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October 21, 1966 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-10-21

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Shaarey Zedek Teachers Strike Averted

(Continued from Page 1)
token it also was indicated prior
the vote was 3-to-1 against the to Sunday's session that a Din
following resolution:
Tora would thenceforth be impos-
"We, the undersigned, move that sible because the dismissed teach-
the board of trustees of Congrega- ers were "prejudged."
An effort by its sponsors to
tion Shaarey Zedek be instructed
to reinstate the two discharged distribute among the members the
teachers to their teaching positions proposed above resolution was
without delay and without any rejected. Also rejected at the
prior conditions, reserving to the meeting was the suggestion that
synagogue the right to pursue any the matter be resolved by resort
prudent investigation that it deems to the congregation's Code of
Personal Practices. Apparently
necessary thereafter.
"Furthermore, it is moved that that code was not generally known
the membership of Cong. and after the meeting Louis
Shaarey Zedek instructs the board Panush, who had resigned from
to continue negotiating in good the Shaarey Zedek educational
faith with the teachers organiza- committee in protest against -ac-
tion, recognizing that while exces- tion that involved his brother
sive and unreasonable demands, if and Golany, produced a copy of
presented, must not be granted, it the code which was approved by
is nevertheless in the interest of the personnel sub-committee of
Jewish survival to have a Jewish the comittee on education, March
teaching profession that is well 18, 1957, and in its final form
paid and highly regarded because adopted June 26, 1957, states:
"Procedures of Dismissal:
of its professional achievements.
b. A formal notice documenting the
"It is further resolved that the existence of grounds for dismissal
be submitted to the teacher in-
membership of Shaarey Zedek shall
volved, to the Rabbi and to the Chair-
the Committee on Education.
calls upon the Hebrew Teachers
c. At the earliest possible time and
Association of Shaarey Zedek to certainly
within one month from date
consider such reinstatement as an of notice, a hearing shall be con-
ducted . . . The teacher involved shall
act in good faith, and that if neces- be invited to attend the hearing.
d. Until final disposition, his role
sary their strike date be postponed
a teacher and benefits as a teacher
for two weeks, to allow thorough as
shall not be in any fashion suspended,
and orderly negotiations, so that or teacher penalized in any way, except
there is cause for moral turpi-
all issues in conflict might be re- where
solved with due consideration."
During the preceding week,
Educators Back Plea
principals of local Jewish schools
There were 51 signatures ap- added their protest against the
pended to this resolution — most dismissal of the two teachers to
of them parents of children attend- the protests of the teachers all of
ing the Shaarey Zedek school — Detroit's Jewish schools.
and among the signers were three
prominent educators — Ben Chin- Berry Issues Explanatory
itz, Louis Panush and Bertrand Report to SZ Membership
Sandweiss, principals, respectively.
After Sunday's successful meet-
of Cooley, Western and Mumford ing of teachers and synagogue rep-
High Schools.
resentatives, President Berry is
Moving the adoption of the sued an explanatory statement in
resolution was Dr. Reuven Bar- which he expressed thanks for the
Levay. It was seconded by Wil- confidence that was shown by
liam Schumer. a member of the members in the "'judgment and
Southfield Board of Education. action" of the officers and empha-
There were speeches for and sized that "the answer to any con-
against the resolution and the gen- flict is Shalom—peace." He there-
eral impression was that President upon informed his, members that
Berry, who on Sunday was instru- "we presented the following pro-
mental in reaching accord with posal to the Hebrew Teachers As-
the teachers, was fair in handling sociation's representatives, who in
the issue as the presiding officer good faith reviewed the proposal,
and had made every effort to reach initiated some slight changes, but
accepted the following statement
an amicable decision.
A statement in behalf of one regarding the reinstatement of the
group of members, read by Mrs. two dismissed teachers:
"1. Dr. Joshua Weinstein and
George Lerner, branded the dis-
Mr. Harvey Weisberg, Chairman of
missal of the teachers as unfair.
Berry made it known at the the Education Committee agreed to
meeting that he had reached an reinstate the two dismissed teach-
agreement, at a long all-night ses- ers immediately and to rescind the
sion preceding the congregational telegram of dismissal. Back salary
meeting, with Panush, for Panush to the two teachers will be paid
and Golany to be restored to the from the date of their discharge.
"2. Both sides have agreed that
payroll but not to their classes,
pending action on the whole mat-
ter by a Bet Din. But it became _ British Deputies Rap
known that on the afternoon of the
congregational meeting the Sha- Acquittals of Nazis
arey Zedek Teachers Association's
LONDON (JTA) — The Board
executive committee unanimously
rejected such an agreement as, to of Deputies of British Jews Mon-
quote one of the teachers, "in- day deplored the recent acquittal
human and un-Jewish." By this by an Austrian court of Franz
Novak, an aide of Adolf Eichmann,
in carrying out the annihilation of
hundreds of thousands of Jews.
In a strongly-worded resolution,
the board called on the Austrian
authorities to take immediate
steps to ensure that "those re-
sponsible for atrocious crimes
under the Nazis should be brought
to retribution," and to prevent
the spread of neo-Nazism.
The resolution said that the re-
With Mouton Collar
cent acquittals of Novak and
. . full pile lining. Newest of
others involved in Nazi mass mur-
double breasted models. Nation-
ders "appear to reflect a disturb-
ally sold at $65.00.
ing indifference in Austria to
crimes against humanity and acts
of genocide."

Dr. Weinstein has complete au-
thority with regard to all teachers
and the operation of the school.
It was also indicated and assur-
ances have been given by the dis-
missed teachers, that they will co-
operate wholeheartely with Dr.
Weinstein. Similar assurances have
been given by Dr. Weinstein.
"3. Pending the signing of a
formal contract between the Syn-
agogue and the Association, in the
event any disputes arise with re-
spect to Dr. Weinstein's authority,
said issue or issues shall be re-
ferred to either the president or
the vice president of the Syna-
gogue or the Synagogue Negoti-
ating Committee. In the event that
no settlement can be reached in
any such dispute, both sides agree
to proceed and be bound by the
decision of a Din Tora.
"4. The Hebrew Teachers Asso-
ciation have agreed to withdraw
their Notice of Intent to Strike on
Oct. 23, 1966 with the understand-
ing that bargaining between the
two groups of representatives will
continue on the basis of at least
two meetings per week until a
satisfactory contract is completed.
"5. The Hebrew Teachers Asso-
ciation has also agreed to with-
draw their Complaint of Unfair
Labor Practices in connection with
the dismissal of the two teachers."
"We are hopeful that the diffi-
culties we have been confronted
with the past several months are
behind us and that Shaarey Zedek,
being the great congregation it has
proven itself to be these past 105
years, will, with the interest, dedi-
cation and commitment of our
membership, overcome all adversi-
ties and grow from strength to





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