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Illinois Congregation Makes ‘pilgrimage of Peace’ to Washington

December 1, 1967
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Forty-six members of Congregation Solel of Highland Park, Illinois, flew here yesterday on a “pilgrimage for peace” led by Rabbi Arnold J. Wolf, in what is believed to be the first demonstration of its kind by a congregation of any religious faith. The members, from a well-to-do, well-educated suburban community, expressed their dismay over the continuing war in Vietnam in meetings with Senators Charles H. Percy and Everett M, Dirksen of Illinois, and Senators Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota and J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. They also met with Rep. Donald Rums-field, of Illinois, and were received at the State Department by Hayward Isham, deputy director of the Viet Nam working group.

Rabbi Wolf said if we succeed in bringing to Washington a responsible and religious witness for peace, many other churches and synagogues may be persuaded to follow our lead,”

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