Adolph Rosenberg, chairman of the executive board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, addressing the opening session said that Judaism today faces its greatest challenger. “All of our strength must be thrown against him,” he stated. “We cannot, we dare not diminish our power by internal dissension. Let us be patient and understanding, so that we may here build a platform upon which we can all stand. Lot us submerge our differences for the duration and move forward together through victory to a just and enduring peace.”
Dr. Julian Morgenstern, speaking in behalf of the Hebrew Union College, stated that through bitter experience following the last war, mankind has learned the sad lesson that the planning and preparation for peace can not be deferred until the war is finished. “Our brethren of the Anglican, Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches have spoken already and spoken well, now it is indeed the time for Judaism to speak and to voice its own distinctive message of peace and hope for mankind,” he said.