NEW YORK (Dec. 25)
President Roosevelt’s move for peace through mobilization of religious forces has drawn commendation from religious leaders and newspapers.
Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, made the following statement today to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “I had hoped for some time that the President might be moved to utilize the resources of America’s religious life in some such way as he has now planned. Dr. Adler fittingly enough represents collective American Jewry in its religious life and will doubtless prove a valuable coadjutor in the working out of the President’s high spiritual purpose.”
Among other Jewish leaders who commented, Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson declared in a sermon at Temple Emanu-El yesterday that the President’s step was “wisely conceived and permeated with humane sentiment,” Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein said at West Side Institutional Synagogue that the President was “the world’s hope for peace” and William Weiss, president of the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America, wired the President a message declaring that his action was acclaimed “in the hearts of all normal and liberty-loving people and nations.”
The New York Times declared editorially that the President could not have chosen a better moment to unite the voices, influence and power of the three faiths “so that their words and acts may count for most when the moment to speak and act has come.” The Herald Tribune said that Mr. Roosevelt had given “practical application” to the message of peace and good will.