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Pension Fund for Aged Rabbis is Urged Before Rabbinical Assembly

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The creation of a fund for aged rabbis was urged by Rabbi Max Drob, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in his message to the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Jewish Theological Seminary which opened here yesterday.

“Our rabbis are still young for the most part, but the day of reckoning must come and something must be done now to provide for this certainty,” Rabbi Drob declared.

Calling attention to the fact that this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Drob stated that since its first graduation exercises in 1894 it has graduated 190 rabbis.

Professor Louis Ginzberg, Professor of Talmud at the Seminary, addressed the Convention, emphasizing the need of a more liberal attitude on the part of both extremes in the constituency of American Judaism. He stated that it is far more easy to maintain a middle-of-the road policy. Every Jewish movement, he said, must be judged in accordance with its relation to the problems of its own age. He deprecated the tendency to imitate current vogues of other cultures, maintaining that the Jewish people is an original personality which must develop in accordance with its own unique traditions.

Rabbi Louis Levitsky of Wilkes, Barre, Pa., read a paper in which he presented methods of dealing with the problem of adult Jewish education. The discussion on the paper was led by Rabbi A. Landesman.

The convention was greeted by Governor Harry A. Moore and Mayor Howland. Governor Moore in his address of welcome emphasized the need of spiritual leadership as a means of counteracting the crime wave.

Rabbi J. L. Zlotnik of Montreal was chosen executive secretary of the Zionost Organization of Canada. He is succeeding Mr. Leon Goldman who resigned after serving as executive secretary for a number of years.

Three hundred teachers and students in the immigrant education classes of the evening elementary schools of New York will visit Philadelphia to take part in a session of the conference of the Immigrant Education Division of the National Education Association.

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