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Young Israel Organization Leaves Ranks of American Jewish Congress

June 26, 1962
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Young Israel, an organization fostering orthodox Judaism among youth and adults and claiming a 125, 000 membership, today announced at its Jubilee Convention here that it has left the ranks of the American Jewish Congress.

In making the announcement Rabbi David H. Hill, president of the National Council of Young Israel, told the four hundred delegates “the American Jewish Congress has, time and time again, taken stands which are opposed to Orthodox philosophies.” He cited the stand recently taken by the American Jewish Congress on the Shechita Bill and on the Adoption Laws and said that the AJC had blocked the participation of Orthodox Jews at its recent convention by holding it in a non-kosher hotel.

Rabbi Hill claimed that “the American Jewish Congress had turned into a Civil Liberties Union.” He emphasized that while Young Israel encouraged the fight for civil liberties, it felt that this work was already being done adequately by numerous other bodies. Rabbi Hill added that the National Council of Young Israel had done all in its power to influence the acts of the American Jewish Congress but to no avail. The organization has been affiliated with the American Jewish Congress for over 15 years.

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