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American Rabbis Decry Anti-semitism Abroad in Rosh Hashanah Messages

The Synagogue Council, the coordinating body of the rabbinical and congregational organizations of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism, issued Rosh Hashanah greetings containing a prayer for permanent and lasting peace “firmly founded on justice and freedom.” The statement was issued by Rabbi Julius Mark, president of the Council.

Rabbi Mark urged that all men “at this time of soul searching turn away from bigotry and discrimination, hatred and distrust and turn instead toward the complete acceptance of interdependence, the reaffirmation of the sacredness of the human being.” He decried the spread of anti-Semitism abroad and urged “the mighty nations” of the earth to pause “in their terrestrial and celestial endeavors to take stock of their spiritual worth.”

In a message issued by Mrs. Charles Hymes, of Minneapolis, president of the National Council of Jewish Women, she asserted that “new outbursts of anti-Semitism in South America as well as other parts of the world underscore the fact that democracy is the only real protection against anti-Semitism in the world today.” She urged American Jewry to lend full support in behalf of civil rights and civil liberties.

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