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January 23, 1970 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-01-23

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5 Rabbis, Back From Israel,
Urge Detroit Jewry Aid WA

Jewish Groups Intervene
on Behalf of Objector

NEW YORK (JTA) — Two ma-
jor American Jewish organizations
have filed friend of the court
briefs with the U.S. Supreme
Court on behalf of a conscientious
objector who refused induction
into the armed forces because he
was opposed to the Vietnam War
on moral and ethical grounds.
In intervening in the ease of
John Heffron Sisson Jr., the Amer-
ican Jewish Congress and the
American Jewish Committee are
challenging the constitutionality of
the Selective Service Act which
recognizes conscientious objection
only on the basis of religious be-
liefs.

Both briefs argue that by
granting exemption from mili-
tary service to persons opposed
to war by reason of "religious
training and belief," the act
accords preferential treatment
to believers over nonbelievers in
violation of the First Amend-
ment.

Returning last week from the Rabbinical Mission to Israel
sponsored by the Jewish Welfare Federation and the United Jewish
Appeal were (from left) Rabbi Israel I. Halpern of Beth Abraham,
Rabbi Leon Fram of Temple Israel and Rabbi Morton M. Kanter of
Temple Beth El; (standing, from left) Rabbi Milton Arm of Beth
Achim and Rabbi Moses Lehrman of Bnai Moshe.



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Rabbis Leon Fram, Israel I. even suggest a settlement imposed
Halpern, Moses Lehrman, Milton from the outside. Use your world
Arm and Morton M. Kanter, in a prestige to persuade the Arab
joint statement containing a report states who attacked us to nego-
on their mission to Israel together tiate with us for a permanent
with U7 other rabbis from com- peace in the Middle East. Such a
munities throughout the country, peace negotiated by the peoples
outlined their tour, reported on of the Middle East themselves is
their visits in numerous settle- the only peace that can last.
ments and on the front lines and
"To the Jews of America, Israel
stated that the Israeli residents says, 'You must understand how
Indicated fearlessness. They as- costly it is for us to maintain the
defences at the borders which as-
sured them:
'This-is our home. We are here sures the quiet of our cities and
villages. We are the most heavily
tCstay."
Itt-lhe course of their report, taxed people in the world. While
our youth must spend its energies
the five rabbis stated:
in the army, and our wealth must
"We, who fear to walk the be expended in defense, we look
streets of our American cities at to you to help us with the work of
night, found ourselves utterly absorbing the thousands of home
without fear in the dark alleys of less Jews who knock at our doors,
night-lime Jerusalem.
to take care of the aged and the
"The bravery of the men at the sick, and to educate our youth for
exposed fronts holds the enemy a democratic life patterned on the
back and makes possible the lifo visions of the prophets of Israel
of industry, of productivity, of and of the founders of America'."
• •

beauty and of culture at the inner
Care of the state.
Rabbi Nate Hershfield of West
1 "They never pat it into so Hartford, Conn., who formerly
!Many words, but we felt our held the rabbinic post in Pontiac,
;Jewish brotheri in Israel saying wrote to Leonard Simons describ-
'to us, `If you the Jews to Amer. ing his Israel trip with the 120
and of the world stand unit- rabbis. Part of his letter follows:
"They have worked us hard here,
lid in our support, we shall make
4f Israel a model society of kis- and- I am not in condition to
"Krick"
on the Golon Heights, but
'Hee and of freedom. If the peo-
iple of the United States of when I saw Rabbi Fram hop
lAmerica who helped us so gen. around like a gazelle, I followed
,eronsly to found this state con- suit.
"One little story—last night (Fri-
ilittne to serve as the champions
90f democracy in the world, then day) I went for services at the
Wailing
Wall. I walked over to the
lavith their help we shall develop
this outpost of democracy in the other side to see the Christian re-
;diddle East until the message action to all this. One cute little
Of freedom is grasped by all the girl asked another one, "Why do
appressed people of this decisive they call this the wailing wall,
when they are dancing and sing-
area of the world'."
a gem—
o the Arabs we heard Israel ing?" And the reply was
'In the past they wailed, but in
saying, 'Observe the cease fire the
present they are dancing.' "
line, established by the United Na-
tions, and there need not be an-
other shot fired in this area. Come Israel Bars Hippie Group
HAIFA (ZINS)—The authorities
and sit at the negotiating table
With us, and there is not a prob- of Haifa Port refused entry to a
lem—borders, refugees, security- group of hippies who had arrived
wa cannot solve together to our on the Greek vessel "Aphrodite."
The prospective visitors did not
mutual advantage. Only recognize
at last our right to live and we possess sufficient means to ' sus-
tain themselves nor could they
can live at peace together'."
To America, Israel says, 'As prove financial responsibility for
long as we must defend our very returning to their point of origin.
lives against Arab states gener- This is the first time that port
ously equipped by Russia, we ex- authorities have adopted such stern
pect you to help us maintain the measures against visitors follow-
balance of military and economic ing a series of unpleasant incidents
react in the . ?diddle_ East. Do not cOnnected.Wl_th

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

The Supreme Court was to hear
arguments this week on the issue
in reviewing a decision by Federal
Judge Charles E. Wyzanski Jr., of
the U.S. District Court in Boston,
who ruled along the lines suggest-
ed by the AJCommittee and the
AJCongress.
At issue also is the right to re-
fuse to serve in a particular war.
Both briefs stressed that the Con-
stitution requires the government
to remain neutral between reli-
gion and nonreligion and between
believers and nonbelievers.

Philly Girls' Residence
to Be Studied With Grant

PHILADELPHIA—The Associa-
tion for Jewish Children has re-
ceived a grant of $20,326 from the
Children's Fund, established by
Mr. and Mrs. Lessing Rosenwald.
The grant will finance a research
study to evaluate the social adjust-
ment of girls who lived in the
agency's girls' residence since its
opening in 1959 to the present.
The girls' residence was estab-
lished for adolescent youngsters
who could not live with their fam-
ilies and for whom care in an
agency foster home would not be
appropriate.
The agency also operates two
residences for adolescent boys,
places children in foster homes,
has an adoption department and a
program for the girl who is preg-
nant and unmarried.

Friday, January 23, 1970-17

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