National Geographic Article on Syrian Jews to Be Retracted
NEW YORK (JTA) A
highly distorted presentation
of, the condition ,of Syrian
Jewry which appeared hi the
April issue of the "National
Geographic" magazine will
be corrected in its November
issue, -it was announced by
the American Jewish Con-
gress which conducted a five-
month protest against the ar-
ticle...and the magazine.
Phil Baum, associate exec-
utive director of the AJCon-
gress, who coordinated the
protest which included the
picketing of the magazine's
headquarters in Washington,
said he received a letter
from Joseph R. Judge, the
S Foreign Car Service
1018 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Alfons G. Rehme
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
magazine's assistant editor,
stating that the AJCongress'
concerns about the article
"will be amply demonstrated
and acknowledged in our No-
Baum said he did not know
what the "National Geogra-
phic" would say, but noted
that its agreement to modify
the original article was "a
victory for the cause 0,1 Syr-
ian Jews, whose fight for
freedom was gravely jeopar-
dized by the distortions in the
The AJCongress charged
that the magazine article by
Robert Azzi; a free-lance
writer, "left the clear im-
pression that Jews in Syria
are treated decently and that
the Syrian government main-
tains a tolerant and even be-
nign attitude toward them."
The article also claimed
that "the city of Damascus
still tolerantly embraces sig-
nificant numbers of Jews"
and quoted a Damascus rab-
bi as saying Syrian Jews
"have rights like any other
The AJCongress comment-
ed that "surely even 'the 'Na-
tional Geographic' editors
must be aware that a rabbi
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
in Damascus under the men-
(Copyright 1974, JTA Inc.)
acing surveillance of the
Syrian government can do
JEWISH SCHOOL SEASON: The American Jewish
nothing other than to laud school season opened this pa
-st week under the impact of
special efforts on the part of organized Jewish communi-
ties to stimulate parents to send their children to Jewish
Bonn Israel Envoy
The New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies has
BONN (JTA) — West Ger-
many's new ambassador to authorized a substantial sum of money for the Board of
Israel is to be Per Fischer, Jewish Education to insert a full-page advertisement in the
a 51-year-old senior official New York Times and to develop other means — including
in the Bonn chancellery. a "hot telephone line" — to attract parents to the need of
Fischer will replace Jesco giving their, children a Jewish education. Other Jewish com-
von Puttkamer, who is ex- munities are also developing new methods aimed at increas-
pected to go to Belgrade as ing enrollment.
Whether these innovations will bring the desired results
is yet to be seen. Experts in the field of Jewish education
fear that there will be no increase this year in the number
of children registered in Jewish schools; the number, has
been decreasing during the last few years.
The educators attribute their pessimism to the growing
inflation which forces many families to reduce, expenses—
including the sending of children to Jewish schools where
tuition averages more than $1,000 a year.
The experts also cite the birthrate among Jews, which
is now reaching the "zero level" in a number of com-
With these factors in mind, Jewish community leaders
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DISSENSION IN DAY-SCHOOLS: Whether the number
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level as last year's is not yet clear. The outlook is, how-
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Inflation is expected to be only one of the major, factors
And made GM-spec steel-belted radial tires hampering growth this year. Tuition in the Jewish all-day
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day Jewish schools rather than to -desegregated public
schools. The parents in such families, while interested in
giving their children a Jewish education, object nevertheless
to the ultra-Orthodox indoctrination their Children undergo
in the all-day Orthodox schools. They must send their chil-
dren to these schools because there are no Conservative all-
day schools in the neighborhood, but they resent education
that is extremely Orthodox.
It is estimated that in some of the Orthodox all-day
schools at least 50 per cent of the pupils come from non-
Orthodox homes. In New York, there are some 20,000 chil-
dren from non-Orthodox homes among the total of 50,000
attending Jewish all-day schools. In some Orthodox schools
about 40 per cent of the pupils were withdrawn last year
by their non-Orthodox parents who stress that they want
a Jewish education for their children but not an education
built on Orthodox dogmas.
Those objecting to extreme religious practices in the
schools claim that the ultra-Orthodox methods confuse the
pupils coming from non-Orthodox homes and develop in
them a split personality. They argue that in the Orthodox
schools the children are taught the kind of Jewish behavior
which is contrary to the behavior of their parents at home.
The conflict among parents over the programs and the
religious practices in the all-day schools may precipitate
the development of more Conservative all-day schools lead-
ing at the same time to a reduction in the number. of pupils
in the all-day Orthodox schools.
FEDERATION SUPPORT: The growing recognition of
the all-day schools as a key component in the overall area
of Jewish education is reflected in the increase of financial
support which these schools are now receiving from Jewish
federations and welfare funds. A survey of 36 cities reveals
that day-schools received last year one-fourth of the total
federation allocations to Jewish education..
For the 10 large cities—Boston, Chicago, Cleveland,
Detroit, Essex County, N.J., Los Angeles, Miami, Phila-
delphia, St. Louis and San Francisco—federation support
for all-day schools increased 22 per cent during the survey
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