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August 28, 1987 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-08-28

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Jewish Groups Oppose
Bork Nomination

Washington (JTA) — Op-
position to the nomination of
Judge Robert Bork to a seat
on the Supreme Court is
mounting in the Jewish com-
munity. The Jewish War Vet-
erans last week became the
fifth Jewish organization to
voice its protest.
"Contrary to the Admini-
stration rhetoric surrounding
Bork's nomination, the issue
is one of ideology and the
Supreme Court . is not well
served by extremist posi-
tions," said the statement
issued by Edwin Goldwasser,
the group's national
The statement by the
Jewish War Veterans, a
mainstream organization,
suggests the extent to which
Bork's nomination is meeting
opposition in the Jewish com-
munity. Worried about Bork's
stand on minority and
women's rights and church/
state issues, some Jewish
groups which do not tradi-
tionally oppose presidential
appointments, consider this

one fight where they can not
remain on the sidelines.
Along with the Jewish War
Veterans, the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions (UAHC), American
Jewish Congress, B'nai B'rith
Women, National Council of
Jewish Women and New Jew-
ish Agenda are opposing the
Bork nomination. The Na-
tional Jewish Coalition has
come out in support of the
nomination, maintaining
that Bork is "eminently
qualified" to serve on the
court and that "neither
ideology no political oppor-
tunism should prevent him
from doing sot'
But sources are saying that
other Jewish groups will have
to oppose Bork if the Jewish
community is going to have
an impact on the nomination.
It was recently reported that
three Jewish Senators invited
several Jewish organizations
to send represantatives to a
close-door meeting to urge
them to take a more active


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For JCCouncil Plan

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Implementation of the first
long-range strategic plan in
the Jewish Community Coun-
cil's 50-year history has
begun with the appointment
of four task forces by Leon S.
Cohan, Council president.
Paul D. Borman and Oscar
Hertz will cochair the
organization and structure
task force. It will deal with
the form of the Council, the
delegate assembly, the , ex-
ecutive committee, officers
and committees, as well as a
system for adoption of any
organizational changes that
are recommended. Members
are Martin J. Adelman, Nor-
man H. Beitner, David Bit-
tker, David L. Denn, Eugene
Driker, Robert Goren, Diane
J. Klein, Irving Panush,
Isadore L. Shrodeck, Sherwin
Tukel and Allen Zemmol.
Cochairing a task force on
constituency relationships,
external relationships,
membership development
and programs are Judge John
H. Shepherd and Jeannie
Weiner. They will explore
plans for improving and
strengthening Council's rela-
tionships with . close to 300
constituent organizations, en-

couragement of new active
volunteers, relationships with
the non-Jewish community
and substantive programs.
Serving on this task force
are Peter Alter, Alexander
Blumenberg, Laurence B.
Deitch, Elaine Driker, Fred L.
Goldenberg, Selma Goode,
Rabbi Richard C. Hertz,
Larry Horwitz, Judge Susan
M. Moiseev, Irving J. Rubin,
Marian Shifman, Jessie Stern
and Roger Winkelman.
Communications and im-
age will be examined by a
task force chaired by Berl
Falbaum and Zina Kramer.
This group will recommend
courses of action dealing with
internal and external com-
munications, public relations,
as well as Council's overall
image. Members are James
August, Murray Feldman,
Herschel P. Fink, Sidney Lutz
and Gabriel Werba.
Looking at management,
professional staff, budget pro-
cess and control will be a
group cochaired by Robert
Naftaly and Carole Rossen.
Working with them are Eric
Canvasser, Franklin J. Ellias,
and David Lebenbom.

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