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bJewish antiquity. Thus, the battle cry of the pipe-smokers of bthe AJC became: All power to the public school!

bLet it be remembered and not forgotten: The Jewish bEstablishment has stood at the head of those Jews who are bopposed to the concept of a yeshiva and day school, per se. bThey look upon such things as regressive, as sectarian, as bharmful to Jewish integration into the mainstream of bAmerican life. Because of this—and not because of the red bherring of church versus state—there arose violent Estab- blishment opposition to the slightest attempt to modify the bbarriers to Federal aid to private schools. It is because of btheir basic inferiority complex and their desire to assimilate bthat they fight measures that have been backed even by bliberal Democrats and Republicans who have realized the bneed to aid private schools.

bAnd how they fought every penny, direct or indirect, that bthe government gave to the hard-pressed private schools! bHow much Jewish money has gone into the Jewish Estab- blishment’s battle in the courts to strike down federal and bstate aid to yeshivas! How many spiritual graves they have bdug and how many young Jews they have buried there!

bI repeat: The American Jewish Congress, American bJewish Committee, B’nai B’rith—all the patricians who pre- bsume to speak for us—are opposed in principle to maximum bJewish education in the form of day schools because these bschools threaten the “integration” of Jews into the bmainstream of American society.

bAgain, I say, forget all the nonsense about church and bstate. When Jewish groups really want something, they are bcapable of interpreting laws to suit themselves. It is not bfealty to the Constitution that prompts our bankrupt lead- bers to fight state aid to Jewish schools, because these same bgroups also oppose large grants from the Federation of bJewish Philanthropies to Jewish education. The real opposi- btion stems from fear and hatred of Jewish day schools per se. bOur patricians want to assimilate comfortably, and blatant bJewishness threatens their efforts.

bAnd having spoken of the Federation of Jewish Philan- bthropies, let me continue.

bThe public monies of the American Jewish community b 

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