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Detroit Center Defers Sabbath Program Pending Compromise Proposals

September 22, 1961
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Intervention by a negotiating committee appointed by Max M. Fisher, president of the Jewish Welfare Federation, has resulted in a decision by the board of the Jewish Community Center to defer until November 4 introduction of Saturday afternoon programs. The Center’s intention to introduce such programs created a furore in the Detroit Jewish community and resulted in court action by Orthodox elements to halt it. Mr. Fisher, in his personal capacity, named a negotiating committee which met with both sides to work out a compromise.

Charles H. Gershenson, president of the Center, announced that “delay in the conduct of a Saturday afternoon schedule has been decided upon by the Center board in order to have time to receive and consider recommendations of an appropriate nature and extent of such a program” as the committee will propose.

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