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Jewish Chaplains Open Convention in Newport; Discuss International Problems

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The third national convention of the Association of Jewish Chaplains of the U.S. Army and Navy opened here last night to discuss problems concerning the affairs of the association and to analyze issues of national and international concern.

The convention will hear reports on denazification programs in Germany, civil rights and liberties in the United States, how American Jewry can strengthen Israel and problems concerning world peace. The membership of the association consists of 325 rabbis who have served, or who are now serving, with the armed forces of the United States.

The convention will commemorate the 175th anniversary of the birth of Judah Touro, who was born in Newport in 1775, while his father was serving as rabbi of that community and who is famed in American history as a philanthropist and patriot. A Touro memorial service will be conducted by the association in the Touro Synagogue of Newport, with Governor John O. Pastore of Rhode Island and Dr. David de Sola Pool of New York as principal speakers.

The purpose of the association is to “foster the spirit of fellowship which has been created through the sharing of a common military experience and to set forth the attitudes on matters of common concern to a large group of American rabbis who represent a cross-section of American Jewish life, and whose loyalty to both America and Judaism has been visibly demonstrated through their service to the Jewish men in the armed forces.”

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