Judge Otto A. Rosalsky, who has been first vice-president of the Jewish Education Association since its foundation thirteen years ago, unanimously was chosen acting president of the Association to fill the vacancy caused by the recent death of Israel Unterberg, it was announced Friday.
At the same meeting, Samuel Rottenberg, also a vice-president of the Association, was elected to the post of Chairman of the Board. Clarence E. Unterberg, son of the late President, was chosen a member of the Board to fill the vacancy in that body caused by his father’s death. Dr. I. C. Rubin, well-known New York physician, was also elected to the Board.
In a letter acknowledging his election, Judge Rosalsky writes: “It will afford me genuine satisfaction if, as Acting President of the Jewish Education Association, I will be in a position to render greater service to the cause which this organization strives to advance. There is need today for more religious education for all the people of our countryâ€”especially for our children. We are going through a period of stress that is testing our moral fibre. We shall emerge triumphant from this test by reason of the faith that is in us.
“The Jews, through their history, in addition to bearing their share of the general burden, have been compelled to undergo special trials and suffering. The Germany of today is only one milestone on the long road which the Jewish people have traveled. Let us be grateful that our own country is free from these brutal excesses of bigotry. But no less do we owe our children the duty of strengthening their characters by teaching them the faith of their fathersâ€”its practices, its doctrines and its idealsâ€”which, I am convinced, will make them better Jews, better Americans and happier human beings.”