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November 24, 1961 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-11-24

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Intergroup Relations Are Vital to National
Progress, JFK Tells Conference Trustees

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

Increasing Advances
WASHINGTON — Good inter- Reported' at Conference
group relations are vital to na-
tional progress and to the nation's of Christians and Jews

position of leadership in the free
world, President Kennedy stated
here Tuesday at a White House
reception for trustees. of the Na-
tional Conference of Christians
and Jews.
The reception by Mr. Kennedy
marked the conclusion of the
NCCJ's 33rd anniversary conven-
tion, held here the last three
days. More than 500 delegates
and guests attended the conven-
tion which, at its closing session,
re-elected its major officers, in-
cluding three national co-chair-
men: Lewis L. Strauss, former
United States Secretary of Com-
merce; Robert D. Murphy, former
Undersecretary of State; and
Carrol M. Shanks. Dr. Lewis
Webster Jones was re-elected
president.

At the White House recep-
tion, the NCCJ trustees, in-
formed the President of the
launching of a new, four-year
project to "raise the general
level of discussion" of public
issues, such as aid to parochial
schools and birth control, • on
which major religious groups
in this country are in sharp
disagreement. . .

Earlier, in an address to the
convention, Jones reported on his
recent trip abroad, during which
he visited European countries as
well as Israel, and his conclusion
that "the principle of the corn:
plete separation of church and
state appears to be unique in
America."
He said the four-year project
on religious freedom and public
affairs was needed because there
is "considerable confusion" in
America about the meaning of
religious liberty and its applica-
tion to public issues.

At Tuesday's luncheon ses-
sion, the second Morgenstern
Award Lecture, an annual
series on inter-religiouS rela-
tions, was given by Dr. Louis
Finkelstein, president of the
Jewish Theological Seminary
of America.
He told the delegates that,

while Catholics, Jews and Protes-
tants may disagree "as to the
reasons for rightebus action," all
in general agree "about ap-
proaches to the problem of right-
eousness. All sages of whatever
background," he said, "Catholic,
Protestant and Jew, Greek Or-
thodox and Moslem and even
Hindu and Buddhist, hold that
success in a material sense is an
unworthy goal, if achieved at the
cost of one's purity of soul."

Discuss Sending
U.S. Trade Mission
to Israel at D.C.

WASHINGTON, (JTA ) —The
possibility of sending an Amer-
ican trade mission to Israel
was discussed here at a confer-
ence between Pinhas Sapir,
Israel's Minister of Commerce
and Industr y, and Luther
Hodges, United States Secre-
tary of Commerce.
Sapir, accompanied by Israeli
Ambassador Avraham Harman
and by Arieh Manor, Israel's
Economic Minister here, dis-
cussed with Hodges the possibi-
lities of increased exports from
this country to Israel, and the
American Cabinet member
showed much interest in such
possibilities. He also showed
great interest in American
participation in Israeli trade
fairs.
At the conclusion of the con-
ference, in Hodge's office, at-
tended by several other rank-
ing members of \ the Depart-
ment of Commerce, Sapir in-
vited the Secretary of Commer-
ce to visit Israel as soon as
possible. Hodges said he would
do' so when he gets the opportu-
nity.

WASHINGTON, (JTA)—Ma-
jor advances during the past
year in promoting person-to-
person contacts among Protest-
ant, Catholic and Jewish
leaders and increasing inter-
religious understanding, were
outlined in the annual report
of Dr. Lewis Webster Jones,
president of the National Con-
ference of Christians and Jews,
at the organization's 33rd an-
nual meeting here.
Among the achievements of
the organization listed in the

report were substantial prog-
ress in the NCCJ's program on
religious freedom and public
affairs, aided by a four-year
Grant of $325,000 from the Ford
Foundation; the establishment
by NCCJ officials of closer ties
with leading European clergy-
men and religious leaders, and
the publication of a number of
works, including "Has Anti-
Semitism Roots in Christianity,"
by Dr. Jules Isaac.
Jones' report also noted that
the Conference had _sponsored
a number of "dialogues" of
clergy and religious leaders in
many cities across the country
on major inter-religious issues
and church-state problems.

PHILADELPHI
(JTA)—A
"friend of the co " brief ques-
tioning the co itutionality of
a Pennsylvania tate law, per-
mitting Bible r
ing in publics
schools, was file
he United
States District Cour
the Jewish Community Rela-
tions Council.
The court action involves a
resident of suburban Abington
Township, who objects to the
school Bible reading law on the
grounds that impinges on the
principle of separation of
Church and State. In its brief,
filed by Sydney C. Orlofsky, a
vice-president of the JCRC, the

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