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Agudath Israel to Consider Entering Jewish Agency at Vienna Congress

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Orthodox World Organization, Agudath Israel, which has hitherto pursued an oppositional policy with regard to the Zionist Organization in questions pertaining to Palestine, will consider entering the Jewish Agency, Jacob Rosenheim, Agudah leader of Frankfort, declared in an address before the Polish branch of the organization in convention here. The matter will be taken up at the Agudah world congress which will be held in Vienna in September, 1929.

Dr. Pinchas Kohn, president of the Agudath Israel, submitted a report on the organization’s endeavors for the protection of Jewish rights. The fight for Jewish rights, he declared, cannot be carried on on a world-wide scale. It must be confined to the local communities.

When one of the speakers, during the debate on the question, mentioned the name of Deputy Isaac Gruenbaum, he was booed, with the traditional expression of condemnation, Imach Shmo. The presiding officer, however, called the convention to order.

The generosity and tolerance of American Jews, regardless of their synagogue affiliation, for the needs of the Talmudic academies in Eastern Europe, was lauded in the report submitted to the convention by Rabbi Shapiro of Piotrkow, who visited the United States recently in behalf of the Lublin Yeshiva, which is now being erected. The Yeshiva will be dedicated next spring. In reporting on the result of his journey to the United States, the Rabbi observed that American Jews have great understanding for the need of preserving Jewish learning and even free-thinking Jews and Reform Jews have exhibited a sympathetic attitude toward the Yeshiva need.

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