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Canadian Zionist Convention Urges ‘full Support’ of Day Schools

Canadian Zionists were urged today, in a resolution adopted at the founding convention of the Federated Zionist Organization of Canada, to pursue “a policy of maximum involvement in all phases of Jewish education.”

The 1,000 delegates, in the same resolution, urged the national executive of the FZOC to call on all Zionists to extend their “fullest support” to day schools supporting the Zionist movement. The new national executive also was urged “to explore every avenue of financial support for Jewish day schools, including that of government aid.”

In another resolution, the delegates called on the Government of Canada “to make known to the Government of West Germany the anxiety of the Canadian people over the rise of Nazi sentiment in Germany.” The resolution also appealed to the Western powers to prevent West Germany from “acquiring or gaining access to and control of any kind of nuclear weapons.”

Another resolution noted that a government committee had recommended federal legislation to restrict the dissemination of hate propaganda against racial and religious groups in Canada. The resolution said the FZOC “together with the Canadian Jewish Congress,” urged Parliament “to enact into law comprehensive legislation effectively outlawing genocide and hate propaganda.”

Another resolution appealed to Soviet authorities to allow members of Jewish families in the Soviet Union to be reunited with other members in Israel and other countries.

The delegates hailed the observance of Canada’s centennial and said that “during the past 100 years, Canada has been enriched by those who have sought to live within its borders according to their faith and beliefs.” The resolution said that the Canadian Jewish community noted “with a sense of deep gratification” the fact that “the teachings of our sages are enshrined in the principles of Canadian confederation.”

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