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New York (JTA) — A prominent
Jewish journalist's papers have
been donated to the University
L_ of Scranton.
Joseph Polakoff, a Scranton
alumnus, served with the U.S.
Information Agency and with
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
as its Washington, D.C., bureau
He died April 12 at the age of
"This is a major acquisition
for the University's Weinberg
Memorial Library, our first of an
individual's papers," said
Charles Kratz, director of the li-
"The collection goes back to
the beginning of his career and
includes all of Mr. Polakoffs
• work — his columns, his notes,
his correspondences, and sever-
al audio tapes as well."
The more than 200 boxes
of material include articles
and notes from the journalist's
seven-decade career. They
are being catalogued before be-
ing made available to re-
Mr. Polakoff, who was born in
Russia, began his career at the
old Scranton Republican in
1925. He graduated from the
university, known at that time
as St. Thomas College, in 1932
and worked for a variety of
newspapers in New York City
and the Scranton paper.
In 1942, he joined the Office
of War Information, and later
joined the State Department's
Information Service, the prede-
cessor of the USIA.
Mr. Polakoff joined JTA in
1970, covering the White House,
Congress and the State Depart-
ment. He accompanied Presi-
dent Richard Nixon to the
USSR, Poland and Iran, and
President Jimmy Carter to
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of the peace treaty in 1979.
He retired from JTA in 1982
and began a free-lance career,
covering Washington for some
16 Jewish newspapers and a ra-
"Mr. Polakoffs Jewish identi-
ty was very important to him,"
said Rabbi David Geffen of Tem-
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Jerusalem (JTA) — The High
Court of Justice heard a petition
from women's and civil rights
groups over alleged discrimina-
tion against single women seek-
ing to become pregnant through
The petitions presented
stemmed from claims by single
women that, unlike their mar-
ried counterparts, they were re-
quired to undergo psychiatric
examinations if they wished to
be artificially impregnated.
The representative for the
state at the court hearing said
that even though the exams
were part of Health Ministry
regulations, during the past
three months, all single women
wishing to undergo impregna-
tion procedures were granted.
approval on a case-by-case ba-
"We don't want to have a sit-
uation where special permission
is necessary for each case," said
attorney Rachel Benziman of the
Israel Women's Network.
"We want the policy to be uni-
versal," she told Israel Televi-
The justices delayed discus-
sion of the petition for three
months in order to give the
Health Ministry time to formu-
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