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March 27, 1970 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-03-27

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Leading Rabbi Sees Weakening of Jewish Life in Smal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The evaluate their leadership crit-
growing hostility of young Jews
ically," he said. "Is the test for
who belong to the New Left, the
congregational leadership that
rising rate of in-
of knowledge, sincerity and ap-
termarriage, an
plication of Jewish religious
ig norance of
teaching to home, business and
cwish heritage
social life? Is the synagogue ex-
and the weaken-
ercised about problems of social
ing of Jewish life
concern? Are the values of
in very small
peace, social justice and racial
communi-
amity taught from the pulpit
ties -were de-
and in the classroom? Is there
scribed as prin
a renewed emphasis upon the
cipal concerns of
individual and his questions of
American Jewry
ultimate concern? Does youth
by Dr. Judah Na-
find a place in the synagogue
dich, rabbi of the
and its leadership?"
Park Avenue
Dr. Herman D. ° Stein, provost of
Synagogue in
Case Western Reserve University
New York City.
in Cleveland and chairman of that
M orton L.
city's commission on crisis in wel-
Mandel,
Cleves- ,
fare, cited resistance to change as
Mandel
land industrialist
one of the necessities of signifi-
and civic leader, was elected pres- cant change.
ident of the National Jewish Wel-
Dr. Stein, the keynote_ speaker,
fare Board (JWB) at its 1970 na- said that "if there is significant
tional biennial convention last change being introduced in any
weekend. He succeeds Louis Stern social institution, the change will
Sou t h Orange, N.J. who was be rnet with significant opposition.
named honorary preside
nt.
If nobody objects, and the change
Dr. Nadich told delegates to the is easy, the chances are that noth-
JWB convention that "Today there ing very important has happened."
are few families which do not have
At another session, the dele-
at least one mixed marriage some- gates were told that national Jew-
where in the extended family. ish organizations are more con
Mixed marriages almost always cerned with "prestige and spheres
mean not only the loss to the Jew- of influence" than with building- a
ish people of the Jewish person Jewish community.
involved but of all , the generations
Dr. Trude Weiss-Rosmarin,
which follow from that union."
editor of the Jewish Spectator,
Dr. Nadich, who was person-
told the 1,000 delegates: "The
al adviser on Jewish affairs to
national scope of Jewish organ-
Gen e r al Eisenhower during
izations continue to duplicate
World War II, said, "Jews are
and compete today as they have
lost through ignorance. The par-
done for decades. These organ-
adox is that the generation of
izations have contributed little, if
American Jews most educated
anything, to the enhancement of
generally is most ignorant Jew
Jewish values."
ishly. Jewish students at univer-
She paid tribute to local groups
sities constitute the highest per-
such as the hundreds of Jewish
centage of any ethnic group — day schools as an example of or-
between 75 percent and 80 per-
ganizations which "have taken the
cent. But only about half have
initiative to act and to sacrifice."
received any kind of Jewish ed- She said most of these are ignored
ucation and of that number half by fund-raising groups when the
have received only a minimal
money is being passed out.
form."
The Jewish Welfare Board
The speaker said, "Some young passed a resolution condemning
Jews who belong to the New Left the State Department for its cur-
see Israel as an aggressor against rent Middle East policy, which it
the Arabs. Some even identified said "plays into the hands of the
themselves with the terrorist Al USSR by offering concessions that
Fatah. They label all Jews who advance Soviet designs in the Mid-
support Israel as a reactionary dle East at Israel's expense."
establishment to be overthrown.
The delegates called for "essen-
Their ne.nbers are not to be exag- tial military and economic aid" to
gerated, but that there should be Israel, "standing firm against Sov-
any at all is amazing and disturb- iet pressures" and "using Ameri-
ing."
can influence not to draft the
The situation in very small Jew- terms of a settlement but. to bring
ish communities is "cause for both sides to the conference table."
alarm," Dr. Nadich said. "There
The convention passed another
are makeshift facilities for relig-
ious education or none at all. Rab-
bis and qualified teachers are un-
available. Young Jews leave for
larger cities. Those who remain
are' frequently swallowed up by
the majority population among
whom they reside."
More and better Jewish educa-
tion is part of the answer, the
speaker asserted. "Jewish all-day
schools, whose purpose is to blend
the best of American and world
culture with the best in Jewish
culture, provide the hope for Jew
ish education for at least, the
leadership of the future Jewish
community," he said.
"Leaders of American syna-
gogues should be prepared to

resolution urging Jewish centers
and YM-YWHA's to "cooperate
fully" with the American Jewish
Conference on Soviet Jewry's
program to "ease the plight of
Soviet Jews. It also called on
the White House to recommend
"peace and progress" as the
25th anniversary theme of the
Unted Natons.

relations for the JW B, was hon-
ored for more than 30 years' serv-
ice to the organization. Adolph
Rosenberg of the Southern Israelite
made the presentation.
Milton J. Miller of Detroit was
elected to the board of directors of
the JWB at the closing session.

Itzhak Rabin, Israel's ambassa-
dor to the United States, told the
delegates that no matter what set-
backs Israel may face, "Israel will
be strong and the people of Israel
Will continue to fight until peace is
achieved." He asserted that Israel
was asking nothing from its allies
—no troops, no promises, no guar-
antee—but the right to buy weap-
ons to defend itself. The ambassa-
dor's declaration was made last
Friday, almost 24 hours before
President Nixon's press confer-
ence in which he hinted that the
United States would not sell jets
to Israel at this time.
Rabin stated that Israel "can
take a setback but it will not re-
duce our fighting spirit, our be-
lief, our determination to go on
until peace is achieved."
Rabin said that "Prospects for
peace are very limited for the
foreseeable future" because the
Soviet Union was trying to keep
things stirred up so that it would
have reason to be in the Middle
East. He said also that there will
be no war "as long as we have the
means by which to defend our-
selves." Israel possesses that cap-
ability today, he noted, "but un-
less it gets more weapons, the
arms balance in the Middle East
will be loaded in favor of the
Arabs in two or three years."
The JWB voted to streamline it-
self in order to help meet existing
and emerging needs of Jewish in-
dividuals and groups and Jewish
communities more effectively.
The groups which the study
found needed to be served more
effectively are teenagers, college
students and other young adults,
the general adult Jewish popula-
tion, the "newly emerging" senior
citizen, and those who could bene-
fit from the services of Jewish
centers but who do not avail them-
selves of the services at the pres-
ent time.
Bernard Postal, head of public

Acquaintance
A person whom we know well
enough to borrow from, but not
well enough to lend to.—Ambrose
Bierce.

Towns

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, March 27, '1970-7

Wit and Humor—if any diff°r-
ence it is in duratiOn — lightning
and electric light. Same material,
apparently; but one is vivid, and
can do damage—the other fools
along and enjoys elaboration.
—Mark Twain.

World Nazi Fighter Unit
Planned at Israel Parley

TEL AVIV (JTA)—A worldwide
organization of fighters against
Nazis will be set up in accordance
with a decision adopted at an
international convention of Jewish
Fighters Against Nazis and Con-
centration Camp Inmates held
here.
Stefan Grayek, chairman of the
Israel Organization of Nazi Fight-
ers, said the aims of the organ-
ization would be to battle active
anti-Semitism like that in Poland
and the Soviet Union, neo-Nazis in
West Germany and other' coun-
tries, locate Nazi criminals and
activate dormant underground
associations to fight Arab terror-
ist groups which are cooperating
with former Nazis.

T H. Grant

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