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Plea for Strengthening Judaism in America

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In a plea to the Jews of New York to support the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and Hebrew Union College in their efforts to insure the perpetuation of Judaism in America, Ludwig Vogelstein, chairman of the Executive Board of the Union, and Rabbi Nathan Krass, of Temple Emanu-El, called attention to the vital need for a revival of religious interest at a rally at Mt. Neboh Temple on Washington Heights.

The meeting was held under the auspices of the New York Committee for Synagogue and School Extension of the Union, of which Henry M. Toch is chairman. Mr. Vogelstein emphasized the fact that the Union was facing a financial crisis due to lack of funds which might have a serious effect upon the religious life of the Jews of this country in the curtailment of activities for their spiritual welfare.

A concert of Hebrew music was given at Carnegie Hall-Sunday evening. The artists were Eugenia Erganow, soprano: Leon Cortilli, tenor; Yascha Fishberg, violinist; Gdal Saleski, ‘cellist; Ignace Hilsberg, Isidor Gorn, Max Barnett and William Sauber, pianists, and Naum Zemach of the Moscow Theatre Habima.

Elias Ginsburg made an introductory speech. The opening trio by Solomon Rosovsky, a pupil of Rimisky-Korsakoff, based on a chassidic melody, was finely interpreted by Messrs. Fishberg, Salesky and Gorn. Zeitlin’s “Eli Zion,” a broad melody for the ‘cello, was beautifully played by Gdal Saleski and William Sauber, Eugenia Erganow was heard in melodious songs by Lazare Saminsky, Joseph Achron and Gersch Kopit.

Yascha Fishberg and William Sauber collaborated in a splendid group by Messrs. Achron, Bloch and Saminsky earning three recalls. Mr. Saminsky came forward to how his acknowledgements. Leon Cortili made an impression in an impassioned reading of two songs ascribed to Rabbi Levi-Izchak and the “Ani Hadal,” the song of the Palestine Jemmenites.

The four pianists joined in four characteristic numbers arranged by Messrs. Saminsky and Gniessin.

Naum L. Zemach recited two pieces, “Sparta” and “The Last Dead,” with dramatic feeling.

The concert was given under the auspices of the League of Zionists-Revisionists.

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