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Chicago Mayor Invites Jews to Display Religious Symbols in City Hall

Mayor Richard J. Daley has invited Chicago Jewry to exhibit Jewish religious symbols in City Hall here to supplement a Nativity creche displayed in the building each year.

The invitation was extended in a letter to Elmer Gertz, president of the American Jewish Congress in Chicago, denying a request by the Congress and five other groups to have the creche removed. The mayor promised to refer the matter to the next meeting of the City Council to be held on November 4.

In his letter to Mr. Gertz, Mayor Daley stated: “I have always felt that the presence of the crib and carols add to the festivity of the holiday season in which all participate. You will recall that I suggested that the symbols of other religious holidays also be displayed in City Hall.”