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South and Central Americans Deliberate on Communal Affairs, Human Rights Issues

Fifty delegates from South and Central America deliberated over communal affairs and human rights issues at the second plenary session of the Latin American Jewish Congress being held here. The event coincided with the centenary celebration of Peru’s Jewish community. One of the main issues discussed was the growing restlessness of Jewish youth which here, as abroad, has been demanding a greater voice in policy-making by the Jewish community and more funds for their activities.

The Congress’ 1969 award for contributions to human rights went to Foreign Minister Alfonso Arinho Mello Franco of Brazil. In the keynote address, Dr. Moises Goldman, of Argentina, reviewed the situation of Jews in Latin America and spoke of the growing efforts of Arab propagandists on the continent. Luis Schydlowsky, of Lima, spoke of the historical background of Peruvian Jews.