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Rabbis Plan Increased Action on Vietnam War in Their Congregations

February 2, 1967
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Increased action by Jewish congregations, in cooperation with other faiths, to question the wisdom and justice of the war in Vietnam was indicated today by many Jewish participants of the national emergency meeting held here by clergy and laymen concerned about Vietnam.

A co-chairman, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, took a prominent role in the meeting. Rabbi Jacob J. Weinstein, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, addressed the meeting with an appeal for application of religious values to challenge the American military role in Vietnam. As a result of the meeting, many rabbis said they would seek a wider discussion of Vietnam in temples and synagogues throughout the nation, with broader participation through social action committees and public forums.

Police here today arrested Josef Mlot-Mroz, of Salem, Mass., who displayed an anti-Semitic sign when he chained himself to the White House in protest against the rabbis and other clergymen seeking peace. He carried a sign declaring “Communism is Jewish.” Police released him upon payment of collateral on a charge of disorderly conduct.

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