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New York Conservative Synagogues Exempt Newlyweds from Paying Dues

Seventy-four congregations affiliated with the New York Metropolitan Region of the United Synagogue of America have agreed to grant memberships free of dues or other charges to all newly married couples during their first year of marriage, it was announced here today by Arthur J. Levine, regional president.

Noting that most newlyweds usually fail to join a synagogue because of financial hardship, Mr. Levine said that rabbis and synagogue administrators feel that such financial hardship should not bar congregation membership. He said that such free memberships were available to newlyweds only if they were married by the rabbi of a synagogue subscribing to the program.