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June 9 1995--TU.JF--9 00lost Jewish groups reject Christian Coalition contract By Matthew Dorf LWASHINGTON (JTA) -- 0st as quickly as Republican ][ers e,mbraced the Christian ralition s new Contract with P ncan Family, most--but t all-- Jewish groups vehe- tPtly rejected it. .LThe proposed solutions to l[ericas social ills in the con- .t "are wrong-headed, mis- IPided and divisive, said Rabbi rid Saperstein, director of the igious Action Center of rrn Judaism. )ubbing the new contract a ntract with Some of Ameri- 8 Families," the American sh Congress said in a state- he proposed contract nms roughshod over the diversi- ty of American family and reli- gious life." Modeled after the GOP's "Contract with America," the coalition's 10-point plan calls for the return of prayer to America's schools, a ban on most abortions and the return of religious dis- plays to public property. The coalition's executive --director, Ralph Reed, unveiled the agenda at a Capitol Hill cere- mony. "It is a pro-family agenda, and it is supported by the vast major- ity of the America people, Repub- lican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, black and while, Protes- tant and Catholic," Reed said. As be spoke, Sen. Phil 00l00Iission to Israel agenda IgEW YORK,  -- The Unit: Jewish Appeal is: offering 'llraer missions to Israel and tdan for singles of all ages gles 25 to 40 are invited to Other Americans fi'om across !COUntry for trips from ,July 2 3 or July 23 to Aug. 2. Sin- .8 Over 40 will be touring al from Aug. 13 to 23. For 'arst time special tracks are llg offered for participants 0 have already visited Israel. ti0nal trips t(') Jordan at the lclusion if the mission are availal)le fbr the first time Ummer singles missions to 'lel are part of the UJA cam- RIII to reach out to more and ore ,Jews of all ages. These holom ITINUED FROM PAGE ONE ndy, I. William Berger, drew Klein, Mrs Sharon l%t)er00, t;am Sny00ier: Presi- 1 ht of Temt)le Sisterhood -- |en of Refiwm dudmsm, and qOrtl , , , q. as Snyder, Men s Cluh [2d:itLawrence Arthur For- r I1 gave the D'Var "Jlbrah and annual report. Mrs. Ruby- Gould was introduced as l[ Itl' 'v,l U l lt, Temple Administrator and [,0ing President Dr. Howard k,esser thanked the congre-  for their volunteer eflbrt of e and energy and summed ivities of the year. trips also combine a meaningful Jewish experience with an excit- ing vacation. The Singles' missions for peo- ple 25 to 40 will begin at the Red Sea's resort town of Eilat. The group will move from Eilat's vel- vet beaches and vivid nightlife to travel north to the lush Galilee, where mountain hiking will be at its peak. In addition to an evening cruise on Lake Kinneret in the ancient town of Tiberias, the group will also spend time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with day trips to surrounding areas. Sin- gles over 40 will trade Eilat for jeep rides along the Golan Heights and in-depth I)riefings concerning this region vis-a-vis the peace process. There is still time for the "procrastinators" to get aboard one of the tbur 1.UA ummer thmi- ly missions, l{ememher; Bar and Bat mitzwh age childgren go .fee! Participation in the winter. family mission is picking up momentum. Don't wait. Register now to hold a spot. And, finally, the community mission, Koach, Oct. 31-Nov. 9, has over 100 people already reg- istered. Don't miss out on this one. For a more information, call Betsy Katorkin (489-8040, ext. 3O2). Contem )lating Ado )tion ? EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTOR .e Jewish Community Center of Richmond seeks an Early :Zllldhood Director to direct the operation of its program with Wr 2 ' [i - 00 children and a staff of 30. Masters Degree m related ld, prior experience in supervising an Early Childhood '-a'[gram and ability to implement judaic curriculum required. UOsophy should encourage developmentally, appropriate !ractices which represent NAEYC uoals. Be part of the rlagement team of a growing multi-service agency Salary mllPetitive; excellent benefits package Please sent'resume d s " alary requirements to: Carolyn Amacher, JCC, 5403 aUment Ave, Richmond, VA 23226. Gramm (R-TX), a contender for the Republican nomination for president, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and other members of Congress filed in to offer their support for the plan. The Christian Coalition boasts 1.5 million members. Considered the pre-eminent organization of the religious right, it wields considerable power in the Republican Party. Among the most potentially explosive issues is the contract's centerpiece, which calls for a "religions equality" constitution- al amendment that would allow for voluntary, student initiated, non-demoninatinal prayer. The contract also calls for a $500 per child annual tax credit, vouchers for private school edu- cation, disbanding the Education Department to give funding directly to local school districts, restricting pornography and ending government subsidies to The National Endowment for the Arts and public television. Gingrich promised that the House would vole on an the pro- visions in the coalition's contract. ",Just as we kept our word in the first hundred days, you're going to find that in the new 'Contract with the American Family' that House Republicans are going to be totally commit- ted," he told cheering coalition supporters. "Everyi)ody back home can learn who says in Washington and does in Washington the same things that they say and do hack home," Gingrich said. Not an Republicans lined up to support the coalition's con- tract. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PAL who has attacked the Christian Coalition during his campaign tbr the Republican presidential nomination, labeled the contract "extremist." "It is subterfuge designed to undermine a woman's right to choose and the separation of church and state," said the Jew- ish senator in a statement. Democrats, meanwhile, were also quick to condemned the coalition's initiative. Although many in the Jewish organizational world voiced total opposition to the contract, some Orthodox groups withheld imme- diate judgnnent. "We're going to "look at the contract issue by issue," said Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of of the Institute for Public Affairs of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Orthodox groups have made vouchers for private school edu- cation and family tax credits key components of their legislative agenda. Other Jewish organizations appeared united in opposition to the forthcoming religious equali- ty amendment, which is expected to be introduced in Congress dur- ing the next 100 days. It is not clear exactly what such a proposed amendment would include. Among the Jewish groups fir- ing off immediate responses to the contract were B'nai B'rith International, the Anti-Defama- tion League and the American Jewish Committee, all of whom condemned the idea of a religious equality amendment. "The battle over the contract looks to be the first salvo in a battle that could well determine whether or not Americans will remain a pluralistic society," said Steve Gutow, NJDC executive director. Let Jewish Family Service guide you through this exciting process. JFS is a licensed child placement agency in the Commonwealh of Virginia. 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