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Cincinnati Jew to Seek Ban on Passion Play

The Freiberg Passion Play scheduled to be staged at the Music Hall the week beginning Dec. 14 may not be produced here if negotiations being carried on by the anti-defamation commission of the B’nai Brith succeed.

The matter was called to the attention of the B’nai Brith by Henry Segal, editor of the American Israelite. As a result a meeting was held with George Leavitt, representing the Cincinnati Federation of Men’s Bible Classes and Dr. I. M. Rubinow, international secretary of the B’nai Brith; Leonard H. Freiberg, president of District No. 2 and member of the commission; Rabbi Victor E. Reichert president of the Cincinnati Jewish Ministers’ Association and Segal in attendance.

Later, Alfred M. Cohen, president of the Constitutional Grand Lodge, B’nai Brith; Rubinow, Dr. David Philipson of Rockdale Avenue Temple and Freiberg sent a letter to the Music Hall Association protesting against a semi-public institution being used for performance of a Passion Play that would foment religious prejudices.

Leo J. Brumleve, secretary of the Music Hall Association, has promised to call it to the attention of the trustees. Meanwhile Dr. Philipson, Rabbi James G. Heller of Plum Street Temple; Dr. Frank Nelson, rector of Christ Church and Rev. H. P. Atkins, secretary of the Cincinnati Federation of Churches had a conference this week and expect to obtain indefinite postponement of the showing here.

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