N.c.j.w. Asks for U.S. Intervention for Jews in Soviet Union

One thousand delegates to the biennial convention of the National Council of Jewish Women, concluding their five-day parley here today, adopted a unanimous resolution calling on the United States Government “to use its good offices to intervene on behalf of 3,000,000 Jews in the Soviet Union, so that they too may enjoy those rights which are permitted to all other minorities in the USSR, and may live their lives as Jews without fear.”

The resolution expressed the NCJW’s “deep concern” over the “cultural and spiritual discrimination” against Soviet Jews, and stated: “As the Passover holidays approach, the National Council of Jewish Women deplores the fact that, once again, the baking and sale of matzon, the traditional and meaningful symbol of freedom for the Jews, is forbidden except in taken quantities.”

In other resolutions, the women called for the encouragement of the study of Judaism; support of measures designed to preserve the Jewish faith and culture and to secure the rights of Jews everywhere; and pledged support to the “continuing social, educational and cultural up building of Israel.” The convention re-elected Mrs. Joseph Willen, of New York, as national president for a second two-year term and adopted a budget for 1955-1966, totaling $970,000.

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