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American Jews Warned They Will Have to Fight Forces of Intolerance After the War

The problems which American Jews will have to face after the war were outlined here tonight, at the annual dinner of the Jewish Theological Seminary, by Dr. Robert Gordis, president of the Rabbinical Assembly of America and a professor at the Seminary. More than 1,500 friends of the Seminary attended the dinner which was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

“Most observers,” Dr. Gordis said, “believe that inter-group and sectional prejudice, far from subsiding with the anticipated victory of the United Nations, is still growing stronger, or at least, no weaker. It seems clear that only two alternatives face American Jewry. Either we shall be compelled to fight for equal rights for all American citizens, in the letter and the spirit, against the forces of intolerance and prejudice which even now are not inactive, or, more fortunately, our problems will be purely internal and our efforts directed against the processes of defection within the Jewish community itself. It is quite conceivable that we will have to face both problems.”