J. Forest lloinors Apollo Astronauts
Fortas Rejects High- Court 'Jewish Seat' Idea
HOUSTON (JTA)—The crew of Apollo 12 and 36 other astronauts and their wives
attended a "salute to the astronauts" dinner for 1.000 here Monday sponsored by the
Jewish National Fund. For Capt. Charles Conrad Jr.. Richard F. Gordon and Alan J.
Bean, it was their first appearance since being released from quarantine after their
historic moon landing last month.
The occasion was the announcement, by Texas Governor John B. Connally, of the
establishment of a - U.S. Astronauts Forest" in Israel by the JNF. Herman L. Weis-
man, national president of the JNF, pri_•sented each of the Apollo 12 crew with a tree
The three Apollo 12 astronauts are expected to visit Israel next spring to attend
the planting' of the first trees in the Astronauts Forest.
WASHINGTON (JTA)—Former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, the last Jew
to serve on the country's highest judicial bench, rejected the notion that there should
be a "Jewish seat" on the court, a Catholi.! seat, a Negro seat or even a "Wasp seal."
Fortas said in a speech Monday before the National Press Club that members of
the court should be appointed on the basis of merit with no reference to race or
Fortas, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Lyndon 11.
Johnson was later nominated by him for the chief justiceship, but resigne• - last year
after a controversy over his financial dealings.
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Vatican Call for Closer Jewish
Ties Lauded; Synagogue Council
Parley Gives It 'Careful Study'
State Department Labels
Premier Meir's Criticism
of Sec. Rogers Unjustified
WASHINGTON (JTA)—A State Department spokes-
man said Israel's criticism of America's Middle East
stand as enunciated by Secretary of State William P.
Rogers last week was unjustified. The spokesman referred
to a caustic comment by Israel's Premier Golda Meir in
Jerusalem on Friday that the American secretary of
state was "moralizing" about expansionism but disre-
garded Israel's serious security situation.
Rogers' speech brought expressions of dismay from
Israeli circles. They were especially disturbed over his
proposal that Israel withdraw from the occupied Arab
territories, except for some "insubstantial" border adjust-
ments. The Israelis maintained that territorial questions
are a subject for negotiations with the Arab states and
that the U.S. is undercutting Israel's bargaining position.
The State Department spokesman said Mrs. Meir .
had "missed the point" of Rogers' speech. "When we
talk of an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories,
We talk in terms of a binding Arab commitment to a
permanent peace and acceptance of recognized political
boundaries by all parties," he said.
"On matters of basic security—on the prime gut issues
—we leave the matters entirely up to negotiations between
the Israelis and the Egyptians."
According to a report from London. the American
Middle East proposals presented to the Soviet Union
Oct. 28 called for Israel to evacuate Egyptian territory
within three months of a peace agreement. The report
said that the secret text of the proposals indicated that
the U.S. has moved substantially toward key demands
Made by the Russians and Arabs.
The U.S. proposed that Israel and Egypt, under the
auspices of the United Nations peace envoy Gunnar U.
Jarring, consider the questions of Israeli withdrawal. de-
militarization and the possibility of an interim UN ad-
ministration in the Gaza Strip, the report said.
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NEW YORK (JTA)—The Synagogue Council of America announced that it was convening its
constituent agencies to give "the most careful and respectful study" to a new Vatican document
that proposes unprecedented steps by the Roman Catholic Church to improve Catholic attitudes to-
ward Israel and the Jewish people. The Synagogue Council is the representative body of the Re-
form, Conservative and Orthodox branches of Judaism in America.
The Vatican statement was made public Dec. 10 by Lawrence Cardinal Shehan, archbishop of
Baltimore, in an address at a dialogue on the image of the Jew in contemporary culture held at
Loyola College under the sponsorship of the Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation League and various Chris-
Rabbi henry Siegman, executive vice president of the Synagogue Council, called the Vatican
statement "a religious document of far-reaching consequences" which "requires the most careful
and respectful study." He said "a document of this importance, which was months if not years in
preparation, should not elicit a quick and easy response, particularly by the religious Jewish com-
munity- whose central concern is the fundamental issues of faith that must remain central in any
Christian Jewish confrontation." He announced that Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, SCA president,
was convening the SCA constituent agencies to study the document, "and the reaction of the Syna-
gogue Council will be made public in due time." He said the council was meeting next week for
what will probably be a series of two or three sessions.
The World Jewish Congress hailed the Vatican statement as "a courageous and much desired
implementation of Vatican II" which "augurs well for an even closer cooperation between Jews and
Catholics." Dr. Joachim Prinz, chairman of the WJCongress governing council, said "We welcome
this opening of a new gate for creative coexistence of the two religions which have common origins
and common goals."
The Vatican statement highlighted specifics essential to a better understanding by Catholics of
Judaism and said teaching of such information "should be extended to all levels of Christian edu-
tion," using catechetical manuals, history texts, and press. radio, films, television. Such programs
"presuppose" appropriate training of teachers in Catholic schools, seminaries and universities. the
statement said, and it urged "further research" on Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations.
The statement also recommended joint worship services between Christian and Jews "when-
ever possible and mutually desirable." It cautioned that Catholic liturgy should not present the
Jewish Scriptures as an allegory of the Christian faith but also to view it as valid in itself. Teachers
were warned not to make the Old Testament appear in opposition to the New Testament, as a re-
ligion "of fear and legalism, implying that only Christianity possesses the law of love and free-
dom." The "dignity of the human person," the Vatican statement said, "requires the condemna-
tion of all forms of anti-Semitism" and creation of a true dialogue excluding "all intent of prose-
lytizing and conversion."
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UJA Announces Largest Goal in Its History:
Quarter-Billion for Jews Throughout World
Israel's New Government Sworn I n:
Coalition Representing Six Factions
NEW YORK (JTA)—The United Jewish Appeal Sunday set the highest goal in its
for humanitarian aid to needy
31-year history. It will seek to raise S250,000,000 in 1970
Jews in Israel and in other countries all over the world.
The quarter-billion-dollar target was announced by Edward Ginsberg, of Cleveland,
at the UJA's annual national conference here. Ginsberg was re-elected to his third
term as the organization's general chairman. lie told the 3,000 delegates that unprece-
dented levels of philanthropic assistance were necessary to insure Jewish survival in
JERUSALEM (.TTA)—Israel's new government, a broadly based coalition of six
political factions, was sworn in Monday before a full Knesset, in the presence of l'resi-
dent Zalman Shazar and a gallery packed with dignitaries and visitors.
Premier Golda Meir presented each of her 23 fellow cabinet members by name in
alphabetical order. She then delivered the inaugural address of the new administra-
tion, the theme of which was national unity and determination not to relinquish an
inch of occupied territory until a genuine lasting peace with the Arabs is achieved.
Mrs. Meir's cabinet was put together after more than a month of difficult bargain-
ing and negotiations. It is the most representative iu the nation's 2I-year history.
The six factions it incorporates cover almost the entire political spectrum and com-
mand the loyalty of 102 out of 120 Knesset members-85 per cent of that body's
membership. Her Labor Party again dominates the cabinet. Only the Orthodox Poale
Aguda Party is not represented from among the old coalition members.
Mrs. Meir's address was directed less toward the small organized opposition at
home than to the Arab foe and "those nations that, standing from afar, keep the
Arabs off the road to peace" and perpetuate their determination to destroy Israel.
and other lands.
Ginsberg referred to reports heard by the delegates during the three-day confer.
ence concerning the plight of Jews in Communist and Arab countries, where they are
Oppressed or' endangered, and the difficulties that Israel is experiencing in trying to
maintain its education, health, housing and other social services. Ginsberg said, "These
reports indicate just how great the need is."
Israel's foreign minister, Abba Eban, addressing the delegates, called for a
know there are millions who
"reaffirmation of Jewish solidarity." lie said, "We years of Jewish history would
share with us the view that if Israel were to fail, 2,000
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