Lutheran, Jewish Meetings Set

Lutheran and Jewish leaders have agreed to hold a number of meetings to deal with such current problems as terrorism, nuclear disarmament, an emerging new anti-Semitism in Germany, Soviet Jewry, Jews in Arab countries and world poverty and hunger, Rabbi Walter Wurzberger announced here.

Wurzberger, chairman of the interreligious affairs committee of the Synagogue Council of America, said the agreement on cooperation between the Jewish organization and the Lutheran World Federation, was reached at the offices of the SCA, the coordinating agency for rabbinic and congregational organizations of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism.

The delegation from the Lutheran agency will conduct an educational campaign to create a better understanding of Jewish history and Judaism’s views on many domestic and international concerns.

“We did not discuss any matters relating to religion,” Wurzberger explained, in an undeclared response to the fact that the SCA constitution forbids discussions on religious issues between the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform components of the SCA; and also to persistent criticism from Orthodox sources about any Jewish consultations with non-Jewish religious organizations.

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