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  • Jewish Big Brothers Agency Expands Services to Include Negro Children

    The Jewish Big Brothers Association of Boston is marking its 50th anniversary with an expansion of its services for the first time to the black community with referrals for black children being received and assignments to help them underway. Another innovation, according to president Arthur I. Zich, is an experimental Little Sister program in which… More ▸

  • Negro Newspaper Group Hails Israel on 21st Anniversary, Cites Aid to African States

    A leading group of American Negro newspapers, in a 21st anniversary salute to the State of Israel, declared editorially that “Black people of the world owe a great debt of gratitude to the State of Israel for the unflagging assistance given to the newly independent African nations.” The editorial appeared in the Chicago Daily Defender… More ▸

  • Lubavitcher Rebbe Urges Hasidim to Stay in Neighborhoods Threatened by Militants

    Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who has more than 300,000 Hasidic followers around the world and a large following in Brooklyn, said today that Jews in all urban centers in this country should “hold tight” and not abandon Jewish neighborhoods threatened by Negro militants. “It is a matter that concerns many sections in… More ▸

  • Synagogue Council, Community Relations Council Hit Black ‘reparations’ Demands

    The Synagogue Council of America and the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, representing a great majority of the American Jewish community, issued a joint statement today rejecting the demand of the National Black Economic Development Conference for $500 million in reparations for “200 years of slavery” and its threat to seize churches and synagogues… More ▸

  • Brooklyn Police Hunt Youths Who Threw Fire Bomb at Hasidic Synagogue

    Police today were searching for two youths who allegedly threw a fire bomb into a Hasidic synagogue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn during Lag B’omer celebrations yesterday. Rabbi Jacob Wertzberger of Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, said no one was injured and the damage was slight. He said “I don’t think there is any anti-Semitic… More ▸

  • American Jewish Historical Society Sets Up $2,500 Fund for Doctoral Candidates

    The American Jewish Historical Society has created a special $2,500 fund to provide research grants to doctoral degrees candidates for research and studies in American Jewish historical subjects, Philip Snag of Chicago told the 67th annual meeting of the society here in his presidential report. The four-day sessions concluded with election of Dr. Abram V…. More ▸

  • Sammy Davis, Jr. Will Visit Israel to Perform for Troops in Hospitals, Camps

    Sammy Davis Jr., the American Negro entertainer who adopted the Jewish faith, will visit Israel in July to give a benefit performance for wounded Israeli soldiers and to perform for troops in Israeli military camps. Mr. Davis’ plans were disclosed by his New York attorney, Leon Charney, who is arranging the tour. He said the… More ▸

  • Sutton, Scheuer Join in Student Demonstration Outside Soviet Aeroflot Office

    The Borough President of Manhattan and a New York Congressman who is a candidate for the mayoral nomination joined a demonstration by some 500 persons outside the New York offices of Aeroflot, the Soviet Airline, in a demonstration yesterday on behalf of the Jews in the USSR. The demonstration was the second organized during the… More ▸

  • St. Louis Community Executive Offers Views on Why U.S. Negroes Are Not Like Jews

    When American Jews cite their struggles against poverty and discrimination and ask. “Why can’t the blacks be like us?”, they are asking a “pseudo-question,” says William Kahn, executive director of the St. Louis Jewish Community Centers Association. Writing in the spring issue of the “Journal of Jewish Communal Service,” Mr. Kahn says the answer to… More ▸

  • Freiheit Editor Affirms Pro-israel Stand Despite Communist Attacks

    The Morning Freiheit, a left-wing Yiddish daily, is at odds with the U.S. Communist Party which has criticized it and another left-wing publication, Jewish Currents, for supporting Israel in a “war of aggression” against the Arabs and for its alleged “obsession with black anti-Semitism.” The Freiheit was defended against both charges by its 77-year-old editor,… More ▸