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Board of Deputies Reach Compromise on World Jewish Congress Cooperation

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, after a stormy session, today reached a compromise over the question as to whether or not it should cooperate with the World Jewish Congress on questions concerning Jewish life in other countries.

Instead of adopting or rejecting the proposal made by its executive to the affect that a liaison committee be established between the Board of Deputies and the world Jewish Congress for exchange of information and for coordinating methods of work, today’s plenary session of the Board decided that the proposal is accepted only in principle. It stipulated that final draft of the agreement between the two organizations involved must be submitted by the executive to the plenary meeting for discussion.

Leading the opposition against the executive’s proposal was Neville Laski and Dr. Israel Feldman, Defending the proposal was Prof. Selig Brodetsky, president of the Board of Deputies. A motion to refer the proposal to a special committee was defeated by 88 against 57 votes.

The Anglo-Jewish Association, which opposes any liaison between the Board of Deputies and the World Jewish Congress, addressed an appeal to the Board asserting that “the alliance of the Board with the World Jewish Congress would be injurious to the best interests of English Jewry as well as to the interests of the Jewish communities world-over.