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David Sher New Chairman of Community Advisory Council; Clearance Program Outlined

The unanimous election of David Sher of New York as Chairman of the National Community Relations Advisory Council to succeed Edgar J. Kaufmann of Pittsburgh and the announcement of a program of clearance for national and local civic protective agencies high-lighted the meeting this week of the Council’s executive committee, it was announced today.

The Council, which formulates policies in civic protective work in the United States, also announced that three new communities — New Haven, Newark and Kansas City — have been admitted to membership, thus bringing the total membership to seventeen communities and five national agencies, — the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith, Jewish labor Committee, and Jewish War Veterans of the U. S.

The program of clearance through the Council calls for every national and community agency to submit each major project for clearance, before putting it into effect. The following procedure was adopted by the executive committee to make clearance effective;

1) The national agencies and the communities are to submit to the office of the NCRAC an inventory and schedule of all major projects now in operation or about to be undertaken. 2) The national agencies and the communities are to inform the office of the NCRAC of any contemplated new project. 3) The office of the NCRAG is to clear any contemplated project with the other agencies before it is actually put into effect.

Mr. Kaufman announced his inability to continue as chairman because of the pressure of other duties. Mr. Sher, who will serve as chairman until the next plenary session, has been active in the council since its organization. He is a member of the administrative committees of the American Jewish Committee, chairman of the board of the Hofheimer Foundation, and a trustee of the American Federation for Palestinian Institutions. A native of Omaha, he has been a resident of New York City for the past fourteen years, where he is a prominent attorney.

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