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Kennedy Appoints Simon Rifkind As Head of White House Commission

March 6, 1961
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President Kennedy today appointed a prominent Jewish leader, Simon H. Rifkind, of New York, to head a commission to study the railway industry’s work rules and practices. The commission was established by the White House because of the long and bitter argument between railroads and rail unions over work rules.

Mr. Rifkind, born in Russia in 1901, served as Adviser on Jewish Affairs to the U.S. Army in Europe and is a leader of the American Jewish Committee. He served as chairman of a commission established by the Zionist Organization of America to revise its constitution.

Mr. Rifkind, former U.S. District Court judge, will replace former Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell as head of the important commission. President Kennedy said he felt “great pleasure that a man of Judge Rifkind’s great competence and integrity would accept the chairmanship.”

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