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VOL. LXIX, No. 16
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June 25, 1976
House Bill Will Ban State Dept
id for Biased Foreign Contracts
Sensational News Capsules
Israel Tourism Endangered;
Herem Threat for Kissinger
RIO de JANEIRO (JTA) — A new government measure to discour-
age travel abroad by Brazilians is expected to have an adverse effect on
the tourist and pilgrimage traffic from Brazil to Israel.
During the 12 months between April 1975 through March 1976,
nearly 7000 Brazilian tourists visited Israel. But the number is bound
to decline because of the new rules intended to conserve foreign
The government now requires every Brazilian seeking an exit per-
mit to deposit 12,000 cruzeiros — about $1,100 — for one year at no
interest. This means that every deposit will lose over 40 percent of its
actual value because of inflation.
Orthodox Rabbis Group
NEW YORK (JTA) — A group of Orthodox rabbis calling them-
selves the "Supreme Rabbinic Court of- America" announced that they
would formally execute a "Writ of Excommunication" (Herem) against
U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger on Sunday.
Kissinger was accused, among other things, of "coercing Israel to
give up divinely ordained, liberated areas of our eternal possession."
The "Bill of Particulars" against the Secretary also charges him
with "eating non-kosher food behind his parents' back."
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Ontario Attorney General
TORONTO (JTA) — Attorney General Roy McMurtry of Ontario
has called on public figures to speak out against the use of telephone
facilities to propagate anti-Semitism and other bigotry. Speaking be-
fore the lawyers division of the Israel Bond drive last week, McMurtry
noted that Toronto residents can dial taped messages that attack Jews
Although there are no existing laws to prevent such phone propa-
ganda, McMurtry said, he has proposed such legislation.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The House adopted an amendment to the foreign aid authorization
bill last Friday which prohibits the State Department from advertising or negotiating contracts
with foreign countries or firms that would discriminate against Americans on the basis of reli-
gion, race, sex or national origin. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-
NY), was passed by a voice vote.
Holtzman said she was pleased that her amendment was adopted because "it is intolerable
for the State Department to negotiate or advertise contracts for for-
eign countries" that would be discriminatory. The amendment goes to
the Senate for action and will then be submitted to a Senate-House
At the same time, Rep. H. John Heinz, (R-Pa.) revealed he has
written to President Ford urging his support of an amendment
aimed at the Arab boycott which the Senate Finance Committee
has incorporated into the Tax Reform Bill.
The amendment would deny tax benefits to those corporations
which knowingly discriminate against American citizens and compa-
nies for boycott-related reasons.
In his letter to Ford, Heinz noted that the Department of Com-
merce figures show that since the 1973 Arab oil embargo compliance
with boycott requests has increased dramatically. "Since the tempta-
tion to go along with the boycott is in most cases economic rather than
moral there would be justice in legislating major tax dis-incentives for
compliance," he said.
The House and Sen-
ate have been holding
hearings on the boycott.
JNF Leader Collapses
at Annual Dinner in NY
BY YITZHAK RAM
Dr. Maurice S. Sage, president of the
Jewish National Fund of America, collapsed and died Tuesday
night shortly after he introduced Mrs. Betty Ford to the 2,500
persons attending the JNF gala Bicentennial dinner.
President Ford's wife, visibly shaken and her voice trem-
bling, asked the audience to bow their head and join her in a
prayer for Dr. Sage as a doctor and Secret Service men were
trying to revive the 57-year-old Zionist leader.
The incident occured toward the end of the evening in which
the First Lady was honored and was about to be presented with a
Jerusalem silver Bible and .a key to the JNF Bicentennial Park
near Jerusalem. Sage was pronounced dead at 11- p.m. in Poly-
NEW YORK (JTA) —
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But Heinz voiced the
fear that Congress would
not report a bill this year
and urged the President to
endorse the Senate' Fi-
nance Committee's ver-
"Not only does com-
pliance with boycott re-
lated requests hurt our
relations with allies such
as Israel, but it has al-
ready begun to intrude
into our domestic affairs,"
Heinz declared in his let-
New University of Michigan Social-Cultural
Program Inspires Hillel, National Emulation
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Many important features
devoted to studies of Ameri-
can Jewish history will be
included in a special 24-page
American Revolution Bicen-
tennial Section to be included
in next week's issue of The
Detroit Jewish News.
A new social-cultural program has been introduced on the University of Michigan campus in an effort to
reach out to unidentified Jewish students in an invitation for direct involvement in Jewish life and identification
with the Jewish community.
Primarily inspired by Walter L. Field, prominent Detroit communityite who has dedicated his efforts in
behalf of educational projects among Jewish youth, the new program, functioning as Meekreh, the'ingathering
of young Jews, has received such an impressive response that several hundred students are already counted in its
Field, who has funded the program until now, likes to call the new movement "Meet and Munch" because the
students meet at social functions, enjoy the refreshments provided for them and in the process participate in
functioning committees and planned seminars for the advancement of Jewish cultural undertakings.
The program now has become an addendum to Hillel Foundation and the Hillel direCtors assist and encour-
Elated over the new movement's accomplishments, Field foresees its introduction
in the campus dormitories as an introduction to a more extensive program that will
assume national nronortions.
"We have evidence that Jewish spokesmen in other universities already are planning to
emulate our tasks," Field said. "In a sense, we have invaded the dormitories and the student
residents have become our partners in an undertaking to 'meet and munch,' to socialize as
Jewish groups and to identify with their people."
Field and Rabbi Joel E. Poupko, director of the University of Michigan Bnai Brith Hillel
Foundation, had the cooperation during the past year of Daniel Pekarsky, son of the late
Herman Pekarsky, who was associate executive director of the Detroit Jewish Welfare Fed- WALTER FIELD
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U. S. S. Nimitz
. NEW YORK (JTA) — An
historic occasion will take
place on board the U.S.S.
Nimitz, nuclear aircraft car-
rier, when the first Jewish
chapel on a U.S. Navy ship
will be dedicated Sunday, at
The New York Board of
Rabbis is in charge of ar-
rangements for the event. A
kosher luncheon will be
served to the invited guests
on board ship.
The Brooklyn Jewish Cen-
ter will present a Torah Scroll
and an Ark to be placed per-
manently in the chapel.