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World Union for Progressive Judaism Opens Conference in London; U.S. Delegates Present

The twenty-fifth jubilee conference of the World Union for Progressive Judaism opened here with representative from 12 countries, including the United States and Israel, in attendance. The American delegation is led by Dr. David H. Wice, of Philadelphia. Dr. Leo Baeck, president of the World Union, declared in an address that the “task of Progressive Judaism still remained to be fulfilled,” and that the group has “only taken the first steps in that direction.”

Dr. Redcliffe N. Salaman, addressing the conference, declared that members of the World Union could not and dare not “shut their eyes to the existence of the State of Israel” which will influence every sphere of Jewish life. However, he pointed out that, “the Diaspora will not capitulate, although it must be ready to accept what will flow to it spiritually from Israel.” Other speakers included Dr. Joseph Reuch, Louisville, Ky., and Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, Cincinnati. Among the delegates to the conference is Mrs. Jeanette Wolff, a member of the West Berlin Parliament, who was arrested by the Nazis in 1933.