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B’nai B’rith President Urges Persistence in Fight for Soviet Jewry

The American Jewish community is being “tested on its staying power” in the campaign to restore cultural, religious and communal rights to Soviet Jews, Dr. William A. Wexler, president of B’nai B’rith, said here today. Speaking at a “Vigil for Soviet Jewry,” sponsored by the Camden County Jewish community, Dr. Wexler urged an outdoor audience of 500 to “pledge your persistence” for what he predicted would be a “long and arduous struggle” to win for the Soviet Jew his right to be Jewish.

Senator Clifford Case of New Jersey told the audience that the psychological effects of the USSR’s anti-Jewish practices could only prove harmful to its non-Jewish citizens as well. The demonstration here, he added, was “as much in the interests of Soviet Russia itself as it was in the interests of Soviet Jews.”