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U.S. Jewish Communities Urged to Strengthen English-jewish Press

April 24, 1964
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American Jewish communities and their leaders were admonished here today that unless they assure a strong English-Jewish press and thereby strengthen communications among Jews there will be an increasing cause for concern over the ability of U.S. Jewry to survive,

The warning was made at the convention of the Jewish publishers currently in session here by Philip Slomovitz, editor of the Detroit Jewish News. Referring to the new volume “Intermarriage” by Dr. Albert Gordon and the article in Look magazine, “The Vanishing American Jew,” Mr. Slomovitz charged that the lessening Jewish interests are due in great measure to a lack of knowledge about the Jewish position in the world occasioned by limited communication.

He told the convention of the American Jewish Press Association that in only a very few communities are there flourishing English-Jewish papers that can reach all ages of Jewish readers and that the lack of interest in the Jewish press by Jewish national movements is the most detrimental aspect of present-day Jewish experience.

Mr. Slomovitz said that an optimistic occurrence is the increasing interest now being shown in the work of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency which he described as a most vital factor in Jewish survival efforts. Morris Janoff of Jersey City, president of the America. Jewish Press Association, is presiding at the sessions.

Mrs. Rose L. Halprin, chairman of the Jewish Agency American Section, addressed the meeting of the Association. She reported on the Actions Committee meetings in Jerusalem and gave a picture of Zionism throughout the world today. Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, executive vice-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, was also one of the principal speakers at today’s session.

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