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Jewish Businesses Urged to Close for Two Hours So Employees Can Attend Mass Rally

The American Jewish Congress called on all Jewish businesses in New York City to close from noon to two p.m. on Wednesday to permit their employees to attend a mass demonstration at which Mayor John V. Lindsay is expected to issue a proclamation expressing solidarity with Soviet Jews. The AJ Congress asked motorists to keep their headlights on and churches to ring their bells in unison at one p.m. Wednesday as a gesture of support for the Leningrad 11 accused who were sentenced last week. The AJ Congress also announced that it would change the message on its “hot line” which gives 24 hour information on Soviet Jewry to persons dialing the telephone number, TR 9-4553. The current message urges callers to telegraph President Nixon to intercede with Soviet authorities on behalf of the Leningrad 11, and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin to ask his government to set aside the sentences. The new message, an AJ Congress spokesman said, will provide the latest information on the fate of the accused. The AJ Congress also announced there will be special synagogue services throughout the city tomorrow evening.

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