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Slomovitz Feted by Jewish Journalists

Philip Slomovitz of Detroit, editor and publisher of the Jewish News of that city, one of the leading weekly English-Jewish newspapers in the United States, was guest of honor at a luncheon given here today by the World Union of Jewish Journalists, of which he is a founding member. Prominent members of the Union attended to pay tribute to Slomovitz and his wife who are visiting Israel.

Earlier in the week, Slomovitz was awarded a scroll by Jewish National Fund chairman Moshe Rivlin in recognition of his six decades of work for the JNF in Detroit. The occasion was the dedication of the Stollman Recreation Park honoring the Stollman family of Detroit.

Slomovitz founded the Jewish News in 1942 and has edited it ever since. He is also a vice-president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He told the guests at the luncheon today, “If it weren’t for the JTA there would be no English-Jewish press in the U.S.” Referring to the political scene, Slomovitz said that at the time of the Suez crisis in 1956 “more American Jews panicked than today.” He said the panic-stricken accounted for only a minority while “the mass of the Jewish people in America will never let Israel down.”

In that connection, he declared that Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D.Conn.) was now “non grata” among Jews because of his support of the sale of F-15 planes to Saudi Arabia. He warned that the same might happen to Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R.NY) because he criticized Israel government policies last week.

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