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Rabbinical Assembly of America Adopts Program to Provide Chaplains for U.S. Armed Forces

A self-imposed draft to provide Jewish chaplains for the U.S. armed forces, was unanimously adopted by the Rabbinical Assembly of America at a special meeting held at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, it was announced here today by Rabbi Max D. Davidson, president of the 491-member Conservative rabbinical group.

The plan is similar to the method used by the Rabbinical Assembly in providing more than 100 of its members for the chaplaincy in World War II. A Chaplaincy Availability Board has been appointed which will follow selective service procedure in establishing categories for equitable selection of candidates for chaplains’ commissions in the current emergency. This effort is in conjunction with the call issued by the Joint American Rabbinical Chaplaincy Council of the Division of Religious Activities of the National Jewish Welfare Board.