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March 30, 1973 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-03-30

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CULVER, C I T Y, Calif.
(JTA)—A Reform rabbi has
estimated that the American
Board of Missions to the
Jews, which spent almost
$2,000,000 in its last fiscal
year to convert Jews to
Christianity, may be spe:3d-
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$4,000 for •each real conver t
they get.
Rabbi Allen S. Mailer sai d
most of the $2,000,000 wa s
used for salaries for th e
group's several dozen full
time and part-time profes
sional missionaries.
The cost of literature for
the year was estimated at
more than $230,000, radio
program costs at more than
$120,000 and more than
$125,000 was spent in mass
media advertising.
Rabbi Mailer said the

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missionary group refuses to
release any information on
the number of Jews they
baptize.

under Reform auspices, were
widely advertised, particu-
larly in college newspapers,
there would be a large in-
crease in the number of non-
Jews who would convert to
Judaism.

FOR PASSOVER

NASHVILLE (JTA) Lead-
ers of "Key 73" were urged
by a rabbi Tuesday to issue
"a policy statement that
takes into serious account
the profound biblical claims
regarding the Jewish peo-
ple."
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbatim,
director of the interreligious
affairs department of the
American Jewish Commit-
tee, said that the leaders of
the massive Christian evan-
gelical drive must recognize
that any attempt to convert
large numbers of Jews "con-
stitute a negation of the 4,000
years of suffering and mar-
tyrdom experienced by the
Jewish people, as well as the
Jewish belief in God's coven-
ant with Abraham."
Rabbi Tanenbaum spoke at
a "trilogue" conference here
which brought together 80
Jewish, Roman Catholic and
Southern Baptist clergymen
and academicians to discuss

Key 73 has been important.
These concerns bring home

to Christians the point that
any evangelism which focus-
es on a specific group or

Produced under strict Rabbinical supervision. Certificate on request.

specific individual lacks in-
tegrity." '
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, March. 30, 1973-31

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SAN ANTONIO, Tex. {JTA)
—The Jewish Social Service

Federation here has an-
nounced the start of •publica-
tibti, of a new Mozitiithly-JeWiSli .
community newspaper, the
Jewish Journal of San An-
tonio, the first under San An-
tonio Federation sponsorship,
according to Charles Sugar-
man, federation president.

Key 73 Heads
Urged: Convey
Jews' Position

He said a careful reading
of the group's national lit-
erature and a 'personal in-
vestigation of its activities
in Southern California indi-
cated conversions last year
of only a few hundred Jews
nationwide.
He added that many of the
converts were children of
mixed marriages and could
hardly be considered Jewish
to begin with, either by the
criterion of Jewish law of
having a Jewish mother, or
by the criterion of Reform
Jews of having a Jewish ed-
ucation.
Rabbi Mailer said he
evaluated these factors in
coming to his estimate of
the per-conversion costs to
issues of concern in Jewish-
the missionary group.
Christian
relations. The con-
He contrasted the $2,000,-
000 outlay to the picture in ference, which began Sun-
the Jewish community which day and closed Tuesday, was
by the AJCommit-
he said spends little effort or sponsored
tee, the Jewish Federation of
any cash seeking converts to Nashville,
Roman Catholic
Judaism.
Diocese of Nashville and
He said the "introduction Southern Baptist Convention.
to Judaism" classes provid-
Rabbi Tanenbaum told the
ed for interested non-Jews participants that "Many Jews
in most large cities were have expressed fear that the
financed almost entirely from theme of Key 73 to call
tuition fees.
America to Christ sought to
' Rabbi Mailer said such undermine the faith of other
classes were not advertised religious bodies by fair
and most Jews had no idea means or foul."
that "thousands o f ex-
Rev. Ron Kerr, a Metho-
Christians" convert to Juda- dist clergyman who is a
ism annually.
member of the central com-
He suggested that if the mittee of Key 73 said that
classes, most of which are in his own view, the cam-
paign would reject the notion
of some Christians that to be
American one must be Chris-
tian.
He said "I believe Jewish
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Beattie of Lakeview Ave.,
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Sunday in the synagogue.
Participation in a panel dis-
cussion on "How to Improve
Our Community" will be Hy-
man Safran, national chair-
man of the Institute for
Jewish Life; Rabbi Joseph
Shuchatowitz, principal of
Akiva Day School: and Mur-
ray Platt, a pre-dental stu-
dent at Wayne State Univer-
sity, Rabbi Israel I. Halpern
will serve as moderator. Saf-
ran is a past president of
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion and of Shaarev Zedek
Synagogue. Rabbi Shuchato-
witz, a graduate of John Hop-
kins University, is a doc-
toral candidate in education-
al administration at Fordham
University. Platt is on the
teaching staff of Beth Abra-
ham-Hillel Religious School.
Arrangements chairmen are
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Hurtig. Men's club president
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election of officers re-elected
Daniel S. Weiss, chancellor.
Other officers elected were
Robert L. Krause and Fred-
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Norman S. Miller, bursar;
Harry Klein, corresponding
master of the rolls; Arnold
Weintraub, recording master
of the rolls; and David I.
Rosin, Paul Sislin and Ste-
phen C. Cooper, Community
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