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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - January 17, 1958, Indianapolis, IndianaAn editorial what s so secret the Board of the jewish Community Center met last week to discuss a proposal to sponsor some teen age fraternities and sororities. There was no Advance publicity Given to the meeting nor to the issues involved. Had an upset Parent not written to the Post and opinion chances Are we have a heard about the meeting or the plan until after action had been taken if then. When our reporter called the Center director to get some information about the plan he was told a a that a up to the Board. I can to Tell you anything until after they yet obviously the Board even be considering the plan unless it was recommended by the centers professional staff. The Post and opinion reporter was also told a a it a not a Public meeting we just done to have press this by the president of the Center who finally agreed to let the Board vote on whether its affairs could be reported by this Organ which represents the people of our Community and is its Only Independent eyes and ears. Moke than 30 parents appeared at the meeting stirred by the Prospect that the Center might sponsor groups that discriminate in membership selection. They were a a invited by the Center Board to join in the discussion As part of the a democratic the Post and opinion reporter was told he could stay but that he would have to agree not to report what he saw or heard. The meeting it was explained was a off the this an official meeting of a body governing an Agency supported by Money from the Community. A a what a so secret a our reporter asked. A do you have anything to hide a a a it Isnit that a a Board member said. A we want to release our interpretation of the events Here rather than rely on the interpretation of a imagine an a off the record meeting with More than 20 Board members and More than 30 spectators most of them participating in debate. Imagine the Many garbled second third and fourth hand accounts of that meeting Replete with mis quotations and distortions on both sides transmitted by Telephone and personal conversations even by letters. And with All those a a unofficial interpretations circulating around town the centers Board is afraid of the interpretation of the Post and opinions reporter. The Post and opinion May step on some Peoples toes from time to time but that is inevitable when a newspaper represents All the people and reports the facts As it sees and understands them. In that Way we seize the entire Community not a few special interests. We Are not entering now into the question of the advisability of the Center sponsoring the fraternities. That is the subject of another editorial should it prove necessary. We Are questioning the reasoning of any Agency of the Community or a substantial segment of the Community in fearing honest newspaper coverage of its meetings which Deal with a Public Trust both of Money and policy and the right of any such Agency to spoon feed the Public Only its own a a interpretation of its actions. This question has come up before not Only with the Center Board but also with the jewish welfare federation Board. They done to seem to want the jewish Community of this City to get honest open reporting of its action the kind of reporting the readers of this paper expect and nearly always get. We repeat our reporters question. What a so secret Mir Mhz opening officers and members of the a Indianapolis chapter of Mizrachi men and women have protested scheduled opening of the jewish Community Center on the Sabbath in an open leter to the Center Board. The text of their Resolution follows an open letter to Center Board a Resolution has been passed by the Indianapolis chapter of Mizrachi women voicing its protest against the opening of the jewish Community Center on the Sabbath. Or. Dobrof stated in last weeks Post and opinion that Nee there was no organized protest that the Center would go ahead with the program. We Are protesting openly now. We not Only speak As a Quot a you lot the people Knour they can act intelligently a fhe wish Post and a pompom volume Xiii no. 21 second class mail privileges authorized at new York new York and Indianapolis Indiana. Friday Jan. 17,1958 Indiana edition decries on saturday group but also for Many individuals who Are protesting privately and Are expressing their disappointment. We jews owe this to ourselves that the Center be closed on the Sabbath As in the past. It is not too late for the Board to reconsider. The cener is a Community wide project and when contributions for its maintenance Are being solicited they come from a Cross Section of jewry. We Hope you will give this important Issue your utmost consideration. With Best wishes for the Success of a a our Community Center we remain. The officers and members of the Indianapolis chapter of Mizrachi men and women pro Arab forum hits reds openly Israel tacitly Russia was made the apparent Scapegoat of Middle East tensions at a pro Arab Institute on the Middle East at Butler University last week end. But anti israeli ii tends were interspersed with Little elaboration. The Institute was sponsored a the Midwest Region of the Amor ican friends of the Middle East which launched an organizational drive for a local chapter at the meeting. According to Marshall Cohen recently named executive director of the Indianapolis jewish Community relations Council the Institute a did no to have much pro Arab Arab speakers a played their viewpoints Down a he said. Cohen termed a Good part of the panel a pretty an example of the apparent placing of blame on Russia for Middle East tensions is to be found in an address by say adat Hassan Midwest director of the Arab information Center saturday morning Hassan told the Institute that the russians were moving into the Middle East by capitalizing on the failure of the West to live up to its promises. Most noteworthy of anti Israel remarks was that of Earl Bunting former president of the National Assn. Of manufacturers who declared the creation of Israel in 1947 had been a a tragic mistake a he did not elaborate on his remark. Almost All of the speakers prefaced their talks with the statement that their remarks were theirs individually and did not represent those of the organization with which they were associated Bob Gordon director of the Indiana office of the anti defamation league of by Nai by Rith told the Post and opinion. Not All statements at the conference were critical of Israel however. Spectators for example heard Preston g. Woolf. Continued on Back Page Spring song set by by women photo by Zalman. Don Allen Rita Small Margaret Eastridge Bill Braun and Jean Roberts rehearse a scene from a three act play entitled a Spring song to be presented by by Nai by Rith women chapter no. 324 at the conclusion of its fund raising drive at 8 p. M. Saturday Jan. 25, at the Westchester country club. The play to be Given in the round will be directed by or. And mrs. Aldo Bertorelli. Proceeds will go to by Nai by Rith sponsored charities. Opposition to frats at acc mounts throughout City feelings of parents and students mounted this week against proposed sponsorship by the jewish Community Center of teenage fraternities and sororities. Following disclosure that the matter was on the Agenda of the Center Board meeting last week More than 30 parents appeared to protest the planned sponsorship of the groups charging that the fraternities select their members on a discriminatory basis. Nip Jan. 10. The Board refused to permit the posts x reporter to cover the meeting on the grounds that its proceedings were a off the he was permitted to remain after promising he would not report what he heard nor saw. The Board based its right to restrict press reportage on a ruling of the jewish welfare federation. A Check with the jewish welfare federation revealed that the federation Board passed a Resolution in March 1954, to this effect a a news release of Board action May be prepared after each meeting for the Anglo jewish press. The release is to be made available with the request that it be published As prepared if the newspaper wishes to editorialize on the the feelings of teen agers in the matter were disclosed this week in a Survey by the Post s teen age reporters. This Survey showed that most Shortridge High jewish students were opposed to the idea of the fraternities and sororities which were already banned by the City schools. Some members of the Center Board indicated to the Post prior to last weeks meeting that they would probably resign from the Board if sponsorship of the groups was approved. The Board directed Center president Martin lamer to appoint a committee to investigate the matter. Larner later told the Post and opinion that he had appointed Maurel Rothbaum chairman of the committee. Earner added that he and Rothbaum were still considering the final make up of the committee. The committee lamer said will probably meet in a week or two. What s your opinion finds Mojo Riff of teenagers oppose fraternity ties with Center most jewish students at Shortridge High school done to think social clubs should meet at the new jewish Community Center according to a Survey by Post and opinion teen columnists Nancy Fichman and Linda Prager. In answer to the question a do you think that social clubs should meet at the new Community Center a the columnists received the following answers Barbara Mogilner a no. I do not think social clubs should meet there because a lot of the members of the social clubs Arentt members of the Center and this be fair to the people who Are Joani Davidson a no if continued on Back Page

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