WASHINGTON (Aug. 30)
The Presidential candidates are expected to bring their campaign to the Jewish community next week with appearances here at B’nai B’rith’s biennial convention. David M. Blumberg, president of the 500,000-member Jewish service organization, announced today that Jimmy Carter, the Democratic Party nominee, had accepted an invitation to address the convention. White House indications “make us hopeful that President Ford will also be able to participate,” Blumberg added.
Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D.Minn.) and Israel’s Ambassador Simcha Dinitz will also address the six-day convention which opens Sept. 7. Blumberg said the convention will be the largest in B’nai B’rith’s 133-year history. Some 2000 persons are expected for the session, including representatives of B’nai B’rith affiliates in Canada, Europe, Israel, Latin America, Australia and South Africa.
Humphrey will speak at outdoor exercises dedicating the B’nai B’rith International Center an expansion of the organization’s international headquarters building here. A $2.5 million wing has been added, doubling the size of the eight story structure enlarging its public museum of Judaica and library and adding a chapel and public conference center.
The latest B’nai B’rith convention held in Washington, in 1968; featured campaign appearances by Nixon and Humphrey, the competing candidates, and an address by President Lyndon Johnson.