WASHINGTON (May. 14)
The National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry, opening its two-day executive session today, heard R. Sargent Shriver say that Christians are now increasingly concerned with the problems of Soviet Jewry. About fifty religious leaders from across the country, virtually all Christian, attended the opening session at the New York Ave. Presbyterian Church.
Shriver, who was the Democratic Party’s Vice-Presidential candidate last year; said that the Soviet government’s treatment of its Jewish-population is one of the serious violations of human rights in modern times. The group is opposed to granting most favored nation status to the Soviet Union until present restrictions on emigration are ended.
The Task Force, founded in Chicago in March 1972, will conduct an interfaith service tonight at the Luther Place Memorial Church. The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, a Jesuit priest, will lead a candlelight procession of “prayer and witness” from the church past the Soviet Embassy.