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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-03-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday," March 22, 1985

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ROCKY'S

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Rabbis Hear Falwell
Apologize For Remarks

Miami Beach (JTA) — Moral
Majority leader Rev. Jerry Fal-
well has apologized for calling for
the Christianization of America.
We were wrong and we are
sorry," Rev. Falwell told more
than 1,200 conservative rabbis
attending the annual convention
of the Rabbinical Assembly last
week in Miami Beach. "What
• more can I say."
Marc Tannenbaum, director of
international relations for the
American Jewish Committee,
who shared the platform with
Falwell, told reporters later that
Falwell's apology appeared "sin-
cere and the way has been cleared
for the genuine dialogue between
Conservative evangelical Chris-
tians and the Jewish community."
Tannenbaum told his conserva-
tive rabbinical colleagues that
"whatever our differences, the
Jewish community does not take
for granted that 70 million
evangelical Christians have
given stalwart support in the ad-
vocacy and well being of the State
of Israel."
Tannenbaum described Jews as
being "deeply troubled" during
the 1984 Presidential elections by
comments from both the Republi-
can and Democratic parties. The
AJCommittee leader said that
President Reagan had 50-60 per-
cent of the Jewish vote until Rev.
Falwell, a key Reagan supporter,
made his remarks regarding the
Christianizing of America.
"When you say you need to re-
store America to being a Chris-
, tian nation, to return to the condi-
tions of our origins, that kind of
mythologizing is nothing more
than the revision of American. his-
tory," Tannenbaum declared.
Rev. Falwell, in his remarks
praised Israel and spoke of his
"love for Israel and the Jewish
people." He promised to mobilize
conservative Christians on behalf
of the Jewish state and to fight
anti-Semitism.
Describing Israel as "America's
only true friend" in the Middle
East., the Moral Majority leader
declared, "Were it not for the Is-

raeli presence the Soviets would
now own the oilfields in the Mid-
dle East and we would not be here
in an economy that is strong and
flourishing. We (America) owe
more to Israel than Israel owes to
us .. . Every dollar we spend (in
Israel) is the best defense dollar
we spend anywhere in the world."
In other action at the assembly
last week, the rabbis voted for the
first time to admit two women Re-
form rabbis to the Conservative
body.
After rejecting the two candi-
dates two years in a row, both of
whom received Reform ordina-
tion, the 85th annual meeting ac-
cepted the applications of Rabbi
Beverly Magidson, of Congrega-
tion Beth Shalom, Clifton Park,
N.Y. a Conservative synagogue,
and Rabbi Jan Carol Kaufman of
Rockville, Md., chaplain of a
Jewish day school.
The affirmative vote followed
the passage of an amendment to
admit upon ordination the
graduating class of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of New
York.
A spokesperson for the RA said
that the two women rabbis who
were admitted to membership at
the convention will not officially
become members of the Conserva-
tive rabbinic group until July 1.
This means that Amy Eilberg, a
JTS student who will be ordained
before July, will officially become
the first Conservative woman
rabbi admitted to the RA.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Gor-
bachev, the new Soviet leader,
was urged by RA delegates to
engage in a new period of coopera-
tion with the West by releasing
Soviet Prisoners of Conscience,
permitting increased Jewish
emigration, and adhering to the
Helsinki accords.
The Conservative body urged
President Reagan to include the
issue of human rights for Soviet
Jews as part of all dialogues held
between the United States and
the USSR, including talks on nu-
clear arms and trade.

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