NEW ORLEANS (Mar. 27)
The biennial convention of the National Council of Jewish Women closed here with the setting of a $706, 350 budget for the coming fiscal year and the adoption of a resolution urging the United States to suspend arms shipments to the Middle East pending a peace settlement between Israel and the Arab states. In addition to the $706,350 budget, the largest in the organization’s 62-year history, the 245 local branches of the NCJW will spend an additional $2,000,000 in local activities.
The resolution, which appealed for a halt to arms shipments “in the interest of stability and progress in the area,” also appealed for “continued economic and technical assistance to Israel and the Arab peoples,” At the same time, the delegates called on the United Nations to “concern itself with the total program of peace rather than with piecemeal consideration of individual incidents.”
United States Solicitor General Simon E. Sobeloff, addressing the dinner closing the convention, asserted that the American Jewish community is a full and participating force in American life and insisted that American Jews, in maintaining their identity, must not lose their special culture, tradition and heritage, Mr. Sobeloff declared that loyalty to America does not demand uniformity or the suppression of cultural, religious and philanthropic activities and affiliations.