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400 Rabbis, Jewish Laymen Join Washington Protest on Vietnam War

Approximately 400 rabbis and Jewish laymen joined more than 2,000 Protestants and Catholics here today as part of a two-day vigil protesting the Government’s role in the war in Vietnam. The mobilization, organized by the Committee of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, demonstrated outside the White House in the form of a silent one-hour vigil at noon, and then proceeded in a march to the Capitol. Many of the clergymen visited their Congressmen and Senators and presented to them a 3,000-word document defining the concerns and dilemmas about the Southeast Asia conflict which the group adopted in principle.

Jewish leaders who were present included: Rabbi Jacob J. Weinstein, president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; Rabbi Abraham Heschel, Jewish Theological Seminary; Morris Laub, United Synagogue of America; Rabbi Henry Siegman, Synagogue Council of America; and Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Union of American Hebrew Congregations.