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September 22, 1978 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-09-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

South African Jews Urged to Support Human Rights

CAPE TOWN (JTA) —
'South African Jews were
urged to give a "moral lead"
in the achievement of a just
society- in their country.
Rabbi Norman N.M. Ber-
nhard of the Oxford
Synagogue Center in
Johannesburg, declared in
the keynote address to the
1978 Cape Conference of the
South African Jewish Board
of Deputies that Jews
should "take a firm stand in
favor of equity and fair play
and dignity for every
human being in this coun-
try" without. fear of conse-
quences.

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outlooks and laws is the
index of our Jewishness.
We have to see how we
can maintain our integ-
rity in a situation which,
without question, is basi-
cally intolerable in terms
of the attitudes and the
ideas to which we are
heir."
He noted that while he
"Dissension itself is not
has
often criticized the
going to cause anybody his
living, let alone his life," Nationalist government, he
Bernhard said. "You will believed "that the rate of
and the conscious
not endanger your lives as change of
doors by the gov-
with Soviet Jewry just opening
ernment
which
it knows can
speaking out."
never again be closed, are
He observed: "We have telling, reliable indications
a set of principles and a of the government's inten
set of attitudes and a set tion to pursue meaningful
of laws to which we are detente within South Af-
committed and which rica as well as beyond its
make us Jews. The ex- borders."
tent to which we are
Dr. I. Abramowitz, who
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He said he was disap-
pointed that fear of losing
popularity and profit and
self-protection inhibited
Jews from taking a moral
stand. Jews are not just free
agents but are committed to
a set of spiritual and moral
values that they must strive
to uphold, he stated.

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50 Dutch Righteous Gentiles
Are Honored in Amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM (JTA) —
More than 50 Dutch Right-
eous Gentiles received Yad
Vashem awards from
Shlomo Argov, Israel's Am-
bassador to The Hague, in a
solemn ceremony Sept. 11
in Amsterdam. It was the
10th ceremony of its kind
here.
The awards were given
Cl, for having hidden or helped
Jews during the Nazi occu-
0 pation of Holland. The reci-
WITH
pients came from all parts of
the country. Several were
0 A PROFESSIONAL
accompanied by one or more
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of the Jews whom they had
saved.
MOSHE
Argov recalled that the
"MIKE" MISHLER
Dutch men and women who
had helped the Jews at their
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ity. Not only had the Nazis
been determined to exter-
minate the Jews of Europe
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but the Allies had done very
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little to save them, he said.
This, Argov added, should
I THE NEWEST
be a lesson for the present
and the future of the state of
at FINEST
Israel.
"We can never be con-
FOR FALL
fident again that anyone
else will guarantee us or
protect us against an-
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other attack against the
Jewish people," the
TOPCOATS
envoy declared. He re-
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ferred specifically to the
SPORTCOATS
propaganda campaign
being waged currently
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ernment and its people,
by comparing them with
IN THE NEWEST I the Nazis.
The ceremony was also
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gayor Willem Polak, him-
COLORS - •
1 self a survivor of the Nazi
occupation; Dr. Emmanuel
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Wikler, vice president of the
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Those attending the
gathering included repre-
sentatives of former Dutch
resistance groups, rabbis
and members of the First
International Jewish
Women's Conference, who

had spent three ,days
Amsterdam studying the ef-
fects of the Holocaust on the
Dutch Jewish community.
More than 100,000 Dutch
Jews were victims of the
Holocaust.

ADL Movement -
to Keep Prayer
Out of School

NEW YORK — The
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith and the Ameri _
can Jewish Committee are
urging U.S. Senators to op-
pose an attempt by Sen.
Jesse Helms to circumvent
U.S. Supreme Court rulings
outlawing prayer in public
schools.
At issue is Sen. Helms'
amendment to a proposed
Senate bill (5.3100) which
would modify the Supreme
Court's appellate jurisdic-
tion. The Helms amend-
thent, if passed, would mean
that any legal challenges-to
the introduction of prayer in
public schools could only be
heard by state courts.
The two national
human rights agencies, in
1
a letter sent to all U.S.
Senators (dated Sept. 8),
' said they are taking no
stand on the bill itself, but
"strongly object to Sen.
Helms' amendinent,
which would remove fre-
deral court jurisdiction
over constitutional chal-
lenges to 'voluntary'
prayer in the public
schools."' The letter was
signed_ b-y -Arnold Fors-
-ter,ADL's general coun-
sel, and Samuel
Rabinove, AJC's legal di-
rector.
According to the two
agencies, the Helms
amendment is "of dubious
constitutionality." They
point out that while some
state courts might bar
school prayers, others
might_ permit the practice,
"thus violating the Estab-
I ishinent Clause of the First
Amendment and the Sup-
reme Court mandate
against prayer in the public
schools."

Friday, September 22, 1918 25

Hebrew Literacy Campaign Begun

board's executive council in
Johannesburg, said that
while South Africa faced a
difficult period he did not
believe that meaningful
Jewish life in this country
would "just wither like
grapes on the vine."
He said it was true that
many Jews had left and
might be planning to leave
South Africa for a variety of
reasons. But, he believed
that in' the foreseeable fu-
ture the vast majority
would remain.

NEW YORK — The Na-
tional Federation of Jewish
Men's Clubs of the Conser-
vative movement has
launched a "Hebrew Liter-
acy" campaign to develop
programs of Hebrew study
for every adult man and
woman in all Conservative
congregations throughout
the United States and
Canada.
The campaign has re-
ceived support of the Rab-
binical Assembly of
America as well as the

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prepare anyone to read and
follow the entire Friday
night Sabbath service after
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hours of actual class
attendance.

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End of December 1918

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