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United Synagogue Moves to Strengthen American Judaism

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Representatives of Jewish Communities in Miss###, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, ###, Iowa, Il### and Colorado, gathered in Kansas City for the purpose of strengthening traditional Judaism in the Middle West. Every phase of the problem, the school, the work of the adolescent society, young people, college students, Jewish work in the small communities among farmers, the strengthening of the religious life in the home, were given adequate consideration at the conference and definite action was taken on them at the sessions of the conference.

The Conference opened Sunday morning, May 15. Rabbi Herman M. Cohen of the Congregation Beth Sh###, Kansas City, presided. Rabbi Morris Teller of Tulsa, Oklohoma delivered the opening prayer. Mr. J.J. Taxman, President of the Congregation Beth Sholom, welcomed the delegates in the name of the Congregation.

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen, the Executive Director of the United Synagogue delivered the address on the United Synagogue. Miss Sarah Kussy spoke on the Women’s League of the United Synagogue. Mr. David Morantz spoke for the Young People’s League of the United Synagogue.

General resolutions adopted included an expression of “hearty sympathy for Zionist aspirations and pledge its support to carry forward our hopes and aims for the upbuilding of Palestine”.

Another resolution states:

“Americn Jewry mourns the loss of the late Judge Mayer Sultzberger of Philadelphia. He was Jurist, Sage, Jewish leader for well nigh two generations. We owe to his Jewishness and visdom the re-organized Jewish Theological Seminary of America.”

“Be it resolved: That the Mid-West Conference assembled in Kansas City send its expression of sorrow to Mr. Joseph Sulzberger and Dr. Cyrus Adler and that a record of this resolution be spread upon our minutes and given to the press.”

David Brown of Detroit, is marked for the personal interest in the Seminary and the United Synagogue campaign “for strengthening of Judaism throughout America”.

A note or thanks is sent to Louis Marshall, who has consented to act as honorary Chairman of the Seminary and the United Synagogue campaign”.

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