PHILADELPHLA (Dec. 11)
The formation of an American Council for Judaism which will “combat nationalistic and secularistic trends in Jewish life” and will oppose the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine, was announced here today by Rabbi Louis Wolsey, provisional chairman of the organization.
Emphasizing that the new organization “will seek to identify and define the Jews as a member of a religious community and nothing else,” Rabbi Wolsey stated: “We are definitely opposed to a Jewish state, a Jewish flag or a Jewish army. We are interested in development of Palestine as a refuge for persecuted Jews but are opposed to the idea of a political state under Jewish domination in Palestine or anywhere else.”
Rabbi Elmer Berger of Flint, Mich. will be executive director of the Council which will open headquarters in New York as soon as a charter is issued by New York State. The Council will publish a magazine, will establish a lecture bureau and will release tracts on liberal Judaism.