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March 17, 1967 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-03-17

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Economic Survival 81,000,000 for Jerusalem Boys Town
Concern of Elderly,
Aged Parley Told

NEW YORK—This city which
likes to think its social welfare
programs are the nation's most
progressive—is failing to .take ad-
vantage of a substantial number
of federal aids which could im-
prove conditions for its aged."
That statement was made here
last week by Ellen Winston, -U.S.
commissioner of welfare of the
Department of Health, Education
and Welfare before 250 leading
representatives of health and wel-
fare agencies at a Conference on
Communal Planning of the Aged.
The conference was sponsored
by the Home and Hospital of the
Daughters of Israel, now planning
construction of a new 500-bed
Jewish Institute for Geriatric Care
costing over $12,000,000.
The Home and Hospital called
the planning conference to find
out what services and facilities
will provide the broadest array of
neW and expanded program con-
cepts for the aged.
In her address, Commissioner
Winston added:
"One cloud shadows our pleas-
ure at seeing the progressive
trends exemplified by the new
Institute—and that cloud is our
continued failure to see that
all,_of our elderly, not just some
of them, are free of the economic
worries impairing their ability
to seek out, and use the oppor-
tunities which this institute and
other programs for the aged are
developing.
"The average amount of an
elderly person's Social Security
check is $84 monthly. The average
payment for persons receiving Old
Age Assistance is $67 monthly.
For all too many, such sums rep-
resent total income. In fact, almost
one-third of all persons over 65
in the U.S. live in dire poverty.
"Most Americans do not realize
that for these people, sheer sur-
vival is an all-absorbing concern.
Counseling services, workshops,
health check-ups, opportunities to
participate in civic, religious or
creational activities — all such
re
valuable programs and service are
almost meaningless to people too
miserable to know or care what
goes on outside the substandard
rooms in which they live.

To Publish Biography of Harry Greenstein

David G. Baird (center), New York philanthropist, whose recent
contribution to Boys Town Jerusalem made him the school's first
million dollar donor, is shown an advance copy of the invitation to
the BTJ Hai-18th anniversary dinner in his honor by Ira Guilden,
(left) BTJ president and W. Maxey Jarman, chairman of the event.
The dinner will be held at Hotel Pierre, New York, April 11. Through
foundations which he has established in memory of his parents and
brother, Baird has made over 100,000 individual grants to well over
2,000 educational, religious and welfare organizations in the past
25 years.

.

Religious Zealots
Clash on Autopsies
in Israeli Hospitals

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — A rock-
throwing chanting crowd of some
4,000 religious zealots, protesting
autopsies in Israeli hospitals,
clashed with police in Jerusalem's
center Tuesday. Police reported
Wednesday that 33 persons, includ-
ing 20 policemen, were injured in
the melee.
The injured included Jerusa-
lem Police Commander Daniel
Bareli and his deputy, Shimon
Markowitz.
Seventeen demonstrators were
arrested, one of them a young
American Yeshiva student, Haim
David Ruttenberg. The Red Magen
David reported that many of the
injured needed stitches to close
head wounds inflicted by the flying
rocks.
During the five hours of the
demonstration, police appeared at
one stage to have lost control of
the zealots, who sang prayers,
danced, blew rams' horns or
listened to talks by leading rabbis.
They completely blocked central
Jerusalem's streets.
Vinally, 200 police were called
in, many on horseback, to dis-
perse the demonstration.
Hamodia, the Agudat Israel
newspaper, commented that the
demonstration proved "the sensi-
tivity of religious Jewry" on the
issue of post-mortems.

44—Friday, March 17, 1967

Joint Distribution Committee Is Sending
Passover Supplies to the Needy in Europe

The supplies this year include
NETT YORK—The Joint Distri-
bution Committee has ordered over 441,500 pounds of matzo and
545,325 pounds of matzo and other matzo meal, 1,000 pounds of
Passover supplies for shipment to matzo flour, 600 sets of matzo
needy Jews in some 10 countries and 1,666 cases of Passover
wine to Eastern Europe. Some
in Europe, it was announced this
week by Charles H. Jordan, JDC 41,200 pounds is going to France.
Other countries to which Pass-
executive vice chairman.
Last year, JDC shipped 616,500 over supplies are being shipped —
pounds of Passover supplies to are Albania, Belgium, Greece,
Europe. In 1965 the total was close Italy, Portugal, Spain and Melil-
la and Cueta in Spanish Moroc-
to 720,000 pounds.
Funds for Passover relief and co. The shipment to Italy also
other JDC welfare and rehabilita- includes 1,400 bottles of Pass-
tion programs are provided mainly over wine.
In addition to the supplies sent
by the campaigns of the United
to aid Jewish communities in Eur-
Jewish Appeal. .
ope, JDC will issue special grants
to enable needy Jews in - Algeria,
B •
Iran, Morocco and Tunisia to pur-
chase matzo and other Passover
supplies locally.
In Poland, matzo is baked by the
religious community with equip-
ment supplied some years ago by
JDC. In Poland, also, needy Jews
will be given special grants to pur-
By JESSE .SILVER
chase matzo and other Passover
,(Copyright; 1367,"JTA, Inc.)
supplies locally.
Victor Niederhoffer, the 1966
winner, refused to participate in
the recent squash racquets national Kansas City Sees Drop
championships in Chicago. Nieder- in Jewish School Pupils,
hoffer refused the chance to de- Notes They Attend Longer
fend his title because he felt he
KANSAS CITY, Mo., (JTA) —
had been. discriminated against by The Jewish Education Council of
the fiVe • Chicago clubs that play Greater Kansas City made public
squaSh racquets. All five had de- the results of a survey of Jewish
nied him club
education which show that enroll-
A Harvard graduate, who, Sports ment in Jewish schools • here has
Illustrated said, ". . . brought a dropped significantly in the last
touch of Brooklyn rowdiness to four years, but that Jewish children
. . . a traditionally genteel game," are attending religious schools
Niederhoffer has been studying at more intensively than before and
the University of Chicago for the continued to be enrolled far beyond
past three years. In that time he the age which is the national aver•.
has played at the clubs in question age.
many times; as a guest, instruct-
These facts were released by
ing other players and in inter-city Arthur Brand, chairman of the
matches. Last June he attempted Jewish Education Council.
to become a .member. He was turn-
In the absence of any accurate
current demographic data as to
ed down by all five.
"I was. denied •membership at the number of Jews living in
the Lake Shore A.C.,. the Univer- Greater Kansas City, or the ratio
sity Club, the Chicago A.A., the of Jewish .children attending reli-
Illinois A.C. and the Racquets and gious schools to the total number
Tennis Club," said Niederhoffer, of Jewish children, it is not pos-
"whether for personal, technical or sible to state with any degree of
certainty the reason for the marked
ethnical reasons is not clear."
"I think it's a reflection on the decline in Jewish enrollments,
game," he said, "when the national which total 11.5 per cent since
champion can't find a place to 1962.
The report states, however, that
play. I like Chicago, but with two
more years to go for my Ph.D., I with no indication of any notice-
don't see how I can keep on play- able change in the pattern of
parental concern for their chil-
ing."
Shortly before the nationals Nie- dren's education, or of any sub-
derhoffer won the Harry Cowles stantial emigration of Jews from
invitation tournament in New York. the community, "it is our hypothesis
He defeated Samuel Howe, 15-9, that the decline should be sought
15-11, 15-18, 15-9. With Niederhof- primarily in the suicidal drop in
fer absent, Howe captured the na- the birth rate among American
tionals. Niederhoffer has beaten Jews, including those of our com-
munity, and only secondarily in
Howe in 20 of their 21 matches.
the failure of parents to enroll
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS their children in a Jewish '"school."

in Palestine and in Israel. It has
an introduction written by the late
Senator Herbert - H. Lehm an
shortly before his death.

"Justice, Not Charity," the bi-
ography of Harry Greenstein, one
of America's leading social wel-
fare workers, will be published by
Crown April 10.
Written by Dr. Louis L. Kaplan,
dean of the Baltimore Hebrew Col-
lege, and Theodor Schuchat: Wash-
ington publicist, the biography is
a full length portrait of a man who
has given over 40 years of his
life to the advancement of social
welfare throughout the world.
Permanently based in Baltimore,
where he held the post of execu-
tive director of the Associated
Jewish Charities and Welfare
Fund for thirty-seven years,
Greenstein earned an international
reputation while serving on loan
in a number of posts including

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