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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - February 26, 1965, Indianapolis, IndianaA 15e per copy published weekly $7 per Yea jewish Post us a i Quot if you let the people know they can a it Indiana edition. Me 4-1307 Friday february 26, 1965 volume xxx no. 25 school bus Biels legality challenged House Bill 1387, the controversial so called a parochial school bus Bill Quot is now out of committee in the House of representatives of the 1965 Indiana general Assembly and due for action on the floor if the lower chamber. In substance the Bill would provide for transportation of parochial school children by but is paid for and maintained with tax funds. Proponents of the Bill Point out that parents of children in parochial schools while they maintain their children at their own expense also pay taxes Winch Are used to maintain the Public schools and school buses which transport Public school pupils. But tiie legality of . 1307 has been challenged by several members of the jewish Community. One of the most vocal of the Bill s critics is Robert Gordon Indiana regional director of the anti a defamation league of b uni b Rith. At a Public hearing before the committee on education of the House of representatives feb. 10, Gordon said Quot try As we might we can find no Way in which we can lend support to this piece of legislation. We urge this committee to report tins Bill with a recommendation that it not be passed. Gordon quoted article 1, Section 4 of the Indiana Constitution which states a no preference shall be Given by Law to any Creed religious society or Mode of worship and no Man shall be compelled to attend erect or support any place of of worship or to maintain any ministry against his consent. He also quoted from Section 6 of the same article Quot no Money shall be drawn from the equal education panel talk slated the Many problems facing the City of Indianapolis in maintaining an integrated Public school system eliminating de Facto segregation providing an enriched program to the deprived child will be the topic of discussion March 3, at the jewish Community Center 8 15 . Hie panel discussion on a equal education in 1965, myth or reality Quot will be presented by the american jewish Congress Indianapolis chapter. Moderator for the panel discussion will be j. Griffin Crump executive director Indianapolis commission of human rights. Members of the panel Are mrs. David Cook education committee chairman mayor s commission on human rights miss Maureen Prevost of Core and Harold Negley supervisor of in service training Indianapolis Public schools. The meeting is open to the Public. Treasury for the Benefit of any religious of theological institution. Gordon said the constitutional question should be left to lawyers and courts a not solely to this committee of the legislature but suggested that Legal guidance be obtained from the office of the attorney general and recommended that the Bill be reported out of committee so that the objectives of debate and Legal opinion be achieved. A we oppose passage of this Bill because we believe that this legislature has a duty to support maintain strengthen and adequately finance the Best possible system of Public school education. This legislature May tax Only to support such a school system. This responsibility is Clear unmistakable and unavoidable Quot Gordon Union lists gains at annual meeting a. The jewish Community credit Union at its 36th annual meeting held Jan. 20, at the by Nai torah synagogue again reported steady growth in its share accounts and loan totals. Since its inception in 1929 and from its Humble beginnings at the old continued on next Page City leaders protest nazi crimes statute rabbi Sidney Steiman president of the Indianapolis jewish Community relations Council Ben Weinstein president of the Indiana Jarc and David h. Goldstein executive director released today a letter sent to All Indiana congressmen and senators in the name of the councils. This letter dealt with the refusal of the West German government to extend its statute of limitations on nazi War crimes. The letter is As follows the Indiana and Indianapolis jewish Community rela town crier by g. M. Cohen we were about ready to give up on our Campaign to seek some Way in which Saharah the Filah and by Nai torah congregations might unite to better serve not Only the orthodox Community but also the Community at Large. But Only a few moments ago rabbi Solomon Silberberg of Saharah Tefil Lah called to present his version and it has some Validity to it. According to rabbi Silberberg in View of the fact that the orthodox May not ride to services on the Sabbath and holidays the orthodox Community would be better served with two congregations spaced some Miles apart. Our response to rabbi Silberberg was that this made sense and if his position is Strong it would prevail before any group of thinking people who had the orthodox Community a welfare at heart. But rabbi Silberberg rejected our approach a that of calling a group of Lay people together to hear both sides and then report to the Community on their efforts to unite the two congregations. He did not however oppose an alternative we suggested a that a Din torah be called to Render a decision. A Din torah is a rabbinical court where the disputants each select one rabbi to preside and the two selected then choose a third to make up the full panel. The ruling is binding. We believe by Nai torah should be willing to accept the idea of a Din torah too. The procedure has the value of an orderly approach to a Community problem. The decision will be accepted by the Community and the loser will have the Good continued on Back Page Cantor Zalkin to role in a Elijah at sing title Cowes Hall the glorious music of Mendelssohn a Quot Elijah a with the title role Sung by Cantor Robert Zalkin and including a cast of Over 200 in the chorus and orchestra will be presented at Clowes Hall on sunday March 7th, at 8 30. Felix Mendelssohn a Genius is typified by Good Melody and Beauty of sound. His oratorio Quot Elijah a represents a Peak of his artistic creation. In it Mendelssohn portrays Elijah i his prophetic Wrath and in his role As a protector of the poor and innocent. Elijah s Battle with the priests of Baal his struggle for the soul and conscience of the people of Israel his yearning for death and his eventual Triumph a All come to vivid life in this musical spectacular. Presented As part of the Butler University series the cast will include the Butler University Cheral Union and the Butler University symphony orchestra. Or. Michael Semanitzky will conduct. Or. Semanitzky who holds degrees from both Yale and Columbia universities made his debut recital at Carnegie recital rail new York in 1959. He be Gan conducting at the age of 13 and since has held teaching positions in Ithaca new York Memphis and Nashville Tennessee. He has been the assistant conductor and concertmaster of the Nashville symphony orchestra and presently is the director of orchestras of Butler University. Born and educated in new York City Cantor Roben Zalkin holds two degrees from the cantors Institute of the jewish theological Seminary the de Gree of master of sacred music and the diploma of Hazzan. He is also a graduate of new York University and has studied at Northwestern University Indiana University the Aspen Institute of music and the mannes Institute of music. Cantor Zalkin has appeared Many times on television and radio. He has also lectured widely on the topic of jewish music. His Rich baritone voice and artistic interpretations have won him acclaim and High critical Praise. The men s club and sisterhood of congregation Beth Al Zed Eck has undertaken to sponsor the presentation of a a Elijah As part of its 1965 music series. The second event in the series will be the eighth annual music festival which will take place on tuesday May 18, and will feature the world premiere of Charles Davidson so remembering the work of series tickets Are available through the Temple office at $2.50. Cantor Zalkin tons councils Are very concerned about the refusal of the West German government to extend its statute of limitations on nazi War crimes. We would like to bring our Point of View on Thia matter to your attention. Our agencies Are in full agreement with the statements of the conference of presidents of major jewish organizations a group representing the largest and most representative of the National jewish organizations. In part they have said a it is widely recognized by civilized nations and it was reaffirmed at Nuremberg that major crimes against humanity must not be regarded As Ordinary crimes nor can they be subject Only to the provisions of Ordinary Domestic codes. Recently the French National Assembly approved unanimously legislation which declares that a crimes against humanity As they Are defined by United nations Resolution of feb. 13, 1946, and by the charter of the International tribunal Are not subject to a statute of limitation by their very nature. We had hoped that West Germany a signature to the United nations genocide convention constituted recognition of this Principe i which supports the broadest inspect for human life. Its Pief ent attitude however Forstl tubes a Complete negation of is processed adherence to this moral Prui Ciple. There is no Way of establishing the exact number of nazi mass murderers who have not been apprehended or against whom charges have not been lodged. According to Robert m. S. Kempner a . Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and or. Simon Wiesenthal a noted War crimes investigator in Vienna their number May run into the Many thousands. However As it was pointed out by the presidents conference a the question of numbers is irrelevant to what is fundamentally and most significantly a moral Issue. Whether there Are Many or few the possibility that some War criminals guilty of mass atrocities and genocide would escape prosecution is a situation which must be repugnant to the seared conscience of the world. Every nazi War criminal guilty of these crimes must be brought to Justice. Each person implicated in mass murder of human beings must be made aware that As Long As he lives and wherever he May hide he faces the Prospect of being made accountable in a court of we Hope that through your Good offices you will be Able to take appropriate Steps to indicate to the West German government the concern of Many of your Indiana constituents about this important matter the letter said

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