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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-05-14

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6 May 14, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Rabin Predicts U.S.-Israel Confrontation

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tion to lie fallow for the du-
ration of the Presidential
campaign. Afterwards,
however, the Rogers plan
could re-appear in one guise
or another as the driving
force of U.S. diplomacy in
the region, especially now
that Sens. Hubert Hum-

phrey and Henry Jackson
appear out of the Presiden-
tial race.

This view has been given
credence by press reports
attributed to State Depart-
ment sources that middle-
echelon American officials
have been instructed to

Detroit Dinner Will Help
Harvard Judaica Program

(Continued from Page 1)

yard will aid Jewish studies
programs throughout the
world by providing trained
scholars. Harvard's Center
for Jewish Studies is one of
the major training centers
for Judaica scholars, accord-
ing to the spokesman, and
the endowments will also
help scholars throughout
the world by expanding
services of the library's Ju-
daica collections.

Harvard President Derek
C. Bok cited the university's

"special tradition" in Jewish
studies. Harvard has two
Judaica professorships.
Tuesday's meeting will be
chaired by Maynard I.
Wishner, president of Wal-
ter E. Heller and Co., one of
the nation's largest finan-
cial institutions. Dr. Chase
N. Peterson, 'Harvard vice
president for alumni affairs
and development, Prof.
Yosef Haim Yerushalmi
and Wayne State University
President George E. Gullen
will also address the meet-
ing.

DR. SHELDON-ABRAMSON

draw up position papers on
all aspects of the Middle
East conflict.
Rabin offered a three-
point program to gird Israel
for an imminent confronta-
tion with the U.S. The first,
he said, was for Israel to
reduce its dependence on
America by producing more

and consuming less. Sec-
ondly, he said, public order
must be maintained on the
West Bank:
His third point was that
Israel must fight to win
world opinion to its cause,
first and foremost in the
U.S., and to make clear why
terrorist organizations can-
not be negotiating partners.

Israeli Army
Increasing Size

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TEL AVIV (ZINS) —
General Moshe Kidron, for-
mer head of recruitment for
Israel's Defense Forces, said
Israel's standing army has
increased by 30-40 percent
in size over what it was
prior to the Yom Kippur
War of 1973. The age limit
for the reserves has been
raised from 39 to 44 years.
According to Kidron,
there are at least three ap-
plications for every opening
that calls for difficult or
hazardous duty.

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Rabbi Claims 'Indifference'
Deters Prospective Converts

By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

A Conservative rabbi has
expressed the belief that
there are possibly hundreds
of thousands of people
throughout the world "who
would be delighted to be-
come Jewish if only some-
body asked them" but that
"when they turn to us they
sense indifference or even a
subtle hostility and all but
the most determined are
effectively turned off."
Rabbi Gilbert Kollin of
Flint, Mich., also contended
that conversion was not only
"good for Jews" but essen-
tial for a people which had
not recovered its Holocaust
losses, and that a non-Jew
"has a right to join us if he
sincerely desires to identify
and participate." He pre-
sented his views in Judaism,
the quarterly published by
the American Jewish Con-
gress.
Rabbi Kollin argued that
"there has probably never
been a time since Constan-
tine," the Roman Emperor
of the Fourth, Century,
"when Judaism was more
attractive to large numbers
of people" than at the pre-
sent. He asserted that "the
fact is that there are signifi-
cent numbers of converts
without our trying to find
them, and interest in Juda-
ism or related themes is ris-
ing."
"Noting that Orthodox
conversion procedures aim
at bringing people into an
Orthodox community,
Rabbi Kollin commented
that "the modern Jewish
community is no longer
universally observant or
even religious." Since a

Jew "Does not have to be
religious or observant to
be a Jew in good stand-
ing," he said, "how can
we make such commit-
ments a qualification for
conversion?"
The Conservative rabbi
said "the reality of modern
Jewish identity" offers four
major "affirmative sys-
tems" which should be re-
garded as valid reasons for a
non-Jew to want conversion.
He said these are the
traditional religious affir-
mation, "as expressed in
various Orthodox ideolo-
gies;" the religious liberal
affirmation represented by
Conservative and Reform
Judaism; the "ethnic affir-
mation," religiously neu-
tral, which expresses itself
"in admiration of the Jewish
community and in a desire
to participate in its life and
destiny;" and the "Zionist-
Aliya" affirmation, taking
the form of a willingness to
settle in Israel "and to be
identified with its Jewish
component."
On his premise that the
main barrier to widespread
, conversion is reluctance or
resistance from Jews, he
suggested, as a first step,
the introduction into Jewish
schools, synagogues and
publications of material in-
forming Jews "about the an-
cient respectability of con-
versionary efforts,
explaining the desirability
of attracting converts and
urging greater interest in,
and appreciation of, con-
verts."

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