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First Jewish Draft Information and Counseling Center Launched in Chicago Area

The first effort by the Jewish community here to provide support for Jewish men troubled with draft problems will be launched today with the opening of the Jewish Draft Information and Counseling Center at Temple Emanuel. The center will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. where trained and experienced draft counselors, under the auspices of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, will be available to any Jewish young men of or near draft age. According to the announcement by Robert Loeb, center director, the counselors will inform such men of their rights under the Selective Service regulations and help them work through the problems and decisions which the draft poses for them. In addition, Mr. Loeb stated, the center will be prepared to counsel Jewish conscientious objectors whose concerns may grow specifically out of an involvement with Jewish tradition. The center will also be available on request to any Jewish group in order to discuss the issues of peace, war and conscription as they affect Jewish men and their families.