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Namif Phillips Elected President of So, African Board of Deputies

Namie Phillips, chairman of the Board of Deputies of South African Jews, was unanimously elected president last night at the closing session of the organisation’s congress.

Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice-president of the Joint Distribution Committee, addressed the congress yesterday on Jewish problems and JDC programs around the world. He was given a warm welcome by the delegates. The delegates endorsed the work of the board in youth and student areas where a Hillel-type program was introduced during the past year.

The delegates also extended a bon voyage to Gustav Saron, the board’s general secretary, who was scheduled to leave tomorrow for the United States on a year’s sabbatical. He is one of nine community leaders from three continents who will do graduate study at American universities through National Council of Jewish Women scholarship. He will study community organization at the School of Applied Social Sciences of Western Reserve University in Cleveland.