WASHINGTON (Jun. 19)
A proposed program projecting activity priorities in five major operational areas for 60 American Jewish organizations, for the coming year, will be discussed by 200 delegates from these organizations, who are expected to attend the annual plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council, opening here Thursday. The session will last four days.
The program, to be presented by Isaiah M. Minkoff, executive director of the NCRAC, is purely advisory in character, according to Mr. Minkoff. However, judgments and recommendations of the NCRAC are frequently used by the Council’s affiliates, as well as by other Jewish organizations in the United States, as guides to programs and activities.
The five areas covered by the proposed program deal with; 1. Overt anti-Semitism in the United States; 2. Community relations implications of developments in the Middle East; 3. Inter-religious relations and Church-State issues; 4. Civil Rights; and 5. The results and effects of the Adolf Eichmann trial.
Prominent among the topics slated for discussion are right-wing political and economic movements, including the John Birch Society; the population explosion in the metropolitan areas, with its implications for equal opportunity and for interracial and other intergroup relations; school desegregation in the North and in the South; and trends in relationships among Catholics, Jews and Protestants, including an analysis of some of the issues on which they are most divided.
The NCRAC has been, since 1914, the joint planning and coordinating body for Jewish community relations in the United States. Its member groups pursue programs aimed at combating anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry and discrimination, and the promotion of American principles of equality and freedom.
Among its constituent organizations are: The American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, United Synagogue of America.
Also state, county and local Jewish community relations councils in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Minnesota. Camden County, N, J., Eastern Union County, N. J., Essex County, N. J., Akron, Albany, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Bridgeport, Brooklyn, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Easton, Flint, Fort Worth, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Kingston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Britain, New Haven, Norfolk, Oakland, Paterson, Peoria, Perth Amboy, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Rochester, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, Schenectady, Toledo; Washington, D. C., Youngstown.