CLEVELAND (Nov. 15)
An aim of Conservative Judaism in this country is the ‘dedication in thought, word and act to the building of a worthwhile Jewish future in America, Dr. Robert Gordis, member of the faculties of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Columbia University, declared here last night at a session of the National Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America. The session opened the four-day biennial convention of the group.
Dr. Gordis said that “the 23 refugees who landed from the bark St. Charles in New Amsterdam in 1654 from Brazil had no inkling they were laying the foundations of the most influential and freest Jewish community in history. They never dreamed,” he added, “they were the chosen instruments of Providence, which guards Israel and has determined that Israel shall not perish from the earth.”