The report of the Commission on Social Justice of the Central Conference of American Rabbis at last week’s Cincinnati conference was severely scored for its Socialist aspects by Rabbi Samuel Schulman of Temple Emanu-El, while Rabbi William F. Rosenbloom of Temple Israel approved it at a meeting of the Association of Reform Rabbis of New York City and Vicinity.
Rabbi Schulman termed the report “sophomoric folly in its socialism,” asserting that the rabbis were “making themselves a tail to the kite of the Socialist Party.
“The conference,” he said, “should not adopt resolutions advancing increased income and inheritance taxes and levies on capitalists for these things are political. There is not sufficient economic knowledge in the whole roster of the conference to warrant such a stand. I believe that we have reached the limit in this matter.”
Rabbi Rosenbloom said: “The Social Justice Commission has for once, I believe, done something worth while. The prophets in their day appealed on a concrete program of well-accepted ideas. I believe we should express a certain impatience with a civilization which permits things to reach a situation such as confronts us today in this country.”