J. D. B. News Letter

With San Francisco as their meeting point, delegations of prominent Jewish men and women of America are ready to move on to this city from every corner of America for the greatest Jewish convention ever assembled in the West.

From practically every important point in the nation, word comes that groups are preparing to travel in lines that will converge in San Francisco, where early next month the foremost minds of rabbinate and laity will sit together to discuss the outstanding problems of Judaism of today.

From all indications the coming conventions of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and the National Conference of Temple Sisterhoods, opening here February 10, will write history for American Jewry and will lay a course for future activity that should result in tremendous forward steps in promoting the cause of Judaism.

While the San Francisco Arrangements Committee, headed by Samuel Dinkelspiel, has been meeting at frequent intervals to perfect plans for handling the convention and adequately entertaining the hosts of delegates and their families, leaders of the Union at their executive offices in Cincinnati, have been perfecting program plans and arranging for the transportation of delegates.

“Judaism and the Modern World” will be the general theme of the convention and the various discussions programmed have been arranged to consider adequate means of suiting Jewish religious affairs in the demands of modern life.

Youth, social reconstruction and modern science will be discussed in their relations toward Judaism. While some of the foremost rabbis will attend the convention and participate in the discussions, they will share the floor with laymen, and the entire convention program will resolve itself into constructive consideration of outstanding problems by rabbis and laymen working together for the common good.

New York, Cincinnati and Chicago lead in early reservation for the convention. Some 150 men and women already have engaged transportation on a special train leaving Chicago, Tuesday, February 5, and arriving in San Francisco, Friday, February 8.

Advance reservations from New York City indicate that a special train from that city also will be necessary.

Dr. Julian Morgenstern, president of the Hebrew Union College, rabbinical training school of Cincinnati, will speak on ‘Judaism and the Modern World,” the theme of the entire convention.

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California, will address the delegates on “Judaism and the Physical Universe as Conceived by Modern Science.” Dr. Radin is a professor of law at Berkeley and is the author of the play. “Come Across,” and also of the “Legislation of the Greeks and Romans on Corporation” and “The Jews Among the Greeks and Romans.” He is a graduate of the College City of New York, New York University and Columbia.

The question. “How Does Judaism Conceive the Nature and Claims of the Social Order?” will be discussed historically by Dr. Abraham Cronbach, professor of social studies at the Hebrew Union College.

Samuel A. Goldsmith, executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Social Research of New York City, will follow Dr. Cronbach with a paper on “Modern Contributions Toward Social Betterment.”

Roscoe C. Nelson, of Portland, Ore., attorney and a member of the executive board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, will lead the discussion on the Cronbach and Goldsmith papers.

On the general theme, “Judaism and Individual Man,” Rabbi James G. Heller of Cincinnati, Ohio, will be heard on “Judaism and the Implications of the New Psychological Conception of Man.”

Rabbi Edward N. Calisch, of Richmond, Va., will follow with an address on “Judaism and the Youth of Today.”

At the same session, Dr. Henry Cohen, of Galveston. Tex., will speak on “Personal Religion.”

Dr. Samuel Schulman, Rabbi of Temple Beth-El, New York City, will present his impressions and summary of the symposium.

Mrs. J. Walter Frieberg, of Cincinnati. Ohio, will attend the Council in her capacity as president of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. Mrs. Frieberg is the donor of the $100,000 Hebrew Union College Dormitory, a memorial at Cincinnati to her husband, a former president of the Union. Mrs. Frieberg has led the Federation six years.

Adolphe Wolfe, of Portland. Ore., merchant and lay leader in Reform Judaism, is one of the veteran officers of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations who will attend the Council. He is an honorary member of the executive board of the Union.

A testimonial to Sophie Irene Loeb, late head of the Child Welfare Committee of America, was made public by the Committee paying tribute to her humanitarian qualities and accomplishments and signed by former Governor Alfred E. Smith, Lieut-Gov. Herbert H. Lehman. Police Commissioner Grover A. Whalen. August Heckscher, Senator Royal S. Copeland. Margaret Woodrow Wilson, Adolph Lewisohn. George Van Namee, Mrs. Henry Moscowitz. Miss Anna Tunnick and others associated with her in her social welfare work.

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