Pittsburgh Hillel Director Rejects Dinner Bid in Biased Club

A local Hillel Foundation director today rejected an invitation to attend a dinner of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, because the event will be held in a club charged with practicing racial and religious bias. The artists group has Negro and Jewish members.

Rabbi Richard L. Rubenstein took his stand in a letter to Prof. Jerry Caplan, president of the artists group and director of the Chatham College art department. He asserted that “it is a matter of public record that the University Club bars Jews, Negroes and people of Southern European descent from membership.” The club is a private institution, not connected with the University of Pittsburgh.

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