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Plan to Combat Anti-semitism Among Students in Europe

January 9, 1929
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A conference will soon be held in France, called by the International Students’ Service, which is affiliated with the Christian Students’ Movement, to discuss the exclusion of Jewish students from student societies in Europe, and to try to remove the ostracism.

The International Students’ Service is the only student society in Europe in which Jews and others have from the very beginning been collaborating in the practical work of saving the university life of Europe after the war. Both Jews and non-Jews sit on its committees and conferences, and it is at the request of both Jewish and non-Jewish students that the forthcoming conference is called.

At Leeds University, a group has been formed on similar lines of Jewish and Christian students, and it is hoped to extend such gatherings in the near future not only to other provincial universities, but also to Oxford and Cambridge. The impetus at Leeds has been largely due to the Society of Jews and Christians, recently formed in London, to afford opportunities to both parties to confer together on the basis of their common ideals, and with mutual respect for differences of religious belief. The chairman of the Society is Dr. I. I. Mattuck, senior minister of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, where the meetings are usually held. Representatives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Student Christian Movement and its Auxiliary Movement, Industrial Christian Fellowship, Society of Friends, Church of England and practically all the Free Churches, are Included in this society.

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