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Los Angeles Crc Advises Jewish Organizations Not to Endorse Election Candidates

May 7, 1968
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The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation-Council of Los Angeles advised Jewish organizations today not to endorse candidates in forthcoming elections here and urged Jewish leaders, in giving their personal endorsement to candidates, to insist that their Jewish organization affiliations not be used.

In a policy statement offering guidelines to the community, the committee suggested that Jewish organizations discourage endorsement of individual candidates and the presentation of awards and citations to candidates. It said opposing candidates should be given an equal opportunity to discuss campaign issues before any group wishing such political discussion. The committee urged strongly that no assertions be made about a candidate’s record that implied antagonism toward Jews or issues in which Jews have an interest unless the facts were substantiated by a responsible Jewish agency.

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