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Roosevelt Reads Rabbi Israel’s Letter at Draft Ceremony

In his address at the first drawing of draft numbers here yesterday, President Roosevelt cited letters from representatives of the Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths, including one from Dr. Edward L. Israel, president of the Synagogue Council of America.

Dr. Israel said: “It is my supreme confidence that you, Mr. President, and the officials of our nation will be ever mindful of the fact that this peacetime selective service system is an extraordinary measure in the interest of preserving democracy and that the system will therefore be administered so as to deepen in the minds and hearts of our youth a love and respect for democracy.”