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Jewish Power: Is It Good For Jews?

 

bIn early October 1969, an extraordinary press conference bwas held in New York City, attended by the top leaders of bNew York City’s Establishment. The seriousness with which bthey contemplated the proceedings was indicated by the bpresence of Mr. Arthur Goldberg himself. They gathered, ball the leaders and functionaries, all the noble Jews and the bnoblest of them all, to protest an advertisement that had bappeared in The New York Times. Once again outrageous, bonce again un-Jewish, once again the Jewish Defense bLeague.

bThe presence of men like Stanley Lowell, Vice-Chairman bof NJCRAC, Rabbi Edward Klein of the Free Synagogue, bRabbi Joseph Lookstein, the Upper East Side’s most fash- bionable Orthodox rabbi, whose Ramaz Day School had long bsince outgrown the name “Yeshiva” and now sported a b“Headmaster,” and Dr. Bernard Mandelbaum of the Jewish bTheological Seminary, waving a list of three hundred names bof similarly indignant Jewish leaders, testified to the gravity bwith which they viewed the conclave. Few could remember a btime when three hundred Jewish leaders had managed to bagree on a single document.

bNew York City stood in the midst of a bitter mayoral bcampaign with the incumbent Mayor, John V. Lindsay, bfighting off determined bids by the Democratic candidate bMario Procaccino and Conservative John Marchi. From the bbeginning, JDL had taken the lead in branding Lindsay a b 

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