NEW YORK (Dec. 6)
Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg said here tonight that “the genius of American life is that in this free and tolerant land there is room for men of all races, religions and ancestries.” He spoke at the fifth annual synagogue statesmen award dinner of the Synagogue Council of America.
“The Jewish religious community of America,” he declared, “is charged with responsibilities that are too great to have its effectiveness dissipated and lost in internal bickerings and quarrels. The Synagogue Council performs the invaluable function of reminding every religious Jew that what unites him with his co-religionists is far more important than what divides him from them.”
Justice Goldberg was installed as the honorary chairman of the National Advisory Council of the Synagogue Council of America. He brought with him the personal greetings of President Johnson to the gathering. Jacob Blaustein of Baltimore, Charles Rosengarten of Waterbury, Conn., and Joseph Schlang of New York, received the annual awards on behalf of the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Jewish communities of the United States.