Letter from Hebrew Union Congregation to Rabbi Eisendrath, May 1, 1956
Letter from Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville, Mississippi disputing the position of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (and its President, Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath) on segregation.
Transcript of Page 2 of Letter from Hebrew Union Congregation to Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, President, The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, May 1, 1956.
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Per cent of these negro children come from homes with no social background or environment and a large per cent of them are the result of illegitimacy. It would only retard the white Jewish children as well as the white Gentiles to have their children placed under this integration and environment.
Feeling as we do, we respectfully urge that your fine organization not embarrass and injure the Jews of this community and other Southern communities who feel as we do, by having it broadcast that the Jews as a whole are actively working to desegregate the South.
If, in spite of the feelings of the Southern Jews such as we, the organization should continue to attempt to speak for the Jews as a whole it will ultimately cause a breach in our ranks because we will be forced to publicly express the opinion of the Southern Jew as we know it. We hope this situation may be avoided by Jewish organizations not becoming active in the negro segregation issue.
HEBREW UNION CONGREGATION
Jerome S. Hafter, Chairman