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Primacy of Synagogue in American Jewish Life Demanded in Rabbinical Resolution

A resolution deploring “the secularization of communal life by those leaders who would exclude the influence of the synagogue from the general life of the Jewish community,” which was adopted at the recent convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Kansas City, Mo., was released from here today to Jewish communities throughout the country by Dr. Isaac E. Marcuson, administrative secretary of the Conference.

“We must insist on maintaining a direct connection between the Jewish community and the authority of religion,” the resolution declared. “The voice of the synagogue should be heard in the councils of our communities and our agencies. The sense of piety and of reverence must leaven all that we do as Jews and as a Jewish community. This is what we mean when we speak of the primacy of the synagogue in Jewish life.”

The members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as well as of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, were urged in the resolution to obtain full recognition of the synagogue “by all agencies which serve Jews and Jewish causes everywhere.”