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October 23, 1970 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-23

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Rockefeller Promises Law to Aid Sabbatarians

NEW YORK (JTA)—Gov. 'Nel-
son Rockefeller has promised to
draft' legislation to ban discrimini-
nation against Sabbath-observing
Jews in private employment.
Since 1967, a New York state
law sponSored by Gov. Rockefel-
ler has banned discrimination
against any.. state or city employe
for observing a Sabbath other than
Sunday, or for absence from work
on religious holidays.
He announced his intentions at
a meeting with 50 Orthodox lead-
ers Monday.
In private‘industry, Jewish Sab-
bath observers have in the last
two years found protection when
several states adopted the guide-
lines of the Federal Equal Em-
ployment Opportunities Commis-
sion, which by the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, banned any employer
from refusing a job to a Sabbath
observer, unless the employer
could prove that he would suffer
"undue hardship."
The National Jewish Commission
on Law and Public Affairs has
successfully spearheaded efforts in
New York and other areas
for these guidelines. In recent
months, however, several legal de-
cisions rendered by the courts
raised serious doubts about . the
continued validity of these admin-
istrative regulations.

• • •

Metro Life Lists Bar
on Orthodox Jews
for Computer Jobs

NEW YORK (JTA)—Metropoli-
tan Life Insurance Co. has been
hiring Orthodox Jews as computer
programers since it accepted a con-
ciliation agreement last August
with the New York State Division
of Human Rights to end its refusal
to hire observant Jews for such
jobs, the National Jewish Commis-
sion on Law and Public Affairs
(COLPA) reported.
Howard Rhine, a COLPA vice
president, acted as attorney for
two Orthodox Jews who charged
the huge insurance firm with Sab-
bath discrimination after they were
refused jobs as programers. The
company had contended that meet-
ing the Sabbath requirements of
observant Jews could be harmful
to its computer operations.
The effort to induce Metropolitan
to hire observant Jews began in
1966 when Bernard Rubin applied
for a programer job and was re-
jected as a Sabbath observer. Mel-
vin Dershovitz the other applicant,
applied for a job last spring and
was rejected for the same reasons.
COLPA took the Rubin com-
plaint to the state division that
year and lost when the division
ruled that the company uniform-
ly applied a standard work week
of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and that there
was, therefore, no discrimination
in the refusal to hire Rubin.
After Rhine filed a complaint
with the state division last spring,
charging Metropolitan with viola-
tion of the state Human Rights
Law in refusing to hire Dershowitz,
the state division held a hearing
and found that the insurance com-
pany had practiced discrimination
in rejecting Dershowitz because of
his Sabbath needs.
Under the agreement reached,
the insurance firm agreed to in-
form its supervisory personnel
about its rules for giving time.off
to employes "for the purpose of
religious observance."
Rhine said that the company's
acceptance of the conciliation

3,000 Aliya Immigrants
Are Settled in Israel

JERUSALEM—The Tnuat Aliya
Immigrant Movement has settled
more than 3,000 members in Israel
during the past year.
About 1,000 of the immigrants
came from France, 800 from North
America, 450 from South America
and the remainder from European
All 15,000 of the movement's
- members have pledged to immi-
grate to Israel within three years.

Friday, Ociabar 23, 1970-15

agreement meant it had accepted all other areas of its operations,
the federal guidelines as applying in respect to the needs of observant Chicago Jewish Schools
to not only computer operations but job applicants, for the first time.
Publish Holidays Guide
The Chicago Board of Jewish
Education announces the publica-
tion of a teacher's guide, "Holi-
days in the Jewish Nursery School
(From the files of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
and Kindergarten," - by Marvell
40 Years Ago This Week: 1930
Ginsberg. The first part contains
Amid worldwide condemnation of British restrictions on Jewish an extensive discussion of general
immigration into Palestine, triplets were born to a Jewish woman and Jewish holidays to be taught,
in Tel Aviv.
a detailed listing of available re-
Mathieu Dreyfus, who led the 10-year fight to exonerate his brother, sources for each of the topics, such
Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, died in Paris at 73.
as books for stories, poems, songs
Two anti-Semitic Romanian priests awaiting trial for collaboration and audio-visual aids. The second
in street disorders were declared insane by a court and sentenced to an part deals with the child's first
day in nursery school, what makes
Sholom Asch, the Yiddish playwright and author, marked his 50th a school Jewish, punishments,
birthday in Vienna.
creativity and the Closing school
The German ambassador to the United States assured Americans: days.
"Hitler is not the voice of Germany. Hitler's statements ,do not mean
anything. All the anti-Semitic agitation will die down within a few
Gingiss Gives You More
weeks. Jewish citizens of Germany will have their full rights and be
protected just as any other citizen, and Jewish bankers .are as safe
Than A Beautiful
as any bankers . . . The Jews have nothing to fear in Germany."
Dr. Waldemar Mordecai Wolff Haffkine, Russian-born bacteriolo-
jr•••• are our specialty.
gist who worked with Pasteur and discovered a cholera inoculation, died
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in Lausanne at 70.
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Arab potentates discussed the possibility of an Arab federation
perfectly. Select
including Trans-Jordan.
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ell breasted
Minoltas with bell beau.
10 Years Ago This Week: 1960
Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion was reported ready to resign
lthi ad=
if the Knesset continued to probe the 1955 resignation of Defense
tru•eer: fun dress with
Minister Pinhas Lavon.
white tie sad tails;
aid Ales button
A leader of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's party called for "justice
Neersieg esat with
and equality for former members of the SS" because "Hitler and his
ellipsd Peas.
henchmen not only brought suffering to millions of human beings,
especially upon the Jews, but also brought misery upon the soldiers
Nisi style formal weer
of the SS." An ex-SS general said West Germany could not talk about
fee the
democracy "as long as widows of SS soldiers are excluded from pension
Ise Mina bey.
Dr. Hans-Guenther Seraphim, West German historian, declared:
"In all my extensive studies of Third Reich documents, I have not
found a single case where refusal to carry out a death order led to
serious punishment."
Herzl Press published the five-volume "Complete Diaries of Theodor
formalwear center
The Israeli Army disclosed that in the 1956 Sinai campaign it had
captured 110 medium tanks, 350 Brencars and half-tracks, 600 bazookas,
(2 Moan S•th 40 14 MO.)
2,700 miscellaneous vehicles, 6,000-plus units of semi-automatic rifles
and machine guns, 139,000 mortar shells, 270,000 artillery shells and - EXACTLY RIGHT FOR THE OCCASION
40,000,000 rounds of rifle ammunition.

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