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September 04, 1970 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-04

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Hebrew Schools Faced With Strike
Warning of Teachers' Association

By unanimous vote, the Associa-
tion of Hebrew Teachers of Metro-
politan Detroit voted on Aug. 24
to call a strike prior to the reopen-
ing of the United Hebrew Schools
next week, unless the objectives
outlined in teachers' proposals for
a new agreement are obtained.
The teachers' contract expires this
week and the negotiations had
lasted for many weeks.
Communications issued by the
teachers charged indifference to
existing conditions on the part of
the schools' administration. Their
circulation was withheld pending
further negotiations, but another
meeting held Wednesday did not
bring the desired results.
The teachers' proposals were
reportedly rejected at the nine-
hour regular meeting Wednesday.
It was reported at the meeting
that the teachers considered an
offer of a 5.5 per cent pay in-
crease inadequate.
A proposal for arbitration to be
conducted under the direction of
a committee of community leaders
was reported unacceptable to the
Hebrew School administration.

The teachers charge that the
members of the board of the
school are totally unaware of
what is transpiring because lay-
men have not shown an interest
in the negotiations. Declaring
that the survival of the schools
is vital to the community's func-
tions and that the major need
in the advancement of Jewish
educational programs is the per-
petuation of the community
school system, the teachers ex-
pressed concern over a decline
in recent years in the schools'
efficiency and they ascribe it to
the board's lack of knowledge of
the manner in which the schools
are administered.

Major in the objectives outlined
by the teachers is a demand that
they should have a voice on all
levels as participants in delibera-
tions conducted in planning school
programing. They emphasize
that they are not asking for vot-
ing powers in policy-making deci-
sions, but they declare that the
best interests of the schools call
for joint participation of teachers
and administration in planning for
higher standards in Jewish educa-

This demand is qualifed by a
statement that the teachers are
not asking for membership on
all committees of the schools,
but that when committees meet
with administration, teachers
must have a voice in delibera-
tions in order that their views
in support of highest educa-
tional standards should be heard.

A minimum demand is made by

the teachers on the monetary
level. They ask, in addition to the

executive board of the Association that the negative attitude of the
schools' administration is re-
of Hebrew Teachers in which three
sponsible for the failure of a
administrative members of the
single local boy or girl, in spite
United Hebrew Schools are charg
ed with having prevented public of the Midrasha curriculum, to
knowledge of the manner in which enter the Hebrew teaching pro-
public funds are used for the local fession here in the last 10 years.
Hillel Day School and other
school system. The accusations in-
clude charges of incompetence schools may be facing problems
and claims that the schools' stand- in delays in agreements with teach-
ers, The Jewish News also has
ards have been reduced by it.
In addition to charging nepot- learned.
The Hebrew teachers are aligned
ism, the teachers have claimed

Soviets Angered
by JDL 'Thugs 9

LONDON, (JTA)—Soviet auth-
orities, angered by the activities
of the Jewish Defense League
which has disrupted Soviet cul-
tural presentations in various
cities in the United States and has
allegedly caused damage to some
of its commercial business offices
in New York, have charged that
American authorities have been
remiss in protecting Soviet diplo-
mats and citizens.
An article in the Soviet govern-
ment newspaper Izvestia accused
the JDL, which it termed "Zionist
thugs," with organizing a series of
"provocations" against Soviet dip-
lomats in Washington and New
York and against Soviet artists and
musical groups. The newspaper
warned that the "gangster esca-
pades of the Zionists and their
supporters must finally be ended."
According to the article, the
actions by JDL "arouse the right-
eous indignation of the Soviet
people who demand that our citi-
zens and official representatives
in the United States be protected
against unrestricted hooliganism."
The article also noted that Ameri-
can officials' assurances that pre-
caution would be taken to prevent
these incidents "remain no more
than empty promises."

Rosen believes that a major
factor in this improvement of the
condition of Israeli Arabs has
been the guarantee of equal
rights and opportunities for all
Israel's citizens — Jews and
Arabs alike — contained in the
new state's Proclamation of In-
dependence on May 14, 1948.

The effort to bring about "equal-
ity within diversity" has enlisted
many of the 2,500,000 Jews and
300,000 Arabs in Israel, Rosen says.
It has made considerable headway
despite the centuries-old record of
poverty and neglect and in the
face of continuing stresses and

"One disturbing factor," Rosen
states, is that the Arab nations
and terrorist organizations "are
devoting considerable efforts to
disrupt communications between
Israel's populations. Because Is-
rael is easily accessible to radio
and television broadcasts from the
neighboring countries, it is easy
for them to maintain a constant
propaganda pressure on Israel's
As for El Fatah and other "lib-
eration" organizations, "thus far
their success has been extremely
limited. It is also a fact that with-
in these narrow limits, they have
attracted more Israeli Arab young
people to their cause than in
previous years."

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The teachers' decision was pre-
ceded by a statement, signed by
all officers and members of the,

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The teachers also request insti
tution of a severance pay program.
Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig, presi-
dent of the Association of Hebrew
Teachers, said this request is
"reasonable and conservative" and
"is essential as an element of
security in the teaching profes-

Another major demand made
by the teachers is that the full
scale teaching program be ex-
panded, that an additional four
teachers who hitherto taught 12
hours weekly should be granted
20-hour weekly teaching status.
Calling this "a reversal of trends
in our teaching status," Rabbi
Rosenzveig charged that every
Year there has been a reduction
in full-time teaching programs,
and he added that the stand-
ards of Hebrew teaching thus
have been lowered gradually.

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with the Michigan Federation of
Teachers, and in all probability a
strike will be directed by the city-
wide organized teachers' move-
ment, thus involving a public air-
ing of all elements related to the
contest ensuing between Hebrew
teachers and Jewish schools' ad-
ministrators and boards.

Israeli Arabs, Jews Learning to Live
in Amity, AJCommittee Reports

NEW YORK—Israel is making for the future is even more prom-
a tremendous effort to "bridge the. ising.
gap" to its minorities, and this has "In construction, in knitting
brought substantial gains in health, mills and textile factories, in an
education and economic status increasing number of job areas."
among Israeli Arabs, a community Rosen says, "Arabs and Jews work
relations specialist living in Israel side by side, often indistinguish-
In declared.
a 115-page study, "The Arabs able from one another. Their work
and Jews in Israel: The Reality, is the same, their pay is the same.
they belong to the same unions,
the Dilemma, the Promise," spon- they share the same advantages
sored by the American Jewish and the same gripes. It is true
Committee, Harry M. Rosen states that the vast majority continues to
that the good will and cooperation, live separate lives after work. On
as well as the unremitting labor, the job, however, they are getting
of Jews and Arab alike have al- to know each other, to accept each
ready borne fruit, and the outlook other as human beings with all the
human qualities and frailties."

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