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S. Herbert Golden Elected President of United Synagogue

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

S. Herbert Golden of New York City was elected president of the United Synagogue of America to succeed Dr. Herman Abramowitz, at the closing session of its fifteenth annual convention here yesterday. The new president was vice president of the United Synagogue of America for one year and recording secretary for two years.

The report of the Nominations Committee was presented to Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Dr. Abramowitz was given an ovation that lasted several minutes.

All other officers of the United Synagogue are elected by the National Council. Mrs. Charles I. Hoffman was elected acting president of the Women’s League until such a time as a successor is chosen.

Among the decisions reached by the convention were that “the week of Chanukah be known as United Synagogue Week, to be utilized for the purpose of bringing home the message of traditional Judaism to the Jews of America.”

An intensive campaign for Jewish education among adults is to be launched as soon as proper plans are formulated.

To make possible an intensive membership enrollment the entire country is to be divided into districts, concentrating first on New England.

The convention was considered by its leaders the most animated in the history of the organization. A change in the by-laws to provide biennial instead of annual conventions was postponed for another year. The change was recommended by N. I. S. Goldman of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Constitution. Dr. Cyrus Adler spoke in favor of the change. Rabbi Samuel Friedman of Philadeldelphia opposed it. After a lengthy discussion, Rabbi Charles L. Hoffman of Newark recommended posponement for another year. This recommendation was adopted.

A resolution adopted provided that an understanding be reached between the United Synagogue of America and the Hillel Foundation, whereby adequate provision be made for religious services for the conservative element of the Jewish student body.

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