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February 02, 1979 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-02-02

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Judge Rapped for Nazi Remark

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
(JTA) — The Jewish Com-
munity Relations Council,
Anti-Defamation League of
Minnesota and the Dakotas,
at its board meeting last
week, voted to file a formal
complaint with the Min-
nesota State Board on Judi-
cial Standards concerning
Judge C. William Sykora's

recent remarks to an al-
leged shoplifter.
According to the com-
plaint, he had told the de-
fendant, a survivor of the
Nazi Holocaust, "Well, with
your experience over in
Germany — and I was over
there and saw some of those
concentrations camps — if
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Winners will be notified by
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teach a peron to learn and
obey the law, I would think
that it would be that."
The complaint stated that
"the Jewish community was
shocked and disturbed" by
the judge's remarks, and
that he "not only demeaned
her (the defendant) as a per-
son, but was an affront to
the entire Jewish commun-
ity."
It was . added that
Judge Sykora "reflects a
total lack of understand-
ing of Nazi Germany and
the perversion of law
under that tyrannical re-
gime, and of the process
that inevitably led to
genocide."
During the Hitler era,
"more than 400 decrees and
edicts were issued and laws
passed against Germany's
Jewish citizens, which ul-
timately led to the destruc-
tion of much of European
Jewry as well as the deaths
of millions of non-Jews," the
complaint stated.
"The- experience of Nazi
Germany and its debase-
ment of the law should
never be invoked as a lesson
for obedience to the law in
our society. Such an equa-
tion is an affront to the
citizenry of any society that
reveres the law."
It concluded by urging
that the Minnesota State
Board on Judicial Stan-
dards take "appropraite ac-
tion" because the Judge has
brought his "office into dis-
repute."

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Cult Conference Inconclus 2

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Jews are attracted to "cults"
in somewhat greater prop-
' artion than their percen-
tage of the population, ac-
cording to Dr. Irving Louis
Horowitz of the Rutgers
University Department of
Sociology.
This general assessment
was accppted by the score or
SO
participants —
educators, sociologiSts,
political scientists, theolo-
gians and community rela-
tions experts — at a two-day.
Conference on Cults spon-
sored by the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith in New York last
week.
The fact that large num-
bers of young Jews become
members of new religious
movements was given as a
prime reason for the confer-
ence by Theodore Freed-
man, director of ADL's -na-
tional program division. He
said that although no hard
facts are available, the ADL
decided to critically
examine the cult phenome-
non.
"The events in. Jones-
town" (Guyana), l'reedman
said, - "appear to be
symptomatic of a malaise in
American society and we
decided to take a look at the
phenomenon. There is deep
concern about the political
connotation of many religi-
ous cults and the possibility
that there may be more
Jonestowns."
Horowitz, indicating
that the current rise of
cults is a Christian as well
as a Jewish problem, said
it is a problem of the con-
frontation between sci-
ence and Judaism "in
which the _rational com-
ponent has created a
schism as in all relig-
ions." He added that
those attracted to cults

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seem to be- "year
certainty."
To a corn
Hasidism is a "cu
Israel Miller, vice p
of Student Affair
Yeshiva University,
clared that "Hasidism do
have all -the characteristics
of , a cult — charismatic
rabbi,-uniform garb, warm,
loving structure, the people
live close to each other
though not in common, use
music — with one impor-
tant difference, it adheres to
the traditional value sys-
tem of Judaism."
Miller 'tressed that while
the Hasidim succeed, other
branches of Judaism appa-
rently fail in transmitting
this value system to the
next generation. He said,
therefore, that "we have to
seek out what is missing in
our society that deprives us
of this ability, that makes
people feel they can move on
to a greater good without
these values."
He noted that one prob-
lem in 'this area is that "we
have permitted government
to take over too much of our
lives so that it has taken
over responsibilities °nee
accepted by the family and
religion."
While no consensus de-
veloped in the course of the
conference as the the best
way to approach the rise of
"cults" in the recent period,
there seemed to be agree-
ment that more study is es-
sential, that new religious
movements are not uncom-
mon in American history or,
in fact, human history, that
it represents some kind of
failure .of transcendent re
ligion, that the new religi-
ous groups should not be
prosecuted because of their
beliefs but only if acts of
force and fraud are
employed.

Racer Denies Jewishness,
Sports Halt Selects Boxer

NEW YORK — The Fame is having an inau-
chairman of the Jewish gural dinner in Los Angeles
Sports Hall of Fame has told May 20:
the Jewish Post and Opin-
ion that it has replaced race Mezuza Sculptor
car driver Mauri Rose of
Warren, Mich., with boxer Was a Detroiter
Jackie Fields as an inau-
Artist Bruce Magidsohn,
gural inductee into the hall sculptor of the "Lincoln
of fame.
Mezuza" described in last
Joseph Siegman told the week's Jewish News, was
Post and Opinion after the the son of Dr. and Mrs. Eliot
paper had questioned Rose's (Esther) Magidsohn of
Jewishness, that the sports Farmington Hills.
hall had contacted Rose and
The younger Magidsohn
Rose said he was not
died in May 1975 at age 34.
Jewish.
Siegman cited several He was educated at Mum-
sports and Jewish ford High School in Detroit
encyclopedias that listed and earned BFA and MA
Rose as Jewish and said. degrees at Wayne State
that Rose's parents were University. He earned his
members of a Toledo doctoral degree at Ohio
University in Athens, Ohio.
synagogue.
But Siegman said that
Mr. Magidsohn taught
sports hall did not feel
at
Northern Illinois Uni-
that it was in their prov-
ince to debate an indi- versity and organized the
vidual's religious prefer- art department at San-
ence and have replaced gamon State Univ
in Springfield, II
Rose with Jackie Fields.
1970_
Fields was world welter-
The mezuza . ,vas sc
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