London (Aug. 31)
Last-minute efforts to close the split in the ranks of British Jewry have failed it was indicated today with the announcement by the council of the Anglo-Jewish Association that it will recommend to that body’s general meeting, which is to be held Sept. 16, that the Association establish its own foreign committee.
Although the council urges that the new committee should cooperate with the foreign committee of the Board of Deputies, it, nevertheless, makes permanent the break between the Association and Deputies. For 65 years, until last month, the Board of Deputies and the Association had been represented on a joint foreign committee. The recently-elected Board, which is dominated by Zionists, voted to dissolve the joint foreign committee. Since then efforts have been made to reconcile the differences between the two groups, but they have apparently been unsuccessful.
Simultaneously, Lord Nathan, who has been a leading member of the Association, sent his resignation to the council, stating that although he favored continuation of the joint foreign committee, he would abide by the decision of the majority of the Board of Deputies. A statement by Leonard Stein, president of the Association, explaining the organization’s stand on Palestine will be issued shortly, it was also announced today.