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J. D. C. Conference on Jewish Education in Europe Opens in Paris

October 9, 1956
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The first post-war conference of Jewish educators in Western European countries opened here today under the sponsorship of the Joint Distribution Committee. More than 100 Jewish educators and communal leaders are attending the three-day parley which is designed to work out a program of Jewish spiritual and cultural survival throughout Europe.

Opening the meeting, Charles Jordan, acting European director of the JDC, expressed regret that “one important group” was not represented at the meeting–the Jews in the Iron Curtain countries whom we cannot reach and who, I know, would be happy to be with us today.” Although JDC work in those countries has been terminated, the “JDC continues to regard the status and welfare of those Jewish communities as its unceasing concern.”

Prof. Leo Jung of Yeshiva University was the featured speaker today. The JDC has allotted $16,000,000 for educational and cultural projects since 1945, it was revealed.

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