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Council of Churches Pledges Support for Israel, Soviet Jews

The Council of Churches of Greater Washington. In a letter of greetings for the High Holidays to all rabbis and synagogues in the area, expressed support for their efforts to help Israel and to alleviate the plight of Soviet Jewry. The coordinating agency for Protestant congregations said in its letter made public today by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington: “We join with you, and pledge our support to your efforts in your struggle on behalf of your people in the Soviet Union and in the Middle East.”

Dr. Isaac Franck, executive vice president of the Jewish Council, said “It is most significant” that although such messages of greetings for the New Year holidays had been sent previously to the Jewish community. “they have not contained references to the problems of Israel or of Soviet Jewry.” The Church Council’s letter was signed by Arnol F. Keller Jr., president, and Charles L. Warren, executive director of the Council.