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June 05, 1970 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-06-05

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40—Friday, June 5, 1970


American Jewish Congress to Contest Legality

of Public Funds for Sectarian College Use

TRENTON, N. J. (JTA)—A Jersey Educational Facilities Au-
major test case to decide whether thority Act of 1966.
Two Catholic colleges, St. Peter's
or not a sectarian college can con-
stitutionally receive public funds College in Jersey City and Cald-
to build a dormitory or a library well College for Women in Cald-
was argued Tuesday in the state well, and Bloomfield College and
Seminary in Bloomfield, a Protes-
supreme court.
Leo Pfeffer, special counsel of tant institution, were agreed upon
the American Jewish Congress rep- by attorneys for all sides in the
resented four AJCongress mem- case as representative of the sec-
bers who are New Jersey taxpay- tarian colleges who would be bene-
ers in a suit challenging the New fitted by the act.
In his argument before the
court, Pfeffer will assert that
a recent U. S. Supreme Court de-
cision makes a clear distinction
between tax exemption, which is
constitutional, and a direct sub-
sidy, which is not.
According io ?faker, the Su-
May 29—To Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
preme Court decision declared, "No
Nelson (Joyce Sherman), 2203
tax in any amount, large or small,
Cloverlawn, Oak Park, a daughter
can be levied to support any reli-
Lori Beth.
gious activities or institutions,
• •
May 28—To Mr. and Mrs. Ken- whatever they may be called, or
neth H. Lynn (Susan R. Mandell), whatever form they may adopt to
teach or practice religion." Pfef-
13330 Rosemary, Oak Park, a son,
fer will contend further that a col-
David Mathew.
lege's eligibility for public support
should depend not on whether a
May 26—To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
given facility is to be used for
D. Feber (Lorraine Silverman)
secular or sectarian purposes, as
29890 Brentwood, Southfield, a son,
the New Jersey Act specifies, but
Kevin Michael.
on how religious the college is.
• • •
His law brief declares: "At some
May 22—To Mr. and Mrs. San-
the badges of religion be-
ford Layne (Judith Newman),
22821 Stanton, Southfield, a daugh- come so prominent in the life of an
institution that it must
ter, Rachel Suzanne.
be adjudged to be sectarian." For
• • •
this reason, then, "such an institu-
May 20—To Mr. and Mrs. Ross tion may not receive government
A. Richman (Libbie Fox), 14200 funds even if they are for the con-
Talbot, Oak Park, a son, Steven struction of buildings for secular
use only."


May 20—To Mr. and Mrs. Ste-
phen Green (Barbara Kash), 13230
Lyons, Oak Park, a son, Jeffrey
* • •
May 19—To Mr. and Mrs. Mor-
ley Cooper, Elaine Braverman),
23851 Wendy Lane, Southfield, a
son, Jonathon Scott.
* • •
May 14 — To former Detroiters
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence V. Mendel-
sohn (Jane Hessel) of San Antonio,
a son, David Joseph.
• • •
May 8—To Mr. and Mrs. Arnold
Shapero (Rhoda Gould), 28856 Still
Valley, Farmington, a son, An-
thony Dale.
• • •
May 6—To Mr. and Mrs. Ste-
phen P. Leff (Ilene Mirvis), for-
mer Detroiters, of Rome, a daugh-
ter, Sandra Renee.



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Farbstein Asks Probe of Alleged Purdue Bias

nard Farbstein, New York Demo-
crat, has called on Attorney Gen-
eral John N. Mitchell to investi-
gate "possible discrimination"
against Jews, Negroes, Puerto
Ricans and other minorities by
Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.
Rep. Farbstein pointed out that
Purdue, a state university, has
limited out-of-state acceptances to
25 per cent of the total studentry
and has, in addition, placed special
restrictions on New York state and
New Jersey,
Purdue has reduced acceptances
from those two states to their per-
centages of the out-of-state popula-
tion, the congressman pointed out.
New York state applicants, there-
fore, are limited to 10 per cent of
25 per cent.
Farbstein, noting that Jewish en-
rollment at Purdue decreased by
two-thirds between 1966 and 1969,
asserted, "Purdue's intent is
He said Purdue's policy was the
most blatant of all. Farbstein's
statement was based in large part
on a recent study by the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai Brith
indicating that Jewish students
were being disproportionately af-
fected by reductions of out-of-state
acceptances by state colleges.
The schools adopted that policy
on the grounds that "outsiders"
were the chief cause of campus
Rabbi Gerald Engel, director of
the Bnai Brith Hillel at Purdue,
said that friends and alumni of
the university will endorse the ac-
tion taken by Rep. Farbstein.
Rabbi Engel noted that Purdue is
only one of 136 state institutions
polled by the ADL. "While Purdue

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
... and Me'

(Copyright 1970, JTA Inc.)

U.S. COLLEGE IN ISRAEL: The United States has been helping
American schools of higher education in Arab countries financially for
quite a number of years. The American University in Beirut will receive
about $9,500,000 this year under the Foreign Aid Bill. The American
University in Cairo will receive $200,000, plus $1,000,000 in currency.
The American College in Jerusalem, a liberal arts English-language
college, is now seeking financial aid from the U.S. government similar
to the one given to the American Universities in Beirut and Cairo.
A young institution--chartered in Washington, D.C.—the college has
now 145 students, most of them from the United States, but also a
dozen of Arabs and Armenians from the Old City section of Jerusalem.
The college uses English as its language of instruction. It teaches
general subjects like physics, chemistry, economics, sociology, biology,
psychology, mathematics, political science, anthropology, archaelogy
and the fine arts. It also teaches Hebrew, Arabic, Jewish history and
Biblical science subjects. Its course in literature, includes not only
English and American literature but also Hebrew literature, Yiddish
literature in English translation, and classics of European and Oriental
literature in English translation.
A dozen of American universities have already accepted transfer
credits from the college, and more American universities indicated
that they are ready to recognize the credits students receive in the
Jerusalem institution after June 1970, when the college will have
graduated its first students.
. •

ACCENT ON U.S. YOUTH: Few Jews in the United States are
aware of the existence of the American College in Jerusalem. This
is because the college did not indulge in seeking publicity on its
activities during the few years of its existence. However, the college is
now beginning to arouse much interest among Jewish families in this
country who want to send their high school graduate children for a
year or two to Israel to study there.
There are many Jewish youths in the United States who, intending
to continue their study in schools of higher learning abroad, would
like to spend a semester or two in Israel. They can, of course, enter
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv University, the
Weizmann Institute and the Haifa Technion. However, they know no
Hebrew, which is the language of instruction in these institutions.
In the American College the language of instruction is English. In
addition, the learning of Hebrew there is simplified.
Prof. Norman Greenwald, president of the college, and Prof.
Sol Liptzin, chairman of its department of humanities, forsee a large
registration of American Jewish youngsters in their institution for
the next year, when its credits will become transferable to numerous
American colleges and universities.

AIM OF FOUNDERS: The college is not being subsidized by the
Israel government. It is maintained by tuition. The students live in
dormitories in Beit Hakerem, Jerusalem, and attend classes in adjacent
buildings. They pay $1,250 tuition fee and $1,100 for room and board
for the full academy year. Full and partial tuition scholarships are
provided for as many worthy students as possible. Also part-time work
opportunities on and off the campus.
Although all instruction in the college is in English, American
students are expected to learn Hebrew there and to to a basic courses
in Israel's history and literature.

ended blanket discrimination
against the New York metropoli-
tan area and the state of New
Jersey this past semester, the uni-
versity did not make all necessary
changes to enable those applying
from this area of racial and reli-
gious minorities to feel they were
first class citizens," Rabbi Engel

American Israel Chamber
of Commerce to Honor
Shipping, Film Magnate

NEW YORK—Spyros P. Skouras,
chairman of the board of Pruden
tial Grace Lines and formerly
president and chairman of the
board of 20th Century-Fox Film
Corp., will be guest of honor at
the 17th annual dinner-dance of the
American Israel Chamber of Com-
merce and Industry, Inc., June 24
at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New
York City.
Skouras will be honored for his
efforts in creating trade and
understanding with all countries
and especially Israel.
Detroiter Sam Rich is on the
dinner committee. Irwin Green is
president of the Detroit Chapter of
the AICCI.


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