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March 10, 1967 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-03-10

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httearation of Jewish Campus Life
Into Total Community Program Urged

15 Groups Form Body
to Fight NY State Aid
to Religious Schools

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The faculty members "will have doubl-
NEW YORK (JTA)—Fifteen civic,
"power structure" of the American ed in a decade."
educational and religious organiza-
Jewish community was criticized
This was based on reports from tions joined Monday in announcing
Monday for its failure to integrate directofs at many of the 235 formation of a statewide Commit-
Jewish campus life into the com- American colleges where Hillel tee for Public Education and Re-
munity's "plans, programs and now functions. Further evidence ligious Liberty to oppose any
of this growth was given by Dr. changes in the state constitutional
Members of the National Com- Louis Gottschalk of the University provision barring public aid to
mission of Bnai Brith Hillel Foun- of Chicago, commission chairman, parochial schools.
Establishment of the committee,
dations, many of them university who reported that a Hillel program
educators, strongly endorsed the to encourage Jewish study, scholar- which uses the acronym PEARL,
view of Rabbi Benjamin M. Kahn, ship and research among faculty was announced at a news confer-
Hillel's national director, that the members, begun as a "pilot effort ence in Stephen Wise Congress
Jewish community is "unwisely at 17 schools three years ago, has House.
Spokesmen said the group would
overlooking an important poten- since spread to 103 colleges.
"These beginning results are work "to inform the public about
tiol of creative support" by its
tendency to regard flu, college a convincing demonstration that the danger to public education and
campus as "an appendage to ra- many Jewish academicians wel- church-state separation posed by
ther than an integral part of the come a continuing opportunity efforts to water down or destroy"
to probe, interpret and discuss Article XI, Section 3 of the New
total community."
their religious heritage and cul- York Constitution at the Constitu-
"An evocative development of
tural traditions on a level re- tional Convention opening next
Jewish life on campus is that it
flecting the intellectual needs
month in Albany.
is acquiring its own continuity as
and standards of the academic
The provision forbids state grants
a rooted community and can no
community," Dr. Gottschalk
"directly or indirectly" to a n y
longer be dismissed as merely
school "under the control or direc-
a four-year transitory period,"
He described the faculty pro- tion of any religious denomination.
Rabbi Kahn told the Hillel Com-
gram as "self-motivated and
Among the sponsors of PEARL
mission at its annual meeting
self-determined" by the Jewish are the New York groups of Ameri-
here. This growing stability, he
faculty members "who conscious- can Jewish Committee and Ameri-
said, is drawn from one-fifth of
ly feel a need for some kind of can Jewish Congress, Anti-Defama-
the Jewish students who enroll
affiliation with Jewish interest." tion League of Bnai Brith, National
in American universities.
Many of these academicians, he Council of Jewish Women and New
"This is the large proportion said, "largely removed from or-
York State Federation of Reform
that, after graduation, marries ganized Jewish life, can be per- Synagogues.
and establishes a family life suaded to take on active identities
Leo Pfeffer, special counsel of
while remaining on campus with the larger Jewish communi- the American Jewish Congress and
many more years for post-gradu- ties when the isolation of their professor of constitutional law at
ate work, and even, in increas-
own campus community is dimin- Long Island University, is serving
ing numbers, staying put in ac-
as temporary chairman of PEARL.
ademic careers."
On the same theme, Rabbi Jay
Kaufman, Bnai Birth executive State Court Voids Old Clause Barring Jews
vice president, contrasted the
American Jewish student organiza- from Owning Property in Wayne, New Jersey
tion "which begins and ends its
TRENTON, N.J. (JTA)—A three- was taken. Now another suit may
activities on campus and is al- judge panel of the State Superior be necessary to determine whether
lowed little involvement in adult Court's Appellate Division, here, all the property owners or only
communal affairs" and its counter- has ruled that a restrictive clause some are bound by the new "null
parts in Europe and elsewhere in effect barring Jews and others and void" ruling.
that are encouraged to be a part from owning property in a section
Wayne is the town in New Jer-
of the decision - making process of Wayne, N. J., is "unquestion- sey where, several weeks ago, the
and not limited to the periphery of ably null and void, and no court former vice president of the local
Jewish community life."
will rule otherwise."
board of education opposed pub-
He called for a "community
The court, however, reserved licly the election of two Jews who
awareness" of the changing Ameri- decision on whether the ruling is were candidates for board mem-
can campus and "stubborn efforts ._to . be applied to the community at bership. In the subsequent elec-
to involve it in Jewish affairs with large, or to a group of 17 previous tion, the Jewish candidates were
at least the same organized in- defendants, or to two individual defeated..
tensity as is given to Jewish sub- defendants who figured originally
in the complicated litigation.
An indication of the burgeoning
The case was filed by two prop- New Yorker, 87, Presents
growth of a permanent campus erty owners who charged that a Ambulance to Israel
community is a Hillel estimate covenant signed by all property
NEW YORK—Charles Paston, at
that by 1970 the number of Jewish owners in the exclusive Packanack
87, looks ahead to the future of
Lake section of Wayne required
the owners to be members of the Israel, and on occasion looks back
International Symposia
Packanack Lake Country Club and to his first visit to what was then
Palestine 40 years ago.
Community Association.
Scheduled at Technion
Looking ahead, he presented an
HAIFA — A one-week interna-
ambulance to Israel's national Red
tional symposium on artificial re-
Cross Service at a recent cere-
charge and management of aqui- barred to persons of Italian, mony at the Congregation Sons of
fers (underground water reser- Spanish, Latin American or Israel in Brooklyn.
voirs) will start March 19 at the Jewish background and to all
Looking back, the veteran Zion-
Technion, Israel Institute of Tech- other persons not of a Northern ist and long-time supporter of
nology. The symposium is organiz-
American Red Mogen David re-
ed by the International Association ground.
minisced about his first visit and
The club had told the lower court compared the sandy wastes of yes-
of Scientific Hydrology with the
that it would not enforce the cove-
support of UNESCO.
terday with the blooming, develop-
One hundred and twenty experts nant, and the lower court desig- ing land that is Israel today.
from 20 countries and 115 from nated the club officers as repre-
Paston, who emphasizes the
Israel have confirmed their parti- sentatives of the community whose great need for ambulances and
actions would bind the entire com-
first-aid equipment, has helped
In September, a symposium on munity. It was on that part of the many other medical and philan-
computer control of natural re- lower court's ruling that the appeal thropic causes, including the
sources and public utilities will
Shaarey Zedek Hospital in Jeru-
take place at Technion City. The LA Job Agencies Take
symposium is sponsored by the Is-
rael Committee on Automatic Con- Biased Orders—ADL
Minibus Plans Create
trol which is affiliated to the in-
ternational federation—IFAC.
than 85 per cent of private employ- Mini-Mess in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV (JTA)—The muni-
Among the scientists who will ment agencies in the Los Angeles
attend are the world president of area are flouting the Fair Employ- . cipality of Tel Aviv has raised a
storm here by announcing it
the IFAC, professor P. J. Nowacki ment Practices Law by accepting
of the Institute for Nuclear Re- discriminatory job orders, the would permit "minibuses" to op-
erate. in this city on Saturdays.
search, Warsaw, and Prof. J. F. Pacific Southwest region of the
As a reprisal against permitting
Coals of Cambridge University, Anti-Defamation League of Bnai
"minibuses" here, the Bus Co-
England, former IFAC president. Brith reported.
operative, which has enjoyed a
Leading scientists from nine coun-
Milton A. Senn, regional ADL di-
tries have contributed papers deal- rector, said the survey results, monopoly on bus transport here,
ing with subjects in their respec- showing that 87 per cent of the is threatening to operate public
transportation in Tel Aviv on
tive fields.
agencies did so, had been sent to
the attorney general and to the Saturdays.
Angered by that announcement,
Fair Employment Practices Com-
the Religious Council announced
And he gave it for his opinion, mission.
Monday it would study the possi-
that whoever could make two ears
He revealed that the ADL had
of corn, or two blades of grass telephoned 86 job agencies supply- bility of starting its own, compet-
ing bus company, after which it
to grow upon a spot of ground, ing office help, asking whether
where only one grew before, would they would accept a job order for would appeal to religious riders
in this area to boycott the co-
deserve better of mankind, and a "Protestant and white" stenog-
do more essential service to his rapher. Of the 77 Los Angeles operative. The principal aim of
country, than the. whole race of agencies queried, 66 accepted the both the Religious Council and
the Bus Cooperative is to keep
job requested of it, and 11 reject-
politicians put together
ed - = - the "minibuses" off the streets.

14—Friday, March 10, 1967


New Orleans Center Sees Rift Grow Wider
Concerning Issue of "All °- Jewish" Policy

A. Katz, former president of Bnai
Brith, has charged that Robert
Reisfeld, president of the New
Orleans Jewish Community Center,
was confusing the issue of the
center's membership policy. Katz
is spokesman for some 140 center
members who seek a general mem-
bership meeting to consider their
"all-Jewish" membership policy.
Katz asserted that Reisfeld, in
a letter dated Jan. 25 "and sent
only to non-Jewish members of the
center," had indicated that the all-
Jewish membership policy was a
view held only by Katz. Katz noted
that the 140 members had sent
Reisfeld a petition last Nov. 25
urging such a policy.
Katz said that in that letter
and in one to the general mem-
bership on Jan. 20, the JCC
president had failed to mention
a resolution adopted by the cen-
ter board on Aug. 31, 1966 which
ruled that "until further action"
by the board, membership would
be restricted to Jews and no

further bids from non-Jews
would be accepted.
Katz also asserted that Reisfeld
had neglected, in a press state-
ment, to mention that "the petition-
ers urged the acceptance of the
18 non-Jewish families whose ap-
plications had been submitted be-
fore Aug. 31 and that we have
further suggested that under all
circumstances, present non-Jewish
members should retain their mem-
bership if they choose."
The former Bnai Brith president
also contended that a mail ballot
of the membership on the issue,
now being considered by a study
committee "c a n n o t serve as a
substitute for a general member-
ship meeting."

A man that flattereth his neigh-
bor spreadeth a net for his feet.—
Proverbs 29:5.





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