Einstein Project Under Way
After Legal, Financial Snags
. . and Me'
(Copyright 1982, JTA, Inc.)
MARRIAGE AND -INTERMARRIAGE: The
American Jewish Committee is now engaged in a study on
marriage — or abstention from marriage — among Jewish
students. The study is embracing the Jewish academic
youth in 15 colleges and 'universities. It is being conducted
in collaboration with the Hillel Foundations. It seeks to
the attitude of graduates and undergraduates —
e and female — toward marriage and the family.
The complex problem of the mushrooming intermar-
riage was the subject of a special conference arranged by
the American Jewish Committee in New York of four lead-
ing rabbis representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform
and Reconstructionist Judaism. The number of conversions
to Judaism was estimated at this conference conservatively
to be 10,000 each year as a result of intermarriage, with
most of the non-Jewish partners being women. During the
interchange of views it was emphasized that there is a high
rate of intermarriage also in European countries, and that
even in Israel there were last year at least 5,000 marriages
between Jews and Arabs.
The American college campus was identified during
the discussion as "the danger zone." Other factors con-
tributing to the growth, of intermarriage were identified as
"realities" of American life. These are: 1) Jews being a
minority in an open society, meet and are influenced by the
majority; 2) Many Jews lack serious religious commitment;
3) Misunderstanding of the cherished principle of
pluralism. The opinion was also expressed that the myth
that Jewish men make better husbands and that Jewish
women are expecting too much by overindulgence was also
given as a possible factor.
The discussion centered on the question whether con-
verted non-Jewish spouses should be wholeheartedly ac-
cepted. Agreement was expressed by all four rabbis that
they should, because they are partners in legitimate
Jewish marriages. Non-converted spouses remain, how-
ever; a ticklish problem.
TRENDS AMONG STUDENTS: The study now
being conducted by the American Jewish Committee does
not deal with intermarriage. It concentrates on the ques-
tion whether Jewish students are inclined to get married. It
also seeks to establish whether they feel that Jewish histor-
ical events — such as the Holocaust — require them to
marry, and whether they believe that marriage and having
children are essential for Jewish survival.
Plans for Jewish college- students regarding marriage
and raising a family are crucial to the future size and
quality of the American Jewish community. Almost all
young Jews now go to college. Yehudah Rosenman, the
director of the AJC's Jewish Communal Affairs Depart-
ment, who is directing the study in the 15 campuses, there-
fore considers the project as being of major importance.
In seeking to ascertain the trends among the Jewish
graduates and undergraduates with regard to marriage,
the American Jewish Committee is particularly interested
in finding out the sentiments of female students. Do they
believe a woman can successfully combine a career and
motherhood? Is family more important for a Jew than a
career? Do they consider the effect of not having any chil-
dren on the continuity of the Jewish community? Under
what circumstances would they date a non-Jew? Do they
believe couples with children shouldn't be allowed to get a
The American Jewish Committee study is also seeking
to establish the religious background and educational levet
of parents, as well as other factors correlated to students'
attitudes toward marriage. A suggestion was made at the
AJCommittee conference that the American Jewish com-.
munity establish a system of "linkage," or the coming to-
gether, of Jewish men and women — a kind of the old-
fashioned system practiced by Jews for generations. It is
'questionable, however, whether this "shadchanut" method
will solve the problem of student marriages, since Jewish
students, male and female, meet each other anyway on the
"Opus, yet abstain from marriage, or intermarry.
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LONDON — Czechos-
lovakia has agreed to pay
U.S. and British citizens for
property confiscated after
Aug. 8, 1958.
According to the Interna-
tional Council of Jews from
Czechoslovakia, the Czechs
will pay $81.5 million to
U.S. citizens and 24 million
British pounds ($12 million)
to British citizens in ex-
change for 18.4 metric tons
of gold confiscated by the
Allies during World War II.
For U.S. citizens, claims
must be filed by Oct. 31 with
the Foreign Claims Settle-
Washington, D.C. 20579.
- It is one of the illusions,
that the present hour is not
the critical, decisive hour.
NEW YORK — The pub-
lication of Albert Einstein's
papers, long-delayed by
legal problems and a lack of
funds, appears ready to
move ahead, according to
the New York Times.
A $1 million donation
from Harold McGraw, Jr.,
chairman and chief execu-
tive officer of McGraw - Hill
publishers, has infused new
life into the project, the
Times said. Income from
that fund will be used to pay
the project's chief editor, but
more money is needed for
the editorial staff and for
seeking out further mate-
Documentation for the
first of 20 planned volumes,
covering Einstein's life from
birth until his graduation in
1900 from the Federal
Technical Institute in
Zurich, has been assembled
by John J. Stachel, a science
historian who is editor-in-
chief of the project at
Princeton University Press.
Litigation between the
university press and Dr.
Otto Nathan, an associate
of Einstein delayed the
project for more than a
decade. Dr. Nathan,
literary executor of Eins-
tein's estate, challenged
Stachel's election as chief
editor for the papers. Dr.
Nathan wanted a board
of editors. The choice of a
single, chief editor was
finally upheld by the New
York State, Supreme
Court last summer.
- Einstein bequeathed his
papers to the Hebrew Uni,
versity of Jerusalem, but
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left them in the trust of Dr.
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An Israeli marine cadet
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