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Attempt to Establish a Kehillah is Made by Jews of Philadelphia

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Five hundred and fifty delegates representing 259 Orthodox synagogues, fraternal lodges, Arbeiter Ring branches, and independent benevolent societies assembled in the auditorium of the Y. M. H. A. Sunday in an effort to establish a Kehillah in this city. This is the second attempt in this direction, the first effort having been made in 1912 by Dr. Cyrus Adler.

Neither the Conservative wing including about 14 synagogues nor the Reform element including two temples were represented at the conference. There were two sessions during which there were heated discussions. The idea of organizing a Kehillah grew out of the discontent in certain quarters with the manner in which the Kashruth of meat is being supervised in this city.

Judge William M. Lewis was chairman of the conference. Joseph Gross and Abraham Wernick were vice-chairmen; I. L. Stern and A. M. Wendkos acted as secretaries. In his message Judge Lewis recommended that a Vaad Ha’Ir. City Council of 71 members be established to control Kashruth, to further education and to establish a Jewish board of arbitration to look after all other Jewish communal needs. The personnel of this committee is to be announced later.

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