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January 12, 1968 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-01-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, January 12,1968-9

World Orthodox Parley in Israel
Beset by Boycotts, Factional Disputes

(Digc.thJeTte jile= srire

were later welcomed by Jerusa-
lem's Mayor Teddy Kollek at a
reception at the Israel Museum.
The wives of delegates who ac-
companied them to the conference
met at a separate session Wednes-
day morning under the chairman-
ship of Mrs. Sarah Herzog, widow
of Israel's late chief rabbi. Later,
the group toured East Jerusalem,
visiting the West Wall and the sites
of synagogues that were destroyed
during the Jordanian occupation of
the city.

JERUSALEM — The first World
Conference of Ashkenazi and Sep-
hardic Congregations, which has
been the target of disputes among
Orthodox Jews from its inception
in the United States, opened here
Monday night in an atmosphere of
contained differences among Or-
thodox Jews.
The first session, held in the
convention auditorium, was attend-
ed by President Zalman Shazar,
several cabinet members, delegates
and guests who filled the 3,000-
seat hall to capacity.
The Orthodox rabbis from many
overseas countries who attended
were put under a religious ban by
the Agudat Israel, an ultra Or-
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
thodox political party in Israel.
to The Jewish News)
Leaflets and posters throughout
WASHINGTON — Jewish enroll-
Jerusalem denounced the conven- ment at American colleges in-
tion. Several rabbinical organiza- creased about 5 per cent for the
tions in the United States, Britain current school year, underscoring
and Italy boycotted the meeting. the status of the campus as a
Leaders of the Mapai Party said growing element of the Jewish com-
their religious members would not munity, Bnai Brith Hillel Founda-
attend, asserting that the confer- tions reported here.
ence was sponsored by the Miz-
Hillel officials, attending the an-
rachi Party.
Rabbi Joseph Harasick, presi- nual meeting of their national com-
mission, estimated that 350,000
dent of the Union of Orthodox
Jewish students—about 80 per cent
Jewish Congregations of Amer-
of the Jewish college-age popula-
ica, was barred from sending to
tion — are attending school.
the press a statement urging the
A sampling of enrollment records
Israel government to bar immi-
at 34 of the 79 major American
gration from the Conservative
and Reform movements. How- universities where fulltime Hillel
foundation programs are main-
ever, in his address to the con-
tained and 80 of the 163 smaller
vention Monday night, Rabbi
schools which have Hillel counsel-
Karasick charged that the "graft-
orships (part - time directors)
ing of divisive ideologies of Ju-
showed that Jewish enrollments at
daism on Israel would sever the
the large schools had advanced 2.3
religious ties between the state
per cent and continuing a trend of
and the Diaspora."
Moscow's chief Rabbi, Yehuda recent years — had jumped 15
Leib Levin, sent a cable of con- per cent at smaller institutions,
gratulations to the conference in many of which had only a scatter-
which he expressed "astonishment" ing, if any, Jewish students five
over the action of Israel Sephardic years ago.
Chief Rabbi Nissim having pro-
Prof. Louis Gottschalk of the
claimed a day of fasting on behalf University of Illinois, Hillel nation-
of Soviet Jewry in December. In al chairman, noting that an es-
his message, which was read to the timated 125,000 Jewish students
assemblage, Rabbi Levin declared attend schools which lack Hillel
that many rabbis had visited the programs, warned that "the quan-
Soviet Union and seen for them- titative gap is likely to widen with-
selves "what great honor Jews out stronger support—particularly
there enjoyed."
from Jewish federations and wel-
Patrons of the conference are fare funds — for the growing Jew-
Israeli Chief Rabbis Nissim and ish community on the campus."
Isser Yehuda Unterman, and Dr.
Dr. Gottschalk added that
Zerah Warhaftig, minister of re-
"Many of the so-called small
ligious affairs. Chief Rabbi Emeri-
colleges are no longer small in
tus Israel Brodie of Britain. chair-
terms of Jewish enrollment.
man of the conference, became ill
Forty-four of 310 colleges whose
suddenly and was unable to deliver
requests for Hillel programs are
his prepared keynote speech. The
still unfilled each have 500 or
conference was chaired by Brit-
more Jewish students.
ain's Spanish and Portuguese Rab-
The Hillel Commission, in reso-
binical leader Dr. S. Gaon. Some lution, strongly encouraged "the
600 delegates from 20 overseas participation of welfare funds,
countries, including Chief Rabbi community councils and national
Moshe Rosen of Romania, are at- organizations" to assist with funds
tending the conclave.
and programatic resources in
A conciliatory note was struck strengthening the Jewish campus
by Dr. Gaon, who told the confer- community through Hillel's func-
ence that it was the duty of the tional operations. But the commis.
synagogue to spiritually prepare
the younger generation for migra-
tion to Israel. Dr. Rosen, bringing Jesuit Boston College
greetings for Romanian Jewry,
Plans Institute in Israel
said that Romanian Jews were an
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
integral part of the Jewish nation
to The Jewish News)
and that no power in the world
BOSTON — Boston College, a
had succeeded or would succeed Jesuit institution, will hold an in-
in uprooting them from their stitute of archaeology and the Bi-
foundations.
ble in Jerusalem in July and August
Dr. Immanuel Jakobovitz, chief with Dr. David Neiman, the first
rabbi of the British Common- rabbi on the colleges Theology
wealth, warned Tuesday night that faculty, as institute director.
Orthodoxy must learn "in this de-
Rev. William Leonard, chair-
mocratic age" that spiritual lead-
ers cannot impose their authority man of the theology department,
said that seminars, lectures and
by rules, but "only by persuasion
readings will be augmented by
and winning over dissidents can
work in excavations in the Holy
their convictions prevail."
Land. Richard Cardinal Cushing
The conference also heard from
hailed the institute, declaring that
Israel's Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi
creation of "continuing contacts
Unterman, who opposed legislation
with the people of Israel is food
for a unified Orthodox liturgy.
for scholarship and ecumenism."
Rabbi Unterman held- that unifica-
Rev. Leonard said that faculty
tion would come about of its own
accord as a result of improved members for the institute will in-
clude Prof. Baruch H. Lavine, an
communications media.
The heads of the various delega- expert on biblical studies at Bran-
tions representing orthodox con- deis University, and members of
gregations in America and other the Hebrew University. Excava-
in the
countries were received by Presi- tion sites will include areas
dent Shazar Tuesday night and occupied West Bank sector.

AJCongress, 2 Reform Bodies Urge LBJ:
Stop Bombing N. Vietnam to Test Peace Bid

NEW YORK (JTA) — President either by delaying our response or widening war jeopardizing the fu-
Johnson has been urged by the by imposing conditions. Any other ture of all mankind. Now is the
reply would seriously compromise time to take at least a small risk
head of the American Jewish Con- our country's repeated declarations for the possibility of a negotiated
gress and by two key bodies of in pursuit of peace." settlement of this tragic conflict.
Reform Judaism to respond pos-
The American Jewish Congress
"The credibility of the other side
itively to statements by Hanoi that leader said that cessation of the can be simply tested. But the
peace talks "will" begin if the U.S. bombing would entail a "minimal, world will also measure our re-
stops bombing North Vietnam. risk" for the U.S. "in order to sponse and judge our credibility
Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld of Cleve- achieve an optimum return."
in the process.
land, national president of the AJ
The statement drafted by the
Congress, said in a telegram to Union of American Hebrew Con-
the White House:
gregations and the Central Con-
"We urge you, Mr. President, ference of American Rabbis and
not to let this opportunity slip by, signed by Irving Jay Fain, chair-
man of the Reform synagogue
movement's commission on social
action, and Rabbi Levi A. Olan,
of Dallas, president of the CCAR,
read, in part:
"We are encouraged by he in-
sioners also warned against actions dications from North Vietnamese
which could extend to the campus diplomats that North Vietnam is
"the competitiveness and divisive- prepared to begin talks when the
ness which now exist in some areas U.S. if bombing of North Vietnam
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