Berlin (May. 19)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A reiteration of the former attitude toward Zionism and religion was formulated by the Executive Board of the Federation of Liberal Jews at a special meeting held here with the participation of representatives from various cities.
As a result of the deliberations of the Board, a resolution was adopted with only one dissenting vote, voicing objection to Zionism and emphasizing that religion is the only basis of Judaism. The resolution stated:
“The Board of the Federation of Liberal Jews sees the basis and essence of Judaism in religion. The decisive factor in Judaism is membership in the Jewish community, acceptance of the Jewish religion, and the carrying out of its duties. Those who change their faith leave the Jewsh community, while those accepting the Jewish religion and fulfilling its duties are full members of the Jewish community. This leads to the rejection of efforts which seek to replace racial or national membership for religious membership, or putting it on an equal plane.
“Only religious communities can be firm in their faith, conscious of their purpose and in a position to serve as an example among the peoples of the world, thus fulfilling the Jewish mission among mankind.”