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September 15, 1967 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-09-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 15, 1967 - 3

Czech Official Denies Cancellation
of Celebration; Hit by AJCongress

NEW YORK (JTA) — A top of-
ficial of the Czechoslovakian tour-
ist agency has denied charges that
his government had canceled plans
to celebrate the 1,000th anniver-
sary of the Czech community next
year.
Josef Richter, executive vice
president of Cedok, the official
tourist organization, said that plans
for the celebration rested entirely
in the hands of the Czech Jewish
community, and he pledged the
"unequivocal" s lu p p o r t of his
agency to this effort. "As business
people," he said, "it is in our in-
terest to encourage the Jewish
community to go forward with the
millennium celebration: and we
shall do all we can to help them."
The travel official said that his
government had no official role in
planning the millennium program.
"It is against Czech policy either to
support or to deny the religious ac-
tivity of Czech citizens. If the Jew-
ish community of our country
wants to hold a millennium cele-
bration, it is free to do so. Our
government' has not, and did not.
cancel the program: we were never
involved in it."

Max Fisher Announces $26 360 000 Go al for Torch Drive

Max M. Fisher, United Founda- t "We can raise it and I am con-
tion board chairman, this week fident we will," he added.
He said "a rather rough year"
announced that the goal of $26,-
360.000 has been set for the 1968 has damaged Detroit's image and
surviving Jewish community is, for Torch Drive. He stated:
declared "nothing would be better
the most part, made up of elderly
for our community than a highly
"It was not easy to set this
or infirm persons who have 'neither
the physical nor the financial re- goal. However, if Detroit is going
sources to conduct a major cele- to meet the minimum needs' of
bration like this without substan- our agencies, this figure is fair
tial help from their government." to our contributors and agencies.

'successful Torch Drive."
James A. Linen, president of

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Sept. 28, at Cobo Hall.

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A spokesman for the American
Jewish Congress then commented
that "Cedok cannot absolve
itself of responsibility for devel-
oping a program for the celebra-
tion of the millenium."
He said that a delegation of
the American Jewish Congress
had visited Prague in August of
1966 and that Cedok authorities
at that time placed "great em-
phasis" on plans for a "major"
celebration of the millennial an-
niversary of Czech Jewry and of
the 700th anniversary of the Alt-
neu Synagogue of Prague.

"Painstaking arrangements" were
being made at the time of the visit
of the Congress delegation, he said.
to "commemorate the active role of
Czech Jewry in their country's his-
tory" and "elaborate efforts" were
under way to attract Jewish vis-
itors from all over the world. The
spokesman added that the Congress
was approached several times since
and up to the outbreak of the
Arab-Israeli war, by Cedok officials
in the United States in regard to
millennium tours.
"Cedok cannot say that it is the
sole responsibility of the Czech
Jews to organize a millennium pro-
gram," the spokesman added. "The

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COTTAGE OR CASTLE

Morocco Drafts Jews;
Atmosphere Improves

PARIS (JTA) — A number of
Moroccan Jews have received in-
structions to report for duty in the
Moroccan army, it was reported
here from Casablanca. The report
also said that the political atmos-
phere for Jews continued to
improve, and that life in the
Moroccan Jewish communities was
returning to normal despite a con-
tinuing general hostile press
toward Jews.
The newspaper, II Opinion, has
called for a Moslem boycott of
Jewish business, but the effect of
the call has been diminishing. The
army call-up was expected to act
as a contributory factor in increas-
ing Jewish migration from Morocco.
Since Israel's Six-Day War, when
Morocco, as a Moslem state, sup-
ported the Arabs both at home
and at the United Nations, the
situation of the Jewish community
in Morocco had been steadily de-
teriorating. Jewish civil servants,
some holding high posts, have
been dismissed or forced out of
their jobs. Leading rabbis and
some of the leading Jewish mer-
chants in the country have emi-
grated, many to Israel. some to

this country.

Eban to Address
Economic Club

Abba Eban, Israel's foreign
minister, will address the Eco-
nomic Club ol Detroit
e
by special
invitation o f-: 911 e_ _club at lunch-
eon Oct. 9 in'Cobo Hall.

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