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July 12, 1985 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-07-12

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State Jewish Population Drops 22

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Balance Tipping

Annexation of the
administered territories
Could mean the end of
Israel as a 'Jewish state,' a
Hebrew University study

Tel Aviv (JTA) — If Israel were to
annex the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip while continuing to function as a
democratic country, it would not be a
. Jewish state within 30 years, accord-
ing to a new study by Prof. Dov Fried-
. lander, chairman of the demography
'department at the Hebrew University
in Jerusalem.
- But if Israel were to withdraw by
2015 back to behind the pre-1967 war
boundaries — known in Israel as the
"green line" because of its traditional
color on Israeli maps — the Jewish
Jnajority would only drop from its pre-
sent level within Israel proper of 83
Vercent to 76-79 percent of the total
population. The slight drop in the
Jewish majority would be due to a
lower birthrate and higher emigration
rate rather than i I large influx of non-
• Jews, according the report.
er's study presumes
Dr. Friedlander's
that the declining trend of the Jewish
birthrate will continue, as will that of



to the

I racing I)etroit Jewry's

"northwest passage"

through the synagogues

left behind.

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the Arab birthrate, though to a lesser
The average number of births per
woman among Israel's Arab popula-
tion currently stands at five, and in
2015 the projected Arab average will
be 2.8 births per woman. In the Jewish
sector, the current average is 2.5
births per Jewish woman, projected to
drop to two in 30 years.
The overall growth rate of the
Arab population within the "green
line" up to 2015 should average be-
tween two and 2.6 percent per annum,
as opposed to the 1-1.2 percent annual
growth rate among the Jewish popula-
tion, the study finds.
Dr. Friedlander's study points out
that the picture changes entirely when
the populaation of the administered
- territories on the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip (currently numbering 1.2
million) is taken into account. (The
- push for annexation is coming from
the Likud and other right-wing parties
in Israel.)
The study says that if Israel
'should annex the territories while con-
tinuing to function as a democratic
state, Jews will constitute only 52 per-
cent of the total population in 2015.
The Jewish character of the state is

Continued on Page 12

JULY 12, 1985

Critical Linkage

Detroiter asks Jewish
Agency to lead the
education battle in the

News Editor

Detroiter Mark Schlussel has
asked the Jewish Agency for Israel for
help in the battle for Jewish survival
in the United States.
Schlussel recently called on
Jewish Agency leaders, meeting at
their annual assembly in Israel, to
emphasize the role of Israeli institu-
tions in developing educational mate-
rials- for the United States "Israelis
need to understand," Schlussel told
The Jewish News, "that the Diaspora
community, that American Jewry,
needs to intermesh Zionism and reli-
gion . . . We need to have a religious
aspect to have a successful educational
experience," as opposed to Israel,
where can lead a non-religious
life while maintaining a highly-
Jewish identity.
On the other hand, he says Israeli
educational institutions are the ex-
perts in developing Jewish curricula
and methodology, and their expertise
should be exported to the Diaspora.

Mark Schlussel: Linking religion and
education to Jewish survival.

Citing the high percentage of
Jewish school-age children in the
United States - who receive no Jewish
education at all — various estimates
place the figure at 30-55 percent —
Schlussel said he •elieves that U.S.
Jewry must use all the Madison Ave-
nue expertise at its disposal to market
Jewish education. "But Jewish survi-
val must become a priority (for indi-
viduals)' before Jewish education be-
comes a priority."
Sun Belt states and the Sun Belt
lifestyle are partly to blame for the
demise in Jewish education, according
to Schlussel, who is completing his
first one-year term as president of the
Jewish Education Service of North
America (JESNA). He is also trea-

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