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Critical Condition of Yeshivah College and Parochial Schools Discussed by Vaad Harabonim

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The critical financial condition of the Yeshivah College and the Jewish parochial schools of New York City is the leading topic of discussion of the convention of the Vaad Harabonim, a federation of Orthodox rabbis of New York City, which opened on Tuesday at the Broadway Central Hotel and which was continued yesterday. About 140 Orthodox rabbis from New York City and vicinity are attending the convention.

A plan for systematizing both the Talmud Torah and parochial Jewish education in New York City was presented to the convention and in an address by Rabbi Telushkin. To relieve the Yeshivoth somewhat of their present financial burdens Rabbi Predmesky pointed out that since several Yeshivoth in one district have separate high schools which they are unable to support, they should combine into one high school. Two committees which are to report on a system of financing the Yeshivoth were chosen by the convention. A committee was also appointed to study the proposal that the Vaad Harabonim take over the Yeshivah Rabbi Solomon Kluger.

The convention was opened by Rabbi M. Gussik. Rabbi Feivelson, director of the Vaad Harabonim, read a long report about the activities of the organization, which consisted mainly of giving aid to the Yeshivoth that were either closed or were in need. Rabbi Feivelson also reported about the activities of the “Vaad” in combating the action of self-styled rabbis who issue permits to women to marry without a religious divorce. The observance of kashruth and Sabbath were among the other activities with which the “Vaad” concerned itself during the past year.

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