Reform Jews to Establish Center in Washington; Will Act on Legislation

The convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations today approved the establishment of a Reform Jewish center here to deal with religious, social and political issues. A spokesman for the center, which is intended to work with other religious groups, will appear before Congressional committees and give views on pending legislation. The center will also provide information for affiliated synagogues on national affairs.

The establishment of the new center, which was favored in today’s vote by an overwhelming majority of the 1,300 delegates to the organization’s biennial assembly, had already been approved in 1959, but because of opposition by a group of affiliated congregations, it was decided to put the issue to a new vote at this year’s convention. The assembly also passed a resolution calling for the formation of a six-member committee to advise the center’s staff. The committee will be composed of three rabbis and three Reform lay leaders.

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