Marathk translation of the prayerbook for the Bene Israel com-
munity in India.

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page book on electric heat. It's free. And a great
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