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March 25, 1966 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-25

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
. . and Me'

JTA Correspondent at the UN
(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)

COMMUNAL CURRENTS: There is need for the Jewish community
to develop a vocational service resource which will deal specifically
with the relationship of Jews to "non-traditional" fields of work, like
insurance, banking, the automotive industry, steel, oil and other
This is one of the conclusions to which the American Jewish
Committee has come after more than six years of examining the
barriers to employment of Jews in these non-traditional fields of work.
The examination has shown that Jews represent about one-half of 1
per cent of the "executive suite" of 500 of the largest corporations in
the United States.
The results of a study conducted last year by the American
Jewish Committee in Philadelphia—the third largek insurance center
in the United States—have now been conveyed privately to a number
of Jewish community leaders throughout the country. They show
that the six major insurance companies in Philadelphia had only one
Jewish board member, and one Jewish officer among a total of 298
officers and directors. The ratio in lower management was not
significantly different.
Nevertheless, the American Jewish Committee feels that important
opportunities are beginning to develop in the insurance and other
business fields which are largely unknown to the Jewish community.
A vocational service resource, it is believed, would gather up-to-date
information on the changes that are taking place and serve as a
bridge between Jews, insurance and other companies, and the campus
communities where these companies recruit their personnel.


UN's Draft Branding Anti-Semites



POSITIVE PROGRAMS: In making its recommendations to the
Jewish community to develop a vocational service resource which
would help to bring Jews in to non-traditional fields of work, the
American Jewish Committee is aware of the fact that this is not a
major solution to the problem of involving Jews in companies where
the number of Jewish officers in the management is insignificant.
The AJCommittee report emphasizes that it is not likely, in spite
of the improved climate, that involvement of Jews in these companies
will increase, unless active steps are taken by the companies to
consciously seek a more diverse management group. Although the
Jewish community and Jewish agencies can assist in various ways,
the major part of this effort should be undertaken, in the opinion
of the American Jewish Committee, by the companies,
Insurance companies, especially, must develop an affirmative
program to seek out Jews and other minority group personnel, the
American Jewish Committee recommends. It suggests that visits to
colleges and universities for recruitment of personnel should be
broadened by the companies to include institutions like Brandeis
University and the City College of New York, where it can be expected
there will be large numbers of Jews. In visiting such campuses, college
placement directors should be told frankly that the company is anxious
to employ qualified Jewish students.
The American Jewish Committee also suggests that insurance
companies should declare clearly and explicitly their non-discrimination
policies with regard to Jews and other minorities in written form,
and reiterate these policies frequently at meetings with company
officials and employment sources.
FACTS AND FIGURES: Some of the companies in the insurance
field claim that Jewish young men are not attracted to the field
because they are ambitious, and salaries are not commensurate with
what they can achieve elsewhere.
This claim is definitely refuted in a study made recently by the
American Jewish Committee of the relationship of Jews to commercial
banking. It is pointed out in that study that Jews are employed in
large numbers in government service, teaching and social work—
fields which are neither aggressive nor highly remunerative. Moreover,
information based on Cornell University research shows that Jewish
young people do not differ significantly from their Protestant and
Catholic counterparts in the attitudes and values they bring to the
job world.
In the insurance world, a college graduate can start out within
a range of between $5,200 and $5,600 a year. Within five years, such
trainees would rise to about $9,000, The starting salaries for actuaries
is about $6,200. Thereafter, salaries of actuaries - rise in gradual
steps, following passage of a series of tests, so that an individual
can reach the $12,000 or $13,000 state in five years.
It is interesting that, in New York, there has been a significant
change with regard to the involvement of Jewish young men at
entering levels, after the Civil Rights Bureau there made a survey of
several companies. The number of Jews admitted into the management
trainee programs of the life insurance companies has increased since
the inquiry began.
The American Jewish Committee started examining the barriers
to employment of Jews in- non-traditional fields of work about six years
ago. Under a grant from the Falk Foundation, studies have been
undertaken by the Harvard Business School, Cornell University, the
Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, and the
University of California. These studies deal with the hiring procedures
of major business in the United States, non-ability factors and the
promotional process, values and attitudes of Jews as they relate to
the job world, and the social milieu of the large corporations, including
club membership.

Severe Storms Hit Israel; Lines Torn Down

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Telephone sandstorms. Many parts of the
lines throughout Israel were out country were hit by temporary
electric power breakdowns.
Sunday, and a number of citrus
The storms, the most severe to
groves and farm acreage were strike Israel since the start of
damaged last weekend, when winter, came as a shock to most
of the of
after condi-
heavy rainstorms, accompanied by weeks
relatively balmy

and sleet,
with winds
up to the
In busy
Tel Aviv,
the fire
72 miles
per hour,
for most
of the

northern half of the country. Saturday, dealing with emergen-
In the
South, much of
the Negev
in semi-darkness
of cies arising from the storms. Five
families were removed from build-
ings in Jaffa, which were in
16—Friday, March 25, 1966
danger of collapsing.

six-year struggle to get one word
into an important United Nations
document came finally to an end
here last week. The word is "anti-
Semitism." The fight took place in,
and behind the scenes of, the Unit-
ed Nations Commission on Human
Rights. The Commission adopted
Article V of its draft Convention
on the elimination of religious in-
tolerance. As it finally went
through the Commission—by a vote
of 15 in favor, none against, and
five abstentions — it read as fol-
"State Parties undertake to
adopt immediate and effective
measures, particularly in the
fields of teaching, education, cul-
ture and information, with a
view to combating prejudices, as
for example, anti-Semitism and
other manifestations which lead
to religiOus intolerance and to
discrimination on the ground of
religion or belief, and to promot-
ing and encouraging, in the in-
terest of universal peace, under-
standing, tolerance, co-operation
and friendship among nations,
groups and individuals, irrespec-
tive of differences in religion or
belief, in accordance with the
purposes and principles of the
Charter of the United Nations,
the Universal Declaration of Hu-
man Rights and this Convention."
The key word in that entire ar
ticle is "anti-Semitism." It is
against that word that the Soviet
Union campaigned most ardently
and — in the end — futilely.
After six years, the religious
freedoms document came up for
detailed debate at last in the Hu-
man Rights Commission. Until now,
no major international instrument
has contained the word anti-Semi-

tism as a specific evil to be con- stead for a Chilean phrasing that
demned and combated. That's when seemed more acceptable. The U.S.,
Article V came up. Israel wanted Britain and France joined Israel
anti-Semitism mentioned by name. in supporting the Chilean move —
There had been hopes that the and it was the Chilean wording
United States delegation would in- that finally passed in the
troduce an amendment mentioning
that word. The U.S. delegation did quoted above.
not do that, but did something else
Or— — 10
that may have teen even more ef-
fective. After Israel presented an
amendment mentioning anti-Semi-
tism, Morris B. Abram, the U.S.
delegate in the Commission, was
the first to back the Israeli. He L
delivered an impassioned adress Cl
supporting Israel's amendment.
It turned out in the two days of
heated debate that Israel with-
drew its amendment, settling in- 9


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Germany Announces
Plan to Try Jewish
Expert on Restitution

BONN (JTA)—The State Prose-
cutor's Of f ice here announced
Monday that Dr. Hans Deutsch,
the internationally known Jewish
legal expert on German compen-
sation to Nazi victims, will be
tried by a German court on
charges of "inciting people to
make claims for compensation
they are not entitled to." The
date of the trial was not given.
Dr. Deutsch, who holds both
Austrian and Israeli citizenship,
was arrested here in November
1964, while attending to a client's
claim at the West German Minis-
try of Finance. He has been held
in solitary confinement in the
Central Prison here along with a
former SS officer and aide to
Adolf Eichmann, M. Wilke, who
is charged with having been Dr.
Deutsch's "accomplice."
At the time of the arrest, an
influential Parisian newspaper,
Le Monde, defended Dr. Deutsch
and charged that the move was a
"maneuver" by Bonn to discredit
the Jewish attorney and "spoil his

Lubavitcher Magazine
Marks 25th Anniversary

NEW YORK (JTA) — The 25th
anniversary issue of the monthly
magazine "Talks and Tales," ed-
ucational magazine of the Lubav-
itcher movement, published in
eight languages, made its appear-
ance with an announcement that
since its inception, 25 lears ago,
it had never missed a month of
"Talks and Tales" is the only
Jewish publication to be simult-
aneously published in eight lang-
uages, in seven countries. Aside
from the English and Yiddish ver-
sions published in New York, they
are published in French in Paris,
Italian in Milan, Spanish in Buenos
Aires, Dutch in The Hague and
Swedish in Copenhagen. The He-
brew edition is published in one
of Merkos' printing schools in Mar
Chabad, the Lubavitcher town near
Tel Aviv.


The memories of Passovers gone by—the search and safe of the Chometz—Grandy
poking around the kitchen, making the horseradish and the Choraches—putting on th
new suit of clothes and shoes—pockets full of hazel nuts—and almonds—anxio

waiting for the Seder to start—Uncle Joe and Aunt Sadie were always late—the w
familylogether—Grandpa looking like a king propping the pillow on the chair besid
him—Grandma tired after baking and cooking all day but "My Malke" my queen,
called her—the Kiddush and then my turn for "Ma Nishtanah" and the answer giv
with Grandpa's voice ringing out over all—the first half of the Hagadah almost over
even the bitter herbs tasted so good—Passover it was always "strong"—all were co
pelted to eat it otherwise we could not get the hard boiled egg and salt water—andt
then the meal—nobody, but nobody, could cook better than Grandma—we ate—andl
ate and then the "Benchen"—and the rest of the Hagadah—and some more cups of
wine—and the opening of the door—and the stories of how in the old country someone
frightened the whole family by appearing at that door—but best of all the songs wItfL
which the second half of the Hagadah abound—and the feeling of drowsiness—content.
ment—and the thought that tomorrow the same thing once more
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