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Houston Congregation Approves Principles of “advanced Reform Judaism”

Replying to a query by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency concerning the situation at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Houston, where a dispute has been raging between members of the congregation, the Jewish Community Council of Houston issued the following statement:

“Congregation Beth Israel at a special meeting of its membership voted 623 to 168 to ratify and approve the action of the Board of Directors in adopting the basic principles of the Congregation. These principles outline advanced Reform Judaism and are to be the basis of voting membership in the Congregation for new members. The meeting also approved several resolutions censuring the Hebrew Union College, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Council of American Rabbis for failure to uphold traditional Reform Judaism and urging them to take a more definite stand.”