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Communication to the Editor

Sir:

The Executive Board of the League for Safeguarding the Fixity of the Sabbath was very much pleased with the detailed report contained in today’s issue of your “Bulletin” on the findings of the National Committee on Calendar Simplification, but was rather surprised by your correspondent’s statement, that “Jewish bodies opposing the proposed blank day calendar … were evidently caught napping in connection with the report that the Committee made public.”

To correct this erroneous impression, I was authorized by the Board to transmit to you the enclosed statement of Mr. William Liebermann, Chairman of our Board.

“Our organization, the League for Safeguarding the Fixity of the Sabbath, representing over fifty national and central Jewish organizations in the United States, has been very active since its organization in May, 1929 in bringing to the attention of the public, the Jewish point of view on the proposed calendar reforms that would impair the fixed periodicity of the Sabbath.

“We have been meeting frequently since then, realizing that this question is one that demands energetic action and attention. We have brought the matter to the attention of every organization meeting in convention, all of whom have adopted filling resolutions on the subject. The members of the Executive Committee have been meeting with me regularly, discussing the plan of action calculated to be most effective and advisable in the face of the problem that our League is attacking.

“Furthermore, we have not contented ourselves with sensing the attitude and opinion of the American public. The President of our League, Dr. Moses Hyamson, is in Europe conferring with Jewish leaders in various countries. Dr. Hyamson’s reports have been submitted to our Committee and have been taken into account in the formulation of our proposed plan of action in the United States.

“We have, of course, been in touch with Washington and we hope to be in a position to make a further statement in the near future. In the meantime, we have sent a letter and our resolutions to every member of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.”

B. LEON HURWITZ, Chairman.

Committee on Publicity and Information. New York, Aug. 16, 1929.

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