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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - July 16, 1965, Indianapolis, IndianaRate of conversions triples in 10 years new Survey shows new York a figures showing that the number of conversions of non jews to Reform Judaism in new York has tripled in the last ten years were released this week. At the same time the View was expressed that intermarriage is no longer regarded As a situation Quot in which the jewish parly is looked upon As someone who is deserting in the decade under study the annual number of conversions has risen from 100 to 300. Marriage accounts for 90 per cent of the conversions. The report by the Union of american hebrew congregations asserted that a conversions have become More readily acceptable in our social Structure converts Are extremely devoted and dedicated members of the jewish Faith with a Large majority joining synagogues. Rabbi Daniel l. Davis director of the new York federation of Reform synagogues said he thought there has been Quot a change in the psychology of India urls in that they do not regard intermarriage As a situation in which the jewish party is looked upon As someone who is deserting Judaism. Accordingly the jewish family does not reject the child who is party to an inter marriage. This has a tendency to draw the non jewish party closer to the family and thus eases a great area of tension in an he added Quot this also makes it More easily acceptable for the non jewish party to think of becoming rabbi Davis estimated that during the past decade Reform Judaism in the United states has converted about 16,000 people. This figure he said Quot has sharply increased during the past few years by several Hundred so that today our annual figure is Well Over the 2,000 Between december 1963-64, of 295 registered students 205 were women and 90 men. In this group 36 people 16 men 20 women came to study Judaism without partners. The religious background designated by the 295 students on the cards indicated that 170 were roman Catholic 21 protestant 20 methodist 19 Episcopalian 18 lutheran 12 presbyterian and the remainder divided among other protestant denominations. Rabbi Davis explained the Large roman Catholic tabulation As Quot indicative of new York Only adding Quot i would venture to guess that this is due to the fact that Many jews and italians work together and go to school together in this the report did not reveal How Many of the jewish partners belonged to either Reform conservatism or orthodoxy but lumped them ail in a total of 108 out of the 259 who presently Are affiliated with a congregation. At this year s biennial general Assembly of the Union in san Francisco delegates will discuss a Resolution proposed by the committee on proselytism calling for the formulation of a program to win a converts to Reform Judaism among the a Natili died both in synagogue and the recommendation was made by a acc president rabbi Maurice n. Eisendrath who said in his recent Book Quot either Judaism has something to say to modern Man or it has t. If it has we have the duty to share rabbi Balfour br1ckner, director of interfaith activities of the Union observed that such an open program of proselytism will Quot not have Adverse effect on the Good inter religious relations existing today Between jews and Quot christians have always wondered Why jews do not seek converts More actively a rabbi Brickner said Quot they can and would understand an intensification in this direction since proselytization is a Central part of their own Christian in referring to conversions to Judaism of Public figures such As the late Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor rabbi Brickner indicated Quot we Are sceptical of these conversions and accept them Only when such converts demonstrate that theirs is a conversion made in Good he Felt that Sammy Davis jr., who converted to Reform Judaism had proven his positive jewish commitment. The religious Leader added Quot while jews do not seek converts neither do they reject or deny those who wish to become rabbi Brickner said Quot those looking for cheap Quick emotional religious experiences without concomitant willingness to be daily involved in social Justice education and worship will not find happiness or satisfaction in the religious Leader Felt a in the final analysis a rabbi cannot make a jew out of a non jew. Judaism is truly a Way of life a culture an ethos which can be fully understood Only by Long term exposure and experience. A teacher or rabbi can expose a non jew to the history of Judaism the customs of Judaism the language of Judaism but these no More make a person jewish than learning French or French history make one a Frenchman. To become jewish one must live As a jew and with jews and participate in the life of the jewish riot repetitions Likely this summer Speed with which various programs Federal state and City reach the negro m the ghetto. The one Way to get tall basketball ers Tel Aviv a hampered by the Lack of size of their players the israeli basketball team of the future May gain some Solace from the marriage this past week of the nation s no. 1 player Tanhum Cohen Mintz who is 6 4�?� tall to Daphna Rabinowitz who is 6�?T tall. The marriage took place at the Home of the Bride s parents judge and mrs. Leon Rabinowitz. The couple will Settle in Tel Aviv where the Groom works As an Engineer and where the new mrs. Cohen Mintz who has a . Degree from the hebrew University is on the administrative staff of the Tel Aviv University. The wedding was considered the Quot High society events of the season. New York a the Hopes for averting a repetition of the negro riots which despoiled jewish places of business in a number of cities last year rests on the this is the consensus of opinion of jewish experts in civic protective Field. The fact that riots May break out again before the summer ends is readily admitted but the jewish agencies contacted by the Post and opinion have found it impossible to enter into any specific programs because of the unstable nature of the negro organizations which have any grass roots support. The efforts of the jewish agencies then has been to work with government agencies to Speed their work and to make it meet the needs of the negro. There has been no Contact Between the jewish agencies and negro organizations except in meetings where both were called in by a government body. Riots Are anathema to the organized negro bodies and if they erupt they come from the negro who cannot be reached by negro organizations. None of the jewish agencies have contacted the jewish merchants in Harlem in recent months. There has been Contact with the Uptown chamber of Commerce a Harlem businessmen a organization which is largely jewish but this has been Only sporadic. One expert said the merchants knew they were sitting on a tinder Box and that a feeling of unrest among the store own ers was inescapable. He pointed out that practically All the establishments in Harlem now employed some negro sales personnel. Asked about the demand by some negroes for negro ownership of these stores he responded that this had not progressed far. In this connection the american jewish Congress launched a Pilot program last year which has proved successful enough to earn a $300,000 allocation from the Ford foundation. Under the program operated jointly by the Congress and a negro organization funds were made available in the form my a a i of Loans to negro businessmen. Afu Icli i ht0ws this Gre up held a one Day conference on economic activities a in Harlem with representatives of the negro Community which was considered moderately successful. But the Contact Between the jewish agencies and this chamber has been Only Loose. The feeling was that this organization was not too effective. Yet it seemed to be the Only Contact Between our National jewish agencies and the jewish businessmen of Harlem. The agencies pointed out that the jewish merchants suffer in a riot because their establishments Are located in negro sections. Any other stores regardless of who owned them might suffer the same Fate is the unexpressed View. The Agency representatives told the Post and opinion that the jewish merchants in the danger areas recognize the risks they face. One said that Many of these jewish merchants would like to sell their businesses. The american jewish committee has endeavoured to work with the police department and has prepared a program Lor presentation to commissioner Vincent Broderick. It sets Forth that the police and their actions May Well be the key to possible disturbances. Recommended Are the use of biracial teams in patrol cars and on beats. It also asks for the appointment a full time High ranking official who will work on the problem of minority group tensions calling meetings in Advance of Lue summer and working continuously and publicly in the Field of group relations. The committee has urged the Extension of the membership on the controversial civil review Board to include a majority of civilians hopefully of judicial personalities. T h e committee was the first to propose this step which of course the police have rejected. However John Lindsay mayoralty candidate has included this provision in his platform. The jewish agencies have been cooperating continuously with the City commission on human rights. One expert expressed the View that the chances of riots in new York were less this year than perhaps in other cities around the country those cities which had no eruptions last year. Another said the Crux of the problem is whether the negro really and truly believes that the Many efforts to alleviate his plight Are sincere. If the negro has the feeling that there is genuine concern to close the Gap of the disadvantaged there will be no riots this year. If on the other hand the negro senses that the anti poverty programs and others aimed at increasing his opportunities Are a sop or a safety valve there would be no accounting for what will happen this summer. One View As to the prospects for a peaceful summer came from mayor Wagner. Wagner said on a vacation in Copenhagen that new York was not Likely to have any racial riots this year like those what took place last summer. Throws Ben Gurion out Tel Aviv a the conflict Between David Ben Gurion and Levi Eshkol reached its inevitable conclusion when the former prune minister was ousted from the Masai party he formed 35 years ago. The action was taken after last inmate attempts at persuading Ben Gurion to desist from his announced plan to place his own list in tie election fight this november were abortive. After a 5-hour meeting of the Central committee which Ben Gurion did not attend although his followers did the vote was taken and As expected showed an overwhelming defeat Tor the Man who has thrown the nation s election into a turmoil. Only 9 of 258 votes of those present voted with him. There were 29 abstentions. First off Shore tests promising Tel Aviv a an offshore Uriel ing Rig is expected to begin search for Oil in Israel next year As the result of location of several promising structures through seismic soundings. Incomplete appraisals of the soundings along the coastal shelf were made this week by pet Rocana which announced that More detailed deciphering of the data will require three More does the Post and opinion carry More advertising now than at any time in its history the answer is simple. 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