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Liberal Synagogue in England Reelects Claude Montefiore As Its Head

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The progress of the Liberal Synagogue movement in England was reviewed at the annual meeting of the London Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

In presenting the annual report, Claude G. Montefiore, who presided, said that one of the most important things that had been done last year was the completion of the prayerbook. “It is a remarkable achievement due entirely to Rabbi Mattuck,” he declared.

“The synagogue,” Mr. Montefiore continued, “is trying to live in various ways. It is attempting to show that religion is coextensive with life. The members of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue must never be content to rest on their oars. They should remember that they are part of a great movement and they ## old make their lives keen and vigorous.

“With regard to our work in England,” Mr. Montefiore concluded, “we need to keep our eyes open for possible opportunities of establishing other Liberal synagogues in other parts of the country. The cause of the Liberal movement is much more important than that of one synagogue.”

Mr. Montefiore was re-elected President of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

Miss Lily Montagu said that as regards the world Union of Liberal Jewry she had received a cheque for £ 500 from America for the work of the Union. There is an immense amount of interest taken in the future of the Union. A meeting of the governing body of the Union had been held. There is, Miss Montagu declared, a wide scope of work in Eastern Europe. She is constantly receiving depressing letters from Poland with requests to do something to stem the atheistic tendencies there. The next conference of the World Union, Miss Lily Montagu stated, will take place in 1928 either in Berlin or Frankfort.

A. J. Dimond was unanimously reclected president of the Newark Conference of Jewish Charities for the sixth time at the annual meeting held last Monday. All the other officers, with the exception of Frank I. Live-right, who resigned as treasurer, and whose place is taken by Abe H. Puder, were reclected. Those who continue in office are Oscar L. Weingarten, first vice-president; Frederick Jay, second vice-president; and Mrs. Barnet Warner, secretary.

Recommendations for $250,000 for improvements at the Newark Maternity Hospital were referred to the executive committee for plans of raising the funds.

The financial statement submitted showed a cash balance of $2,030.65, as of December 31, 1926; total receipts having been $249,831.93, and total disbursements, $247,801.27.

Dedication ceremonies for the laying of the cornerstone of the new synagogue of Congregation Adath Yeshurun, Minneapolis, Minn., were held last Sunday.

Rabbi David Aaronson of Beth-El Synagogue: Joseph Schanfeld, president of the congregation, and A. N. Bearman, president of the Beth El congregation, addressed the gathering.

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