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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-14

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Friday, March 14,1986

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OBITUARIES

Jacob Javits, Former
Senator, Dead At 81

New York (JTA) — Funeral
sery *ces were held last Monday
in New York for Jacob Javits,
four-term United States Senator
from New York, who died of car-
diac arrest. He was 81 years old.
Thousands attended the ser-
vices, which were be held at Cen-
tral Synagogue in Manhattan.
Javits, the son of Jewish im-
migrant parents, rose from
poverty on the Lower East Side
of New York to become the
longest-serving Senator in the
U.S. Congress and one of the
biggest vote-getters in Ameri-
can history. A political maver-
ick, he ran as a liberal Repub-
lican in every political race,
beating out well-known Demo-
crats in overwhelmingly Demo-
cratic bastions.
Always a minority with the
minority party, Javits became a
champion of liberal causes, bor-
rowing the sensibilities of his
youth in New York's Jewish
ghetto and expanding them to
embrace all minorities. He was
a moving force behind the civil
rights movement, fair treatment
for the poor and elderly, guaran-
teed pensions for retired per-
sons, and, in the end, of the right
to die with dignity.
His career was a true Amer-
ican dream. Jacob Koppel Javits
was born May 18, 1904 in a
Stanton Street tenement where
his father, Morris, was the jan-
itor. Morris Jawetz from Gali-
cia, who changed the name's
spelling in America, liked to say
he believed the name's origin lay
in the Biblical family of scribes
of Jabez, near Jerusalem.
His mother, Ida Littman, was
a native of Safed in Ottoman
Palestine, who came to America
by way of Russia. She helped
support the family by peddling
sundry wares from a pushcart.
The family moved to Brook-
lyn and then Washington
Heights, later to be Javits's
stepping-off point in his political
career. He put himself through
Columbia University and New
York University Law School
nights while working days in a
print shop and a pipe factory.
He passed the New York Bar
while clerking in his brother
Ben's law firm, then joined the
Republican Party with the cam-
paign of New York City Mayor
Fiorello LaGuardia. He chose,
he said, the party of Lincoln,
which he considered the "party.
of equality."
His political career beg in
1946 when he surprised all by
winning the 21st District of
New York, the Washington
Heights-Inwood area of upper
Manhattan heavily populated
by German Jews. After two
terms as Congressman, Javits
was elected New York State At-.
torney General. In 1956, he won
his first term as Senator. •
Javits' strong Jewish senti-
ments and his support of the
Jewish 'State made him an un-
surpassed favorite with Jewish
voters across the political snpc-
rib

,

trum. At no time in his long
career of public service did he
ever forget or fail to mention his
origins. He was a long-time
member of several major Jewish
organizations. He was active in
B'nai B'rith and The Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, for which he served as
honorary vice-chairman for
more than 25 years: In 1981,
Javits was awarded the ADL's
Haym Solomon Award.
In January 1985, Javits
received a special presentation
of the Community Achievement
Award of the American ORT
Federation (AOF). Javits was an
AOF Board member since the
1940's, when he visited ORT
training centers in the German
DP camps immediately after
World War II. His testimony
before Congress helped focus at-
tention on the plight of the
refugees, and on,ORT's help in
preparing them for their new
lives.
Recently, the first Jacob
Javits Humanitarian Award of
the UJA Young Leadership was
awarded to Elie Wiesel, chair-
man of•the United States Holo-
caust Memorial Council. Javits
was also active in the Zionist
Organization of America, the
American Jewish Committee,
UJA-Federation, and the Amer-
ica-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Javits's record in Congress
bespoke his overriding involve-
ment with his Jewish heritage.
"I've always felt close to Juda-
ism," he remarked in an inter-
. view with The Jewish Week
(New York). "Its precepts ani-
mated my public • and private
careers... My heritage is the
stuff • of the Prophets. '
In 1980, Javits suffered his
first defeat at the polls, losing
his 23-year Senate seat to then-
unknown Alfonse D'Amato, a
Supervisor from • Hempstead,
Long Island. • Javits was then
beginning to show the signs of
the debilitating motor neuron
disease from which he suffered
— amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), more commonly known
as Lou Gehrig's Disease, after
the baseball player who died of
the then-unfamiliar illness.
Javits' loss of his Senate seat
cost him the prize he had sought
so long, the chairmanship of the
Foreign Relations Committee,
the post that would have been
his as the Republicans became
the majority party in the Senate
for the first time in his career.
Javits' colleagues bid farewell
to their long-time colleague in an
hour-long tribute on. the Senate
floor, saying goodbye not just to
a Senator "but to a legend.

UJA Receives
Pledge Increase

New York , (JTA) — Ninety
Jewish participants in the
United Jewish Appeal Winter
'President's Mission to Israel
pledged $1.4 niillion to the 1986
UJA/Federation CamPaign.

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