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April 06, 1979 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-04-06

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Friday, April 6 1979

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Conversion of Non-Jews Debated
at Convention of Reform Rabbis

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Con-
version of non-Jews to
Judaism was a major topic
of discussion at the 90th
convention of the Central
Conference of American
Rabbis which met in
Phoenix last week.
The rabbinical body dis-
cussed the proposal by

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Rabbi Alexander Schindler
that the Reform movement
make a more aggressive at-
tempt to welcome converts
and to reach out to the "un-
churched." Many of the rab-
bis objected to the part of the
Schindler proposal that
suggests Jews actively pro-
selytize.
Another aspect of the
conversion issue has been
the appeal by many liberal
Jews in Europe and Israel
for stricter standards of
conversion, including the
requirements of circumci-
sion for men and ritual im-
mersion in water by all con-
verts.
On the issue of setting
standards for converts,
the rabbis heard sharply
opposing views and
made no move to approve
a stricter code.
The committee on conver-
sions of the conference is-
sued a statement that ad-
vises the movement to "seek
to improve the effectiveness
of current conversion pro-
grams" and urged the con-
ference "to draw-up and ac-
cept a set of minimal
standards for dealing with a
pedagogic, spiritual and
psychological development
of the converts."
At the conference, Rabbi
Jerome R. Malino of Dan-
bury, Conn., was elected
president of the CCAR.
The Reform rabbis last
week gathered in front of

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Jewish Federations and
associated with the organ-
ization for 36 years, has an-
nounced his retirement ef-
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Joining the council staff
in 1943 as its director of
field service, Bernstein be-
came associate director in
1947 and was - named chief
executive in 1955.
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the Arizona State Legisla-
ture and held a mass rally
and ecumenical service in a
strong message of religious
support for the Equal
Rights Amendment. Fol-
lowing the service the rab-
bis visited the state sena-
tors and representatives.
The service was read
by Rabbi Sally Priesand,
the nation's first woman
rabbi. Joining her was
Sister Claire Dunn of
Arizona; a Catholic nun
who is a member of the
state house of represen-
tatives. Rabbi Priesand
recently resigned as
associate rabbi of
Stephen. Wise Free
Synagogue in New York
and is seeking another
rabbinical position.
Meanwhile, some attend-
ing the convention pro-
tested meeting in a state
that has not ratified the
ERA, and called upon dele-
gates to boycott the conven-
tion.
Six women Reform rabbis
issued a letter to CCAR
members expressing disap-
pointment "that the confer-
ence has not chosen to man-
ifest its stated support of
ERA through the boycott of
non-ratified states."

JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
El Al Israel Airlines and the
hotel industry have been
blaming each other for a 12
percent drop in winter
tourism.
El Al says the hotel prices
are too high (a $77 room at
the Dan cost $22 in 1975)
and the hotels say El Al and
TWA waited too long to im-
plement their lower rate
schedules.
Israeli economists say,
however, that the blame lies
with the Israeli Pound,
which now stands at IL 20 to
$1. The economists say the
Pound should really be at IL
30 to $1.

Best Wishes to All Our

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ruby
and Family

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