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Rabbinical Assembly Urges Coordination of U.J.A. Israel Bond Drives

The concluding session of the 52nd annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of America today called on the United Jewish Appeal and the Israel bond drive organization, in conjunction with the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, “to make every effort to coordinate their campaigns.”

In a resolution which was adopted unanimously by the 350 Conservative rabbis at the convention, the parley stated that “in most American Jewish communities the same leadership and the same workers are enrolled in the cause of both campaigns and any attempt to run simultaneous campaigns have been detrimental to both and have, furthermore, served as a divisive force in many Jewish communities.”

Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, a leader of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, was unanimously elected president of the Assembly to succeed Rabbi Max M. Davidson. Speaking of the specific needs of American Jewry, in his acceptance speech, Rabbi Eisenstein declared: “We must reduce the dangers of denominationalism in our religious life. Certainly there must be differences among us in approach but we must not permit those differences to blind us to our common foes, ignorance and inertia.”

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