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Phila, Editor New President of Ajpa

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Frank F. Wundohl, 48, of Philadelphia, was elected by acclamation as president of the American Jewish Press Association at the AJPA’s three-day 36th annual meeting here. Wundohl, a journalist for 30 years, has been editor of the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia since May, 1973. The Exponent is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Philadelphia.

Wundohl succeeded Norman Gold, editor and publisher of the American Jewish World of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He heads a slate of officers approved by the AJPA membership. Elected to serve one-year terms with Wundohl were Milton Firestone, editor of the Jewish Chronicle of Kansas City, Mo., first vice-president; Jack Geldbart, editor and publisher of the Southern Israelite in Atlanta, second vice-president; and Charles A. Burger, co-publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, third vice-president.

Also Ann Hammerman, editor of the Dayton Jewish Chronicle, treasurer; Miriam Goldberg, editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News of Denver, recording secretary; and Herman I. Goldberger, editor and publisher of the Hebrew Watchman, of Memphis, Tenn., corresponding secretary. Elected to the AJPA executive committee were Morris Maline, editor of the Jewish Press of Omaha; Albert Bloom, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle; and Joseph W. Samuels, editor and publisher of the Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston, Texas.


Wundohl has been in the service of the Jewish community as a professional for the past II years. He served as director of public information for the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia from 1967 until his appointment as editor of the Exponent. He won the 1976 Boris Smolar Award of the Council of Jewish Federations “for excellence in North American Jewish journalism” for two series of dispatches, “Israel: Form the Golan to the Negev,” written during a World Zionist Organization sponsored press tour in December, 1975 and January, 1976.

The bulk of the annual meeting sessions was taken up with critiques and seminars as well as discussion of the writing clarity and readability of AJPA member papers and of the graphic presentation used by newspapers of the AJPA. The AJPA delegates approved a resolution putting the association “on record in support of AJPA member and colleague Jeffrey Fisher, editor of the San Francisco Jewish bulletin, in his pursuit of his right of press freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.” The unanimous action was taken in recognition of Fisher being a co-defendant in a pending lawsuit brought by the local American Nazi party.

The AJPA announced that its fall mid-year meeting would be held in San Francisco in November to coincide with the General Assembly of the CJF. It is comprised of some 70 American and Canadian English-language Jewish community newspapers with a combined circulation of some 750,000 weekly.

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