United Synagogue Branch in Connecticut to Aid Jews in Rural Places
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United Synagogue Branch in Connecticut to Aid Jews in Rural Places

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Rabbi Morris Silverman of this city was elected president of the newly organized Connecticut branch of the United Synagogue of America, which was established here at a conference attended by more than 200 delegates representing 25 Jewish communities in the state. The primary aim of the new branch is the furtherance of religious and educational work in the small communities where the Jewish communities are too small to maintain a rabbi or a staff of Hebrew teachers.

Other officers elected are: vice-presidents, Herman P. Koppleman, Hartford; Samuel S. Silverman, New Haven; Jacob K. Jennes, Waterbury; Lewis M. Bernstein, Bridgeport; David Nair, New Britain and Abner Schwartz, Norwich; Max Epstein of Hartford, secretary; Martin Greenblatt of Waterbury, treasurer; Rabbi Louis Greenberg of New Haven, chairman of the committee on extension, and Rabbi Jesse Schwartz of New Britain, chairman of the committee on college students and young people’s activity.

The Conference went on record as being opposed to calendar reform, as favoring aid by all congregations to the smaller communities and as favoring a survey of conditions in the smaller communities and colleges of the state, with a view to making recommendations as to how the college student and the resident of the rural community may be kept loyal to Judaism.

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