American League for Israel to Hold Conference in Washington

Plans for a national organizational conference of delegates from major American communities, to be held next March 14 to 16 in Washington, were announced here today by the American Jewish League for Israel following a meeting of its board of directors. The conference will be preceded by intensive organizing of chapters of the League in major American cities, the announced said.

Louis Lipsky, honorary president of the League, announced that the first issue of the new 32-page “American Israel Review,” edited by M. Z. Frank, had been distributed to more than 8,000 community leaders. Ezra Shapiro, League president, hailed the magazine as “a source of healthy ferment in keeping with the American tradition that only by discussing ideas in a forthright manner, can intellectual stagnation be avoided.”

Samuel Rothberg, chairman of the board, reported that the League’s youth pilgrimage program, approved by the board, authorized Mr. Shapiro to appoint a special commission to be made up of prominent Jewish educators and lay leaders, to plan details. “The pilgrimage,” Mr. Rothberg said, “is conceived not merely as a method of acquainting our youth with the State of Israel, but also as a powerful instrument for the intensification of Jewish education in this country.”

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