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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - July 14, 1972, Indianapolis, IndianaThe jewish Post and opinion Friday july 14, 797ajcongress Early fighter for russian jewry not Kahane Yossi Klein told editor Post and opinion on May 26 you published a column by Yossi Klein that sharply criticized the american jewish Congress for barring Meir Kahane from addressing its National convention in Cleveland. The same column also claimed for rabbi Kahane on the one hand and the student struggle for soviet jewry on the other credit for having done a More to awaken the conscience of the world than All our major organizations like Many of his contemporaries or. Klein has a memory that goes Back no farther than yesterday. The record on the question of who did. More and when on behalf of soviet jewry ought to be straightened out. And or. Klein and people like him perhaps ought to Deal with matters of fact and history with a Little More accuracy than they currently display. On the question of rabbi Kahane first it should be made Clear that the american jewish Congress fully supports his right to air his views publicly and As often As he wishes and we would defend that right in court if necessary t h at does not my in he has the right to our platform at our convention paid for with our members dues and registration fees. Rabbi Kahaney a views Are Well known a there is no secret about them a and repeatedly our members have rejected them As injurious to the cause of soviet jewry because they alienate rather than win world opinion and because they inspire acts of destruction such As the fire bombing of sol Hurok a offices resulting in the death of an innocent person rather than deeds of support for soviet jewry. As to Kahaney a demand on the alleged behalf of the a m o s c o w 14�?� a that a Congress Call an emergency conference of jewish leaders a such a conference had already been called and scheduled for the following monday May 19 by the National conference on soviet jewry As Kahane Well knew. Moreover on May 1 a a full 10 Days before the convention and before Yossi Klein heard of the Moscow 14 a a Congress was in touch with Gavriel Shapiro in Moscow by Telephone and at his request transmitted to . Secretary general Kurt Waldheim an Appeal in behalf of the activists called up to military duty they were then 10 a four others were added subsequently Complete with accompanying publicity. Judy Silver a who by then had been making Calls for a number of weeks from a Congress National Headquarters and from our regional offices throughout the country to her soon to be husband and other activists in Moscow a made this Call. From the floor of the convention in Cleveland itself Michael Epel than a a soviet jewish defector who now lives in Israel and has been trying to get his wife and daughter out of the . A spoke with Vladimir Slepak in Moscow. Or. Epelman was at the convention As ajcongress�?T1 guest and a resource person on current activities to help soviet jewry. C u r i o u sly when Kahane showed up at the convention a despite his Advance dissemination of a flyer on the soviet jewry Issue a he told newsmen he wanted to address the convention on american jewry and the necessity of mass emigration of american jews to Israel because of an impending a a holocaust in the . A jul brochure distributed in Advance detailed the horrors facing american jews and called on them to a liquidate the american exile before it liquidates a Congress believes this dangerous rhetoric is typical of jul extremism and said so. Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld then acc o n g r e s s a president explained to newsmen following Kahaney a statement to them that we support Aliyah in its traditional perspective a that of american and other jews desiring to go to Israel for just and proper participation in the work of building the jewish state a but that we believe in the continued growth and viability and Freedom of the american jewish Community As a vital and vibrant part of both american society and the jewish people. There is no conflict incidentally with israeli leadership on this question. A a a one other fact about the a Congress convention ought to be made Clear. There was plenty of dissent and full and free and democratic discussion of the issues. A Congress represents a Broad spectrum of american jews a and there Are As Many opinions within the organization As there a re within the Community. We discuss debate Challenge and vent our views on All matters before us a and then we vote. The result becomes the official policy of the organization. Moreover at this convention As at our previous biennial invited youth delegates representing All shades of View within jewish youth organizations were free to present their views a Many if not most of them dissenting a to the convention and certainly did so. Unlike either Meir Kahane or Yossi Klein however this was done without acrimony and without name calling and without furthering the divisiveness that is rabbi Kahaney a calling card. Now on the matter of the history of the soviet jewry Issue or. Klein could use a few lessons. Ten years ago a in the Early 1960s a a Congress and other parts of the a a establishment that Yossi Klein is so fond of sneering at were protesting the plight of soviet jewry at Madison Square Garden rallies and in marches petitions approaches to the . And the . Government. Kahane who had yet to organize the jul had As his principal Public activity supporting the War in Vietnam. When he did organize the jul its a a Militancy was devoted not to soviet jews but to a a protecting the new York jewish Community from its negro neighbors a without any evidence anywhere or at any time that anything in a dlr a program had the slightest positive effect on the safety and Security of one single new York jew. The conscience of the world began to be aroused in fact not by jul but when soviet jews themselves began to publish letters petitions and protests to the . And world governments and when they themselves fearlessly proclaimed their attachment to the state of Israel. In this Early period and subsequently a Congress played a major role in bringing their plight and their petitions to world attention. If any single event provided the turning Point in mustering world opinion behind soviet jewry it was the first Leningrad trial and the death sentences meted out there. Or. Klein ought to remember a but apparently does not a that the work of the established organizations through the conference of presidents of major american jewish organizations and the american jewish conference on soviet jewry in mobilizing a worldwide Campaign within Days succeeded in getting those death sentences commuted. Meir Kahaney a contribution included disrupting a new York rally the resultant press reports focused on him and his pitched Battle with the new York police rather than on the defendants in Leningrad and the Justice of their cause. A Congress has no quarrel with the student struggle for soviet jewry. They can and have provided a valuable Channel through which committed jewish youth can work in the soviet jewry cause. As a latecomer to the cause a ssh needed organizational help in its Early stages and in fact a Congress provided such help through staff Aid mailing facilities Etc. Finally i enclose for your information the news release of May 1 based on our Telephone conversation with Gavriel Shapiro and the Appeal which was not As or. Klein charges a a ignored by a Congress but in fact transmitted by us to the free world. Really or. Klein ought to get his facts straight before putting his thoughts on paper. Susan Glass asset Public relations director american jewish Congress 15 e. 84 st., . 10028 Yossi Klein replies 1 my memory of the soviet jewry movement goes Back to 1965, when i first got involved in a ssh. 2 it has yet to be proven in court who is responsible for the Hurok bombing. Surely someone representing an organization As dedicated to democracy As the acc ought not to make reckless accusations against any groups or individuals that May prejudice the outcome of the trials of Young jews. 3 we in the soviet jewry movement knew of and publicized the drafting of Moscow activists on april 25, when 5 of the Moscow 14 first received their draft notices. 4 How Many of your members and officers have gone on Aliya 5 if acc is so concerned with divisiveness in the jewish Community Why did they bar rabbi Kahane from their convention 6 obviously is. Glass does not live in a High crime Urban area. Otherwise she would understand what a dlr a defense program has meant for countless jews a including myself. 7 ten years ago there were no rallies marches Etc. For soviet jewry. A ssh began the Public protest movement in the Spring of 1964 a it is acc which has been the late Comer to the cause. 8 if acc helped a ssh in any Way at All during our formative years its news to us. We received no help from them whatsoever. In fact while several Congress individuals have been sympathetic certain highly placed officials in the organization such As Phil baum.1 have consistently been hostile to our efforts. It if 9 it was the students who did the groundwork for almost every rally held in . During the Leningrad trials a rallies which had establishment sponsorship but not much More. 10 i believe that Gavriel is Worth More than a press release. Where is the major publicity Campaign on his behalf 11 i have been asked by the editor to keep my reply very Brief though the indictment against acc and similar a organizations could quite literally fill a Book. I would suggest to is. Glass that she re read the column i wrote on acc where most of the questions she raises were dealt with in much greater detail. I am most willing to provide further documentation to anyone who will Contact me. Three rabbis upholding intermarriage should not Call themselves rabbis editor Post and opinion messes. Daniel Friedman Sherwin wine and Philip Schechter have a constitutional right to whatever views they care to hold on the subject of jewish intermarriage. And obviously they try to be quite reasonable and logical. But their logic does not go far enough so it seems. They ought to have the courage of their convictions and carry it out to the limits of logic. They ought to Stop calling themselves rabbi. Obviously they do not function As such in t h e jewish Faith. One need but read their statement of values to june 23 which they find dominant in Judaism to realize that they Are simply not even jews let alone rabbis. They ought to become humanist universalist or unitarian or even found their own Church a As Adler did when he founded ethical culture. they certainly have no right to act As rabbis in Judaism. Obviously they think of themselves As quite bold. They should be told a for apparently they do not know a that their views were prominent centuries ago when intermarriage was common enough in Emilic times so that it called Forth a Strong statement of condemnation which is incorporated into the Bible which rabbis ought to read and know and which Are binding on All jews by Way of their covenant. Tell them to read Nehemiah 13, verses 23-27. Nobody nowadays does what Nehemiah says he did because of doing the very thing i these men espouse nobody smites them nor plucks their hair. Neither should anyone least of ail these honest but misguided gentlemen Call themselves rabbis. V Aaron Zanger 40 East 88 st. A i new York . 10028rabbi Millstein article on intermarriage praised editor Post and opinion i have been subscribing to your paper for Many years. Sometimes i agree with your articles and sometimes i do not. However the article in your june 9 Issue by rabbi r. Millstein on intermarriage and mixed marriages was one of the finest articles you have Ever published. It explained the problem with clarity and understanding and was very thought provoking. I Only wish that those Young couples who Are facing this problem a and their parents a could read this article. Harry z. Giber 135 Upland ave. A a it Youngstown o. 44505 / _ to All gift shop chairmen receive our full catalogue kit by mailing to us the form below. We ship from new York to California and beyond -1/-7 Kieffer a jewish mail order House re a 3509 w. Lawrence Aye. A Chicago. Ill. 60625 dear sir please Rush to us your most recent catalogue a Sterling Silver catalogue a recent Book catalogue a jewelry catalogue a Holiday paper Good catalogue a antique catalogue q synagogue ritual catalogue a not incl. In full cat. Kit d Ait catalogue 1.a order blanked Israel gift catalogue v. Q Complete catalogue kit a by a it a a Ltd a i. A name. Address. City
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