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Jewish Case Against Shifting Sabbath Presented to League of Nations Calendar Reform Conference by Ch

Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz, on behalf of the Jewish Committee on Calendar Reform, and Mr. Elkan N. Adler, brother of his predecessor, the late Chief Rabbi Dr. Herman Adler, on behalf of the American League for Safeguarding the Fixity of the Sabbath, addressed this afternoon the League of Nations Conference on Communications and Transit, which is now meeting here, in order to formulate its recommendations on the calendar reform project to the Council of the League of Nations, and presented the Jewish case against the proposal to introduce blank days, which would have the effect of upsetting the sequence of the week and disturbing the Jewish observance of the Sabbath day.

Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz also presented to the Conference resolutions of protest on behalf of some thousands of Jewish Communities in almost all the countries of the world in which Jews are settled, against any tampering with the continuity of the week, which would result in displacing the Seventh Day. He also presented a petition bearing the signatures of many outstanding men in secular Jewish life, among them Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Professor Silvain Levi, President of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, Mr. Lionel de Rothschild, President of the United Synagogue, Mr. Nahum Sokolov, President of the Jewish Agency and the Zionist World Organisation, Mr. Felix M. Warburg, Chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee of America, Mr. O. E. d’Avigdor Goldsmid, President of the Jewish Board of Deputies, Dr. Cyrus Adler, Chairman of the American Jewish Committee, Dr. J. L. Magnes, Chancellor of the Hebrew University, Mr. Ch. N. Bialik, the Hebrew poet laureate, and Herr Oscar Wassermann.

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