Leaders of American Jewry to Confer in Washington on Middle East

Delegations representing the constituents of 16 major American Jewish organizations and Jewish communities at large will meet in Washington next January 17 and 18 to confer on the “situation of extreme gravity” which has developed in the Near East as a result of Soviet arms shipments to Arab countries.

In an announcement of the conference today, the presidents of the organization warned that current developments in the Near East constitute a direct threat to the interests of the United States and all free nations and a peril to Israel’s existence.

“It is essential that the issues involving America’s stake in the Near East and Israel’s future be put before our fellow country men in their proper perspective by American Jewry.” the announcement said America must pursue a realistic policy based on her most vital interests, consistent with the cause of peace and mindful of the security of her friends in the Near East.” The announcement of the conference was signed by the following:

American Jewish Congress, Dr. Israel Goldstein; American Trade Union Council for Labor Israel, Joseph Breslaw; American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs, Rabbi Philip Bernstein; American Zionist Council, Rabbi Irving Miller; B’nai B’rith, Philip M. Klutznick Central Committee Labor Zionist Organization of America, Dr. Herman Seide## Hadassah, Mrs. Rebecca Shulman; Jewish Agency, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, Jewish Labor Committee, Adolph Held; Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Reuben Kaminsky; Mizrachi Organization of America, Rabbi Max Kirshblum; National Community Relations Advisory Council, Berhard H. Trage; Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Dr. Maurice N. Eisendrath; Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, Moses Feuerstein; United Synagogue of America. Charles Rosengarten; Zionist Organization of America, Mortimer May.

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