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b“There are thousands of Jews who live in terrible slum bareas. Unlike the Jewish advisors to mayors or the bureau- bcrats of Jewish organizations who live in finer and more bdecent areas, these Jews—elderly and poor—are to be bfound in the slums and the low-income public housing proj- bects. One speaks of Brownsville or the Southeast Bronx and bone thinks of everyone except Jews. But they are there, bthese elderly Jews who live on welfare and wait for a Jewish bcomposer to give cocktail parties for them.

b“They sit in their terrible prisons, fearful of the violence band crime that makes their neighborhoods a nightmare for bthem. The trip to the grocery is not the simple thing it is for btheir more fortunate Jewish brethren in ‘nice’ areas. Here it bbecomes something of an exciting ‘game’ with the winner bthe one who can return home safe in all his limbs. These belderly Jews sit in their hopeless and hapless prisons, afraid bto attend synagogue or golden age centers. They sit in a bdeadly monotony and wait for death to free them. No one bcares; no one sets aside the large Jewish funds, that we have bfor all other manner of nonsense, to give them rent subsi- bdies so that they may be moved to another neighborhood bwhere people live in safety and security.

b“There are poor in the urban areas and their children go bto public schools that find the Jewish child learning to con- btrol his kidney because the bathroom is a place of danger. bThere are schools where Jewish children are beaten and brobbed of money and food. Their parents are frantic at the bviolence and would dearly love to send their children to bJewish day schools because of this and because, too, of their bfear of assimilation and Jewish alienation. They cannot be- bcause of the high prices that the hard-pressed yeshivas are bforced to charge. Themselves on the brink of bankruptcy band crisis, the yeshivas watch as thousands of would-be bapplicants are turned away.

b“Who will give the children of the less fortunate the right bto a good Jewish education and the freedom to escape the bhell of today’s public schools? Surely not our Jewish organi- bzations who fight any semblence of aid to parochial schools bor who refuse to allocate funds of their own to help them bsurvive. They will not give scholarships to the needy and b 

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