Warsaw (Jan. 7)
A resolution expressing indignation that the Government has up to the present failed to abolish or to modify the Compulsory Sunday Closing Law, which is bringing about the economic ruination of the Sabbath-observant Jewish population of the country, has been adopted by the Conference of the Federation of Polish Rabbis, which concluded here to-day. The resolution demands that the Government should immediately introduce a modifying bill in the Seym which will assist those Jews who observe the Sabbath.
Another resolution calls upon Jewish industrialists to employ Jewish workers, and declares that the facilities of the Jewish faith will be refused to Jewish factory owners who refuse to employ Jewish workers unless they break the Sabbath.
The Conference has issued an appeal to Jewish parents not to send their children to the Yiddishist secular schools of the Zisho Organisation, the Hebrow Schools of the Tarbuth Organisation, or to the Government schools, because they will there be subjected to influences contrary to the Jewish faith, urging them instead to send their children to the Chedorim, where they will be educated in the spirit of the Jewish faith.
The Conference has adopted a resolution, thanking the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee of America for the important financial aid which it and the Central Relief Committee, one of its component bodies, have for a period of many years given to support the Chedorim and Yeshiboth.
RUSSIA AND PALESTINE: CONFERENCE CALLS ON JEWISH COMMUNITIES TO HELP TO PROVIDE MATZOTH FOR RUSSIAN JEWS AND PROTEST AGAINST BAN ON PALESTINE IMMIGRATION: MANIFESTO ISSUED TO POLISH JEWRY NOT TO SURRENDER TO DESPAIR BUT TO HOLD ON
The Conference has adopted a resolution calling on all the Jewish communities in Poland to assist in the campaign to provide matzoth for Passover for the Jews of the Soviet countries.
Another resolution protests against the ban imposed in Palestine against Jewish immigration.
The Conference has also protested against the Government project to recognise civil marriages without a religious caremony, declaring that wedlock without the blessing of God is opposed to Jewish morality. The Catholic Church is also opposing this Government measure.
The Conference has issued a manifesto to the Jewish population calling upon them not to despair in spite of the present critical situation, but to hold on.
Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzenski, the Gaon of Vilna, has been elected Honorary President of the Federation of Rabbis, and Rabbi Ezekiel Lipshitz of Kalisch, the former President, and Deputy Rabbi Levin have been elected Joint Presidents.