Women’s Division of American Jewish Congress Convention Opens in New York

Federal and state legislation which would insure “full and equal opportunity for all citizens” must be implemented by community interest in its enforcement, Justice Justine Wise Polier of Domestic Relations Court of this city declared last night at the opening of the convention of the Women’s Division of the American Jewish Congress here.

Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, former Jewish advisor to the U.S. Army in Germany, addressing the biennial national convention of the A.J.C., called for the rejection of Communism and its ideology by Jews in this country. He said that the A.J.C. should back a positive program for American Jews reflecting both American democratic institutions and aspirations and positive Jewish values. A.J.C. vice-president Shad Polier declared that the Congress, disassociating itself from totalitarianism whether of the right or left, recognized one as physically destructive of the Jewish people and the other as threatening the survival of Jews.

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