Memorial Meeting for Louis A. Pincus
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Memorial Meeting for Louis A. Pincus

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A memorial meeting will be held tomorrow in the auditorium of the Jewish Agency at 515 Park Avenue for Louis A. Pincus world Zionist leader, who died yesterday at the age of 61. Mrs. Rose L. Halprin former chairman of the American Section of the Jewish Agency and former Hadassan president, will chair the meeting. Speakers will include Simcha Dinitz, Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, Dr. Emanuel Neumann, former chairman of the American Section of the Jewish Agency, and Pinchas Cruso, honorary president of the Labor Zionist Alliance. Rabbi Max Schenk will read the psalms and Cantor David Tilman of the Park Avenue Synagogue will conduct the rituals.

Meanwhile Jewish leaders and the Mayor of New York added their expressions of grief and shock at the death of Mr. Pincus.

Paul Zuckerman, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, expressed a profound sense of personal loss on behalf of the national officers and Cabinet of UJA, citing the long and close working relationship and mutual respect and affection that the UJA family had shared with Mr. Pincus. Prior to his departure for funeral services in Jerusalem, Zuckerman stated: “Louis Pincus was a dynamic executive and a man who expressed the depths of our concern with human needs with eloquence and compassion. His vision and direction for the reconstituted Jewish Agency set new dimensions for a participation of the world Jewish community in the future of the people of Israel. His outstanding leadership and great achievements stand as an inspiration to us all.”


Lewis D. Cole and Isaiah Minkoff, chairman and executive vice-chairman of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, issued a statement on behalf of the officers, membership and staff of NJCRAC “mourning the loss of a creative and inspiring leader, whose vision, resourcefulness, energy and great personal charm he put unreservedly at the service of the Jewish people. His grasp of the opportunities and challenges presented by the relationships between Jews in Israel and Jews in other nations was profound, and the leadership he gave to the enhancement of those relationships will be sorely missed. Those of us who knew him personally feel a keen personal loss.”

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago sent a telegram to Mrs. Chasya Pincus signed by Raymond Epstein, general chairman; A.D. Davis, co-chairman; Hamilton M. Loeb Jr., chairman of the board; Robert L. Adler, president, and James P. Rice, executive director, in which they stated: “In his key position your husband was one of Israel’s greatest and most effective spokesmen and leaders. We are thinking now with special warmth and gratitude of the visit you made here (Chicago) together to open our campaign this year.”

Edward Ginsberg, chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, said the death of Mr. Pincus “has caused a void in the front ranks of world Jewry which will be hard to fill. He was a towering figure in Israeli government circles, helping to shape its growth and destiny.” Despite Mr. Pincus’ intense involvement “with the monumental problems of immigration and absorption, Louis Pincus never slackened his deep concern for Jews in the diaspora,” Ginsberg added. “No Israeli knew the American Jewish community better or was loved by it than Louis Pincus.”

New York Mayor John V. Lindsay, in a telegram to the Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem said: “I know his loss is a great one to the World Zionist movement and to the Jewish communities throughout the world. May we draw comfort that the work to which he contributed so much continues unabating.”

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