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Feldman, Kennedy’s Aide, Addresses Jewish Leaders; Stresses J.t.a. Role

The importance of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s role as a news agency, linking and informing world Jewry, was stressed today by Myer Feldman, Deputy Special Counsel to President Kennedy, in an address at a luncheon of directors of the JTA and communal leaders at the Overseas Press Club.

Commending the objectivity of the JTA reports, Mr. Feldman indicated that President Kennedy was among the readers of JTA material. He cited the need for the JTA, terming the agency “unique in its service to the Jewish people.” Mr. Feldman also delivered a background. summary of Washington events from the viewpoint of his additional White House staff duties as the President’s personal consultant on Jewish matters.

Sol Satinsky, of Philadelphia, who spoke in behalf of the JTA Board, called attention to the JTA’s 47 years of service and urged that the agency be provided the opportunity to expand its facilities in the community interest, Charles Frost, industrialist and philanthropic-communal leader, who served as chairman, commended Mr. Feldman, stating that “while only a part of high-level White House duties pertain to liaison with the American Jewish community, this is the part of his job nearest to his heart” and said he figured in important policy decisions favoring Israel.

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