NEW YORK (Nov. 8)
As 1,000 delegates from all parts of the country began assembling here today for the opening tomorrow of the five-day national convention of the American Jewish Congress, messages of greetings were received from Presidents Truman and Weizmann.
The convention, which closes Sunday evening, will elect a president to succeed the late Dr. Stephen S. Wise and will formulate a program covering the important issues facing the American Jewish community. Some of the problems to be discussed are the relationship of American Jews to the Jews of Israel and the Jews in other nations; how to build a creative Jewish life in the U.S., and how best to safeguard and strengthen American democracy.
In a letter to Rabbi Irving Miller, executive committee chairman of the American Jewish Congress, President Truman declared: “I am happy to extend greetings to the American Jewish Congress on the occasion of the biennial convention to be held on November 9th to 13th in New York and I welcome this opportunity of congratulating you on a fine record of accomplishments.
“In your program for the safeguarding of American democracy, the elimination of all forms of discrimination and the defense of the rights of Jews, you were privileged to have the leadership of one of the great Americans and dews of our times, the late Dr. Stephen S. Wise. Your creative contributions constitute a proud and fitting tribute to his memory. His ideals should continue to serve as inspiration and guide for all your future endeavors.”
President Weizmann’s cable stated: “I send your national convention my heartiest good wishes. I feel sure that with your traditional good efforts you will succeed in your important work. Be strong and steadfast.”