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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-07-09

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Friday, July 9, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Catholic Calls For Dialogue Between Christians and Jews

LOUISVILLE (JTA) — A Jews into supporting Catho-
prominent Catholic prelate lic positions on . such contro-
last Tuesday urged an as- versial issues as parochiaid
sembly of Jewish commu- or abortion.
nity relations leaders to en-
At a later session, a policy
courage gre-dter Catholic- statement adopted by the
Jewish dialogue that 350 delegates, representing
"openly and frankly" probes nine national Jewish organi-
theological questions and zations and 100 community
"any and all public policy is- relations councils, reaf-
sues" on which the two firmed the long-standing
groups may be divided.
opposition of the NJCRAC
The Rev. Msgr. George G. agencies to prayer and other
Higgins of the U.S. Catholic religious observances in
Conference, speaking on re- public schools, and to the
ligious pluralism at the an- use of tax funds for paro-
nual plenary of the National chial schools. Orthodox Ju-
Jewish Community Rela- daism, represented here by
tions Advisory Cduncil, said .the Union of Orthodox Jew-
that "difficulties and frus- ish Congreations of Amer-
trations" can be expected in ica, again, as in past years,
such exchanges, but Catho- dissented on the parochiaid
lics promoting dialogue issue.
would "reject and repu-
Another section of the
diate" any efforts by fellow policy declaration, sub-
Christians to "misuse it" as mitted in draft by
a means of pressuring the NJCRAC's 'commission on
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ships,• had "welcomed" a
recent statement by the
executive board of the
National Council of
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The "silence" of the Chris-
tian clergy during the Six-
Day War, which led man:‘
disillusioned Jewish groups
to discontinue interreligious
discussions, was "an argu-
ment for rather than
against dialogue," Higgins
declared. Christians, then
and now, "do not fully un-
derstand what Israel means
to the Jews in theological
terms. Jews themselves are
the only ones who can help
us to overcome this gap," he
said.
Noting that past dia-
logues had generally been
initiated by JewS, Higgins,
who is consultant to the
Bishops Committee on
Catholic-Jewish Relations,
said that Catholics now
need to reverse the process
"in a Spirit of deep repent-
ance for past offenses and
crimes committed by Chris-
tians against Jews."'
The 350 delegates ap-
pioved unanimously a
statement denouncing
Gen. George S. Brown,
chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, for state-
ments he made before the
Senate Armed Forces
Committee. The statement
declared that Brown
"reflected again his
marked insensitivity to a
basic aspect of the Ameri-
can system."
In another speech, the
executive head of the
NJCRAC said efforts to
"democratize" the American
Jewish community by res-
tructuring it on a "kind of
one-man, one-vote princi-
ple" could have the opposite

.Jewish Documents
Given to Queen

PHILADELPHIA-- Jer-
ome J. Shestack, honorary
president of the Jewish Pub-
lication Society of America,
recently presented a_facsim-
ile copy of the first Jewish
-sermon published in the
new world to Queen Sophia
of Spain. The presentation
took place in Washington,
D.C. in the course of a meet-
ing between King Carlos
and Queen Sophia and a .de-
legation of 11 prominent
Jewish leaders.
The sermon forms part of
Beginnings: Early Ameri-
can Judaica, a collection of
10 facsimile publications il-
lustrative of the religious,
cultural and political life of
American Jewry, 1761-1845,
issued by the Jewish Publi-
cation Society on the occa-
sion of the bicentennial cele-
bration.

effect of atomizing it and chairman, succeeding Lewis Mrs. Yost served as a re-
source speaker for a Soviet
"make the individual Jew D. Cole of Louisville. He had
feel even more powerless, is- been a NJCRAC vice-chair- Jewry workshop concerned
man and head of its Israel' with organizing special in-
olated and alienated."
Albert D. Chernin dis- Task Force, and chairman terest groups to take active
puted "the criticism being of the American 'Jewish roles on behalf of Soviet
heard from many directions Congress Commission on Jews.
— from Breira on the one Law and Social Action.
This year's plenary
hand to the Jewish Defense
League on the other, from marked the retirement of
segments of the rabbinate Arnold Aronson, NJCRAC's
and even from within the director of program plan-
Jewish establishment" that ning for the past 31 years
present institutional struc- and recognized as one of the
tures are not responsive to nation's leading authorities
the needs and will of Ameri- on civil liberties and civil
rights issues. He has been
can Jews.
Chernin spoke at a ses- secretary of Leadership
sion at which Theodore R. Conference on 'Civil Rights
Mann, a past president of since its founding.
the Jewish Community Re-
Detroit representatives
lations Council of Greater at the meeting included
Philadelphia, was, installed Jewish Community Coun-
They come to your
home or office with
as the new NJCRAC chair- cil president John H.
their -garage-on-
man.
Shepherd and Mrs. Shep-
' wheels." Valet
The ,,critics, Chernin herd, former Council pres-
service that doesn't
maintained, ignore the vol- ident Hubert J. Sidlow
cost one penny extra!
untary character of the and Mrs. Sidlow, execu-
I Expert diagnostic tune-up
community when their pro- tive director Alvin L.
■ Electronic analyzer — all
posals emphasize a-need for Kushner and his wife, and
engine systems
a single, central Jewish community affairs asso-
III Professionally trained
mechanics
body. "This would dissipate, ciates Fred Frank and
I. Perfect results assured
rather than strengthen, the Beverly Yost.
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cohesiveness and sense of
Kushner presented a
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Betty Friedan, founder school desegregation plan.
of -the feminist movement,
urged that passage of the
equal rights amendment
become a priority concern
for the organized Jewish
community. The struggle
for women's equality was
rooted in the Jewish tradi-
tion of opposing injustice,
15 Years Experience
she told the 350 delegates.
Defining the women's •
• Repairs
• Service
movement as a "two-sex
• Installation
• Design
movement, or it is nothing,"
Friedan said that its effort
• All work guaranteed
to "liberate and attain full
equality for women would
have a positive effect on
strengthening Jewish fam-
ily_ life in contemporary so-
ciety."
Mann, a 48-year-old attor-
ney, was elected to a one-
year term as JNCRAC

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JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Christians and Israelis will
cement their common reli-
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new avenues of communica-
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over the Thanksgiving holi-
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