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Naomi Levine New Aj Congress Official

Mrs. Naomi Levine, a 47-year-old lawyer here, has been named to succeed Will Maslow as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, effective Oct. 1. She will be the first woman to head a major national Jewish organization. Maslow is retiring at age 65 after more than 25 years with the AJ Congress, but will continue as general counsel.

Mrs. Levine, a staff member for 21 years, is assistant professor of race relations at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a consultant to the Department of Social Development of the Ford Foundation. She was educated at Hunter College and Columbia University Law School, and is the co-author of “Ocean Hill-Brownsville: A Case History of Schools in Crisis.” and the author of “A Directory of Aids, Facilities and Services Available to the Jewish Aged in the City of New York.”

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, AJ Congress president, called the “pioneering” appointment of a woman “one long overdue in the Jewish community as in the general community.”