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American Jewry to Be Asked for $2,000,000 for American Jewish Congress Programs

The American Jewish community will be asked to contribute $2,000,000 in 19.49 for continuing the American Jewish Congress’ civil rights and Jewish cultural program in the United States and its activities for the protection of Jews abroad, it was announced here last night by Harold B. Cohen, chairman of the organization’s national finance council. The Congress is convening today to mark the 30th anniversary of its founding convention here in 19.18.

Chief budget items, Cohen said, are for continuing the organization’s civil rights work in the legislative, legal and community relations fields, an educational and cultural program, and–in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress–action for the protection of the statue of Jews abroad.

During the past year, Cohen said, the A.J.C. legal department “helped win” such victories for Americans of all faiths and races” as the outlawing of restrictive realty covenants by the U.S. Supreme Court and New York’s Quinn-Olliffe Act, the first state-wide law banning racial or religious discrimination in higher education.

The Congress’ social science division cooperated with community agencies throughout the nation in planning and putting into effect local programs for combatting discrimination in employment, education and housing, Cohen stated. Through the World Jewish Congress, the A.J.C. interceded for the protection of Jewish displaced persons in Europe and in Shanghai and the Jewish population in Arab lands, he added.

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