U.S. Rabbis Propose Interfaith Parley on Soviet Oppression of Jews

A resolution proposing that spiritual leaders of the three major faiths convoke a conference to protest “Soviet suppression of Jewish cultural and religious rights” was adopted here today at the closing session of the convention of the Rabbinical Council of America. The resolution cited “the recent renewal of Soviet assaults and oppressions” of its estimated 3, 000, 000 Jewish citizens.

In another resolution, the rabbis lauded the Federal district court of Massachusetts for declaring unconstitutional the blue laws in that state. The resolution said that the court ruling “permits devout Sabbath observers to pursue their trades and professions” on Sundays “without fear of legal penalties. “

The delegates also urged state legislatures “to outlaw discrimination because of race, color or creed in the sale, rental and occupancy of private realty. ” In another resolution, the rabbis asked “the liberalization of American immigration laws so that our country may again become a haven of refuge for the victims of all varieties of totalitarianism.’

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