NEW YORK (Oct. 22)
The significance of B’nai B’rith’s helpfulness to Jewish life was emphasized here today by Philip M. Klutznick, former national president of B’nai B’rith who is now a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations, with the rank of Minister. He spoke at an all-day conference of the Metropolitan Council of B’nai B’rith which was attended by 1,500 delegates, representing 310 lodges in the New York area.
“The voluntary service of B’nai B’rith has made it the handmaiden of the expression of Judaism itself, the synagogue and the temple,” he said, “Our work with youth, whether through Hillel or the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, our significant adult education program, our sturdy efforts to mobilize our people for all causes of Jewish concern, whether it be the just ambitions of Israel or the affairs of our own domestic community, have earned for the B’nai B’rith a richly deserved generalization as the largest and oldest Jewish service organization in the world.”
Mr. Klutznick expressed the fear, however, that many members of B’nai B’rith do not know about the work of the B’nai B’rith International Council. B’nai B’rith, he said, “through its International Council, must stimulate the people whom it can influence to understand not only the United Nations but the peoples of the world.”