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Jewish Groups Participate in Kennedy’s Conference on Civil Rights

A large number of Jewish organizations lay and religious leaders, representing virtually every major Jewish organization, participated at the invitation of President Kennedy today in a White House conference on civil rights problem problems.

Jewish spokesmen pledged support along with other leaders when the President outlined actions desired by an interfaith advisory committee. The President stressed the need for the major faiths to work among their own membership to end bias in real estate policies, employment and other related areas. New initiative by the clergy on a local level was urged.

Jewish spokesmen cited to the President the Jewish tradition on racial equality and said that the National Council on Religion and Race held recently in Chicago, ill., had not fully achieved its goals and that new initiative was needed in synagogues throughout the country.