BRETTON WOODS, N.H (Jun. 28)
The 60th anniversary convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis concluded here today after electing Dr. Jacob Marcus, of Cincinnati, president of the organization. Dr. Marcus, a professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is the first person outside of the active rabbinate to head the Conference.
Other officers elected were : Dr. Philip S. Bernstein, of Rochester, H.Y., vice-president; Rabbi Phineas Smoller, of Los Angeles, executive director of the western regional office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, treasurer; Rabbi Sidney L. Regner, of Reading, Pa., financial secretary; and Dr. Isaac E. Marcusson, of Macon, Ga., administrative secretary.
Prior to its conclusion, the convention adopted a resolution deploring the celebrations by Jew of non-Jewish religious holidays in homes and in communal institutions. The parley also: deplored “the use of gambling devices to raise funds for Jewish religious and communal institutions.” adding that this practice was “contradictory to our faith and traditions.” The convention further adopted a resolution advocating the introduction by the government of a system of compulsory national public health insurance.