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December 06, 1968 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-12-06

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Assaults on Jewish Slum Property
Crime Problem, Not Bias - Karasick

al Jewish leader declared that ver-
bal and physical assaults against
Jews and Jewish property in slum
areas constituted a problem of
crime in the streets and "not an
anti-Semitic con-
spiracy." But he
warned that a
conflict was de-
veloping inNegro-
Je wish relations
which required
serious considera-
tion from the Jew
is community.
Joseph Kara-
sick, re-elected
national president
of the Union of
Orthodox Jewish
Congreations o
America, voiced
those views to
some 2,000 delegates and guests at
the 70th anniversary national- bi-
ennial convention of that represent-
ative organization for some 3,000
Orthodox congregations throughout
the- United States and Canada.
Karasick said Jews throughout
the U.S. felt a special concern over
one phase of the recent public
school teachers strike in New York
City-elements of anti-Semitism in
the conflict between black parents
and_ teachers in the experimental
Ocean Hill-Brownsville school dis-
trict in Brooklyn and the United
Federation of Teachers.
He added that Orthodox Jews "in
poverty areas are the targets of
rioting, and synagogues on the
borders between black and white
communities are the targets of
stonings and bombings."
Karasick said one source of
Negro-Jewish differences is that
anti-poverty programs, while far
below needs, are sufficiently effec-
tive so that "the American Negro
is finally beginning, in increasing
numbers, to move up the competi-
tive ladder." Like the Jew before
him, Karasick added, the Negro is
discovering that one good way to
combat job bigotry is to go where
his hard-won job skills are "meas-
ured on their merits - the civil
service." He said the areas in which
the ghetto Negro was most likely'
to meet the Jew was in public
school teaching and social case-
work areas in which competitive
examinations are the door to ad-
mission. In these areas the Negro,
"scrambling at long last up the
ladder," sees the Jew in his way.
The Jew already sees the aspir-
ing Negro as a professional threat,
particularly when proposals are
made seriously that "Blacks should
get special consideration in easing
of professional requirements for
These negative aspects of black
attitudes toward Jews, Karasick
emphasized, must not be used as
an excuse for Jews to "withdraw
from the struggle for a more de-
cent society" for all minorities.
The chief rabbi of France ap-
pealed for help in meeting the
growing religious needs of a
French Jewish community that
has more than doubled in size in
the last five years.
Rabbi Jacob Kaplan said French
Jewry had grown from about 200.-
000 to almost 500,000 as the result
of the exodus of Jews, mostly from
Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
Rabbi Kaplan was assured by
Harold M. Jacobs, chairman of the
Orthodox Union's board, that the
Orthodox Union would respond. He
said a team of experts would be
sent to France to determine the
dimensions of French Jewry's re-
quirements as the first step. Rabbi
Kaplan said more rabbis, youth
leaders, teachers and other reli-
gious functionaries are needed.
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president
of the World Jewish Congress,
warned the delegates about a new
form of anti-Semitism that he said
was replacing "classic anti-Semit-
ism." He said that kind of hatred
was being replaced by a new form
"primarily in the form of anti-
Israel positions and anti-Zionism."


He said this was being promoted
by forces "of the so-called New
Left, the Communist countries and
leftist movements in non-Commu-
nist countries."
Dr. Goldmann also warned that
a major part of Jewish youth and
Jewish ntellectuals were becoming
"more and more indifferent to
Jewish urvival" as they joined the
struggle "for general ideals and
aims, regarding Jewish problems
as parcx hial and narrow." He said
there was a role for Israel in in-
spiring s , ich youth but that through
Implementation of "the great hu-
man ant ethical ideas of our proph-
The nion, fearing a break-
down i Jewish religious life in
Centres and South America,
plans to spend over $500,000 in
the next two years to create a
Union of Orthodox Jewish Con-
gregations of Central and South
America. The new body will rep-
resent congregations in Mexico,
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru,
Columbia, Venezuela, Guatemala,
Panama and Costa Rica. It will
be organized by the UOJCA and
staffed, after United States train-
ing, by Latin Americans.
Karasick said the Union decided
to undertake the project after a
recent survey indicated a critical
shortage of religious leaders in
Lantin America and an almost total
absence of seminaries and teacher-
training schools. He said the sur-
vey indicated that many Latin
American Jewish communities
had been deprived of essential re-
ligious guidance for more than 20
years as a "tragic consequence of
the European holocaust, since
Europe had always been a source
of Jewish religious leaders for
Latin America."
Some Jewish communities of 25,-
000 Jews have no rabbis, teachers
or youth leaders, Rabbi Karasick
declared, adding that many youth
were being lost through assimila-
Dr. Samson R. Weiss, executive
vice president of the Union, called
on Jewish welfare funds and feder-
ations to give top priority in their
allocations to the support of Jewish
education and day schools.

Dr. Weiss accused federations of
"stubborn neglect of the core insti-
tutions of Jewish survival - our
schools and especially the Hebrew
day schools." The American Jew-
ish community, he said, is not in
need of more health and welfare
institutions but "more and better
Jewish education."
At another session, Dr. Norman
Lamm, professor of Jewish philoso-
phy at Yeshiva University, com-
plained that American Orthodox
leaders do not involve themselves
in world culture and secular stu-
dies signifying "a remarkable in-
tellectual timidity, which we should
long have outgrown." He saw such
secular studies as a "religious re-
quirement to enhance a compre-
hensive spiritual outlook."

60 Students Begin Study
at New Israel University

ican College in Jerusalem, Israel's
newest institution of higher learn-
ing, opened here with an initial
student body of 60, mainly from
the United States.
The college, which offers four-
year liberal arts courses leading to
BA and BS degrees, is chartered
in the District of Columbia and
follows the American college sys-
tem of instruction. Courses are
taught in English.
It is nonsectarian and is intended
for foreign residents of Israel.
Among its students are children of
the Burmese and Philippine am-
bassadors to Israel. Dr. Norman
Greenwald, formerly on the poli-
tical science faculty of the College
of the City of New York and
Brandeis University, is president
and founder of the American Col-

Hebrew U. Friends Hear Pessimistic Mrs. Golda M eir at Dinner in NY

NEW YORK (JTA) - Israel's
former Foreign Minister Mrs. Golda
Meir said here yesterday that pros-
pects for peace in the near future
were dim. In the absence of a
Middle East settlement, Israel must
depend on her own military forces
to maintain her security, she said.
Addressing a dinner of the Amer-
ican Friends of the Hebrew Uni-
versity, Mrs. Meir said that Israel
cannot entrust its security to a
United Nations force, recalling the
UN Emergency Force's pull-out
from Sinai preceding last year's
Arab-Israel war.
No nation can guarantee that a

Harman and Mrs. Meir both
peace agreement signed by the
Arab countries would be an "iron- spoke of the symbolic importance
Mt. Scopus to Israel in the
clad guarantee" that Israel would
light of the liberation of Jerusalem
not be attacked again, she said.
Avraham Harman, president of from Jordanian occupation during
Hebrew University and former the Six-Day War.
The American Friends presented
Israel ambassador to Washington,
told the audience that the old the Scoups Award. the organiza-
tion's highest honor to Max Low,
university facility on Mt. Scopus

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