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Union for Progressive Judaism Opens World Parley in London

The four-day international conference of the World Union for Progressive Judaism was opened here today by Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck, veteran leader of the movement, who called on Progressive Jewry to take the lead in showing the world the Jewish approach to the problems confronting mankind. But this, Dr. Baeck declared, could only be done when the Progressives become fully aware of historic facts and the facts of today and “one of the most momentous facts of today is the State of Israel.”

Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of the Hebrew Union College, in the United States, who is president designate of the World Union, told delegates from five continents that religion emphasizes the importance of the individual in democracy. “We dare not shirk our responsibility by pleading ineffectiveness of our personal influence,” he said.