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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-08-19

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Knesset Adjourns; 18—Friday, August 19, 1966
Post-MOrtem Bill Lack of Personnel Competence Noted
Action Delayed
in Report on Jewis h Camps in U.S.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Knesset,
NEW YORK (JTA) — Declaring
Israel's parliament, adjourned Aug. that "the problem of personnel is
9 for the summer months with the the most serious one" faced by
adoption of a law providing that
Jewish camps in this country, a
the post of Prime Minister can
be given only to a member of the study of Jewish camps conducted
Knesset. Until now, all other mem- by the American Association of
bers of the Cabinet, except the Jewish Education, established the
Premier, were named in the law following facts:
linking Cabinet membership with
1. "A review of counselor appli-
cation forms of many of the Federa-
Parliamentary office.
tion, Center and philanthropic camps,
those camps receiving the greatest
The Knesset postponed further
amount of Jewish community finan-
debate on the anatomy and path-
cial support, show no clear trend in
staff requirements in the area of
ology bill, a measure aimed at
Jewish competence.
tightening regulations regarding
2. "The Conservative camps re-
post-mortems at hospital s. , At
quire Jewish background and Jewish
commitment from their staff. Simi-
present, hospitals are not required
larly. the educational camps require
to obtain a kin's permission for
Jewish background. In the educa-
tional camps, the Jewish• educational
the performance of an autopsy.
requirement is stressed for positions
of counsellor or below. In the Zionist
Israel's religious parties have sup-
camps, the position of director or
ported the stricter regulations.
assistant director requires a Jewish
background and commitment; below
In another vote, the Knesset ap-
these positions, the responses are
proved the second and final read-
not uniform and show no clear trend.
ing of the amendment to the Knes-
3. "The crucial question of provid-
ing proper staff for Jewish summer
set Building Immunity Law, adapt-
camps is one the Jewish community
must face. The Hebrew teacher col-
ing it to the area -around the new
leges generally do not provide spe-
: building where the next Knesset
cial courses for camp staff positions.
A few of them offer brief workshops
session will take place.
or orientation sessions. Orf the other
The Knesset passed the first
hand. the schools of social work,
the Centers. etc.. who do provide
reading of an amendment aimed
staff for their camps, make almost
at liberalizing the libel law ap-
no provisions for or have no require-
ment that the staff be knowledge-
proved by the last Knesset, which
able Jewishly.
had resulted in widespread pro-
4. "Of the 18 Center camps in the
AAJE study, only two of them made
test from various quarters. No one
mention
of a Jewish or Hebraic re-
voted against the amendment, but
quirement or even desirability for
abstentions were recorded by the
staff positions. There is great need
for a collective effort on the part of
Communists and by Uri Avneri,
the community, educator, group
the journalist who was elected to
worker, Federation personnel 'and
camp people to meet and try to solve
the Knesset last year on an inde-
the staff problem. Proper staff are
the sine (ma non for carrying out
pendent ticket.
the objectives of Jewish camping."
The amendment was proposed
by a special committee appointed
Directors of camps have often
lby Prime Minister Levi Eshkol in complained, the AAJE report
:the face of growing opposition showed. that the "negative atti
to the original measure. Accord- tilde" of staff members with re-
ing to the amendment, which will gard to Jewish. matters, "is a
'be debated after the summer re- major d°terrent toward introduc-
cess, the truth of an item and the ing Jewish programming." Some
facts that its publication is in • the counsellors actively resist such
public interest will be sufficient programming, the report stated.
defense against charges of libel.
The report emphasized, how-
The amendment, also eases the pen-
alties for publishers and journal- ever, that the programs in de-
nominational, Zionist and educa-
ists found guilty of libel.
tional camps must be differen-
tiated from the others, since
Israel's Exports Increase
"these camps are clearly mak-
Israel's exports of goods and
services last year totaled $745,- ing a most significant contribu-
000,000 compared with $651,000,- tion; they are miniature Jewish
communities." "However," the
000 the year before.

Try and Stop Me

By BENNETT CERF

UMAN BEINGS, famous and inconspicuous alike, never

H
tire of seeing their names in print—even linked to a
completely inaccurate item in a bush-league gossip column.

The late Sinclair Lewis
c o n fessed unashamedly
that whenever he re-
ceived a review copy of a
new book of non-fiction,
the first thing he did was
to look in the index to
see if his name was there.
Author Ben Hecht once
cashed in on this univer-
sal weakness. In a second-
hand bookshop, Hecht
came upon several hun-
dred copies of a technical
treatise, marked down to
a fraction of the original
list price. The book was
over 1,000 pages long, hopelessly dull, often unintelligible,
and carried no index.
Hecht mailed copies anonymously to all his most im-
portant friends, with a typed note inside that read, "I be-
lieve you will wax justifiably indignant when you come
across the numerous insulting references to you in this

book."
The hunt, they say, went on for weeks.

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*
*
There was a bit of a racket along Wabash Avenue in Chicago
one afternoon this April. Two automobiles came hurtling out of
nowhere, with the occupants wildly shooting at each other with
machine guns. The cop at the corner merely yawned and observed
to nobody lilt particular, "Heavens to Betsy; That's the first robin
I've heard this spring!" . „ . •
• • • • ,

Ir

1966, by Bennett Cerf. Distributed - kty• King Features Syndicate

report added, "they, too, univer-
sally bemoan the lack of quali-
fied staff to handle their prog-
rams."
Observance of kashruth and
the Sabbath in the Jewish sum-
mer camps were also studied in
the survey. It was shown that 29
per cent of the camps that re-
ceive communal funds fail to ob-
serve kashruth. Only 58 per cent
of the camps reported Sabbath
regulations; 81 per cent reported
some form of Oneg Shabbat; 71
per cent reported having Sabbath
services. Daily religious services
were reported as being held in
32 per cent of the camps.
The report—which is of a pre-
liminary nature and is still being
revised—was very pessimistic in
trying to answer certain key ques-
tions. It stated: "From the point
of view of Jewish continuity and
the monetary investment of the
Jewish community in its educa-
tional enterprises, the prime queS-
tion,is whether or not we are ex-
ploiting the camp as a Jewish ed-
. ucational instrumentality. Are Jew-
ish camps fulfilling their commun-
al obligation?"
"Unfortunately," the study de-
clared, "most of the questions
must at present be answered in the
negative." The questions included
fulfillment of Jewish communal ob-
ligations in the camps, sufficient
communal return from communal
investment, and the relationship
between the Jewish camp and the
Jewish school. Finally, in addition
to recommending more communal
atention to Jewish camps and to
their programming in Jewish con-
tent, the study made these other
recommendations:

British Interfaith Parley
Calls for Better Relations

LONDON (JTA) — A Christian-
Jewish "consultation" held by 70
Protestants, Catholics and Jews
at Newnham College of Cambridge
University called upon both Catho-
lics and Protestants Monday to
follow through on the decisions to
improve Christian-Jewish relations.
The participants in the week-
long parley called attention of the
Catholic church to its Vatican
Council declaration condemning
hatred and persecution of Jews
and anti-Semitism in general. As
for the Protestants, the .session
noted that the World Council of
Churches had shown a desire at its
New Delhi assembly to improve
relations with Jews.
The conference also recommend-
ed that all Christian education
treat Christian-Jewish relations in
the context of other group rela-
tions; that use of authentic Jew-
ish sources be encouraged in
Christian education; and that more
money and personnel be allocated
to intensify Christian Jewish dia-
logues.
The conference voiced concern
over the resurgence of neo-Naz-
ism and bigotry in some areas,
pointing out that the defeat of
Nazism had not ended racial and
religious discrimination. The par-
ley noted that, while legislation
against discrimination and incite-
ment to hatred could help improve
relations, "no law could substitute
for the initiative of citizens to re-
sist vigorously against all attempts
to undermine the democratic struc-
ture of society."

1) Inclusion in the curricula of
Hebrew teachers colleges of courses
in group work with an orientation to
camp staff work;
2) Efforts to convince social work
ers who direct Jewish camps "of
the need and value of introducing
Jewish programming in their camps";
3) Creation of a central agency,
su.ch as the AAJE, which should
give serious consideration toward
the -development of a camping de-
partment with a professional con-
sultation staff:
4) Organization of an association
or council of all Jewish summer
camps, which is to hold, annual
conferences;
5) Making federations and welfare
funds more aware of the importance
of the Jewish summer camp and its
right to communal support; and
6) Insistence on the fact that. if
the community invests in camping
programs, the camp programs must
include Jewish programming and
must, as a minimum, recognize two
basic Jewish principles: observation
of kashruth and of the Sabbath.

"The results of this initial study
by the American Association for
Jewish Education," the report con-
cludes, "are preliminary. This
study clearly indicates the great
need for additional thinking and ef-
fort by those in the community
concerned with the fostering of
Jewish life and with the utilization
of all educational facilities to that
end."

Seized U.S.-Made Cargo
Owned by British, So
State Dept. Backs Out

WASHINGTON (JTA) — . The
State Department Monday reported
that an investigation of the Egyp-
tian seizure of American-manufac-
tured trucks and excavation equip-
ment disclosed that the cargo was
British-owned. The Egyptians con-
fiscated the cargo on the allega-
tion that it was destined for Israel.
State Department officials said
they considered the case closed
"as far as we are concerned."
They investigated because the
equipment was made in America.
The probe showed that the goods,
valued at •100,000 were confiscat-
ed from a Dutch ship in the Suez
Canal. The cargo was loaded in
Somalia destined for Ghent, Bel-
gium, for reconditioning.

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