New York Crown Heights Community Council Asked to Drop Challenge to Election Results
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
NEW YORK — Rabbi Bernard
Weinberger. a member of the New
York Cit' Council Against Poverty,
said Tuesday he had reccommend-
ed to tit.? Crown Heights Jewish
community Council that it drop
its challenge to the results of an
election for local anti-poverty
machinery in which the JCC
charged intimidation and harass-
ment of .Jewish voters.
The Crown Heights JCC declared
in its challenge, which asked that
the parti?ular election be voided,
that Negroes had formed a human
chain a' the entrance to P.S. 289,
one of the three schools where the
elections were held and barred
Jews from entering to vote. The
complaMt also charged that threats
of life and property had been
voiced against the Jewish would-be
The elections were held Oct. 30
to choose a planning council which
will subsequently organize a com-
munity corporation to represent
Crown Heights residents in seeking
funds for anti-poverty projects.
The Crown Heights section is
one of the city's 24 designated
poverty areas, but it has no com-
munity wide organization to seek
poverty funds. Crown Heights has
225,000 residents, of whom a ma-
jority — 125,000 — are Jews. A
substantial, but not unknown num-
ber, of the Jews are in income
categories defined as "poor" by
the Community Development Agen-
cy, a unit in the city's human re-
sources administration, which is
the central agency for all city
anti-poverty programs. Negroes
and Puerto Ricans are the major
non-white elements in Crown
Under direction of the newly-
organized Crown Heights JCC,
four slates of Jewish candidates.
out of a total of six planned slates.
were offered in the elections. Three
of the Jewish slates were elected
for a total of 12 candidates out of
24 on the proposed planning com-
mittee. In the dispute balloting.
from %%hie!' Jews were excluded.
on 2-qecord Set
Israel's foreign minister and
fiery tongued orator. Abba Eban,
can be heard in the two most
famous speeches he made in the
councils of the United Nations at
the height of the Middle East
crisis. on the latest Spoken Arts
releases in two volumes.
SA 986. the June 6, 1967, address
was delivered on the second day
of the war between Israel and the
Arab nations. In the Security Coun-
cil of the United Nations, the 15
member nations had unanimously
adopted a call for a cease-fire.
This address thrilled Eban's
auditors and helped shape history.
SA 987/988, the June 19, 1967,
address was made to the General
Assembly where delegates were
gathered to hear two major state-
ments. The first was delivered by
Premier Alexei N. Kosygin of the
Soviet Union who demanded Israeli
reparations for war damage to the
Arab states, asked the UN to con-
demn Israel as an aggressor and
demanded withdrawal of the vic-
torious Israeli forces from Arab
territory and restitution for "all
the damage inflicted on the Arab
republic, Jordan and Syria."
Eban's address on freedom and
international morality before the
UN that day was not only a justi-
fication of Israel's part in the war;
it offered also a vision of tran-
quility in the area if only the
Arab states would "come face to
face with us in peace."
The two-record set contains
every word of the original address
as it was delivered to the General
Assembly on that tense morning.
A complete text accompanies the
Eban's voice has been heard be-
fore on the Spoken Arts label
reading the Psalms and passages
from the Book of Ecclesiastes in
both English and Hebrew (SA 757).
• • ti . 1'1! •
12 Negroes were elected.
Rabbi A. I. Wolf, chairman of
tht Crown Heights JCC, called
turnout of Jewish voters "phe-
nominal," estimating the number
at 15,000. He said so many Jews
came to vote that not all of them
could be admited at the other
two schools where voting was
peaceful. Rabbi Wolf said that the
turnout was a "vote of confidence"
in the future of Crown Heights for
Jewish residents who in recent
years have been moving out of the
Rabbi Weinberger, who was re-
cently elected president of the
Rabbinical Alliance of America,
and who is the only Orthodox Jew
on the Council Against Poverty,
said he had made his recommenda-
tion for several reasons. He said
that he had learned that Negroes
who barred Jews from voting were
not local residents and that the
Negroes elected at P.S. 289 were
"moderates" with whom the Jewish
members would be able to work
for anti-poverty funds for all
Crown Heights poor residents.
The challenge was filed with
the Human Resources Administr-
tion, which in turn submitted it
to the Council Agains Poverty, the
over-all city policy agency for anti-
poverty programs. The council can
either validate the election or or- cannot function, Rabbi Weinber-; committee will be certified by the
der a new one, and it named Rabbi ger poL. - t-ed out. If his recommen- Council Against Poverty and with-
Weinberger to act as a mediator dation is accepted by the Crown! in 50 days can apply for anti-
on the issue. Heights JCC, the new planning! poverty funds for local projects.
Pending determination of the
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