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Rabbinical Assembly Opposes Priority for Israel; Stresses Spiritual Needs of U.S. Jewry

In a resolution adopted at the concluding session of the 49th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of America here today, unanimous endorsement was given to current efforts to support Jewish life in Israel. The resolution added, however, that “the needs of our own community must not be tabled at this crucial moment.”

The resolution said: “We cannot approve of giving that priority to one Jewish need which would give a secondary place to the religious and cultural upbuilding of American Judaism.” The Assembly warned Jews in this country that they risk “irreparable damage to our survival as a community unless they provide a fuller measure of support for religious and cultural institutions.

The 200 Conservative rabbis attending the convention pledged their aid in reaching the national goal of $1,972,000 in next fall’s campaign in behalf of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the United Synagogue of America and the Rabbinical Assembly Rabbi David Aronson, of Minneapolis, was reelected president of the Assembly.