Friday, April 6, 1984
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DANGER ON THE HORIZON: The defeat in the
Senate of the bill for a Constitutional amendment to
legalize -voluntary vocal prayers in public schools — a
measure strongly opposed by all leading Jewish organiza-
tions, some Christian church groups and by liberal groups
— is a victory for the principle of church-state separation
which the Founding Fathers embodied in the Constitution.
Currently, however, there is another strong effort in
the making which requires great attention on the part of
the American Jewish community and of all Americans who
are interested in protecting the Constitution. Thirty-two
states petitioned Congress to hold a Constitutional Con-
vention to draft an amendment requiring the federal gov-
ernment to maintain a balanced budget. If two more states
submit such petitions, the Congress must call the requested
A Constitutional Convention contains the danger that
it may not limit itself to one issue but may be expanded and
reconsider the entire Constitution — including the Bill of
Rights. The danger is obvious.
Leading Jewish organizations oppose all efforts to
enact a balanced budget through an Qpen-ended Constitu-
tional Convention. They are concerned about this process
that would render other Constitutional safeguards vulner-
able to amendment.
Constitutional scholars and authorities are of the opin-
ion that there is no way to limit the scope of a Constitu-
tional Convention — not by the language of the state peti-
tions, not by Congress and probably not by the courts. A
Convention is viewed as the ultimate voice of the people,
with authority superior to that of any branch of govern-
ment. It could run away with its powers to propose
amendments on any subject it wishes. It could impose
fundamental changes in the Constitution.
World Jewish community
hits zero population growth
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According to the Year
New York (JTA) — The
world's 13 million Jews Book, 95 percent of the
reached zero population world's Jews reside in nine
growth by 1982, according nations, which are, accord-
to figures just published in ing to size: the United
the 1984 American Jewish States, 5.728 million; Israel,
3.374 million; the Soviet
The Year Book report, Union, 1.63 million; France,
prepared by Professors U. 530,000; Great Britain,
0. Schmelz and Sergio 350,000; Canada, 308,000;
DellaPergola of the Insti- Argentina, 233,000; South
tute of Contemporary Jewry Africa, 119,000; and Brazil,
at the Hebrew University in which has 100,000 Jews.
Jerusalem, noted that a
Jewish immigration to
91,000 gain in Jewish popu- North America, the report
lation in Israel between indicates, was neutralized
1980 and 1982 was offset by by internal demographic
a comparable numerical de-
cline in the Diaspora.
In a Year Book study of
"Jews in most countries of
the Diaspora are demog- the U.S. Jewish population
raphically characterized by written by Alvin Chenkin,
very low fertility, consider- of the Council of Jewish
able out-marriage, involv- Federations, the total
ing losses of children to the American Jewish popula-
Jewish population, other tion is reported to have re-
assimilatory losses and mained unchanged over the
great aging," the authors last year, at about 5.728
THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM IN ISRAEL THAT WILL ENRICH YOUR LIFE . .
The American High School Program in Israel offers.
• An Americah High School Curriculum
• An Intensive Study of Hebrew, Jewish History and Literarue
• An in-depth study of contemporary Israel through trips,
seminars and extracurricular activities.
• All courses necessary to meet requirements of United
States High Schools — 10th & 11th Grades only
The school is under the supervision of the Israel Ministry of Education and the
World Zionist Organization.
DR. SYDNEY ENGELBERGI Principal of the School is flying
in from Israel to meet and interview PARENTS and PRO-
SPECTIVE APPLICANTS Wednesday, April 11 & Thurs-
day,April 12, 1984 at the Zionist Cultural Center
18451 West 10 Mile, Southfield
Phone 569-1515 for appointment
ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA,
18451 West 10 Mile, Southfield
Metropolitan Detroit District