A meeting in Miami next week between Pope John Paul II and American Jewish leaders, threatened by the pope's June meeting with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, is firmly on track as the result of this week's Vatican discussions of Catholic-Jewish relations, Jewish groups said yesterday.

"We will be in Miami as an expression of faith that this is a new beginning," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, of the two days of discussions that included conversations with the pope.

"We will go to Miami," said Rabbi James Rudin of the American Jewish Committee. "The meetings {in Rome} . . . really cleared the way for what I hope will be a significant meeting" Sept. 11 between the pope and several hundred Jewish leaders.

The meeting, on the first full day of the pontiff's 10-day visit to nine U.S. cities, was jeopardized by Jewish leaders' reaction to his formal reception of Waldheim on June 25. Waldheim is accused of lying about his alleged involvement with Nazi atrocities against Jews and others while he was a German army officer during World War II.

This week's sessions were arranged to offset the damage to growing Catholic-Jewish amity of the last 20 years.

Rudin said he was encouraged by Vatican officials' assertion that there are no theological reasons in Catholic doctrine to prevent Vatican diplomatic recognition of Israel, although the pope did not offer to recognize the state.

He also cited the Vatican proposal for what he called "an early warning system" to monitor trends and issues of concern to the world Jewish community "so that even though we might not agree, we can anticipate conflicts before they occur."

A spokesman for Rabbi Alexander Schindler, Union of American Hebrew Congregations president, said the Reform Jewish organization will take part in the Miami meeting.

The Rev. John Hotchkin of the ecumenical and interreligious affairs office of the National

Conference of Catholic Bishops

called the Rome meetings "very positive . . . . "

Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, expressed satisfaction that the Waldheim issue was discussed in Rome, since "originally the Vatican demanded that the subject not be raised at all."

Steinberg predicted that "there will be some groups, some individuals who . . . will not go" to Miami. Yesterday, Michael Lerner, editor of the liberal Jewish journal Tikkun, said nothing happened in Rome to persuade him to change his plans to picket the pope in San Francisco.