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August 03, 1973 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-08-03

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.en Says Diaspora Jewry Faces Greatest Assimilation Threat Ever

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The 63rd annual convention
of the American Mizrachi
movement, which closed Sun-
day, was told by Chief Rabbi
Shlomo Goren that Diaspora
Jewry faces the greatest as-
similation threat in its his-
tory.

He said in many regions
in the -U.S. 40 per cent of
Jewish youth intermarry and
that many get divorced in
civil courts even if they wed
in a religious ceremony.
While in Tel Aviv, with a
population of 500,000 Jews
there are eight rabbinical
courts loaded with work,
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Rabbi Goren said, in New
34—Friday, August 3, 1973 York, with its population of
3,000,000 Jews, there are
only three rabbinical courts
where there should be 50.
Rabbi Goren said only a
small percentage of conver-
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tegrity of the people in the
Diaspora, he declared.
He said that separation be-
tween state and religion in
Israel had been prevented
until now, as well as any at-
tempt to change the present
personal law which follows
the Halakha. He said des-
pite easing up of the con-
version process with families
of Soviet immigrants, these
families are hardly seen at
the rabbinical courts.
The chief rabbinate in-
tends to establish a special
absorption center for mixed
immigrant families and op-
erate a national rabbinical
court for conversions, Rabbi
Goren said.
Rabbi Tzemah Zambrov-
sky, chairman of the Miz-
rachi World Center, asked
the Mizrachi members to
send their children to Israel
and not to stay in the Dias-
pora and complain there
about the situation here.
Rabbi Bernard Bergman,
honorary president of the
RZA, urged the Israel gov-
ernment to legislate new
laws curbing missionary
activity. Opening the 63rd
RZA convention in Jerusa-
tem Wednesday night he said
the RZA was "shocked at
this cancerous plague which
has spread through the
state."
Earlier, he met with Jeru-
salem Christian leaders and
asked them to publicly con-
demn unethical evangelizing
which he said, exploits fin-
ancial distress to win souls.
Rabbi Bergman scored the
film, "Jesus Christ—Super-
star," which had been made
in Israel, and hit the en-
croachment of the Reform
movement "which has dug
its claws into the very heart
of Jerusalem," a reference
apparently to the Hebrew
Union College branch in the
capital.
Reform, said Rabbi Berg-
man, was the path from
Judaism to Christianity and
there was only a thin divid-
ing line between Reform and
Conservative. He warned
that the latter movement,
too, was increasing its foot-
hold in the Holy Land.
Rabbi Bergman assailed
the present Law of Return
which does not differentiate
between Reform and Or-
thodox conversions.
He urged the Israeli Na-
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mand in negotiations for the
next coalition that the law
be amended to accept Or-
thodox conversions only.
Finally, he called for
unity in the religious camp,
suggestion an alignment of
all the Orthodox parties.
Rabbi Bergman called up-
on the Israeli government
and the Jewish Agency "to
provide religious guides and
counselors to every absorp-
tion center."
He said that to date there
were no more than three in
all the absorption centers
throughout the country.
He also asked that re-
ligious centers specifically
suited to the needs of young
Russians and that adult ed-
ucation centers for the young
be immediately established
to permit easy access on the
p2' the immigrants to
these centers.
Premier Golda Meir said
at the closing session that a
large number of Israelis and
Diaspora Jews were alive
today "because of our abili-
ty to prevent the horrors of
the terrorist gangs." But
details of the fight against
terrorism could not yet ' e
revealed.
The terrorist war had
transcended the borders of
Israel, she said. The state
of Israel was fighting "prat
tically all over the world,"
the premier declared.
Mrs. Meir said that given
the choice of safe borders
which would not be safe, she
would choose the safe bord-
ers. This brought thunder-
ous applause from the pack-
ed audience.
The premier said the 70-
year partnership between
Labor Zionism and religious
Zionists had never been
idyllic, but it had been the

Moscow Officials
See Israeli Film

TEL AVIV (JTA)—An Is-
raeli-made film, "Siege,"
was praised at a film fes-
tival in Moscow, shown to
a restricted audience but not
as part of the official pro-
gram of the festival.
The producer, Yaacov Ag-
mon, on his return to Israel
said the film was screened
five times before special in-
vitees. Many of the audience,
personalities of the Soviet
film industry, were Jews who
were greatly impressed and
moved by the film, he said.
At the end of the festival
three Israeli delegates at-
tended the reception held at
the Kremlin: Agmon, Dr.
Shaul Levin of the Film
Council and Israeli film critic
Shlomo Shamgar.
Russian Jews who want to
see the Israeli film are re-
stricted. The Soviet custom
for film festivals in the
USSR bars the public.

A Nation Like Others
The consciousness of the
people is awake. The great
ideas of the 18th and 19th
centuries have not passed by
our people without leaving a
trace. We feel not only as
Jews; we feel as men. As
men, we, too, wish to live
like other men and be a na-
tion like the others.—Y. L.
Pinsker, "Auto - Emancipa-
tion, 1886.

All I have seen teaches
me to trust the Creator for
all I have not seen.—Ralph
Waldo Emerson.

foundation of the Jewish
state.
She pledged that even if
her party won an absolute
majority at the polls, it
would still seek "construct-
ive coalition partners and
foremost among o u r part-
ners are you the religious
Zionists."
Mrs. Meir said that assim-
ilation figures in the United
States were "a nightmare"
to her and urged the creation
and support of Jewish day
schools in the U.S. Many
American Jews who used to
oppose day schools had now,
in the face of 'a 40 per cent
intermarriage rate, come
around to supporting them.
Welfare Minister Michael
Hazani said the National
Religious Party could rest
assured that as long as Mrs.
Meir and her generation of
"founders" headed the Labor
Party they would protect
"the unity of the people"
and would remain staunch
"against the Hausners, the
Shulamit Alonis, Mapam and
the anti-religious elements in

their own party." (Knesset-
er Gideon Hausner heads the
Independent Liberal Party.
Shulamit Aloni is an attor-
ney, author and journalist
who specializes in civil rights
and civil liberties cases and
was a Mapai Knesset mem-
ber. Mapam is part of the
Labor Alignment).
But Hazani said the NRP
was worried about what
would happen later, when
the founding fathers stepped
down and younger leaders
took over.
The R Z A convention
passed a resolution strongly
supporting Sen. Henry M.
Jackson in his efforts for
Soviet Jewry.
Dr. Maurice Sage, the
RZA president, called Jack-
son "hasid oomot haolam,"'-
a righteous gentile.

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