More than 100 women, representatives of thirty-seven temple sisterhoods throughout the State, assembled yesterday at the Community House of the Central Synagogue in an all-day session at the annual meeting of the board of the New York State Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, heard Rabbi Jacob Falk, northeastern regional rabbi of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, tell of the project to bring a “back-to-the-synagogue” movement into being.
The plan, which is taking shape, Rabbi Falk said, involves joint action by the three leading groups in the Jewish laity. It aims to stimulate large numbers of men and women to resume intimate connections with the synagogue. A metropolitan drive toward this goal has already been launched here jointly by members of Conservative, Reform and Orthodox congregations.
The rabbi pointed out that in New York State the number of Jews actively affiliated with the synagogue is not more than 60,000.
The morning session was taken up with the reading of reports and a meeting of Mrs. Albert J. May of New York City, president of the state federation, with her cabinet, comprising chairwomen of various committees.
At the luncheon session the guests of honor were Rabbi Falk, Mrs. Judah Dresner of Yonkers, president of the state conference of the National Council of Jewish Women; and Mrs. Fred Guggenheimer, of this city, president of the women’s auxiliary of the Free Synagogue.
Mrs. Richard Percy Limburg, another speaker, called for cooperation in the newly launched campaign of the United Jewish Appeal. She is chairman of the women’s division of the campaign here.