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November 28, 1975 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-11-28

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November 28, 1975 35

Unified U.S. Jewry Acts to Aid and Protect Israel,
Solidify Moves to Defy Anti-Semites, Strengthen
Cultural Values; Hoffberger Elected CJF President

By Jewish News
Special Correspondent

Israel's protection, the con-
tinued development of provi-
sions for a strengthened Is-
rael economy and measures
for the advancement of the
cultural and social welfare
needs in hundreds of Jewish
communities, at the 44th
General Assembly of the
Council of Jewish Federa-
tions and Welfare Funds,
held here for a five-day pe-
The 3,400 delegates from
communities in nearly all of
the states in the Union
marked the largest assem-
bly of spokesmen for the
Jews of America, and their'
decisions, emphasized by
unanimity, embraced soli-
darity for Israel, rejection
of all forms of bigotry
marked by the new anti- .
Semitism that emerged at
the United Nations, and
reaffirmations of decisions.
to give new priorities to
Jewish educational efforts
by American Jewry.

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munal and public affairs,
both nationally and in Balti-
more, Hoffberger is chair-
man of the CJF's Institute
for Jewish Life, a national
chairman of the United
Jewish Appeal and member
of its national cabinet, a
member of the board of gov-
ernors of the Assembly of
the Jewish Agency for Is-
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and the Associated Jewish
Charities and Welfare Fund
of Baltimore.
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Club, Inc.
Irving Field of Los An-
geles, a former Detroiter —
he is the son of Mr. and Mt':
Walter L. Field — was
among, the newly-elected
members of the CJF board
of directors
The CJF General Assem-
bly sessions were marked by
deeply moving experiences
occasioned by the organized
communities' declarations
of solidarity with embattled
Israel, by the sense of hor-
ror that emerged from the
barbarities at the UN and
resulting from inspired
messages from Israeli and
other overseas guests at the
General Assembly sessions.

The keynote for the in-
spirational experiences
was sounded at the open-
ing session and the contin-
uing sessions by the retir-
ing president of the CJF,
Raymond Epstein of Chi-
cago. Calling for the
streamlining of the pre-
sent structure, Epstein
urged "responsible in-
volvement in accountabil-
ity so that the right voices
are heard at the right time
on the right issues."

Epstein did not suggest a
centralization of a specific
voice for U.S. Jewry, but in
his approach to the basic
issues he recalled the con-
cerns that are expressed
over duplication of efforts
by national civic protective
agencies and implied a need
for abandonment of such ov-
"A new and unprece-
dented effort of redirection
and reorganization is re-
quired," he stated, also ad-
vising "that this must_be
done planfully, that estab-
lished structure and pro-
grams must bend to the ex-
pressed sentiments of the
community and that we
must emerge with instru-
ments more suited to the
times and more capable of
resolving the issues that
confront us. And this can be
brought about only by
strong individual and insti-
tutional leadership."
Stating that he is not call-
ing for merger and greater
centralization, "although
some of that is clearly de-
sired", he urged American

Jewish leadership to har- been to this point. Our
ness all its forces in a recog- agenda now demands new
nition and acceptance of re- input on the local and na-
sponsibility to the tional levels."
In solving this issue,
community and authority to
speak and act within what- Zeltzer defined five areas:
ever limits the community
• The intertwining of
Jewish education and cul-
In his appeal for greater ture on a wider rather
and more effective and more than limited level.
coordinated Jewish leader-
• Changes in local com-
munities whereby they can
ship, Epstein said:
• - We must consider our relate effectively to one an ,
overlapping structures so as other in treating the total
to get things accomplished personality, in the school-
room, in the family, in the
most economically.
• We must improve Is- camp, in the center and in
rael-Diaspora communica- the campaign.
tions for both national and
• Elimination of frag-
mentation among national
local organizations.
• We must develop more organizations and the devel-
effective national planning opment of more adequate
for the Council and its mem- communications among
ber federations with syna- them.
• Working with agencies
gogal bodies and with other
national and overseas Jew- outside of the Federation
system to use all Jewish re-
ish agencies.
• We must explore im- sources most effectively.
• Involvement of the
provement in the delivery of
national service to our com- most effective lay, profes-
munities in the fields of sional and academic leader-
Jewish education and cul- ship to meet this unprece-
ture essential ingredients dented challenge.
Zeltzer called on the dele-
in our search for greater
Jewish identity, greater gates on their return to
Jewish commitment, for the their communities from the
preservation and survival of General Assembly delibera-
tions "to begin a wide-range
our children as Jews.
Epstein noted that "many discussion" as to their role
of our young people are des- in "embarking on this part-
perately looking for some- nership quest". Stressing
thing to cling to in an age- of that it is "an idea whose
atomic and moral uncer- time has come", he noted
tainty — and turning to that the American Jewish
their Jewish roots in a quest community has the "means"
and is "blessed with the re-
for identity."
A major task that was sources and the capacity for
under consideration at the such a change".
The most deeply moving
General Assembly was the
review of the status of the appeals for action were
Jewish school system and sounded by Israel Ambassa-
the future of educational dor to the U.S. Simha Din-
tasks in Jewish communi- itz, Prof. Yehuda Bauer, di-
rector of the Institute of
George M. Zeltzer, vice Contemporary Jewry at the
president of- the Jewish Wel- Hebrew University; speaker
fare Federation of Detroit, of the Knesset Yisrael Yes-
who headed the special com- hayahw, Dr. Abram L. Sa-
mittee on planning for Jew- char, Chief Rabbi Moses
ish education and culture, Rosen of Romania and a
gave a resume of tasks thus number of American lead-
far pursued and urged ers who are vitally enrolled
stronger cooperation be- in efforts in Israel's behalf.
Ambassador Dinitz, who
tween all existing move-
ments devoted to the educa- made an emergency trip to
tional needs. He pointed out the General Assembly on
that federations are spend- Friday, appealed for soli-
ing annually $250 million in darity with Israel, urged
the field of education, cul- increased tourism as a
ture, campus and Jewish kinship symbol with the
community centers, and $20 Israelis and appealed to
million is allocated annually the youth to participate in
for formal Jewish educa- Israel's upbuilding and to
tion. - go to Israel this summer in
He did not come to the as- the tens of thousands in a
sembly with a definite for- spirit of brotherhood.
Dinitz expressed the hope
mula but urged that "we
must embark together on a that a million Jews will go
new partnership which con- to Israel this year. He added
sists of a new national in- a plea for greater educa-
strument which will provide tional efforts in Jewish com-
a new level of leadership, a munities everywhere as a
means of assuring knowl-
new quality and integration
edgeabilitv about the Jew-
of services."
"The Federations here ish past and present in all
_today must accept their Jewish ranks.
Dr. Bauer's scholarly
role of greater responsibil-
analysis of conditions that
ity and new leadership in
the field of education and have led to the Holocaust,
culture. We can no longer the aftermath and the cur-
stand by and leave the rent needs for filial Jewish
field to be as fragmented actions led him to give spe-
and as inadequate as it has cial emphasis to the need for

greater Aliya. He said that
the settlement in Israel of
25,000 American Jews
yearly would be the greatest
boon to Jewish defense and
national upbuilding.
Romanian Jewry was de-
scribed by Rabbi Rosen as a
community that has at-
tained normal existence
after the horrors imposed
by Nazism. He said that the
60,000 Jews now residing in
Romania are continuing
their existience as a commu-
nity with synagogues and
schools and the right to live
as Jews thanks to the assist-
ance from the Joint Distri-
bution Committee and the
inspiration froth Israel
where hundreds of thou-
sands of Romanian Jews
found refuge.

The speaker of the Israel
Knesset Yisrael Yeshay-
ahu, here in the United
States as the head of a sev-
en-man delegation invited
by both Houses of the Con-
gress, in an address at the
banquet, expressed the
opinion that "these inter-
parliamentary connec-
tions which we will at-
tempt to develop and
broaden will become of
great help to Israel and
will help our government
to obtain aid for Israel."


Addressing the closing
banquet session, Saturday
night, Dr. Sachar traced the
growth of the American
Jewish community in an
address, "The Jewish Exper-
ience in America — The
Quest for Normalcy," which
will be published as the
Herbert R. Abales Memo-
rial Lucture of the CJF. -
Another guest who spoke
at the banquet was Lionel
Leighton of London, a
prominent British Jewish
'Dr. Abram Sachar, chan-
cellor of Brandeis Univer-
sity, said that the American
philosophy of assimilation
has today been "replaced by
the symphonic concept, ev-
ery group bringing its own
instrumental excellence, the
contribution of its unique-

He said "the multitude
of ethnic groups are now
finding a new pride in
their ancestral origin,
their traditional folk ways
and they're emphasizing
them not only nostalgi-
cally but with positive
pride. This is especially
true of the Jews who now
form in the United States
the largest and most po-
werful Jewish community
in its long history."

Speaking on the relation-
ship of Israel and American
Jewry, Dr. Sachar said that
"the emergence of Israel has
added cultural richness to
American Jewish life, just
as the emergence of a free
Ireland has added to the cul-
tural treasures of Ameri-
cans of Irish ancestry."
Detroit and Flint repre-
sentatives played notable

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