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United Synagogue Ends Parley with Call for Support for Vietnam Moratorium

October 31, 1969
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The United Synagogue of America adopted today at the closing session of its biennial convention a resolution which called on its synagogues to associate with the three-day peace moratorium Nov. 14-16 by special prayers for peace in Vietnam and special study on peace in the congregational religious schools. Another resolution on Vietnam commended President Richard M. Nixon for his decision to begin the withdrawal of American troops, urged that the speed of withdrawal be accelerated and that the Government “move even more energetically to end our involvement in the Vietnam war.” The 2,500 delegates at the same time expressed disappointment at the slow pace of negotiations in Paris. They asked for a cut in defense expenditures and that “funds be reallocated from the national defense budget to meet the critical problems of urban America.”

The delegates also adopted a resolution which recognized “the inequities and lack of consistency in state laws governing abortion, and urged the movement’s 835 affiliated Conservative congregations to study the question and to bring their concern to the attention of state and Federal legislatures to the end that measures be taken to liberalize abortion laws. Social action resolutions passed also included a protest against the policies of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and Poland. Thirty-four new congregations were inducted into the organization.

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