Proskauer Honored on His 70th Birthday; Lauded for His Fight on Intolerance
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Proskauer Honored on His 70th Birthday; Lauded for His Fight on Intolerance

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More than 700 prominent civic and religious lead-## of all faiths attended a testimonial dinner last night at the Hotel Plaza honor-##red Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, president of the American Jewish Committee, on the ##sion of his 70th birthday. Former Governor Herbert H. Lehman and Cardinal Spell-##man were among the principal speakers at the affair.

Gov. Lehman pointed out Proskauer’s leadership in the work of the American ##wish Committee. “This Committee,” he said, “has fought the good fight to secure ## all people political and civic equality. It has sought equal opportunity for ## in education and employment. It has helped to ban at least some discriminatory ##ctices. It has fought for the dignity of the individual and the protection of ##an rights. It has supported the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and ## admission of displaced persons into this country. It has frequently aroused the ##public conscience and marahalled public opinion to render justice and security to ##nority groups here and abroad. In all of this work, Joe has been a tower of ##rength.”Cardinal Spellman, in his address, said: “The history of our United States ## the story of the ceaseless struggle of good and brave men to keep alive our ideals ##d ideas of liberty and democracy and to defend man’s glorious God-given rights. ##dge Proskauer has been graced with the power of mind and strength of heart to Jewish these treasures which he has ever helped to defend and preserve in the same ##spirit with which they were fought for and won.”Expressing gratitude to the speakers for all they had said about him, Judge ##Proskauer, in a brief reply, promised to continue his activities in charitable and ##ivic affairs. He was presented by toastmaster John W. Davis, former Democratic ##candidate for President, with a specially bound book containing 200 letters signed by prominent leaders in all walks of life, congratulating him on his birthday and lauding him for his fifty-year record of leadership.

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