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December 07, 1990 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-12-07

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NOBLIA

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Jewish community councils
around the country. The OU
is the only Orthodox mem-
ber of NJCRAC.
Under NJCRAC rules,
consensus among consti-
tuent groups is necessary for
it to take public stands on
issues.
In particular, Mr. Rubin
chided the OU for blocking
NJCRAC last year from join-
ing a coalition on housing
rights because the coalition
was planning a major march
on a Saturday.
He was also critical of an
OU veto of NJCRAC par-
ticipation in a civil rights
commemoration for two
Jews and a black who were
killed in Mississippi during
black voter-registration
drives in the 1960s. The
ceremony for Michael
Schwerner, Andrew Good-
man and James Cheney was
held outside a church.
Mr. Rubin said that while
the OU passes eloquent and
sincere resolutions on social
justice issues, including
AIDS and the homeless, the
Orthodox group is perceived
as being a negative force on
the Jewish communal scene.
Mr. Lewin rejected the no-
tion that the OU should be
expending more energy on
such issues, saying such a
focus would create the
perception that "our agenda
is trivial."
He said he did not agree
with Mr. Rubin that Or-
thodox Jews would gain
more respect "by focusing
more of our limited
resources on their social
justice agenda." Mr. Lewin

said "our priorities" should
take precedence.
He criticized proponents of
the "national Jewish agen-
da" for being less concerned
with the needs and rights of
observant Jews than with
"the success of the United
Farm Workers, the battles
for improvements of the civil
rights laws and whether
silent prayer should be per-
mitted in the public
schools."
Mr. Lewin, who has
argued in the Supreme
Court on such issues as the
right for observant Jews to
wear a yarmulke in the
military, said he cared little
about "how others see us."
He said that religious obser-
vance is treated patroniz-
ingly by secular Jewish
groups, when in fact, he
asserted, "our adherence to
Jewish tradition has allowed
the American Jewish corn-
munity to survive."
In a "special resolution"
on relations within the Jew-
ish community, the OU ex-
pressed its commitment to
active membership,
"without compromising our
convictions," in "umbrella"
organizations that reflect
the diversity of the total
Jewish community.
The resolution also called
on all Jewish groups to put a
halt to introducing divisive
religious issues on the com-
munal agenda, and rejected
"public campaigns in certain
circles to distort and
misrepresent Orthodox
Judaism and Torah
values."

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N EWS I

Warranted to the Year 2001.

Shamir Lashes Out
At U.S., Egypt, U.N.

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir
sounded a series of sour
notes on the eve of his depar-
ture for the United States.
Last week, he accused the
United Nations of interfer-
ing in Israel's affairs; held
Egypt responsible, along
with Jordan and Syria, for
allowing an atmosphere of
hostility toward Israel to
fester; and less than two
weeks before his scheduled
meeting with President
Bush on Dec. 11 in Washing-
ton, complained that the
United States was prepared
to sacrifice Israel's interests
in order to hold together its
anti-Iraq coalition.
American efforts to obtain
a Security Council resolu-
tion authorizing the use of

force to get Iraq out of
Kuwait "is bringing in its
wake dangerous plans for
Israel," said the prime min-
ister, at the annual Editors
Committee Luncheon held
at the Journalists Associ-
ation headquarters here.
The occasion was the 43rd
anniversary of the U.N.
General Assembly's Nov. 29,
1947, resolution calling for
the partition of Palestine
into separate Jewish and
Arab states.
Mr. Shamir criticized the
United Nations for trying to
investigate the killing of at
least 17 Arabs by Israeli
border police during the
Temple Mount riots in
Jerusalem on Oct. 8.
"This line of intervention
in Israeli affairs is different."

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