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To Consolidate Free and Central Synagogues

The trustees of the Free Synagogue, which worships Sunday mornings in Carnegie Hall, and the trustees of the Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue and Fifty-fifth Street, have prepared a plan for a federation of the two congregations, which will be submitted soon to each congregation, according to a report in the New York Times Monday. The ultimate aim is consolidation.

If the federation plan is adopted the Rev. Stephen S. Wise of the Free Synagogue will become the rabbi and a younger man will be called as his assistant. Central Synagogue is without a rabbi, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Krass having been elected rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Joseph Silverman, now Rabbi emeritus. Dr. Wise, it is proposed, will continue to preach in Carnegie Hall Sunday mornings, and will conduct services every Saturday morning and on holidays in the Central Synagogue.

When the two congregations finally consolidate, it is planned to erect a synagogue which will be one of the largest and costilest in America.

Dr. Wise preached his first sermon in Central Synagogue about thirty years ago. Central Synagogue is eighty years old.

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