Lubawitscher Rebbe Sees Young Israel Movement Only Hope for Orthodox Judaism
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Lubawitscher Rebbe Sees Young Israel Movement Only Hope for Orthodox Judaism

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The Lubawitscher Rebbe, famous chassidic leader who is now in this country, is greatly interested in the work of the Young Israel organization, in which he sees the only assurance for the future of orthodox Judaism in this country, and will soon call a special conference to interest orthodox Jewry in America in the work of this organization of orthodox American-Jewish youth.

This announcement was made at the convention of Young Israel which ended its sessions here yesterday, by its president, Attorney Edward Silver, in his annual report. Mr. Silver also declared that the Lubawitscher Rebbe is planning to start a Young Israel movement among the Jewish youth of Eastern Europe.

The convention adopted a resolution which calls upon every Young Israel branch to set aside one week for the advancement of the Yiddish language, Yiddish newspapers, the Yiddish stage, etc, and use the Yiddish tongue for all announcements and sermons on the Sabbath of that week. The resolution deprecates the fact that American-Jewish youth is gradually forgetting the Yiddish language and declares that this causes a breach between the older generation and the youth. Another resolution adopted by the convention endorses the movement to bring all Hebrew parochial schools and Hebrew high schools into one educational system with central educational and budgetary authorities.

Among other matters that the convention of Young Israel decided are: to endorse the movement for the general establishment of a five-day week for all labor, to support the Yeshivah College, other yeshivoth and orthodox institutions in this country and abroad, as well as the Mizrachi, the orthodox wing of the Zionist organization, to endorse the aims and activities of the Welt Verband der Shomre Shabbos and to send a message of greeting and an offer of cooperation to the World Congress of this organization, which is to be held in Berlin on August 24, 25 and 26 of this year, to protest against proposed calendar reforms which would destroy the fixity of the Jewish Sabbath.

The following officers for the ensuing year were elected: Edward Silver, president; S. Belman, vice-president; Charles Levin, treasurer; Sadye Garfinkle, 2nd vice-president; David Loewenkrantz, financial secretary and Sadye Koenig, recording secretary.

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