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Convention of Reform Rabbis Settles College-institute Dispute

The 64th annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis concluded here today with the re-election of Rabbi Joseph L. Fink, of Buffalo, as president and with the adoption of number of resolutions concerning American Jewish life.

Opposition to the plan adopted in March by the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion for greater unification of the New York and Cincinnati branches of the Reform rabbinical school, which mounted at the earlier sessions of the convention, subsided during the week-end after Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of the College-Institute, offered to invite rabbis to sit on the Board and air their objections.

Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner, addressing the convention, said that the millions of dollars spent by churches and synagogues on religious education are wasted unless courses for parents are added to programs designed for children. The rabbi strongly urged the establishment of programs of training for parents and said that such programs were being prepared by the Commission on Jewish Education of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, parent body of the nation’s 365 Reform Jewish temples.

Three hundred years of Jewish life in America will be recorded in a volume to be prepared under the auspices of the Conference according to a decision reached at the convention. The rabbis were urged to write or stimulate the writing of histories of local Jewish communities.

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