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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-04-08

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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country. Prof. Lester
Rhoads, director of the De-
partment of Leisure Studies
at the City University of
New York and a visiting
professor in Israel, said. He
said that today's dehumaniz-
ing modern society makes
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time a necessity not a lux-
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Jews.
The meeting, which was
held in Venice, Italy March
28-30, was reported by the
Synagogue Council of Amer-
ica (SCA) which partici-
pated in it.
In the major paper of the
meeting, Prof. Tommaso
Federici, professor of Bible
at the Pontifical Urbaniana
University and at the Litur-
gical Institute of San An-
selmo in Rome, said that
the Catholic church's under-
standing of her mission pre-
cludes proselytism.
"The church thus rejects
in a clear way every form
of proselytism," he de-
clared. "This means the ex-
clusion of any sort of wit-
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physical, moral, psychologi-
cal or cultural constraint on
the Jews, both individuals
and communities, such as
might in any way destroy
or even simply reduce their
personal judgement, free
will and.full autonomy of de-
cision at the personal or
community level."
Federici stressed that
"also excluded is every sort

of judgement expressive of
discrimination, contempt or
restriction against the Jew-
ish people as such, and
against individual Jews as
such or against their faith,
their worship, their general
culture, and in particular,
their religious culture, their
past and present history,
their existence and its
meaning."
He said also excluded
were any forms of "hate-
ful" comparison "which
exalt the religion and fact
of Christianity and by
throwing discredit on the re-
ligion and fact of Judaism,
whether in the past or in
the present."
Rabbi Henry Siegman,' ex-
ecutive vice president of
the SCA, said that Feder-
ici's paper, by its unquali-
fied condemnation of prose-
lytism and its rejection of
"all attempts to set up or-
ganizations of any sort" for
the conversion of Jews, rep-
resents a significant devel-
opment in the Catholic
church that is bound to con-
tribute to a deeper under-
standing between the two re-
ligions.
Prof. Shemaryahu Tal-
mon, of the Hebrew Univer-
sity in Jerusalem, de-
scribed a cooperative study
program sponsored jointly
by the Pontifical Biblical In-
stitute and the Hebrew Uni-
versity which consists of
two semesters of HebreNf
language studies, Bible,
Jewish history, geography
and archeology.
In West Germany, the
Catholic Bishops recently
designated a permanent
work group on "The Church
and Judaism," the goal of
which is the promotion of a
dialogue with the Jewish
people, Bishop Karl B. Flu-
gel, Auxiliary Bishop of Re-
gensburg, reported.
Theodore Freedman of
New York reported on a va-
riety of educational pro-
grams presently under way
to further Jewish-Catholic
understanding.
Rev. Jorge Majia said
that a dialogue between the
Roman Catholic church and
Judaism was being carried
on at the highest levels by
the Latin American Confer-
ence of Catholic Bishops
and the Latin American
Jewish communities.
The Jewish members of
the Liaison Committee ex-
pressed appreciation for the
support given Latin Ameri-
can Jewry by the Catholic
church in face of anti-Semi-
tic manifestations.

Hebrew scholar and
translator Isaac Pinto
signed the Non-
Importation Act of 1765,
the American colonies'
answer to the British
Stamp Act. In 1766 he
published an English
translation of the Hebrew
Prayer. Book,
'

Friday, April 8, 1977 19

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Jewish Historical Quarterly
Examines U.S. Jewish Politics

WALTHAM, Mass.—The
political liberalism of Amer-
ican Jews is based on group
insecurity, psychological
ambiguity, and Torah based
values, a leading political
scientist claims.
Writing in the winter
issue of the American Jew-
ish Historical Quarterly,
Dr. Lawrence H. Fuchs of
Brandeis University further
maintains that anti-Semi-
tism also is responsible for
a Jewish- commitment to a
political system open to any-
one who cares about issues.
The Quarterly, a pub-
lication of the American
Jewish Historical Society,.
devotes the Winter '76-77
issues to American Jewish
political behavior as a Bi-
centennial special. Its arti-
cles are written by leading
academicians.
Other articles include:
"The Roots of American
Jewish Liberalism" by Ben
Halpern of Brandeis Univer-
sity. Professor Halpern
states that the United
States Constitution created
an environment over-
whelmingly favorable to the
development of a style of
Jewish liberalism similar to
that which arose in Western
Europe.
"Congressman 'Drinan
S.J., and His Jewish Con-
stituents" by Paula Gold-
man Leventman and Sey-
mour Leventman of Boston
College highlight the pdssi-
%Hay of a connection be-
tween Jewish values and
the response to Father Dri-
nan for those Jews who are
considered "cosmopolitan,"
who have "generalized and
diffused many of the teach-
ings and cultural excerpts
of Judaism in their work
and in their politics.
"From Rags to Robes:
The Legal Profession, So-
cial Mobility and the Ameri-
can Jewish Experience" by
Jerold S. Auerbach, Welles-
ley College. Professor Auer-
bach details the struggles
for entrance, advancement
and recognition in a profes-
sion whose elite and pow-
erful members preferred to
ostracize or exclude minor-
ities.
"The Ties That Bind: The
Jewish Support for the Left
in the United States" by Ar-
thur Liebman of the State
University of New York at
Binghamton. Liebman attri-
butes early Jewish leftist
support to past experiences
in Russia and Eastern Eu-
rope, living conditions in
America, the intellectual
and political working class
leadership and the weak-
nesses of organized religion
and religious leaders.
"Continuity and Erosion
of Jewish Liberalism:" by
Alan Fisher of Small Col-
lege, California State Col-
lege. Although there has
been some erosion of "Jew-
ish liberalism" Fisher re-
ports that Jews are more
liberal today than they
were twenty years ago and
he predicts that as long as

interests of world Jewry
and American Jewry are
not pitted against liberal
policy, Jews will support lib-
eral candidates.

"Jewish Political Power:
An Assessment:" by Will
Maslow of City University
of New York. Maslow con-
tends that American Jews
have considerable political
assets and notes that if they
are not dissipated in "reck-
less undertakings" Ameri-
can Jews will continue to
exercise an influence dis-
roportionate to its • num-
rs when focused on its
limited and meaningful
goals.

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