(Copyright 1970, JTA Inc.)
Schacter, New Head of Conference
on Soviet Jewry, Appeals for 'The 18'
that cooperate to obtain for Soviet
Jews equal rights with other So-
viet nationalities to maintain their
religious and cultural identity, and
to allow those Jews with families
outside of the Soviet Union to leave
and be reunited with them.
NEW YORK (JTA)—Rabbi Her-
schel Schacter, who retired- last
week from the presidency of the
Religious Zionists of America and
of the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organi-
zations, has been elected chairman
of the American Jewish Conference
on Soviet Jewry.
The plenary session at which the
election was held endorsed a let-
ter sent by Lewis H. Weinstein,
who retired as AJCSJ chairman,
to Anatoly C. Dobrynin, Soviet am-
bassador to the UN, urging his
assistance in obtaining approval
of the Soviet government for the
request by 18 Jewish families to
join their relatives in Israel.
Three months have passed since
the appeal of the 18 was made
known here through a letter they
addressed to the Human Rights
Commission of the United Nations.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, February 20, 1970-17
ZIONIST AFFAIRS: The internal fight within the American Zion-
ist movement on the issue of establishing an American Zionist Fed-
eration as a unified body of the separate Zionist groups in this coun-
try has finally been settled. The battle was going on for some time,
With the Zionist Organization of America opposing the formation of
Such a federation. ZOA gave in reluctantly.
The formation of the new federation means that each of the exist-
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ing 13 Zionist groups in the United States—the ZOA, Hadassah, Labor-
since 1895. We have the best in
Zionists, Mizrachi, Revisionists and the other groups—although con-
tinuing their organizational integrity and freedom of action, will no
commercial coals . . . and a
longer be able to make their independent decisions on certain impor-
large selection of domestic
tant aspects of Zionist activities. They will, from now on, have to
submit to a majority vote taken by the federation's board, especially
pu problems concerning Zionist activities in internal Jewish com-
munal affairs and in the fields of Jewish education, aliya, youth and
We have our own heating de-
"It is difficult to imagine,"
partment for prompt service on
The federation will open its membership' also to individuals and
Weinstein wrote to Ambassador
groups who never wanted to be registered members of any Zionist Dobrynin, "that any govern-
stoker & oil burner repairs.
political group although they sympathized with the Zionist program. ment would place obstacles in
They will all be given representation on the board of the Federation the path of people whose sole
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which may total as high as 150 members.
wish is to reunite with their
Concretely speaking, congregations, fraternal orders, rabbinical
families, fulfill what they in all
We are the
and other groups—small or large—who wish to become a member of good conscience believe to be
the American Zionist Federation, will be able to do so as corporate their religious obligation and en-
bodies. In addition, ao obstacles will be presented to any person who
joy the fruits of their national
Wishes to become a member of this supreme American Zionist body culture."
Weinstein stressed the "deep
as an individual, without being affiliated with any of the existing
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Zionist groups. The indivduals, as well as the corporate groups join- anxiety among hundreds of thou-
ing the federation will, of course, have to pay membership dues. sands of Jews in the United States
in the Metropolitan
The individuals will be considered as members-at-large.
in faith living in the Soviet Union."
The American Jewish Confer-
For Prompt & Efficient Service
MARCH OF TIME: Jewish groups and institutions engaged in com- ence on Soviet Jewry is made up
piling historical facts on the life of American Jewry—the American of 26 national Jewish organizations
Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Archives, the Jewish His-
torical Society the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research—are now con-
centrating their efforts on securing "eye-witness" and "first-person"
material reflecting developments in American Jewish life during the
last quarter of the last century and the first half of the present century.
Those were the years when most of the now-existing Jewish organ-
izations, institutions and movements were born. It was in the last
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quarter of the last century the the Yeshiva University and the Jewish
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Theological Seminary were established. It was at the end of the last
century that the Zionist Organization of America came into existence.
It was in 1900 that the Arbeiter Ring—now better known as the Work-
men's Circle—was formed, playing a formidable role in the life of the
Jewish immigrants. It was in the early years of this century that the
American Jewish Committee was constituted, followed later by the 1111*•••11111111•11•11*•Iiii*****111.111*****0[111110111*
American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League and other na-
Most of the organizations and institutions formed during that period
still exist today. However, few of their founders—or of the people who
stood close to them in the early years of their existence—are among
the living now able to tell in detail the story of the birth and develop-
ment of these institutions. Bernard G. Richards, who has now reached
the age of 92, is one of these few. In fact, he may be the last Mohican
among the leaders of a generation who saw Jewish life in this country
growing through organized efforts to which he contributed no little bit.
YOU CAN'T MISS WITH MISTELE !
NAME TO REMEMBER: Bernard Richards' name is interwoven
with many major activities in American Jewish communal life. He was
one of the founders of the American Jewish Congress and served as
its executive director for many years. He was active in the American
Zionist Organization since 1904 and served as member of its executive
committee for decades. He was a guiding spirit of the New York
Kehilla, organized to function as the central body embracing all
phases of Jewish life in this largest metropolitan Jewish community
in the world, which existed only a few years. In 1919, after World War
I, he was a member of the American Jewish delegation to the Peace
Conference in Paris—headed by Louis Marshall—which secured nation- U
al minority rights for Jews in countries known for their anti-Semitism.
For the last 38 years he has been director of the Jewish Information
Bureau which he formed.
Recognizing his services to the community, a group of distinguished
Jewish personalities honored him last week at a luncheon in the fash-
ionable Plaza Hotel in New York. Attending the elegant gathering
were men of letters, prominent rabbis, and leaders of Jewish organ-
izations in which he had played a prominent role. The affair was
arranged by a committee beaded by Sam Rothberg, the well-known
Jewish leader, which is now raising a fund for the publication of
Richards' memoirs—so valuable to Jewish history in this country—
and other of his writings.
I have often wondered why institutions of Jewish higher learning,
in bestowing their honorary degrees have left out people like Richards.
perhaps right to honor—as these institutions do—business people
who distinguish themselves with their generous gifts for Jewish pur-
poses, but why ignore people who distinguish themselves in contribut-
ing to the development of American Jewish life the way Richards did?
Perhaps now is the time for the leaders of these institutions to think
in this direction. It will only be to their credit to do so.
Syracuse U. Publishes 350-Page Community History
SYRACUSE N.Y. (JTA)—A 350- 50 years, serving in the city's
page history Of the Jews of Syra- charitable, religious and civic af-
cuse will be published on March 16 fairs.
Isidore S. Meyer, editor emeri-
by Syracuse University. "From a
Minyan to a Community" contains tus of the American Jewish His-
64 pages of photographs and traces torical Society, said that much of
the history of Syracuse Jewry over the material collected by the au-
nearly 150 years. The author is thor "is not to be found elsewhere,
B. G. Rudolph, who was a retail particularly his personal observa-
jeweler in Syracuse for more than tions and interviews."
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