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July 29, 1977 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-29

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44 Friday, July 29, 1977




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July 12—To Mr. and Mrs.
Maurice Schreiber (Celia
Rosenthal), 16975 New Jer-
sey,- Southfield, a daughter,
Rebecca Louise.
* * *
July 4—To Mr. and Mrs.
Allan Berger (Ronna Man-
dell), 32438 Bonnet Hill,
Farmington Hills, a daugh-
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Americans and Israelis Join Dialogue on Individual Rights

BNAI DAVID Atid senior
youth group will go to Pine
Knob to hear the Seals and
Crofts concert Aug. 15.
meeting 5 p.m. in the youth
lounge. Friends are invited.
Discounts will be available
to dues-paying members.
Reservation deadline is
Tuesday. For information,
call Steve Dines, 557-1977;
or adviser Hartley Harris.

annual American-Israel "Di-
alogue" ended last week
with a plea for recognition
that "Jewish sensibility" is
an essential element of civil
liberties in Israel.
Law Professor Irwin Cot-
ler of McGill University in
Montreal told the American
Jewish Congress-sponsored
symposium in the Van Leer
"Civil liberties in a Jew-
ish state are no less impor-
tant than in a secular coun-
try like the United States,
but they are not identical.
Israel was founded as a
state for Jews. As such it
has a legitimate claim on
its secularists to respect
Jewish values—although
they need not observe
them—in the same manner
that the religious commu-
nity must permit—even if it
does- not respect—non-reli-
gious behavior."
The 35 "Dialogue" pan-
elists, including legal schol-
ars, rabbis and community
leaders, spent four days on
the symposium • theme:
"The Rights of the Individ-
ual in Halakhic, Israeli and
American Law."
Howard M. Squadron and
Paul S. Berger, lawyers
and leaders of the Ameri-
can Jewish Congress, sug-
gested that a written con-
stitution would strengthen
civil rights and civil _liber-
ties in Israel and serve also
as a "useful educational
tool to enhance public un-
derstanding of and respect
for the rights and freedoms
of others. '
The issue of women's
rights within a Jewish
framework was raised by
Mrs. Leona Chanin, presi-
dent of the American Jew-
ish Congress national
women's division; by Ruth
Bader-Ginsburg of Colum-
bia University Law School,
a leading authority on
Women's legal rights; and
by Harriet Pilpel of New
York, a prominent civil lib-
erties attorney.
Mrs. Chanin called the
struggle for women's rights
"the great auto-emancipa-
tion movement of our day."
She said:
women are determined to
introduce the _ new per-
ception of themselves and
of their rights into three
major areas: (1) Jewish
communal life—by demand-
ing equal participation in
the organized Jewish com-
munity; (2) Jewish family

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life—by insisting that they
be treated as full partners
in every aspect of Jewish
domestic relations; and (3)
Jewish religious life—by
seeking new interpretations
of Halakha that will give
recognition to women's new
role in society."
Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz,
deputy mayor of Jerusa-
lem, supported Mrs. Chan-
in's call for changes in Ha-
lakhic interpretation that
would grant the personal
dignity today's women de-
-- Israel Supreme Court Jus-
tice Hayim Cohn said that
the imposition of Jewish,re-
ligious law in the areas of
marriage and divorce had
resulted in the Halakha's be-
coming a matter of "con-
tempt, ridicule and hatred"
in Israel. Justice Cohn de-
"Too many Israelis fail to
see the beauty of Halakha.
People see only the hard-
ship and suffering that re-
sult from the curtailment of
fundamental human rights
when Halakha determines
the family relations of

those who do not wish to be
bound by it."
Rabbi Emanuel Rack-
man, president of Bar-Ilan
University, agreed with Jus-
tice Cohn that the "wrong
impression" of Halakha
was being conveyed by the
emphasis given to the role
of Halakha in the Israeli
law of marriage and di-
vorce. There was far more
to Jewish religious law than
rules covering domestic re-
lations, he said.
Rabbi Aharon Lichtens-
tein of Yeshivat Alon Shvat,
whose opening "Dialogue"
paper led off the discussion,
agreed that thefe were
"limits" beyond which Ha-
lakha could not be altered.
"A measure of flexibility
greater than what we have
known is perhaps feasible,"
he said, "but public pres-
sure and public scrutiny
make such change more dif-
Zalman Abramov, former
Knesset member, urged
that the halakhic commu-
nity in Israel "submit to
the will of the Jewish
people as it did in the past

to the non-Jewish commu-
nity." He recalled that in
1921, when Lord Samuel es-
tablished a rabbinical juris-
diction under the British
Mandate, Orthodox leaders
violently opposed the High
Commissioner's demand
that a court of appeals be
created — in contravention
of Halakha — to hear ap-
peals from the rabbinical
"When Lord Samuel in-
sisted that there be an ap-
peals court or no rabbinical
jurisdiction at all," Abra-
mov recalled, "the reli •
authorities submitted
non-Jewish civil authori ty!
"Let them now bow to
the demand of the Jewish
community in Israel to in-
troduce changes in the Ha-
lakha affecting individual
Meanwhile, Rabbi Arthur
Hertzberg, president of the
American Jewish Congress,
declared: "In Israel, what o
the law must seek is a bal-
ance between the obligatory
character of Halakha and
the libertarian nature of a
modern state.

N. American Israel War Dead Memorialized

The Jewish National Fund
is planting a 10,000-tree for-
est commemorating 101
members of the Association

New York Planning
October Campaign

most massive telephone
campaign in the history of
philanthropy, to be known
as Mobilization '77, will be
held in October by the
United Jewish Appeal-Fed-
eration of Jewish Philan-
thropies Joint C .mpaign in
New York.

The week-long Mobiliza-
tion will be launched with a
four-hour television presen-
tation Oct. 15, with Alan
King as host to a long ros-
ter of entertainers and ce-
lebrities. The. telecast will
open a week of telephone so-
licitations by volunteers
working in enters in the
city and throughout neigh-
boring counties.

of American and Canadian known as Shaar Ha-Carmel.
The dedication took place
Immigrants who have died
in the presence of Moshe
in Israel's wars, the JNF
Rivlin, JNF board of direc-•
announced. -
tors chairman, Pierre Gil-
The forest will be in the
Judean Hills in the Jerusa : desgame, world president
of Maccabi, Louis Berold,
lem corridor. A statue with
president of the Caesaria
the names of the 101 dead
la club, and member of
was unveiled last week.
National Golf of Great
Five of the children of the
Britain whose sponsorship
dead planted five saplings
of this recreation area is
marking the five wars in
the latest of their projects. -
which Israel has been in-
volved since 1948.
The area\ was dedicated
Another JNF venture
begun last week was the in honor of Sidney Obrart,
dedication of a 12.5-acre rec- president of -the JNF golf-
reational area at the foot- ers of Britain, and his wife,
hills of the Carmel range Ruth.

New Legislation Will Help U.S.
Businesses Dealing With Israel

Last year's Mobilization
television broadcast, en-
titled "Remembering is Not
Enough," was seen by an
audience of millions and
won an Emmy Award.
Some $4 million was
pledged during the broad-


Crash Victims'
Families Helped

NEW YORK—Harold M.
Jacobs, president of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America,
presented a check for
$93,000 to Eugene Flxler, to
be distributed to the fami-
lies of the victims of an au-
tomobile crash last Decem-
ber in Pennsylvania which
claimed the lives of five
shokhtim and mashgikhim
(rabbinic kosher slaughte-
rers and supervisors) and
seriously injured a sixth.

The funds were raised by
the member synagogues of
the UOJC and the members
of the Rabbinical Council of
America. .

American firms (Wing business in Israel are expected to
be aided substantially by new U.S. legislation designed to
curb Arab boycott pressures.

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