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such participation by B’nai B’rith and other Jewish groups would mislead such participation by B’nai B’rith and other Jewish groups would mislead the public to think that the meeting would be more than a mere Jewish Congress affair.


According to the Congress communication, sessions would be devoted to discussion and consideration of ways and means for the solution of problems affecting the status of Jews in the United States.

In his letter to Mr. Deutsch, Senator Cohen said:

“As B’nai B’rith is in no wise related to the American Jewish Congress except as both have some purposes in common and that B’nai B’rith is pleased to coordinate with the American Jewish Congress in carrying out some of their common purposes, B’nai B’rith should not be called upon to assume responsibility for what may be done at the proposed session of the American Jewish Congress, to which delegates are to be elected, and therefore declines to have any part in the election of such delegates.


“Election of delegates to a session of the American Jewish Congress is exclusively the concern of that body and the creation of an election board made up of representatives of other organizations, as I see it, can have only one result and that is to confuse the mind of the Jewish public into believing that the session of the American Jewish Congress, to which the delegates are elected, transcends the American Jewish Congress and is to be a meeting of all the bodies represented in the election board.

“To my way of thinking, the plan, likely unconsciously and unwittingly, is calculated to mislead the Jewish public and I venture the suggestion that it be revised so that the election, if held at all, will be definitely an America-Jewish Congress affair and that other organizations be not indirectly injected into it.”

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