NEW YORK (Dec. 27)
In an effort to overcome the “crisis of confidence” in some Jewish community organizations, 50 Jewish community leaders met here last night to officially launch a Jewish Community Security Council. Meeting at the home of Dr. Seymour Siegel of the faculty of the (Conservative) Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the group agreed that it was “deeply disturbed” by the situation.
“While some of these (Jewish community) agencies are now engaged in self-scrutiny and self-evaluation,” it said in a statement of principles, “they are, to date, disturbingly unresponsive to the needs of large constituencies of Jews. It behooves Jewish organizations to be sensitive to the legitimate fears and aspirations of the masses of Jews.” The Council elected Prof. Jacob Neusner chairman, and Dr. Siegel president.