NEW YORK (Oct. 2)
The American Zionist Council, speaking in behalf of all Zionist organizations in the United States, today announced the convening of 3 three-day National Assembly of American Zionists at the Statler-Hilton Hotel here. The Assembly will open on Sunday, November 13.
In a letter addressed to each of the American Zionist Council’s nine constituent organizations, Rabbi Irving Miller, AZC chairman, stated that the purpose of the Assembly would be to place before the American Jewish community a program of “positive action aimed at providing a fresh interpretation of the ideals of Zionism in light of today’s needs.” He expressed the hope that the Assembly would “reactivate the enthusiasm that rendered possible the achievement of Zionism’s first, but by no means final, goal–the restoration of the State of Israel.”
Speaking for the American Zionist Council, Rabbi Miller cited the need for a reinterpretation of the aims of Zionism, the structure of the Zionist organization, and the relationship of world Jewry to Israel as among the challenges facing the National Assembly and the American Zionist movement. “They add up to nothing less,” he declared, “than the issue of our people’s future in the light of the renewed existence and functioning of the Jewish State.”