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38—Friday, June 23, 1967
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Reform Rabbis to Update Prayerbook;
Split Over Conscientious Objector Draft
JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
LOS ANGELES — The Central
Conference of American Rabbis
was told Tuesday of plans for sub-
stantial revision of the American
Reform Movement's Union Prayer-
book to make it "More congruent
to the needs of contemporary man."
Rabbi Joseph Narot, chairman
of the CCAR committee on liturgy.
told the 500 Reform rabbis at the
78th annual meeting of the CCAR
that the present Reform prayer-
book was last revised 30 years ago
- Before the Nazi holocaust, before
the atomic bombs and before the
space age." He s..id these develop-
' 'Bents had raised "Theological and
moral questions" requiring "new
in U.S. Casualties
of the M. E. War?
NEW YORK (JTA)—Count Mid-
, dle East restaurants in the United
States as among the economic vic-
tims of the Middle East conflict.
A Wall Street Journal survey
showed that many Arab restaurants
' have complained that the Jews
have stopped patronizing them and
business has fallen off badly.
i The manager of New York's
■ Mecca Syrian Restaurant com-
' plained that Jewish customers were
staying away in droves. "It -doesn't
seem fair," he said. "I don't know
anything about that part of the
world." He was quoted as saying
that business was down 50 per
In Philadelphia, the Middle East
Restaurant, which says it serves
Israeli fare "identical to food
served in Israel," said it had lost
40 per cent of its business because
of the war. Its manager said a num-
ber of Jewish parties had canceled
But Son of the Sheik, an Arabic
restaurant in the Wall Street area,
said business was as good as ever
and "if any of our Jewish custom-
ers have been staying away, we
haven't noticed it."
CHICAGO (JTA)—An editorial
ult he Chicago Daily Defender,
America's largest Negro-owned
daily newspaper, expressed the
view that - every decent American"
hopes that strife in the Middle East
will give way to "logic and inter-
national law." Israel, the editorial
notes "was conceived and born out
of the sweat and blood of the Jew-
ish people who have been buffeted,
persecuted and humiliated the
world over." Israel, the editorial
added. "has gone out of its way to
help the newly independent Afri-
can countries in every way possi-
ble . African students by the
hundreds have been studying in
Jewish universities and technical
institutes through scholarship
grants from the Israeli government.
Africans south of the Sahara owe Mexico's Former Minister
much to Israel."
Pledges to Strive for
Arab-Israel Peace at UN
Preservation of Materials
MEXICO CITY (JTA)—Mexico's
on Role of U.S. Jewry in
Foreign Minister Antonio Carillo
Middle East Crisis Urged
Flores declared that the Mexican
NEW YORK (JTA)—American government is doing all it can, at
Jewish organizations and individ- the United Nations, to help bring
uals were requested by the Amer- about peace between Israel and the
wan .Iewish Historical Society Arab states. He expressed the
here to preserve all written and hope that ways will be worked out
printed materials relating to the to effect an Israeli-Arab peace
role of American Jewry in the formula.
Senator Fidel Velasquez, secre-
current Middle East crisis.
Bernard Wax. AJHS director, tary general of the Federation of
Workers, sent a cable to
urged that materials dealing with
the outpouring of aid to Israel is Aharon Becker, secretary-general
particularly important. These in- of Histadrut, pledging support of
organized labor in this country for
clude leaflets, brochures, t e 1 e
4rams. releases, bulletins, diaries, Israel's cause during the current
memos. telegrams and correspond-
ence. The society will serve as de-
pository of such materials, if re- 400 Youths from Brazil,
Argentina, Uruguay, Chile,
Bolivia Leave for Israel
Hadassah President Flies
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) —
to Israel to Survey Needs
More than 400 young people from
Argentina, Uruguay, Chile
NEW YORK (JTA) — Mrs.
Mortimer Jacobson, national presi- and Boliva boarded the ship Theo-
dent of Hadassah, left for Israel dor Herzl bound for Israel. Two
to survey the needs of the Ha- previous groups had left by air.
dassah Hospital in Jerusalem. She Almost 300 additional youngsters
was accompanied by Mrs. Siegfried are slated to depart by ship next
Kramarsky, national chairman of weekend.
The Israel Embassy here denied
the liadassah Medical Organization
rumors that appeared in the press
Committee in the United States.
Iladassah Hospital has been that the young people went to Is-
serving as a medical base and rael to join the Israeli army. Bra-
casualty clearing station for Jeru- zil's constitution forbids its citizens
salem area since the outbreak of from joining the armed forces of
hostilities in the Middle East. In foreign countries.
the last 12 days Hadassah in New
York has airlifted more than Non-Jews in Kentucky Send
51,300,000 worth of medical and Israel Emergency Fund Gifts
LOUISVILLE. Ky. (JTA)
hospital supplies to Hadassah
— A number of non-Jewish
gifts have been received by the
The only billionaires in the Conference of Jewish Organiza-
United States were John D. Rocke- tions for the Israel Emergency
feller (1839-1937), Henry Ford Fund. One gift of $200 came from
(1863-1947), Andrew Mellon (1855- Jasper, Ind., about 90 miles away.
1937) and Jean Paul Getty (1892- Other gifts have ranged as high
---), whose wealth is estimated as $1,000, according to Clarence
F. Judah. executive director.
.. and Me'
and more relevant liturgical crea-
The committee presented a sur-
vey of Reform rabbinical attitudes
By BORIS SMOLAR
toward the prayerbook, which was
(Copyright, 1967, JTA, Inc.)
performed by Rabbi Jack Bern-
porad, director of the CCAR com-
MAN OF THE HOUR: Jack D. Weiler, national chairman of the
mission on worship, and Dr. Eman- United Jewish Appeal, is one of the most warm-hearted and most
uel Denby. , director of research for generous Jewish leaders in this country . . . Not only does he him-
Fairleigh Dickinson University.
self give generously to the UJA and other Jewish causes. but he
Rabbi Bemporad said the study inspires others to give as well . . . In these days of unprecedented
had found that most Reform giving for Israel. Mr. Weiler is the spark plug of the Isreal Emergency
. rabbis wer" sharply critical of
Fund . . . With his warmth in conveying the tremendous needs which
the prayerbook. Several rabbis
Israel now faces as an aftermath of the war, Mr. Weiler—usually
were particularly critical of a
called "Jack" by his many friends who admire him—evokes imme-
responsive reading that "Happy
diate response both from groups and individuals . . . A passionate
is the man who God correcteth
appeal by him at a luncheon of several hundred people in New York
and therefore despise not the
brought many millions of dollars . . . An emotional address by him
chastening of the Almighty."
at a rally in New York's Madison Square Garden brought $500,000
The rabbinical critics said that
from people in the audience who poured cash, checks and pledges
this prayer was a "blasphemous
into baskets carried by volunteers stationed throughout the crowd.
mockery after Auschwitz,"
. . . This, in addition to paying admission for tickets priced from $10
A split developed at the meeting to $100 . . . In his office, he is given no rest by friends and strangers
over a proposal for creation of a —Jews and non-Jews—who, stimulated by his appeals, telephone to
draft category, "the selective con- him to offer very substantial contributions to the Fund . . One such
scientious objector," so that Ameri- offer was $500,000 but, before the telephone conversation was over.
cans other than pacifists would after hearing what Mr. Weiler had to say, the donor raised his con-
have the right not to be inducted tribution to $1,000,000 . . . People also come to Mr. Weiler's private
business office to present to him with checks for Israel, after having
into military service.
The justice and peace committee listened to his appeals on previous days . . . Characteristic is the
of one such visitor, whose annual gift to the UJA is usually
of the Reform rabbinical group
said that with such status "A man very modest . . . He was waiting for Mr. Weiler in the latter's office
$250,000 for the Israel Emergency Fund . . Ready to leave
may not be a committed pacifist
but may decide that a particular the office, after talking to Mr. Weiler, the man turned around at the
military engagement in which our door and said he had changed his mind and would contribute $500,000.
country is involved is one to which . . . The charming Mr. Weiler has played an illustrious role in mobiliz-
he cannot morally subscribe." The ing American Jewish leadership throughout the United States for the
CCAR includes many members. UJA since its inception . . . He has been a UJA national chairman
particularly its president, Rabbi since 1953 and has also served as general chairman of the UJA of
Jacob J. Weinstein, who have been Greater New York . . . Busy as he is in his leadership in the UJA,
among the most active foes among he is also a top leader of the Joint Distribution Committee, chairman
the American clergy against the of the board of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, president of
United States involvement in the the Lebanon Hospital, a board member of the Jewish Thelogical Semi-
nary, and is very active in the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies
However, Rabbi Selwyn Ruslan- of New York, of which he was vice president . . . He has made
der of Dayton, chairman of the numerous survey trips to Israel and helped financially to establish
commission on Jewish chaplaincy, a Sharett School there.
criticized the proposal declaring
THE HOME FRONT: With predictions of a restless summer, the
that "No democracy can function
agencies. both local
in this type of atmosphere." He
warned that the concept of con- and national, are now expanding their activities in police and inter-
scientious objector was "So highly group relations training . . . The AJCommittee is now urging human
ambiguous, it can only be inter- relations agencies to call upon their communities to participate in
preted by an individual who can efforts to secure additional public or private funds for intergroup
decide for himself that which is training of police officers . . . It also suggests the development of
citizen support for effective and fair police enforcement and to help
good and that which is evil."
improve the image of the police as "keepers of the peace" . . . It
recommends support of recommendations for salary increases for
policemen and the enlargement of staff to make police work attractive
enough to compete with other professions . . . At the same time it
urges leaders of human relations agencies to meet with police officers
and get their suggestions as to how intergroup relations agencies can
he helpful to them in the overall administration of their responsibili-
ties and particularly in increasing two-way communication between
the police officer in the neighborhood and local citizens . . . Among
other things, the AJCommittee also urges all civic-minded groups
to aid in recruiting Negroes and Puerto Ricans into police forces so
that the latter may adequately represent their total communities.
All Faiths Rally,
to Assist Israel
Mrs. June Bernstein
Memorial Fund to Aid
ORT School in Israel
Americans of all faiths and
from all sections of the country
jam Lafayette Park, opposite the
White House, to voice support
for Israel. Father Edward H.
Flannery, assistant director —
Institute of Judeo-Christian
Studies (left), chats with Ameri-
can Jewish Committee President
Morris B. Abram before they
addressed throng estimated at
more than 30,000,
Rabbi Joseph Miller
Dies in New York
NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi
Joseph Miller, former president of
the New York Board of Rabbis
who served his entire professional
career of 45 years in the rabbin-
ate as spiritual leader of Shaare
Torah died Sunday at the age of
Born in Grodno, Poland, the
rabbi was brought to the United
States by his rabbinical father in
1904. He attended public school
here and was graduated from New
York University and the Jewish
Theological Seminary. He also
served as president of the World
Jewish Bible Association and as
honorary president of the Brandeis
Zionist District 27.
June Bernstein, a board member
of Northeast Chapter, Women's
American ORT. died June 17 at
age 60. Her friends in ORT have
established a memorial fund in her
name, proceeds of which will go
toward the repair of the ORT
Ha'Newiim School in Jerusalem,
which was bombed in the fighting.
Mrs. Bernstein, a native of De-
troit, was a member of Hadassah
and Temple Israel.
Survivors are her husband, Ed-
ward, 1001 Covington; two sons,
Yale and Martin; two brothers,
Joseph and Meyer Klein; and a
sister, Mrs. Samuel (Faye) Levine.
Contributions to the June Bern-
stein ORT Memorial Fund may be
sent to Mrs. Jules Schubot, 20517
Oldham, Southfield, or to the ORT
offices, 19163 Livernois.
The Family of the Late
Acknowledges with grate-
ful appreciation the many
kind expressions of sym-
pathy extended by rela-
tives and friends during
the family's recent be-
He that falls into sin is a man:
that grieves at it may be a saint;
that boasteth of it is a devil.
The longest word in the Oxford
English Dictionary is floccipauci-
nililipilification (alternately spelled
in hyphenated form with "n" in
seventh place), meaning "the action
of estimating as worthless."
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