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N. C. R. A. C. Starts Four-day Meeting Today on Issues Concerning U.S. Jewry

June 21, 1962
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Major issues concerning American Jewry will be discussed at the four-day annual plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council, which opens here tomorrow at the Terrace-Hilton Hotel. The Council represents six national Jewish religious and civic bodies, and 62 Jewish community councils.

The 150 delegates attending the session will hear Jewish leaders present their views on the future of the Jewish community on the American scene, and on the means of preserving Jewish identity while achieving integration with the American milieu. On the opening day, the delegates will discuss analytical appraisal of “shared time,” a proposal for the sharing of school time of children between the public school and the parochial school.

The implications for the Jewish community of the United States Supreme Court ruling on legislative reapportionment will be a major item of consideration at the plenary session. Views on de facto public school segregation in the North will also be discussed.

The impact of the radical right is a major item on the agenda. The session will act on statements on censorship, the right-wing, federal aid to education, Sunday closing laws, peace in the Middle East, immigration, and Jews in the Soviet Union.

Four workshops will deal with: civil liberties and Jewish security, religious liberty and inter-religious relations, equal rights and opportunities, and community relations aspects of developments in the Middle East. A greeting from the Cincinnati community will be delivered by Cincinnati Mayor Walton H. Bachrach.

The six national organizations affiliated with the National Community Relations Advisory Council are: American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S. A., Union of American Hebrew Congregations, and the United Synagogue of America.

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