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The Third International Conference of Reform and Liberal Jews will meet in July 1930 at London, England, according to a decision reached at a recent meeting of the Governing Body of the World Union for Progressive Judaism at the Reform Jewish Synagogue in London, it was announced here.

Ludwig Vogelstein, New York, chairman of the Executive Board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, was present at the meeting as well as the following members: Dr. C. G. Montefiore, president; Rabbi I. I. Mattuck, vice-president; Hon. Lily H. Montagu, honorary secretary; E. M. Joseph and E. Turk, honorary treasurers; Dr. Leo Baeck, Berlin; Rev. M. L. Perlzweig, London; Frau Paula Ollendorf, Breslau; Madame Simon, Paris; and B. L. Q. Henriques and Lionel Jacob, both of London.

Dr. Julian Morgenstern, Cincinnati; Professor I. Elbogen, Berlin; Dr. A. Simon, Washington; Dr. S. Schulman. New York; Rabbi L. Germain Levy. Paris; and Herr Rechtanwalt Heinrich Stern, Berlin, also members of the Governing Body, being unable to attend, sent written opinions on various items on the agenda.

The main subject for discussion at the Third International Conference will be “Liberal Jewish Teaching on the Relations of Science and Religion,” and on “Personal Religion.” It was decided that the speakers bring out the value of Judaism as a religion for the modern world.

Special sessions for representatives of the women’s organizations and of the Liberal youth movement will be provided. Dr. Leo Baeck was named chairman of the committee to work out the detailed program for the Conference.

A vacancy among the vice-presidents was filled by the election of Rabbi David Lefkowitz, of Dallas, Texas, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The appointment of Mlle. Levy-Bauer, Paris, as the French representative on the Committee on Youth Organizations, was announced; provision was made for the development of the work of this committee.

After a discussion on the various aspects of the religious situation in Poland, a resolution was adopted looking to a more detailed study of the situation in Poland itself, with a view to establishing closer contacts between the World Union and Polish Jewry.

Requests from Australian Jews for assistance in the establishment of a Liberal Synagogue were considered and referred to the Executive with power to take such action as might be deemed best.

Arrangements were made for the publication of the first number of the bi-annual Bulletin of the World Union in the autumn. The Committee pre- (Continued on Page 4)

paring a report on liturgical practice among Progressive Jews is making satisfactory progress, it was announced; replies to its questionnaire had been received from congregations in all the chief centers.

On the invitation of the German members, it was decided to hold the next meeting of the Governing Body in Germany, early in 1930.

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