Montreal (Dec. 2)
The danger that the Jews of Montreal will lose every right they won through the passage of the Jewish school bill a year ago, as a result of the present negotiations between the Protestant and the Jewish School Boards, was revealed yesterday at a conference of representatives of the newly formed United Synagogues, leaders of the Separate Jewish School Committee, the Jewish Community Council and the Rabbinical Council.
The conference decided to demand a full report from the Jewish School Commission regarding its negotiations with the Protestants, and to demand of the former that it consult a committee chosen by the conference before a final settlement on the school question in Montreal is reached.
H. M. Caiserman, chairman of the Separate Jewish School Committee, reported to the conference on the recent developments in the school question. Mr. Caiserman said that according to information which he had gathered from un-official quarters the Jewish School Commission is ready to sign a twenty-year contract with the Protestants which does not give the Jews a single privilege more than they have at the present moment. The Protestants of Montreal, said Mr. Caiserman, refuse to make any concessions to the Jews, and there exists a danger that the Jewish School Law, which was won after many years of struggle, will be annulled as a result of the projected contract in which the Jews would surrender all the rights they had been granted.
The conference chose a committee to negotiate with the Jewish School Board on the school question. Included in this committee are Rabbi H. Cohen, H. M. Caiserman, Israel Rabinowitch and L. Zucker.