NEW YORK (May. 10)
Twenty-four major American Jewish organizations, representing the overwhelming majority of Jews in this country, today endorsed a call for two days of prayer for Soviet Jews. The call for the prayer days was issued this weekend by the Synagogue Council of America. Special services will be held in synagogues and temples throughout the nation on May 22 and 23.
The 24 organizations had sponsored last month in Washington, a Conference on Soviet Jewry, to protest the Soviet campaign of oppression against its Jewish citizens; Leaders of the Jewish organizations which sponsored the Conference met in New York today and voted endorsement of the Synagogue Council proclamation.
The Synagogue Council of America is the national coordinating agency of the three major Jewish religious establishments. Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform, representing the three rabbinical groups and the three congregational bodies. Rabbi Uri Miller, president of the Synagogue Council, emphasized that the proclamation for the prayer was issued by each of the rabbinic constituencies. Rabbi Max J. Routtenberg, on behalf of the Rabbinical Assembly; Rabbi Abraham AvRutick, on behalf of the Rabbinical Council of America; and Rabbi Leon I; Feuer, on behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.