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March 22, 1968 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-03-22

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Interfaith Coalition Pledges $10,000,000 to Aid Negroes,
in 5 Urban Centers, Including Detroit; Herschel a Leader

6—Friday, March 22, 1968

NEW YORK — A pledge of $10,- Rev. Cleage said "If this fails,
000,000 to be used in five urban then Roman Catholics, Jews and
centers, including Detroit, to help Protestants might as well close
Negroes achieve full equality by shop. The problem of the black
is powerlessness. We
their own efforts, was made by
are facing the most distressing
religious leaders last week.
situation in the history of our
Among the leaders announcing country and if the black commun-
the interfaith coalition were Rabbi ity is ignored by the church and
Abraham Heschel of the Jewish the synagogue, then the whole pro-
Theological Seminary of America; gram will turn out to be a farce.
the Rev. Albert Cleage Jr., pastor It must work, or else."
of the Central Congregational
Rev. Cleage said his sole goal is
Church in Detroit and president "power for the black community"
of the Federation for Self-Deter- and that this constituted no
mination; and Rabbi Marc Tanen- "threat."
baum of the American Jewish
Rabbi Heschel said: "It is clear
Committee. Catholic participation
that we have failed to help the
also has been pledged.
black community develop a sense
The initiative for the new group of power. We must stop thinking
was taken by Rev. John E. Hines, of the Negro community as recipi-
presiding bishop of the Protestant ents, but as participants." Rabbi
Episcopal Church. It includes par- Heschel is a vice chairman of the
ticipation by the National Confer- program. Rev. Cleage is a co-
ence of Catholic Bishops, the Na- chairman.
tional Council of Churches, the
Rabbi Tanenbaum said that
major Protestant denominations, the Council of Jewish Federa-
and major Negro church groups
tions and Welfare Funds was rep-
which include many black militant resented in the organizing stages
of Operation Connection and that
Known as Operation Connec-
invitations were being extended
tion, the coalition will use funds
to other Jewish religious and
now existing or to be raised
community organizations to join
through church and synagogue
the group. A meeting was held
Monday in the offices here of

BONN (JTA)—Foreign Minister
Willy Brandt Tuesday publicly at-
tacked the neo-Nazi National
Democratic Party and declared
that neo-Nazism is treason against
the German people.

the National Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council to dis-
cuss the urban crisis. It was ex-
pected that the Operation Con-
nection program would be con-
sidered at the meeting.
Rabbi Tanenbaum was asked by
a reporter about the ties between
black nationalism and anti-Semi-
tism among Negroes. He replied
that the prolem existed but that it
should not be used "as a pretext
for joining the general white back-
lash against the just claims of the
poor and deprived."
He added that "a Jewish pres-
ence in the ghettoes, side by side
with the Christian presence that
seeks seriously to meet the basic
human needs for dignity through
adequate jobs, decent housing and
access to adequate education, are
the most effective answer to the
problem of anti-Semitism in the
Rev. Cleage commented that "of
course there is anti-Semitism in
the ghettoes but it is not as signi-
ficant as some people try to make
it out to be. The black man hates
his exploiter whatever his religion
or color. If you put an end to the
gouging of the Negro in the ghetto,
anti-Semitism will practically not
be worth talking about."


Neo-Nazism Treason,Says Brandt of NPD

Federal Republic were urged Tues-
day to support the National Demo-
cratic Party. Dr. Limus Kather, a
refugee leader and former mem-
ber of the Bundestag, told a rally
of 1,200 to vote for the NPD be-
Brandt, who is leader of the So- cause it is "the only party defend-
cial Democratic Party, said "we ing the rights of the homeland."
shall not wait long before asking
One reason the future looks bad
the high court to investigate
whether the NPD is unconstitution- to some people is that they know
al." The government has so far re- nothing about the past.
frained from making such a re-
quest to the constitutional high
court on the grounds there is in-
sufficient evidence against the
NPD to make the charge stick,
Should the court turn it down,
the government would be embar-
rassed and the right-wing party's
stature would be enhanced, gov-
ernment spokesmen have said.
Milan Wineries, Detroit, Mich.
East German refugees in the


PONTIACS are first in their class
TEMPESTS are first in their class
FIREBIRDS are first in their class



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1 block S. of 7 Mile


Deroit Jewry has pledged itself to a two-
fold task

* supporting education, health and welfare, com-
munity relations services in Detroit and the

* caring for increased crucial human needs in Is-
rael and 30 countries overseas.

through the


Your Pledge Supports These Detroit Agencies

Fresh Air Society

Jewish Community Center

Jewish Home for Aged

Hebrew Free Loan Association

Jewish Community Council

Jewish Vocational Service—Community Workshop

House of Shelter

Jewish Family and Children's Service


Resettlement Service

Sinai Hospital and its Shiffman Clinic

Tamarack Hills Authority

Hayim Greenberg Hebrew Yiddish School

United Hebrew Schools and affiliated schools: Combined Jewish Schools of

Sholem Aleichem and Arbeiter Ring

Yeshivath Beth Yehudah Afternoon School

Alfred L Deutsch

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