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Progressive Jews Send Study Missions to Iron Curtain Lands, Israel

Delegates to the twelfth annual convention of the World Union for Progressive Judaism left today at the close of the conclave on study tours of Jews in Iron Curtain countries and to examine the status of Reform Judaism in Israel.

Two special study groups were organized for the visits. One group will visit Hungary and Yugoslavia as well as Holland, Austria, Italy and France. The group will make a special study of conditions of the Jews in Hungary.

The group going to Israel will seek reassurances from Israeli leaders that the liberal religious movement will be allowed to develop without official hindrance. Rabbi Jay Kaufman of New York, vice-president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, leads the Israel group.

Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof of Pittsburgh was re-elected president of the world Reform organization. Rabbi Albert G. Minda of Minneapolis, newly elected president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was named an international vice-president. Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the UAHC, was re-elected to a vice-presidency.

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