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To Seek Cooperation Between Jewish Committee and Congress

July 1, 1929
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A step further toward unity between the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress was made with the appointment by the two bodies of special committees consisting of five members each to confer “as to a modus vivendi concerning matter affecting general Jewish interest.”

Bernard G. Richards, executive director of the American Jewish Congress, announced yesterday that Louis Marshall, as president of the American Jewish Congress, following correspondence and an interview on the subject, took the step which may bring about a method of cooperation between the two bodies working for the protection of Jewish rights.

The matter was taken up by the executive committee of the American Jewish Committee on June 16. It named as its conferees Louis Marshall, Dr. Cyrus Adler, Justice Irving Lehman, Louis L. Strauss and Morris D. Waldman. The American Jewish Congress, acting through its administrative committee, named the following five conferees: Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Bernard S. Deutsch, Nathan D. Perlman, Baruch Zuckerman and Bernard G. Richards.

The first conference of the two commitees, it was understood, will take place some time in September, the ### lay being necessary because of the contemplated absence from this country o### a number of members of both committees.

The move to bring about unity between the two organizations was the result of a resolution adopted at the last session of the American Jewish Congress held recently in Atlantic City, in which the American Jewish Congress was urged to appoint a committee which shall arrange for a conference of representatives of the American Jewish Committee and the Congress to the end that “sorely needed unity of action with respect to Jewish problems may be effected and present and potential causes of discord in Jewish life be thus averted.” The resolution stated that “American Jewry has been aroused to a consciousness of the hurtful divisions which exist between the principal organizations dealing with problems vitally affecting Jewish life at home and abroad.”

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