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Young Israel Convention Asks for Admission of Egyptian Jews to U.S.

The 45th annual convention of the National Council of Young Israel called upon the United States Government today to grant 5,000 emergency visas to Jews who “fled Nasser’s tyranny.” Some 800 delegates, representing 200,000 Young Israel members throughout the country are attending the parley.

Moses Hoenig, president of the movement, reported “a mass resurgence of religious observance in all parts of the country.” Young Israel, he said, “is forging a harmonious link between the basic postulates of Orthodoxy and practices of our secular way of life.”

Some 15,000 young boys and girls are involved in youth activities sponsored by 350 Young Israel clubs, he said. About 20,000 young people are receiving religious training in Young Israel afternoon classes while 50,000 adults attend adult education classes “under the guidance of America’s foremost religious leaders and thinkers.”

Mr. Hoenig appealed to the American Jewish community “to heed the call of the Chief Rabbi of Israel to participate in a mass religious pilgrimage to Israel on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the state in 1958.”

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