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April 17, 1970 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-04-17

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Students Stage Sit-In at NY Federation
Charging 'Insensitivity'; 41 Arrested

NEW YORK (JTA) — Forty-one demands, suggested a meeting with
student activists were arrested at President George II. Heyman Jr.,
the executive offices of the Feder- Executive Vice president Sanford
ation of Jewish Philanthropies Solender and other "key" board
after refusing to give up their members to consider the demands
protest against alleged federation if the sit-inners dispersed. But the
insensitivity to Jewish educational protest group insisted that the
executives commit themselves in
and cultural needs.
The sit-in and sing-in began with advance to general endorsement
100 members of the ad hoc Com- of their recommendations.
The executives stated that only
munity for a Jewish Federation
taking over the switchboard and the 400-member board could take
formal action. As the impasse
blocking entrances.
Half way through around half continued, the executives called
the police, who made the arrests
of them had left.
when the students decided not to
There was no violence and
leave the premises.
secretaries continued their work,
They did not, however, resist
but federation executives were
arrest. The demonstrators were
pre-occupied with the demon-
taken
to police headquarters and
stration.
charged with criminal trespass.
Seven rabbis, writer Elie Wiesel,
If
convicted
it would mean up
professors and other community
to three months in prison and up
leaders issued a statement of sup-
to
$500
fine.
They
were released
port for the "fully peaceful and
on their own recognizance.
nonviolent" student protest. They
The
protesters'
major
point cen-
called on the federation to with-
tered on federation's alleged short-
draw criminal trespass charges
against the 41 arrested activists changing of Jewish educational
and meet with them in "good needs. They quoted audit figures
faith" on their "just" demands for indicating federation outlayed
more equitable financial aid to $840,000 for religious education in
Jewish religious education and 1967-68—with only 4.7 per cent
going to New York member
social projects.
agencies as against 14.1 per cent
They said they "deplore federa- to agencies in other communities.
tion's arrest" of the students and
Federation spokesmen told the
its "insensitivity" to their de-
JTA that more recent figures
mands. They said federation's
showed
$1,600,000 for education
"r efusa 1" to date tended to
purposes, and that while the in-
"weaken respect and support" for
city
percentage
of distribution
it, and that it should "reconsider
was lower, because of the num-
its priorities and meet its obliga-
ber of agencies involved, the
tions to Jewish youth and educa-
slice of the pie was actually
tion."
much higher than in cities and
The 41 were released on sum-
towns
outside of New York.
monses.
It was learned that the pro-
Among those joining Wiesel in
signing the statement were Dr. testors had not decided in advance
Emanuel Rackman of the Fifth how to react to threats of police
Avenue Synagogue; Rabbi Haskel action, not expecting that such a
Lookstein, Tehilath Jeshurun; situation would occur. Thus they
Rabbi Norman Lamm, Jewish Cen- spent several hours heatedly de-
ter; Rabbi Steven Riskin, Lincoln bating among themselves as fo
Square Synagogue; Rabbi Charles strategy.
There were shouts of "The fed-
Sheer, Jewish chaplain at Colum-
bia University; and Prof. Eugene eration is guilty of anti-Semitism='
Borowitz, Hebrew Union College. and "Let them arrest us studying
The protest group included mem- Rambam." A large crowd was
bers of such organizations as gathered outside federation head-
Habonim, Havura, Jewish Libera- quarters in the city's midtown
tion Project. Jewish Peace Fellow- shopping area as the 41 arrestees
ship and Students Struggle for were led from the building, sing-
Soviet Jewry, as well as rabinical ing "Am Yisroel Hai" ;,Israel
lives) and making the V-for-peace
students.
The protestori called on federa- sign.
tion to guarantee quality Jewish
education in the city, finance a
foundation to aid youth projects,
underwrite Jewish cultural en-
deavors, and contribute $10,000 to
the April 26 Exodus' March for
Soviet Jewry.
The group charged that "the
select circle who run the fed-
eration and formulate ita policies
have remained stubborn in their
determination to deny a major
commitment of Jewish commun-
ity funds" for the recommended
projects.
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Yeshiva U. Students Hit
`Secularizing Curriculum'
University Denies Charge

NEW YORK (JTA) — Ninety-one
of Yeshiva University's 550 stu
dents,staged an orderly demonstra-
tion At the school's main center
charging the administration with
seeking to secularize the curri-
culum.
They massed for 90 to 120 min-
utes during a luncheon prior to
ordination ceremonies, according to
associate public relations directcr
Bert Jacobson, who gave the JTA
the figure of "exactly 91 people
with picket signs."
Jacobson said the proposed "sep-
arate charter" for the university's
religious program could not be con-
sidered secularization. He said that
students had met several times
with the university president, Dr.
Samuel Belkin, at his home, and
he commented that in his view the
protestors represented a student'
fringe that had failed to join the
majority understanding of the
charter plan. •

Friday, April 17, 1970-5

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

100 Americans Set Off
for New Home in Israel

Israeli General Changes Mind on Resignation

NEW YORK — A group of 100,
consisting mainly of professionals,
businessmen and their families.
departed on the S.S. Anna Maria
April 6 to settle in Israel.

JERUSALEM — Maj. Gen. Yis- I as commander of the southern
rael Tal, former commander of , forces during the Six-Day War.
the armored corps, has decided But it was announced that Tal
not to resign from regular mili- ; has changed his mind and will
tary service, it was announced ; remain with "security develop-
by the Israel Army spokesman's ment" in the - defense ministry.
office. Prize in 1961 for weapon improve-
His resignation had been an- ment, and has reportedly made
nouneed with that of Maj. Gen. important changes in tank struc-
Yeshayahu Gavish. Tal's superior tures and operation.

They are "indicative of the
'growing trend towards more and
more families with children settl-
ing in Israel," said Col. Nachum
Golan, director of the Israel Aliya
.Center. "This year we will have
more such sailings than in the
past. There will be groups going
on aliva by ship in May, June,
July, August and September.
Some of these departures will be
carrying between 300 and 400
olim."

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