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Jewish Press Association Commends Nixon Administration on Summit Press List St. Louis Editor Elected

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The American Jewish Press Association commended the Nixon administration yesterday for including three Jewish journalists in the official press entourage that accompanied President Nixon on his summit trip to Moscow last month. They included Joseph Polakoff, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Washington Bureau Chief, and Jimmy Wisch, editor and publisher of the Texas Jewish Post.

The commendation was included in resolutions adopted at the close of the Association’s 30th annual meeting here. Other resolutions expressed concern for Jewish journalists in the Soviet Union, Latin America and elsewhere who operate under censorship and urged a national program in the US to recruit Jewish journalists.

The AJP which includes over 40 weekly and biweekly English language Jewish newspapers in the US and Canada, elected Robert A. Cohen, editor-in-chief of the St. Louis Jewish Light, as its president. He succeeded Wisch who completed three consecutive terms. Cohen, 32, is the youngest president in the history of the organization.

Elected vice presidents of the AJP were Albert Bloom, editor of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle; Conrad Isenberg, editor of the Jewish Civic Leader of Worcester, Mass; and Adolph Rosenberg, editor of the Southern Israelite. Mrs. Ann Hammerman, editor of the Dayton Jewish Chronicle was elected treasurer. Milton Firestone, editor of the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle and Morton Schlossman, of the Wilmington, Del. Jewish Voice were elected corresponding and recording secretary respectively.

The AJP meeting was addressed by Jack Siegel, executive vice-president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Agency and Arish Tzimuky, political editor of the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot and coordinator of the World Union of Jewish Journalists.

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