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Warnings Against Assimilation Voiced at Hadassah-wizo Parley in Canada

Warnings against Jewish assimilation, and the need to insure the survival of the Jewish people were emphasized here at the 21st annual convention of the Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada. The parley is being attended by 870 delegates, representing 15, 000 paid-up members in Hadassah-WIZO, the largest Jewish women’s organization in the Dominion.

Principal addresses stressing the theme of Jewish survival were delivered by Anne Eisenstat, of Montreal, president of the organization; John Devor, vice-president of the Zionist Organization of Canada; and Dr. Judah Shapiro, of New York, secretary of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Dr. Shapiro told the convention that Israel has not become “the point of fusion for the Jews of the world” as expected. Israel, he said, should now have a double role, functioning as a State where Jews can gather and, at the same time, acting as a center from which Jewish youth around the world could garner awareness of Jewish cultural values.

Another address was delivered by Mrs. Raya Jaglom, of Tel Aviv, chairman of the WIZO world executive. She expressed the hope that, in 1966, “our brethren from countries behind the Iron Curtain may be free to join us in Israel.”

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