NEW YORK (Sep. 4)
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, parent body of Reform Judaism in this country, today began functioning in its new $1,000,000 headquarters here. The transfer of the Cincinnati office of the organization to New York marked an important development in the history of the U.A.H.C., which was founded more than 75 years ago in Cincinnati.
The new seven-story structure will house the Union and its affiliates, the National Federations of Temple Sisterhoods, Brotherhoods and Youth, the Jewish Chautauqua Society, the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues and the combined Campaign of the Union and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
The move from Cincinnati, which has been the home city of Liberal Judaism since its inception in 1873, was authorized at the Union’s biennial convention in Boston in 1948. The building itself was made possible through a gift by the late Dr. Albert A. Berg, noted surgeon and philanthropist, and by funds raised in the House of Living Judaism Campaign conducted by the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. Formal dedication services of the new religious center will take place over a three-day period beginning Friday, October 26.