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October 07, 1983 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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18 Friday, October 1, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Agudath Israel Assails SCA
for Call for Nuclear Freeze

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NEW YORK (JTA) —
The Agudath Israel of
America assailed a renewed
call by the Synagogue
Council of America for an
immediate, mutual and ver-
ifiable freeze of nuclear
weapons as not represent-
ing "the views of the over-
whelming majority of Or-
thodox Jews."
The criticism of the
Synagogue Council was in
response to a statement by
Rabbi Mordechai Waxman,
president of the council, at a
press conference in
Washington last month just
prior to the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee's con-
sideration of a nuclear
freeze resolution that Jews
support a freeze because of
the biblical commandment
to "choose life."
Waxman, who appeared
together with representa-
tives of Catholic organiza-
tions, physicians, lawyers
and other professions at the
press conference, said that
the Synagogue Council, as
representative of the
Jewish religious commun-
ity, supports the freeze re-
solution that was being con-
sidered at the time.
An Agudath Israel
spokesman said that
Waxman's reference to
the biblical command-
ment."is an oversimplifi-,
cation of Jewish tradi-
tion to interpret rever-
ence for life as an argu-
ment for a nuclear freeze.
"To the extent that the
quest for peace was the only
proper basis for introducing
Jewish tradition into the
debate for a nuclear freeze,
the argument was one-sided
and out of context. Who is to
say whether more nuclear
arms or disarmament is the
ultimate vehicle for peace?"
The Agudath Israel
spokesman reiterated his
organization's earlier policy
statement issued last April
that although "no stone
should be left unturned in
an effort to put a halt to the
frightening nuclear —arms
race and to achieve genuine
peace, nevertheless while
peace is a religious impera-
tive, so is a strong national
defense."

The spokesman also
blamed Waxman for claim-
ing that the Synagogue
Council is representative of
the Jewish religious corn-
munity. "The fact is that the
vast majority of Orthodox
synagogues, rabbis and
their constituents are not
represented in the
Synagogue Council, and the

Non-Members

MEXICO CITY (zins) —
According to a study by the
Institute of Jewish Affairs
of the World Jewish Con-
gress, less than a third of
Mexican Jews in profes-
sional or university posts
belong to a synagogue.
However, more than 90 per-
cent contribute to the Un-
ited Israel Appeal.
Out of 510 university
teachers, only 143 belonged
to a synagogue while 406
made UIA contributions.

AMW Parley

NEW YORK — Israel's
ambassador to the United
States, Meir Rosenne, will
be one of the featured
speakers at the 'American
Mizrahi Women (AMW) na-
tional convention Oct. 9-12
in New York.

SCA has no right to con-
tinue to represent itself as
the spokesman for Orthodox
Jewry on any issue, includ-
ing the nuclear freeze," the
Agudath spokesman said.

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