Rabbi Says Watergate Hearings Are Trying to Destroy President Nixon

A Boston area rabbi who believes most members of the Senate Watergate committee are “hanging judges” out to destroy President Nixon is leading an effort to combat ”the lynch-mob mentality now being fostered and encouraged in our land.”

Rabbi Baruch Korff, listed as rabbi emeritus of Congregation Agudath Achim of Taunton, Mass. is temporary chairman of an Ad Hoc Citizens Committee for Fairness to the Presidency, which sponsored a $5722 advertisement in the New York Times, protesting the Senate committee hearings and asking for contributions to publish the advertisement in other newspapers.

Rabbi Korff, 59, told Boston newsmen that the objective of the campaign was “to distribute a mass petition to obtain one million signatures” to protest against the Senate committee hearings, as well as to collect funds for more advertisements. Rabbi Korff, who is not a member of any national rabbinical organization, said the American people “are outraged at the lynching syndrome of the televised program.”

He also told newsmen that he collected $3000 from committee contributors and borrowed the balance from the United National Bank of Norton, Mass., to pay for the ad, The JTA tried to reach him at his home in Rehobath, Mass but he was not available.

Nicholas A. Vellotes has arrived in Israel to assume his duties as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mison He succeeds Owen Zurhellen. Veliotes will serve as Charge d’Affaires pending arrival of the new American Ambassador. Kenneth Keating. A native of California, Veliotes. 44, has served as special assistant to the Undersecretary of State.

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