NEW YORK (May. 16)
The first annual observance of “American Jewish Press Week” will be launched by the American Jewish Press Association at its annual convention in New York on May 24-25, Joseph G. Weisberg, editor of the Boston Jewish Advocate and president of the press group, announced today.
The week-long observance will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the press association, an organization embracing leading American Jewish weekly newspapers. A symposium on the role and future of the American Jewish press will be held at a luncheon at the Overseas Press Club. Some 30 newspaper executives are expected to attend.
In a statement welcoming the observance of American Jewish Press Week, Ambassador Philip M. Klutznick took note of recent discussion of a trend to community ownership of the American Jewish press and declared: “Recent observations by a very distinguished American Jewish historian suggesting the ultimate transformation of the American Jewish press into community organs do not fit my vision of the future. We need a free and independent press in our community, no less than a free nation needs a free press.” to the role of the American Jewish press were voiced also by many other leaders of the Jewish community.