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Strauss Meets Jewish Leaders

Special Ambassador Robert Strauss met for 80 minutes today with eight Jewish leaders in the first of his planned series of meetings with interested Americans on Middle East policy issues.

Strauss reportedly briefed his visitors in detail on his last discussions in Cairo and Jerusalem. While it is understood the Andrew Young affair was mentioned, neither White House nor Jewish sources provided any information on the meeting as a whole. The meeting is understood to have been arranged by Edward Sanders, President Carter’s liaison with the Jewish community.

Meeting with Sanders and Strauss at the Executive Office Building were: Theodore Mann, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Yehuda Hellman, executive director of the Presidents Conference; Jack Spitzer, president of B’nai B’rith; Maxwell Greenberg, chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith; Richard Maass, president of the American Jewish Committee; Bernice Tannenbaum, president of Hadassah, Jacob Sheinkman, president of the Jewish Labor Committee, and Sara Shane president of American Mizrachi Women.

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