Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 2, 1969 Page: 4 of 16
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TEXAS JEWISH POST THURSDAY! JANUARY 2, 1969 POSTORIAL-PAGE 4;
Crisis In Jewish Education
As the New Year begins the American Jewish Community is faced
with a major problem: Jewish college students are in a crisis.
Newspaper reports, magazine articles and symposiums all point to
a lack of Jewish identity among a growing number of Jewish college
students and a growing alienation of these youths from the American
community at large. The number of Jewish students who are leaders and
members of the New Left is the most dramatic sign of this crisis.
Texas has not been hit too hard by this. It has been rightfully noted
that the vast majority of Jewish students do identify with their religious
heritage and express their social concern in more traditional ways. But
even among some of these students, a small seed of alienation has been
planted. Growing numbers experiment with drugs and some express
strong sympathy with New Left demonstrators.
More important, vast numbers of these students lack the knowledge
and sense of history to minimumally refute big lies that Jews in
America have traditionally exploited Blacks or that Israel today uses
Nazi methods in its treatment of Arabs in the new territories.
The root cause of this crisis can be found not in today’s efforts by
the Jewish community but in yesterday’s lack of efforts. For too long
Jewish education was neglected and Jewish actions within the com-
munity-at-large was circumscribed.
To-day, Jewish community organizations are among the leaders of
those striving to find answers, to America’s urban and race relations
But what about Jewish education? In too many cases, today is no
different than yesterday. Jewish organizations give little, if any sup-
port, to Jewish education. Federations and charity groups spend large
sums raised among Jews for health and welfare work that aids the
entire community — and now receives strong community support
through State and Federal grants.
These organizations should start to benefit the Jewish community
directly by providing assistance to Jewish dav shools. If they do not —
and they are the only source of the resources needed to do the necessary
job — then there will be no crisis for Jewish college students tomorrow.
There will be precious few students tomorrow who can identify them-
selves as Jewish.
Israel faces new pressures
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major aim; a total Israeli with-
drawal from the occupied terri-
Mr. Semyonov is understood to
have referred to various arrange-
ments which might, be made for
freedom of navigation, the admini-
stration of Jerusalem and the end-
ing of Arab belligerency—but
only within the context of a total
Israeli withdrawal and this, appar-
ently, as a prerequisite to what-
ever might follow.
The Gromyko visit to Cairo,
where the Soviet Foreign Minister
had a series of meetings with
President Nasser and leading
Egyptian officials, is seen as part
of a Soviet initiative which is pre-
dicated on the hope that the
incoming Linked States’ Adminis-
tration will exert pressure on
Israel to renounce her insistence
on retaining certain strategic terri-
tories. if it can be shown to
Washington that the Arabs have
adopted a new policy of modera-
Israel’s Ambassador to Washing-
ton, Mr. Itzhak Rabin, and Mr.
Tekoah were summoned home this
week by the Foreign Minister, Mr.
Abba Eban, for urgent Cabinet
deliberations which will examine
increasing indications that the
U.S. Administration is deter-
mined to carry out a full reassess-
ment of its Middle East policy in
parallel with a renewal of diplo-
matic relations with Cairo.
The consultations here are likely
to result in a two-pronged resolve :
to undertake a drive to inform
public opinion and members of
the Nixon Administration of the
facts of the Middle East situation,
with a yiew.to restraining an over-
enthusiastic* American-Arab recon-
ciliation ; and to influence opinion
against any American-Soviet deal
which, through an imposed settle-
ment, would deny Israel most of
the “fruits of her military
Angry with Dayan
Israeli Government circles par-
ticularly regret a statement by Mr.
Moshe Dayan, the Defence Minis-
ter, in New York in which he
welcomed the prospect of a
reconciliation between the United
Slates and the Arab world.
The feeling among most Minis-
ters is that such carte blanche for
conciliatory gestures to Cairo might
give a highly undesirable impetus
to moves in a dangerous direction
and could be exploited against
Israel’s interests in the coming
A majority of the Cabinet is
Said to be angered by what thev
consider Mr. Dayan’s “ inconsider-'
ate ’’ declaration.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Levi
Eshkol. and the Foreign Minister
are believed to have agreed that
Mr. Rabin should be instructed to
do his utmost to counteract the
effects of the Dayan statement
through personal contacts with
members of the Nixon Cabinet.
Political circles here are recall-
ing the encouragement given to
France to mend her fences with
the Arabs which resulted in a
major policy switch by Paris, the
effects of which are bitterly felt
until today. They are fearful of
a similar result in the even more
vital relationships with Washing-
These circles, too, do not con-
sider as serious the renewed
French initiative for a four-Power
meeting on the Middle East,
despite reports from Paris indi-
cating that the Russians are ready
Such a meeting would be
regarded by Israel as even more
unfavourable than direct contacts
between Washington and Moscow,
since the French fully support the
Arab demand for total Israeli
withdrawal from the occupied
territories as a precondition to
Israel is now' determined to con-
clude the deal for the purchase of
Phantom jet aircraft from the
United States before President
Johnson leaves the White House,
and reliable sources here confid-
ently predict that the deal will be
signed within a fortnight. This
however, will not solve, the entire
problem if the date of delivery F
left open by Washington ion^
enough to allow the maintenance
of political pressure throughout
Delivery in 1969, in fact, now
seems out of tb,e question. Israel
will probably prefer to conclude
the deal with President Johnson,
leaving the date open, than to
take the doubtful chance of re-
negotiating with the incoming
One bright spot on the political
horizon was Mr. Eban's assurance
to the Cabinet on Sunday that
relations with Britain remain firm
and fruitful. Reporting on his
recent meetings with the Prime
Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, and
the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Michael
Stewart, he noted that they had
not supported the Franco-Russian
bid for an imposed settlement, but
favoured the efforts of Mr. Gunnar
Jarring tow'ard a negotiated settle-
Mr. Eban also told the Cabinet
that Egypt’s reply, submitted
through Mr. Jarring, to Israel’s
memorandum detailing possible
areas of agreement was offensive
in style and most rigid in content.
In fact, Cairo’s attitude w'as more
rigid than ever before.
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AT TIF£RET ISRAEL
Rabbi A. Aaron Segal will conduct
Friday Evening Sabbath Services at 8:30
p.m. Cantor Max Wider will conduct
the melodic interpretations.
The Oneg Shabbat will be spon-
sored by the Sisterhood.
AT TEMPLE EMANU-EL
At Friday Evening Sabbath Services
Rabbi Levi Olan will speak on "Hold-
ing Fast To Our Traditions."
At Saturday Morning Sabbath Ser-
vices Rabbi Stanley Robin will speak
on ' How Candid Can You Be With
Your Children?" The Bar Mitzvah of
Daniel Sam Tarnower, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Tarnower will be observed.
AT SHEARITH ISRAEL
Rabbi Norman N. Shapiro will speak
and officiate at Friday Evening Sabbath
Services at 8:30 p.m. Cantor Sol San-
ders and the Choir will chant the
Liturgy. The Oneg Shabbat will be spon-
sored by the Sisterhood.'
The Bar Mitzvah of Mark Alan Hart-
stein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert P.
Hartstein will be observed at Saturday
Morning Sabbath Services.
59 European Refugees
Arrive in United States
NEW YORK (JTA) — Fifty-
nine Jewish refugees from
Czechoslovakia, Poland and other
Eastern European countries ar-
rived at Kenedy Airport, the third
charter flight in a series that
began Oct. 25 with the aid of
United HIAS Service.
Gaynor I. Jacobson, HIAS ex-
ecutive vice president, said the
new Americans would settle in
New York, Chicago, Boston,
Bridgeport, Milwaukee, St. Louis,
Cleveland and Lewistown, Pa.
HIAS president Carlos L. Israels
said nearly 3000 Jews from
Czechoslovakia and Poland have
applied to the HIAS Vienna office
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