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May 27, 1977 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-05-27

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52 Friday, May 27, 1977


Christian College Refuses Jewish Teaching Applicant

campus and communities
surrounding the North Caro-
lina town of Davidson,
about 25 miles north of
Charlotte. were stunned at
the recent disclosure that
140-year-old Davidson Col-
lege, a liberal arts in-
stitution affiliated with the
Presbyterian Church, had
upheld a "Christian tenure
policy" in withdrawing a
job offer to a Jewish profes-
sor from Swarthmore Col-
Ronald Linden, 29, a Jew
who holds a doctorate in po-
litical science from Prince-
ton. was offered a teaching
post at Davidson College
earlier this year. School offi-

cials explained to Linden
that the college has a long-
standing policy which
makes it next to impossible
to grant tenure to faculty
members who are non-
Christians, but Linden, anx-
ious for a job, accepted.
with one qualification.
In what he intended as a
letter of acceptance, which
the Davidson student news-
paper later quoted. Linden
stated, "I should make
clear my strong opposition
to such policies as morally
repugnant, socially anacro-
nistic and scholastically un-
wise. During my time at Da-
vidson, I will strongly sup-
poft any movement to elimi-

Argentina Bans Sale of Book
Propagating Anti-Semitism

The government -has
banned the sale and distri-
bution of two anti-Semitic
books on the grounds that
the proliferation of ideolo-
gical-racial conflicts does
not contribute to the task of
national reorganization.
Julio Cesar Urien, the au-
thor of one of the books,
"The Way of Man," has
been detained.
Jean Boyer, the author of
the other book, "The Worst
Enemies of Our People,"
does not live in Argentina.
But his book has been
branded as containing Nazi
Meanwhile,. a delegation
from the DATA, the repre-
sentative body of Argentine

Jewry, met with Gen. Al-
bano Harguindeguy, the
Minister of Interior, and
asked for a strong state-
ment from the government
ending the vitriolic anti-
Jewish statements which
have been appearing in the
press because of the govern-
ment investigation into the
scandal regarding the finan-
cial empire of David Gravi-
er, an Argentine Jewish
banker who was believed to
have died in an air crash in
Mexico last year.

nate such laws and
Rather than accept the
challange, which Linden
said he made not to embar-
rass the school, but to im-
prove its academic environ-
ment, the college withdrew
its offer, notifying Linden
about several weeks ago.
Several students and facul-
ty learned of the action and
immediately began a pro-
test amid scattered charges
of anti-Semitism.
Davidson, according to
spokesmen, does not have
any federally funded re-
search contracts, thus
exempting it from several
regulations prohibiting dis-
crimination by government
contractors. However, the
S North Carolina General As-
sembly is drafting legisla-
tion to bar state aid to stu-
dents who attend colleges
that discriminate in hiring.
The college knew that
Linden was Jewish when it
offered him the job last Feb-

The DATA also asked for
adequate legislation to pun-
ish the promotion of reli-
gious or racial discrimina-
tion in any form and by any

L B. Singer Quiz

This quiz was prepared from material offered in
_courses ,sponsored by the American Jewish Committee's
Academy for Jewish Studies • Without Walls.

(Copyright 1977, JTA, Inc.)

Vlatch the quotations from I. B. Singer's short stories
with the choices below.
1. "Help, people, help! My mother is dead!" she cried
with all her strength. as women cry in the Jewish small
towns in Poland. but nobody responded.-
2. "What's this, sacred toilet paper?"
3. "There is nothing in the Torah to forbid it. The ban ap-
plies only to men. Besides. since there
). are no witnesses.
it is forbidden to spread rumors.
4. "The ghost is late, that's all. Who does she think she's
fooling? -- Just crazy—mushuga.•'
5. He raised his first to heaven: "Fiend' Murderer! De-
vouring' beast !''
a) Yoineh Meir, in "The Slaughterer"
b) Reb Eisele in "Zeitel and Rickel"
c) Dr. Kalisher in "The Seance"
d) Binele in "The Lecture"
e) The dybbuk Beyle Tslove in "The Dead Fiddler"
6. • It took so long for Singer's stories to become popular in
America because
a) they are too difficult for the average reader
b) until recently ethnic literature has been considered
c) - they are not particularly interesting
/7. Most of Singer's stories are ,set in
a) America
b) the Pale of Settlement
c) Israel
8. Singer's use of dybbuks. devils. and imps reminds one
of the writings' of
a) Nathaniel Hawthorne
b) Ernest Hemingway
c) Kurt Vonnegut
9. One reason for Singer's coming to popularity in the late
1960s and early 1970s was
a) his accent on the occult
b) the fact that he writes in Yiddish
.c) his emphasis on the Old World
10. Singer writes primarily
a) about Jews for Christians
b) about Jews for Jews
c) about Christians for ,Jews

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ruary. The college says it
has six Jews among its
1,300 students; there are no
Jews among its appoxima-
tely 100 faculty members.
According to its bylaws.
Davidson believes it can
best accomplish its goals
by ensuring that permanent
faculty, besides their aca-
demic qualifications, also
"understand and respond to
the implications of their
commitment as Chris-

Linden, who has since ac-
cepted a position at the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh, said
he was "sending in the rele-
vant communications - to
the American Association
of University Professors.
When asked by the David-
son student newspaper how
he felt, Linden said: "Your
first reaction is astonish-
ment that an institution
would act this way. And
you feel slapped in the

Hebrew University to Publish
America and Holy Land Series

publication of a 72-volume
reprint series called "Amer-
ica and the Holy Land,"
consisting mainly of 19th
Century and early 20th Cen-
tury writings on Palestine
by Americans, was an-
nounced at a - meeting of the
International Committee of
the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem's Institute of Con-
temporary Jewry.

The announcement was
made jointly by Daniel G.
Ross, chairman of the inter-
national committee, and
Dr. Maurice Jacobs of the
American Jewish Historical
Society. The series will be
published by Arno Press, a
New York Times company.

tire series.
In another report at the
meeting, Prof. Yehuda
Bauer, deputy head of the
institute and director of the
Department of Holocaust
Studies, said two pub-
lications are expected to ap-
pear in 1978: "To Save Our
Soul, - which deals with the
American Joint Distribution
Committee's rescue at-
tempts during the
Holocaust, and "The Jewish
Emergence from Pow-

Carter Denounces Accusation
That Jews Crucified Jesus

President Carter, in a clari-
fication of his remarks to a
Baptist Bible class here in
March, has personally de-
nounced the false charge
against the Jewish people
over the crucifixion of
Christ and expressed his
gratification that Christiani-
ty's leaders have "totally
and decisively rejected"
the - unjust accusation."
Carter's clarification
came in a letter to the Rev.
John F. Steinbruck of the
Luther Place Memorial
Church in Washington in re-
sponse to a letter dated
May 6 from the Lutheran
pastor who had written to
him that "an uneasy con-
cern - prevails in 'the Jew-
ish and Christian commu-
nities that press accounts of
the President's remarks
"will undermine progress
that has been made in the
Christian world removing
the basis of deicide charges
against the Jewish people."
The President, in March
said, among other things, at
the First Baptist Church,
that "a turning point" in
Christ's life was that "he
had directly challenged in a
fatal way the existing
church, and there was no
possible way for the Jewish
leaders to avoid the chal-
lenge. So they decided to
kill Jesus. - Carter, in his
,f esponse to Steinbruck,

"The Christian religion
holds that Jesus of Naza-
reth, who was a Jew, gave
his life to redeem the sins
of. all humanity. The Gos-

pels declare that the death
of Jesus was foreordained,
and without that death and
the resurrection which fol-
lowed it, Christians would
not be saved in Christ. Yet
the crucifixion required
human instruments. Among
these were Judas, who was
a Christian disciple,
Caiaphas who was a Jewish
priest appointed by the
Roman authorities, and Pi-
late, a Gentile, who ac-
tually condemned Jesus to
"In accordance with 0
Gospels, I know that Jest. /
forgave the preordained
human instruments of his
death, but I am also aware
that the Jewish people were
for many centuries falsely
charged with collective re-
sponsibility for the death of
Jesus, and were persecuted
terribly for that unjust accu-
sation which has been ex-
ploited as a basis and ra-
tionalization for anti-Semi-
"I know and am personal-
ly gratified by the fact that
the highest authorities of
the major Christian
Roman Catholic, and Greek
Orthodox—have totally and
decisively rejected the
charge that the Jewish
people as a whole were
then or are now responsible
for the death of Christ. My
own denomination, the
Southern Baptist Conven-
tion, adopted an official res-
olution on June 7, 1972, decl-
aring 'anti-Semitism as un-
Christian' and as 'being op-
posed to any and all forms
'of it."

Taxes and Your Future

In a previous article, we
stressed the importance of
The series will include record-keeping and the fact
one new work, "With Eyes that the Tax Reform Act of
Toward Zion," an expanded 1976 had radically changed
version of a "Scholars Collo- the rules for determining
quium on America-Holy the basis of all property ac-
Land Studies" held at the quired from decedents.
National Archives in Wash-
Treasury regulations pre-
ington in September, 1975. scribe what information con-
It is edited by Prof. Moshe cerning a beneficiary's
Davis, head of the Institute basis is to be supplied by ex-
of Contemporary Jewry and ecutors to the IRS and to
advisory editor for the en- beneficiaries. In addition,
the law provides penalties
for failure to supply such in-
Mondale Heads
Israel Committee formation.
Details of the penalties
WASHINGTON (JTA )- are not relevant to this dis-
Vice President Walter Mon- cussion. What is important
dale is chairman of the hon- is the absolute necessity for
orary committee of 16 dis- naming a qualified and ex-
tinguished Americans, in- perienced executor who can
cluding four Cabinet mem- cope with the complexity of
bers, for the Israel the law and settle your es-
Independence Ball marking tate.
Under the new rule there
Israel's 29th anniversary
June 5 at the Washington is a "Step-Up" in cost basis
at death to the higher of the
Hilton Hotel.
Committee members in- donor's cost or the value of
clude Treasury Secretary the property on Dec. 31,
Michael Blumenthal. De- 1976.
This represents a signifi-
fense Secretary Harold
Brown, Agriculture Secre- cant change from prior
tary Robert Bergland and law. As a result, the heirs.
if they sell the property,
Transportation Secretary
Brock Adams. House Speak- will be taxed on the gain be-
er Thomas P. O'Neill. Sen-
tween the "Stepped-Up"
ate Majority Leader Robert
basis and the current fair
C. Byrd, House Minority market value of the proper-
Leader John J. Rhodes and ty at the time of their sale.
Washington Mayor Walter
The new rules on Capital
Gains Taxation change the

required holding period for
long-term capital gain treat-
ment. Starting with sales
made in 1977 the required
holding period must be
more than nine months.
Then in 1978, and sub-
sequent years, the required
holding period must be
more than one year.
Starting in 1977, the limi-
tation on the amount of cap-
ital losses which can be de-
ducted from ordinary in-
come has been increased to
$2,000 a year, and in 1978
and subsequent years, the
capital loss limitation will
be $3,000.
Charitable contributions,
particularly of appreciated
long-term capital gain prop-
erty, continue to remain
one of the few approved tax
savings methods. Attention
should be given to the
change in the law regarding
the holding period for long-
term appreciated property
as previously stated.
The holding period re-
quirement is particularly
significant in charitable giv-
ing since the donor may de-
duct the full value of the
long-term appreciated prop-
erty- up to a limit of 30 per-
cent of his "contribution
base" (generally, adjusted
gross income). But upon
the contribution of a short-
term capital asset the
donor's deduction is, in ef-

fect, limited to his cost.
Thus, a donor must be
particularly careful to see
that the long-term capital
gain holding period under
the new law is observed in
making charitable deduc-
A potential incentive for
charitable giving applies to
a number of other amend-
ments in the 1976 Act, such
as those limiting tax shel-
ters, which could increase
the taxes of many individ-
The complexities will re-
quire skillful handling by
your estate, planner, but
don't be surprised if he sug-
gests that you contribute
that piece of real estate to
a public charity—such
the Jewish Welfare FeLN
ation - United Jewish Chari-
ties—instead of selling it, or
leaving it in your estate.

Galilee to Have
New Moshavim

will embark on its most am-
bitious plan ever—Project
Segev—in the northern Gali-
lee. to establish a stronger
Jewish presence in the
area, where there are three
Arabs to every Jew. Three
mountains, next to each
other. will have their tops
sliced off, with a moshav
built on each one.

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