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Jewish Tercentenary Committee Warns Against Left-wing Group

Jewish organizations throughout the country were warned today against a left-wing effort to organize celebrations of the forthcoming American Jewish Tercentenary. David Bernstein, executive director of the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee, announced that the official tercentenary committee–which was established in 1952 for the purpose of planning the overall national observance this fall and winter of the 300th anniversary of Jewish settlement in the United States–“has neither solicited nor accepted the cooperation of Communist or front organizations. “

Mr. Bernstein referred to a report carried this week in the New York Daily Worker announcing that a Committee for the 300th Anniversary of Jewish Settlement in the U.S.A. had issued a call to all Jewish organizations, societies, trade unions and cultural institutions to take part in a preliminary conference June 19, to explore “the best ways and means for marking and celebrating the 300th anniversary in the most impressive manner by American Jews of all walks of life and every point of view, and in a manner that would contribute toward the safeguarding and furthering of our democratic freedoms and cultural achievements. “

In a statement on this committee and the conference it is calling, Mr. Bernstein said: “It is believed that the meeting is being arranged under the auspices of the YKUF (Yiddisher Kultur Farband). The American Jewish Tercentenary Committee is in no way connected with this group or the June 19th conference. “