World Conference of Jewish Social Workers in Israel Mourns Jordan’s Death

The World Conference of Jewish Communal Services, now taking place here, met tonight in a special session in mourning for the late Charles H. Jordan, executive vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, whose body was found in the river at Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Jordan was to have addressed the conference tomorrow. Attending the special mourning rites were President Zalman Shazar, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, Dr. Zerach Warhaftig, Minister for Religious Affairs, and other Israeli and foreign notables. The principal eulogy was delivered by Dr. Joseph Burg, Minister for Social Welfare. This afternoon, a mourning session for Mr. Jordan was held by the executive of the Jewish Agency, under the leadership of A.L. Pincus, chairman of the executive. He described Mr. Jordan as “a great man and a great Jew.”

(Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the Jewish Agency, in a message from Italy, where he is now spending his vacation, expressed grief over the passing away of Mr. Jordan, stating that his death “is a great and genuine loss not only to the JDC and the many communities under its care, but to the whole Jewish people.” In New York,Mrs. Rose Halprin, chairman of the American section of the Jewish Agency, said that Mr. Jordan’s tragic death “has shocked the entire family of the Jewish Agency with whom Mr. Jordan had worked as a respected colleague and friend of over two decades,”)

Word of the discovery that Mr. Jordan was dead was received by the delegates at the Conference as they gathered here yesterday. At rites conducted by the delegates he was eulogized by Mrs. Zena Harman, wife of the Israeli Ambassador to Washington, and by Louis Horowitz, former head of the JDC section in Israel. Mrs. Harman is a member of the executive board of the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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