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bthe residents feel very well disposed to the neighbor who bwas the cause of this unexpected plague, and (4) this would bnot help the cause of high property values and that the b“there-goes-the-neighborhood” syndrome would cause Mr. bHeyman and company’s popularity in the neighborhood to bplummet even more.

bAnd so a call was put out for bearded, unkempt, long- bhaired hippie-types—of whom there was no shortage in the bJDL—and Sunday mornings were set aside for “lower your bWestchester-Long Island property value” days. A furious bMr. Heyman and the Federation were not made any hap- bpier when in October 1970 the Federation offices were the bsubject of a longer, more active JDL sit-in. Their angry bresponse was to go to court and seek an injunction barring bthe JDL from interfering with them. What may have made bthem even more frightened was the fact that, as their new bfund-raising campaign was beginning, JDL pickets sud- bdenly began appearing at synagogue breakfasts and dinners bfor Federation as well as Federation-sponsored banquets. bThe pickets handed out leaflets describing the problem and bcontinuing: “The Federation is an un-Jewish thing that has bno right to call itself Jewish or impose its demands upon the bJewish community. A Jewish Federation is one that looks bupon Jewish rights as primary and Jewish needs as taking bfirst place in the order of priorities. It is not one that is run bby fearful men seeking to assimilate and using communal bfunds to buy their place into the hearts of the non-Jews.

b“It is within the power of the Jewish people to put an end bto the charade. Federation cannot exist in its present form bwithout the support of the little Jew. Every such Jew, every bsynagogue must serve notice upon Federation that it is not bwelcome to Jewish funds under its present form. There bmust be no fund-raising for Federation allowed in any bsynagogue and no individual Jew should give of his money bto it.

b“It is time that a representative communal organization bcame into being to allocate Jewish money, raised by Jews bfrom Jews, for Jewish purposes. It is time that such a new bFederation, controlled by the people, placed Jewish b 

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