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Six Rabbis, Jewish Lay Leader Among 100 Clerics Invited to Special Luncheon at the White House

More than 100 clergymen of all faiths, including six rabbis and a Jewish lay leader, were invited to a special luncheon at the White House yesterday. They heard President Reagan call on churches, synagogues and voluntary groups to do more for the needy.

At the same time, the President maintained that his Administration has a “fundamental commitment to the poor.” Rabbi Morris Shmidman, of the Boro Park Community Organization in Brooklyn, was one of four religious leaders who outlined the programs their organizations operate in their respective communities.

In addition to Shmidman, the Jewish leaders invited to the White House luncheon were: Rabbis daid Ben-Ami, chairman of the American Forum for Jewish-Christian Cooperation; Menachem Lubinsky, of the Agudath Israel of America; Alexander Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; Seymour Siegel of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Walter Wurz burger, president of the Synagogue Council of America; and lay leader Simon Schwartz, president of the United Synagogue of American.

Ben-Ami told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that a kosher lunch was served to the Jewish guests.