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Rabbi Polish Ready to Meet Pincus over Criticism

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Rabbi David Polish, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Thursday that he hoped to meet “for a frank and personal exchange” with Louis A. Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency, who bitterly assailed a message by Rabbi Polish and Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn to the recent 82nd convention of the CCAR in St. Louis. Pincus, addressing the Zionist General Council in Jerusalem last week, lashed out at the two Reform rabbis for their criticism of Zionist leaders who “openly and officially embrace America’s most reactionary politicians.” Rabbi Polish said, “I am sorry that Mr. Pincus issued a commentary on a statement made by Rabbi Gittelsohn and myself without having the benefit of a full text. The issues discussed are important and require complete attention and free debate by both American and Israeli leaders.” Rabbi Polish said he has forwarded the complete text of the message to Pincus along with other articles relating to the same theme.

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