MEXICO CITY (Jun. 18)
Mexican honors were conferred on three Jews–a local rabbi, a banker and an outgoing Ambassador of Israel. The Mexican Government bestowed its highest decoration, the “Aguila Azteca” (Aztec Eagle), on Elias Sourasky in recognition of his contribution to Mexican schools and scientific institutions. Mr. Sourasky is a banker, a Zionist and a leader of the Jewish community here.
Ambassador Shimshon Arad, of Israel, who will leave his post shortly, was admitted to membership in the Academia Mexicana de Derecho Internacional (Mexican Academy of International Law). The Academy also awarded its “Order of Mexico for Right and Peace” to Dr. Abraham M. Hershberg, rabbi of Congregation Belt Itzhak here. Rabbi Hershberg, who served pulpits in Montreal and Chicago before coming to Mexico, was presented with the award by the Mexican Ambassador to the United Nations. Zorrilla Flores, and Dr. Manuel Cervantes, secretary of the Academy.