Neither assimilation nor partial assimilation can solve the Jewish problem, Dr. Samuel H. Goldenson, rabbi of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, told one thousand members of the Metropolitan Conference of Temple Brotherhoods at their third annual Chanukah banquet held Sunday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Astor. The Jewish problem, above all, is a spiritual problem, he declared, dating from Biblical times, and it can be solved only in a spiritual way.
Lieutenant Governor Herbert H. Lehman, the other principal speaker, characterizing the prison situation as a serious social problem deserving the interest of members of the brotherhood, outlined the policy of prison reform he believed necessary. The Governor of the State will recommend to the Legislature the abolition of the present Parole Board and the creation of a new lay court of three members to handle paroles, and additional appropriations for road camps and new penitentiaries, he declared.
Brief speeches were also made by Charles P. Kramer, Chairman of the Metropolitan Conference, Joshua Kantrowitz, Ben Altheimer, of Temple Emanu-El, and Mrs. Jean Wise May, of the New York State Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.