Now And Forever
Joining a national trend,
Detroit's Jewish cemeteries are
becoming more business oriented
in an effort to cut costs while
improving their look and services.
Candidates' High Marks
Pro-Israel supporters like the
Presidential hopefuls, but Jesse
Jackson is given low grades.
Kurt Waldheim peers at Israel during his early July visit to Jordan.
U.S. Jews Must Demonstrate
During Pope's September Visit
t would be a tragic error for American
Jewry if we fail to greet Pope John
Paul's September visit to the U.S. with
massive demonstrations in the streets.
These demonstrations should be dignified
and peaceful and they should be explicitly
aimed not against American Catholics or
Catholicism, but against the Pope and the
Vatican. Nevertheless, they should provide
a place for public expression of the deep
anger toward this Pope felt not only by
Jews but by many non-Jews as well.
While leaders of American Jewish
organizations set up meetings with the
Pope so that Jewish "views" can be
respectfully conveyed directly to him, and
while others sign petitions, most American
Jews must transcend this orgy of civility
and bear witness in a more fitting way to
the six million of our brethren murdered:
by publicly expressing our anger at the
outrageous act through which the Pope
publically legitimized Waldheim's
presidency. In that act Pope John Paul
symbolized the contempt the Catholic
church has maintained toward Jews
through the centuries.
The aim of these demonstrations is not
to "exchange views" or to "respectfully
petition," but to demand that the Pope and
the Vatican treat the Jewish people with
respect. That demand for respect has three
immediate, specific components:
1. The Pope and the Vatican must
Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun, a
bimonthly Jewish magazine.
recognize the State of Israel and accord to
it the same rights that it accords to other
states around the world.
2. The Vatican must give a full
accounting and disclosure of the role of the
church during the Holocaust. This
accounting needs to take place not just at
the Vatican but also on the parish level.
3. The Pope must order a systematic
effort in every parish to reeducate
Catholics about the Jews and the role of the
church throughout the past two thousand
years in generating and sustaining anti-
Semitism. This should include an
unambiguous statement of apology and
penance to the Jewish people. But such a
statement must be accompanied by a
comprehensive program on the parish level
to change the consciousness of all those
affiliated with the church.
During the week of September 11-18,
Jews and Christians alike should join in
public expressions of outrage and press
these demands. Demonstrations in the
streets, silent vigils, prayer meetings,
picketing, ads in newspapers — all forms
of public expression must be used. Those
Christians who didn't know what was
happening in Europe forty years ago should
be invited to speak up now — when the
most visible Christian leader in the world
has greeted the world's highest ranking
ex-Nazi and called him "a man of peace."
The Waldheim affair, not the Pollard
affair, provides the ultimate test of the
viability of Jewish life in Galut. We are
painfully aware that while the Nazis were
destroying European Jewry many of the
same Jewish organizations that now
counsel caution in our response to the Pope
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Sterling Heights teenager
is perfecting her routines
in hopes of landing
an Olympic berth.
Planting. The Seeds
JAMES DAVID BESSER
Talking is a starting point for the
Foundation for Mideast
Communication. The ultimate goal:
Devilish On Ice
HARLAN C. ABBEY
A former Red Wing and University
of Michigan athlete is the only
Jewish player in the NHL.
Holiday For Singles
A party on the Third loosened things
up for the Fourth.
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43 On The Air
July 17, 1987
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