American Jews Join National Moratorium Day; Demonstrate in Capital, Elsewhere

American Jews added their voices to the national Vietnam war moratorium today. In the nation’s capital they demonstrated their protest against the continuing bloodshed in special prayer services and other events conducted in synagogues. In Cincinnati, Ohio, students at the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform) marched around the Federal Building seven times, blowing rams’ horns to draw a comparison between the U.S. Government’s Vietnam policies and the evils of Jericho.

Among the moratorium events in the capital were a nine-hour teach-in at Temple Sinai. Temple Emanuel offered an anti-war film and arranged for speakers and discussions. Tifereth Israel Synagogue conducted special afternoon and evening prayers devoted to peace. The Washington Hebrew Congregation, the capital’s largest Reform congregation, invited members to a public peace service. All of the services were attended by large numbers of Government workers.

(In New York, the state commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States came out in support of President Richard M. Nixon’s policies in Vietnam, a stand at variance with that taken by most major Jewish organizations. In a statement issued on the occasion of Moratorium Day. Jerome N. Nisman said his organization had every faith in the Government’s desire to “de-Americanize” the war.)

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