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August 08, 1986 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-08-08

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rcruno rVI- 1 YOUti PAHTIES!'

INVITATIONS?
Hattie Schwartz
Of Course! 352-7387

ENTERTAINMENT?
Seymour Schwartz
Of Course! 356-8525

FOR THE BEAUTIFUL INVITATIONS
PEOPLE TALK ABOUT
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• MAGIC • PSYCHICS • HANDWRITING ANALYSIS

ARE YOU RAISING
AN ADOPTED CHILD?

Jewish Family Service

There are numerous other such cases of
mixed agendas, where Republican Jewish
leaders have donned their AIPAC hats in
order to pitch for right-wing GOP in-
cumbents. Not long ago Senator Rudy
Boschwitz of Minnesota, a favorite of the
Israel lobby, sent a letter to leaders of
Jewish PACs urging them to support
Senator Symms, whose record on Israel
(and everything else) is terrible.
Last year Tom Dine asked for the
resignation of AIPAC political director
Chris Gersten. Sources say this was part-
ly a personality conflict, but mainly the
result of Gersten's being too crassly par-
tisan on company time. Gersten, while at
AIPAC, was using "AIPAC chits" with
key legislators to promote his wife, Linda
Chavez, for the job of secretary of educa-
tion. Gersten now heads something called
the National Jewish Coalition, which is ef-
fectively an arm of the Republican Na-
tional Committee.

"Jerry Falwell is hostile at his
core to religious liberty, to the
separation of church and state,
that are traditionally associated
with the Jewish community."

Gersten has helped set up meetings be-
tween New Right leaders and prominent
Jews. He admits Republicans still have a
hard sell where a few hard-right senators
are concerned. "We're still playing catch-
up with Symms, Helms, and Denton. Our
role is to introduce them to the Jewish
community, to key people in New York
and California, to take them to Israel, and
maybe raise some money for them."
Statistically, if one looks at the overall
balance of Jewish giving, PAC and in-
dividual, Democrats still out-raise Repub-
licans. But that picture is misleading. Of
the 18 Republican senators facing reelec-
tion in 1986, Jewish PACs will actively op-
pose only three. In four or five of the seven
open seats, Jewish PACs will still support
the Democrat. On balance, single-issue
politics has substantially neutralized the
once-liberal influence of the Jewish
community.
To place all these dilemmas in perspec-
tive, a little history is in order. Jews, of
course, have been primarily Democrats
and liberals ever since the New Deal. They
have also contributed a disproportionate
share of Democratic Party finances, pro-

bably a fourth to a third of the total. Jews,
because of their unique heritage, have been
the one group in America to vote con-
sistently against their ostensible pocket-
book interests. Jews, according to a
famous quip, are the only people who live
like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto
Ricans.
But this picture has been steadily
eroding since the early 1970s. Hubert
Humphrey was the last Democratic
presidential candidate who could count on
over 80 percent of the Jewish vote. The
new Jewish bipartisanship and the shift
toward the political center have multiple
roots: national security concerns (most
notably Israel); prosperity; the affirmative
action controversy; a perception that
Democratic Party standard-bearers
George McGovern and Jimmy Carter had
tilted toward the Arabs; and most recent-
ly the role in the party of Jesse Jackson.
Commentary magazine and the network of
conservative Jewish intellectuals like Ir-
ving Kristol have endeavored to package
all of the above into a generalized Jewish
neoconservatism. Operations like Gersten's
National Jewish Coalition provide the par-
tisan shock troops.
Finally, there has been a change in the
nature of the Israel issue itself. For most
of its history, Zionism was a liberal cause.
Until the election of Menachem Begin's
Likud government in 1977, Israel had a
democratic socialist government. As Israel
came to be perceived as a cold war ally,
and as the worldwide left took up the
Palestinian cause, the political coloration
of support for Israel began to change. The
combination of Likud in Israel, Reagan in
the United States, and the ascendancy of
PACs and single-issue politics in Congress
all served to move.Jewish interest-group
activities to the right of the Jewish elec-
torate. Were it not for the Israel nexus,
most American Jews would have nothing
to do with a Kasten or a Hawkins — much
less a Falwell.

r r he theme of Jewish history, of course,

JL. is the theme of survival. For several

thousand years Jews have been justifiably
anxious about new pharaohs who knew
not Joseph, new czars, new popes, new
Reichskanzlers, and new presidents of the
United States. Jews have depended on
back channels to the palace ever since
Queen Esther. Accommodation with the
party in power in a necessary habit, not a
shameful one. Liberal Democratic con-
gressman Sam Gejdenson of Connecticut,

would like to know if you are
interested in group sessions for
adoptive parents of children.
These sessions will begin in the
fall

Please call Marilyn Wineman or
Eleanor Keys at 559-1500

Jewish Family Service

24123 Greenfield Road
Southfield, Ml 48075

Arrive at the top.

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