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500 Leaders to Hold Emergency National Convocation in Washington Tuesday

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Five hundred leaders of the American Jewish community from all sections of the country will gather in Washington tomorrow for an emergency national convocation sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The convocation will take place at 4 p.m. in the Ambassador Room of the Shoreham Hotel. Jacob Stein, chairman of the Presidents Conference, announced the meeting this morning. Representatives of the Conference’s 29 constituent organizations will attend, as will delegations from Jewish communities from Maine to California.

In announcing the emergency meeting, Stein said it would demonstrate the “complete solidarity of American Jewry with its brothers in Israel in this hour of their trial and their need.” He declared: “Once again, a premeditated and unprovoked assault upon the State of Israel by its Arab neighbors threatens not only the Jews of Israel but Jews throughout the world, whose destiny is intimately linked with that of Israel.

“As in 1967, American Jews will join Jews throughout the world in providing whatever is necessary to see her through this crisis; we are one people, united by ties of blood, religion, culture, language custom and history. The American Jewish community today stands ready to respond to any challenge put before it,-ready to come to the aid and assistance of Israel no matter what the effort or the commitment required. Our meeting will set plans for bringing this support to the people of Israel.” Simcha Dinitz, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., will present a report on the war.

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