Three hundred women, representing the fifty-five chapters affiliated with the New York Branch Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America attended a luncheon yesterday at the Hotel Astor, in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Adler. The luncheon launched the Women’s Campaign for the United Synagogue.
Fifty thousand dollars is the national quota the Women’s Leauc will endeavor to secure through its 278 chapters as part of the $500,000 Fund which the United Synagogue is making an effort to raise throughout the country.
While no official figure was announced, it is understood that the women of New York City have already raised one-half of the $25,000 which is their quota for New York City alone.
The urgent necessity of attracting the unaffiliated forces in the United States to the synagogue and the important role which the Women’s League can play in this undertaking was presented by Dr. Adler, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Dropsie College. By failing to take cognizance of this very large group of the unaffiliated, he said, Jewry is reducing the number of those whom it can draw upon to support its institutions in the future.
Pointing to the United Synagogue as the middle group in Judaism in this country, he said it has the most logical platform to attract adherents. The program of education to which the United Synagogue is pledged, requires the cooperation of the women, inasmuch as the process of education must begin in the home.
Other speakers were Rabbi Elias Margolis, chairman of the United Synagogue Campaign, Rabbi A. A. Neuman of Philadelphia, Mrs. Joseph Horowitz, chairman of the New York Campaign Committee, who presided, and Mrs. Samuel Spiegel, president of the Women’s League. Dr. Elias Solomon and Rabbi Israel Goldfarb delivered the prayers.