CLEVELAND (Jun. 23)
The 52nd annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of America was told tonight that “American Jewry is on the threshold of a new creative period in modern Jewish history.” This prediction was made by Rabbi Max Davidson, president of the organization of Conservative rabbis, at the opening session of the convention.
Rabbi Davidson, discussing the problems and duties of the rabbinate, recommended a reformulation of the functions and operations of the Rabbinical Assembly’s law committee to enable members to write individual opinions on questions of Jewish law. He also called for action that would bring about “security of the rabbi’s tenure and security for sustenance in his later years.” He recommended joint effort with other groups to bring the ministry under the terms of the Social Security Act.
Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, executive secretary of the Assembly, reported a “gratifying trend” in the Conservative movement–the requesting of Conservative rabbis for synagogues attended by young Jewish families living in suburban or urban housing developments.