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  • Sam H. Massell, Jr., 41-year-old Jew, is Elected Mayor of Atlanta

    Sam H. Massell, Jr. was elected yesterday as the first Jewish Mayor of this southern city. The 41-year-old incumbent Vice Mayor, a Democrat, defeated Rodney Cook, 45, a moderate Republican, in a race that was marked by charges of anti-Semitism. A major factor in Mr. Massell’s successful campaign, political observers said, was the heavy vote… More ▸

  • New York State Official Urges Jews to Work for Restructuring of Urban Community

    A New York State official has urged the Jewish community to redirect its resources away from the “shadow-boxing of anti-Semitism” and to bend its efforts to restructure the urban community as a whole. Dr. Jack Sable, director of the New York State Office for Community Affairs, spoke at the opening of the annual convention of… More ▸

  • Committee of Concern Formed by Gen. Clay to Aid Iraqi Jewry

    A Committee of Concern has been formed to concentrate world attention on political trials and hangings of Jews, Christians and other minority members in Iraq, as well as on discrimination in other Mideast countries. The chairman is Gen. Lucius D, Clay (Ret.), a former commander of the United States forces in Europe and now a… More ▸

  • Brooklyn Rabbinical President Appeals to Christians to Condemn Vandalism

    The president of the Brooklyn Board of Rabbis appealed today to Catholic and Protestant clergymen to join him in condemning vandalism against houses of worship after a Coney Island synagogue was found desecrated last week. Rabbi Kurt Klappholz made his appeal after Morris Glassman, president of Congregation Chevra Bikur Cholcm, reported that the synagogue had… More ▸

  • Cleveland Federation, ‘jewish News’ Denounce Defense League Efforts to Begin Chapter

    Announcement of plans for creation of a Cleveland area chapter of the militant Jewish Defense League was promptly denounced by the Community Relations Committee of the Cleveland Jewish Community Federation as a “misguided” and unneeded “intrusion into the community by outside forces.” The Cleveland Jewish News called the plan “insolent, abrasive and outlandish” and said… More ▸

  • Justice Department Files Suits Charging Housing Bias Against Jews

    The U.S. Justice Department has asked that actions be brought against three large apartment house complexes in the District of Columbia and adjacent Prince Georges County, Maryland, which allegedly discriminate against Negros and Jews. One suit filed in U.S. District Court charged that the residents of Tilden Gardens, a co-operative in a fashionable section of… More ▸

  • Black Leader Reads Reparations Demand at Synagogue on Yom Kippur

    The Black United Front, a militant Negro organization which is demanding reparations in cash from the religious community, sent representatives to read a policy statement on the steps of Washington’s B’nai Israel Synagogue Sunday calling on “the Jewish church to shake off the shackles of white racism and capitalist exploitation that have strangled its Christian… More ▸

  • Aj Congress Files Brief with Supreme Court Opposing Death Penalty on Rape

    The American Jewish Congress filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court yesterday arguing that it was unconstitutional to impose the death penalty in a case of rape without homicide. The brief, prepared by the AJ Congress’ special counsel, Leo Pfeffer, had the concurrence of the Synagogue Council of America, the representative body… More ▸

  • Wreaths Placed Near Iraqi Mission to Protest Hanging of Alleged Spies

    Wreaths were placed on the sidewalk in front of the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations here last week by 18 nationally prominent persons protesting the hangings in Iraq of alleged spies for Israel and the United States. The group included Roman Catholic and Protestant clergymen, Negro civil rights leaders, educators and figures from the… More ▸