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American Council for Judaism Parley Opens Today in Chicago; Truman Sends Greetings

A three-day annual conference of the American Council for Judaism will open here tomorrow at the Drake Hotel with about 200 delegates representing 40 cities throughout the country in attendance. The conference will discuss–and is expected to approve–a new statement of the Council’s objectives in the light of the emergence of the state of Israel.

President Truman, in a message of greeting to the gathering, addressed to Lessing J. Rosenwald, president, said: “I have known of your organization for some time and have always regarded its work as an invaluable service for democratic understanding and for cementing the unity of our country. I am particularly impressed by the tasks you have set yourself of advancing the ideals of Judaism, the basis of so large a part of the faiths of the Western world; and of furthering an understanding that in our national loyalties and interests we are all solely and exclusively American. I regard these objectives of yours as an inspiration to all citizens of all faiths and origins; and as worthy of emulation, throughout our beloved country.

“We are a nation built up by immigrants from many lands. Out of our very diverse origin and common purpose there has been forged a dedicated and single-minded national devotion. To have It be otherwise would be destructive of the foundations of our national unity and heritage,” the message concluded.

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