WASHINGTON (May. 16)
Resolutions calling for the barring of anti-Semitic literature from the mails, and urging the U.S. Government to reconsider its decision to send arms to Iraq were adopted here by the American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers at its annual convention this week-end.
A delegation representing the Association was received at the White House by Presidential Assistant Sherman Adams, who accepted on behalf of President Eisenhower a Bible presented by the Association. A message from President Eisenhower lauded the members of the Association for "zealously" guarding the civil, political and religious rights of the American people. One of the principal speakers at the convention was Maxwell D. Rabb, Cabinet operations officer, who spoke on civil rights and American-Israel relations.
Fred Shochet, publisher of the Jewish Floridian, of Miami, was elected president of the Association. He succeeds Philip Slomovitz, publisher of the Jewish News of Detroit, who has served since the Association’s founding, but who declined when an attempt was made to renominate him this year. A resolution honoring Mr. Slomovitz for his service was unanimously adopted.
The convention also unanimously adopted a resolution expressing "its sense of appreciation for the work of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency anf for the vast improvements shown in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency service in the past year. "
In a message to the convention, Philip M. Klutznick, president of B’nai B’rith noted that in the past he had been critical of "the extent and character of the coverage of the English Jewish press" and, more so, "of the community which did not awaken to make it reach the calibre and the standard and the extent of usefulness that the hour, demanded," He expressed the hope that "communal leaders and organizational leaders will recognize how indispensable a great press is to a live and virile Jewish community."
Other officers elected at the convention include Jack Fishbein, of Chicago, Leo H. Frisch, Minneapolis, and Albert W. Golomb, Pittsburgh, vice-presidents; A. Slabot, New Orleans, treasurer; Adolph Rosenberg, Atlanta, secretary, and Mrs. M. Milton Singer, Atlantic City, corresponding secretary.