1,000 Protestant Teachers Attend Institute on Judaism in Cleveland

About 1,000 Protestant Cleveland school teachers and a small number of Catholic laymen attended a special Institute on Judaism at the Euclid Avenue Temple here.

The Institute, organized by Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner, spiritual leader of the temple, featured a lecture on Jewish holidays and customs, a demonstration of a Sabbath Eve service and a tour of the temple. Rev. Walter Daniels, associate secretary of the Cleveland Church Federation, lauded Rabbi Brickner and the temple for organizing the Institute, which he said had made a contribution to the field of intercultural education.

Among the questions asked by the Christian teachers during a question-and-answer period were the following: “Is there still a burning of animals for sacrifice?” “Why do you bury your dead so quickly?” “Does the Jewish church have the same problem of interesting our youth of today in church attendence as the Protestant churches do?” “Why do you retain the Jewish language?” The replies to these and other queries will be published and distributed to all teachers through the Cleveland Church Federation.

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