WASHINGTON (May. 10)
The 10th annual convention of the American Association of English-Jewish newspapers closed here today with the adoption of numerous resolutions concerning Jewish life in this country and in Israel; and with the re-election of Philip Slomovitz, editor and publisher of the Detroit Jewish News, as president for his tenth term.
The resolutions urged Arab-Israel peace; pledged support of the efforts of the United Jewish Appeal and the Israel bond campaign; promised to cooperate with the organization preparing the celebration of the 300 years of Jewish settlement in this country, but called on this organization to avoid, if possible, the necessity for a national fund-raising drive by utilizing the facilities of existing national organizations, including the English-Jewish press.
The Association received national attention by the adoption of a resolution warning of the dangers to the freedom of the press arising from the assaults of anti-Communist extremists who violate the Bill of Rights. The resolution called on all editors and publishers, regardless of religion or race, to rally “to the defense of those whose Constitutional rights are violated and to recognize that so long as the rights of any individual are jeopardized, a threat exists to us all.”
Warning of “elements that oppose tyranny by emulating it,” the Jewish publishers resolved to “hold inviolate the right of editorial expression without fear of harassment.” The Association depicted enemies of civil liberties as no less dangerous than the Communists.
In addition to the re-election of Mr. Slomovitz; others elected include three vice-presidents; Jack I. Fishbein, of the Sentinel, Chicago, Leo Frisch, of the American Jewish World, Minneapolis-St. Paul; and Fred Shocher, the Jewish Floridian, Miami. Bert Kline, of the Jewish Times, Baltimore, was elected recording secretary; Mrs. M. Milton Singer, of the Jewish Record, Atlantic City, corresponding secretary; and Albert W. Golomb, of the American Jewish Outlook, Pittsburgh, treasurer.