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Many Are Injured at Ceremonies Installing New Rabbi in Budapest

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Many persons who attended the installation ceremonies of Rabbi Friedman were injured last night.

A crowd of 6,000 Jews, including women and children, gathered on the street in front of the synagogue. They were thrown into panic when the horse of a mounted policeman became mad and plunged through the throng. Six persons were taken to the hospital.


An organization of Reform congregations in Greater New York and vicinity was formed this week at a conference of representatives of twenty Reform congregations. The meeting was held at the Central Synagogue Community House, New York City, and there were present over one hundred delegates from the various congregations of Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, the Rockaways, Jamaica, and Newark, N. J. A resolution calling for the establishment of a union of Reform Temples was proposed by Louis Marshall, president of Temple Emanu-El, and was unanimously carried. Meier Steinbrink, president of the Eighth Avenue Temple, presided at the meeting.

The conference was called at the instance of Mr. Steinbrink in behalf of the New York Executive Committee of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, and Dr. Rudolph Grossman, president of the Association of Reform Rabbis of New York and vicinity.

In his opening address Mr. Steinbrink stated that the need of an Association of Reform Congregations had long been felt by both Rabbis and laymen. Many problems, he pointed out, confronted Reform Judaism in Greater New York which, he declared, could be properly handled and solved through an Association of Congregations.

Among those who endorsed the project were: Adolph S. Ochs, Louis Marshall, Rabbi Nathan Krass, Benjamin Veit, Henry M. Toch, chairman of the New York Committee for School Extension of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Isaac Landman, Dr. Rudolph Grossman, Dr. Jonah B. Wise, Mortimer Kraus, Alexander Pfeiffer, Julius F. Newman and William Goldschmidt.

The proposed plan of the Association states: “The Association of Reform Rabbis of New York and vicinity feels that the work to which it is consecrated would be promoted by the formation of a Union of Reform Congregations of New York and vicinity. Such a Union is intended to bring together the best lay material in the Congregations for counsel and cooperation, in solving the problems confronting Reform Judaism in this locality.

“The Association of Reform Rabbis believes that the following needs, briefly stated, make such a Union desirable: Correlation of congregational effort: The common problems affecting all Reform Jewish Congregations in New York City and vicinity can be studied and solved best by correlated and concerted action. Interest of laymen as individuals: by facing the common problems together, the Association can mobilize and develop the best possible leadership in the community. Distinctive New York Problems: Jewish conditions in New York City are so complicated and serious as to demand immediate and intensive effort in order both to hold Jewish youth and to perpetuate Judaism. Suggested specific objectives: a. Better understanding of Reform Judaism; b. Concerted aid to strengthen existing congregations; c. Coordination and better use of agencies within the Reform synagogue; d. Reaching the unaffiliated Jew; e. Expansion of religious education; f. The Youth Movement. Cooperation with the Union of American can Hebrew Congregations.”

Following the general discussion a resolution was adopted calling for the appointment of an organization committee to consist of one lay member from each congregation, as well as the Rabbi, for the purpose of drafting plans for the establishment of a permanent Association of Reform Congregations.

Legislation to provide tax exemption for housing projects undertaken by limited dividend corporations under the State law will be introduced in the Municipal Assembly by Mayor Walker today, Charles F. Kerrigan, assistant to the Mayor, told a delegation of women at City Hall.

The delegation, about 100 members of the League of Mothers of the United Neighborhood Houses, called at City Hall.

With Mrs. V. G. Simkhovitch and Mrs. Daniel Repole as spokesmen, the women told the Assistant Mayor that projects which held out hope for improved tenement district conditions were being held up through failure of the city to exempt the proposed buildings from taxation as required by the State law. They appealed to him to obtain Mayor Walker’s support for exemption.

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