More Rabbis Than Pulpits Foreseen After War by Rabbinical Assembly of America

Pointing out that when hostilities have ended and all Jewish chaplains have returned to civilian life, there may likely be more rabbis than pulpits for them to fill, Dr. Robert Gordis, president of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, told the 45th annual convention of that organization today that more Conservative congregations must be established throughout the country “as an obligation to Judaism” and a concrete service to the chaplains.

Dr. Gordis urged the United Synagogue, which is the congregational affiliate of the assembly, to name field directors to tour the nation to stimulate the growth of Conservative congregations. He peinted out that a survey by the Wartime Emergency Commission for Conservative Judaism had shown that few of the rabbis wished to leave the rabbinate, even for allied fields, after the war. The conference will continue through Wednesday. A dinner marking the 50th birthday of Prof. Louis Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary, will be given by the assembly tomorrow night.

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