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Reform Rabbis Decide to Establish Closer Relationship with Conservative Rabbis

The Central Conference of American Rabbis ended its sixty-second annual meeting here with the re-election of Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein of Rochester as president of the organization which represents the spiritual leaders of the Reform wing of Judaism.

Among a series of unanimously-passed resolutions was one that called for the passage of the congressional bills which would give Israel a grant of $150,000,000 to carry out its “gigantic tasks of resettlement and rehabilitation.” Another resolution urged the organization heads to effect a closer working relationship with the Rabbinical Assembly, the body representing the Conseorvative Rabbis, in varied fields of activity through a joint committee.

Dr. Bernstein, in an acceptance speech, said that the liquidation of the displaced persons problem in Europe and the establishment of Israel as a nation has produced “a turning point in Jewish history.” He said that American Jews no linger can expect European Jews to provide ideas, institutions and personnel necessary to enrich Jewish life in this country. The conferences head said that “whatever institutions American Jewry will have, must be created and sustained by the American Jewish community, or there will be none.”