American Jewish Conference Urged to Include American Scene in Its Program

Demands that the scope of the American Jewish Conference be enlarged to include the American scene and that the authority of the Conference be strengthened by the creation of its own instrumentality for the execution of its program were voiced at the first preliminary meeting of delegates held here. Ninety-eight delegates out of the one hundred forty residing in New York participated in the discussions.

The future organization and functions of the American Jewish Conference were the main subjects of the general debate, intended to clarify the problems facing the second session of the Conference. Among the suggestions voiced by the individual delegates were recommendations that: 1) The name of the Conference be changed to Assembly, in accordance with the original Pittsburgh proposal. 2) At its coming session the Conference elect a representation to act immediately on post-war matters and in the execution of the Conference plans. 3) Emphasis be placed on post-war problems. 4) The Conference be established as a permanent body. 5) The affiliated organizations should yield some of their sovereignty to enable the Conference to act as a functioning body.

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