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June 16, 1978 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-06-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Newly Printed Study Lists Jews in State Legislatures
ticut, Rhode Island a nd

ALBANY, N.Y. (JTA) — percent of the 7,600 state
"A sociological study of legislators in the nation
Jewish State Legislatures are Jewish, a figure
roughly equivalent to the
in America" is Albert J. Ab-
rams' description of his proportion of Jews in the
country."
newly published booklet,
Abrams lists the 15 states
"Jewish State Legislators in
America," which he wrote that have no Jewish legis-
for the National Association lators as follows: New
of Jewish State Legislators. Hampshire, Louisiana,
Abrams is executive direc- Tennessee, Kentucky, West
for of the association. Virginia, Mississippi, Ok-
lahoma, Kansas, Iowa, In-
Beginning with the first diana, Idaho, Wyoming,
Jew to serve in an American
South Dakota, Montana
legislature in 1774, the
and Washington.
study traces the history of
describes
Abrams
Jewish state legislators
"break-through" legisla-
until today, when there are
ttires as those with one
208 of them in the United Jewish legislator, and his
States.
study reveals that "nine
"No clearer evidence of states and one territory
the upward mobility of Jews
have already moved into a
developmental phase in
in United States politics can
American politics by elect-
be deduced that the fact
ing a single Jewish colon."
that there are today Jewish
legislators in 35 state legis-
"Of the 208 Jewish state
legislators in the United
latures," Abrams says in his
States," the booklet says,
booklet.
"Today, almost three "118 of them are concen-

trated on the northeastern
seaboard, principally , in
New York, Maryland,
Pennsygiania, New Jersey,
Massachusetts, Connec-

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Jerusalem Reunification Fete
Marred by Recent Bus Attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Jerusalem celebrated the
11th anniversary of its re-
unification June 5 with a
mixture of joy and sadness.
As thousands sang and
danced in festively deco-
rated streets, the families of
the victims of last week's
terrorist bus bombing be-
gan mourning for their
loved ones.
President Yitzhak Navon
attended a military cere-
mony on Mt. Herzl. In the
Mt. Scopus amphitheater,
Knesset Speaker Yitzhak
Shamir told a gathering of
new immigrants that the
world has not yet accepted
the idea that the Jewish
people have returned to
Jerusalem for good.

Meany Gets ZOA
Herzl Award

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
AFL-CIO President George
Meany was awarded the
Zionist Organization of
America's Theodor Herzl
Award last week at a dinner
in his honor at the
Washington Hilton.
In presenting the award
to Meany, ZOA President
Joseph P. Sternstein called
the 84-year-old labor leader
"one of the glowing and in-
cadescent historical per-
sonalities who will be re-
corded indelibly in the
chronicles of the -Jewish
people." Sterstein termed
Meany "one of the stalwart
friends of the state of Israel
and the Jewish people."
Standing in front of a pic-
ture of Herzl, Meany ac-
cepted the award on behalf
of the American labor
movement, citing the "spe-
cial relationship" between
the movement and Israel.
Close to 1,000 persons at-
tended the dinner including
more than 30 members of
Congress. Joining in the
tribute to Meany were Is-
raeli Ambassador Simha
Dinitz, Senators Alan
Cranston (D-Calif.) and
Howard Baker (R-Tenn.)
and Representative John B.
Anderson.

There were six victims
in the bus blast, five of
them youngsters aged
12-18 and an American
aged 30. The terrorist
bomb that virtually de-
molished the vehicle as it
stopped to discharge
passengers near Mt.
Herzl and the Yad Vas-
hem Holocaust Memo-
rial, injured 19 persons,
some of them passengers
and others passersby.
The explosion damaged
property and shattered
windows within a 300 yard
radius.
Reports from Beirut said
a terrorist group called the
General Command of the
Palestinian Revolution's
Forces claimed credit for the
outrage.
The dead are: Eliahu
Lomberger, 12; Ruhama
Grossberg, 15; Tamar
Goutel, 15; and Aharon
Meir Ohrbach, 17, all of
Jerusalem; Arye Schein-
feld, 18 of Bnei Brak; and
Richard Fishman, 30, of
Washington, D.C.
At the United Nations,
Israel lodged a formal
complaint with the Sec-
urity Council over the in-
cident.
Israel's Ambassador to
the UN, Chaim Herzog,
cited the role of the Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion (PLO) in the bombing,
in a letter to Security Coun-
cil President Ambassador
Mario R. Anaya of Bolivia.
He noted that the PLO
claimed responsibility for

the outrage.

Spanish Papers
Want Israel Tie

TEL AVIV (ZINS) —
Davar correspondent
Yoram Peri reports that
Spanish publications are
disappointed with
Spanish-Arab relations and
have been advocating re-
newed Spanish-Israeli ties.
Peri said this is unlikely,
unless there is strong public
pressure on the govern-
ment.

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