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More than 400 delegates from young people’s leagues throughout the country are meeting this morning at the tenth annual convention of the Young People’s League of the United Synagogue of American at Hotel Pennsylvania.

Although the convention was opened officially last Friday evening with divine services at Temple Ansche Chesed, at which Rabbi Joseph Zeitlin was the pricipal speaker, and with a semiformal dance last night at the Hotel Pennsylvania, the official opening will take place this morning at 10:30, also at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

The meeting will open with a greeting from Jules Backman, chairman of the convention committee. Irwin I. Hyman will lead the opening prayer, and Louis J. Moss, Mrs. Samuel Spiegel, and Theodore Charnas will speak. Harry H. Goebel, president of the organization, will present, his report.


The afternoon session, which will begin at 1:30, will consist of eight seminars. They are: “Activities of the Group,” led by Meyer S. Kripke; “Technique for Building Programs,” led by Benjamin H. Englander; and advised by Miss Lillian Ethrian; “Function of the Young People’s Organization in the Synagogue,” led by Arnold Lasker, and advised by Rabbi William Maley, of the Jamaica Jewish Center; “Function of the Young People’s Group in the Jewish Life of the Community,” led by Aaron Decter; “Cooperation Between Leagues in Regions,” led by Mordecai L. Brill; “Relation of National Organization to the Individual Leagues,” led by Morris N. Kertzer; “Youth Movement in Religious Life,” led by Eli A Bohnen; “Attitude of Jewish College Students to Religion,” led by Israel Chodos, and advised by Rabbi Baruch Braunstein.

The convention will reconvene at 4, to hear the reports of the seminars and to listen to an address by Sol M. Stroock, chairman of the Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who will speak on the youth movement. At 8 o’clock this evening, the reading of the seminar reports will be concluded, and reports of the committees on resolutions and nominations will be made. Later in the evening there will be entertainment for the delegates.

Tomorrow morning, at 10:30, the final meeting of the League will be held at the Jewish Theological Seminary, at which the newly-elected executive council will be presented to the delegates.


“Laws and observances cannot be separated from Judaism in these modern days when we are inclined to interpret our religious life in terms of abstract spiritual values without regard for the proper emphasis upon the practical and simple activities of our daily experiences” Rabbi Joseph Zeitlin declared at the special service help at Temple Ansche Chesed, 100th street and West End avenue, Friday night. He urged the delegates to emphasize the term “convention” in the light of the habits, usages and conventions of Jewish life.

Other speakers were Harry H. Goebel and Jules Backman, chairman of the convention committee.

Delegates from all the various leagues were received Friday afternoon by Bernard S. Deutsch, President of the Board of Aldermen, at his office in City Hall.


Dr. Morris Fishbein, of Chicago, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, yesterday issued a warning that the strides made in lowering death rates from tuberculosis should not be considered a triumph until continued efforts make it possible to gain as much control over that disease as we now have over typhoid and diphtheria. Dr. Fishbein’s statement was issued through the New York office of the National Jewish Hospital at Dnver and contained an endorsement of the institution’s program, with particular commendation of its research service.


The Torgsin, Russian agency for transferring money or merchandise from this-country to its 1,700 outlets in Russia, is preparing for the Jewish holidays. According to officials of the enterprise, there is always a spurt in activity just before Passover, when Jews abroad remember relatives or friends in Russia.


Jacob Landau, publisher of the Jewish Daily Bulletin, will speak tonight at the Down Town Zionist Center, 52 St. Marks place. His subject will be “What I Saw in Germany.” This is one of a series being given at the Down Town Center on Sunday evenings. Previous speakers included Louis Lipsky, Morris Rothenberg, Jacob Fishman, and Dr. S. Margoshes.


Among those who were elected to office at the annual election of Temple Sinai, Arlington avenue and Bradford street, Brooklyn, were Jacob H. Cohen, president, Philip Carthage, Joseph Gaster, Samuel J. Schreiber, Henry Kraushar and Moses Litzky.

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