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December 14, 1984 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-12-14

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Jews for Mondale

Continued from page 4

dale was even more decisive: a
Jewish perception that the
Reagan Administration just
does not care very much for the
less fortunate in our society —
that it simply lacked compas-
sion — coupled with a percep-
tion that quiet strength and
persistent negotiation is the
proper approach to East-West
relations in the nuclear age,
and that the Reagan Adminis-
tration does not share that
view.
These conclusions are but-
tressed by a 1984 poll of 750
well-to-do young Jews — av-
erage age 33, median income
well over $50,000 — who
attended a United Jewish Ap-
peal Young Leadership con-
ference in Washington, D.C. If
there were an incipient shift in
Jewish voting patterns, one
would have expected to find
evidence of it in that age
group.
They were asked whether
government should spend
more or less or the same for a
variety of programs. For "so-
cial welfare programs" they
answered More, 56 percent -
Less, 18 percent - Same, 24
percent.
For "health care for poor,"
54 - 10 - 34. For "education," 83
- two - 13. They were against
voluntary prayer in schools,
94 percent - three percent, and
prohibiting abortions, 97 per-
cent - one percent. They fa-
vored a bilateral, verifiable
nuclear freeze, 85 percent -
seven percent. And over-
whelmingly they identified
themselves as "liberal" rather
than "conservative," 57 per-
cent - 22 percent, and as
Democrats rather than Repub-
licans, 58 percent - 12 percent.
If these are the reasons that
explain Jewish voting be-
havior, they carry two in-
teresting messages. First,
they tell us that Jews can be
successfully wooed by Repub-
licans — but not by Republi-
cans who have no understand-
ing of pluralism, of compas-
sion or of a sensible road to
peace in a nuclear age.
There is no necessary or
theoretical inconsistency be-
tween Republicanism and
compassion; it was, after all,
Lincoln who saw it as govern-
ment's role to help those un-
able to help themselves. Nor is
there an inconsistency be-
tween Republicanism and a
serious, • dignified approach to
our potential adversaries on
the international stage. It
was, after all, Theodore
Roosevelt who admonished us
to talk softly and carry a big
stick.
And certainly no inconsis-

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tency exists between Repub-
licanism and pluralism. What
could be more "conservative" - 1
than .adhering to the 200-
year-old American doctrine of
separating government and
religion? Jews, in short, could
become Republicans, if only
the Republican Party would
hew more closely to their own
historic principles.
Jewish voting patterns in
the 1984 election also tell us
that rich and poor alike, young
and old alike, there are cer-
tainly deeply-felt values that
Jews still hold — the well-to-
do as strongly as their less
well-to-do parents and their
economically disadvantaged
grandparents. For those Jews
who are disappointed by the
election results, that is no
small consolation.

NEWS

French official
called pro-Arab

Paris (JTA) — France's new
Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas,
was described as a staunch and
loyal pro-Arab by the French
daily Le Monde this week which
recalled that in past years he had-
intervened on behalf of Palesti-
nian terrorists.
Dumas, 64, named Foreign
Minister last week by President
Francois Mitterrand, will replace
Claude Cheysson who is leaving
the government. He is an attorney
and former journalist, and is con-'-
sidered a close personal friend of
Mitterrand.
His appointment coincided with
the visit of Israeli Premier Shi-
mon Peres which was hailed by
both French and Israeli officials
as a renewal of warm and friendly
relations between the two coun-
tries for the first time in the 20
years since the presidency of
Charles de Gaulle.

UOJCA elects
new president

New York — Sidney Kwestel of
Forest Hills, N.Y., was elected
president of the Union of Or-
thodox Jewish Congregations of
America at the organization's na-
tional convention in Baltimore
last month.
Kwestel is replacing Julius Be-
rman who has held the leadership
post for the past six years.
In his inaugural speech, Kwes-
tel expressed his goal to unite the
Orthodox community. As an ini-
tial step in moving towards this
goal, he called upon the Orthodox
Union to "move towards a con-
solidation with another
mainstream synagogue body, the
National Council of Young Israel.
The time has come when we must
take the lead to maximize the fi-
nancial and human resources of
the Torah community."

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