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Buffalo Rabbis Advocate Delivery of Opening Prayers by Laymen

The Buffalo Board of Rabbis declared in a statement today that Jewish tradition does not make mandatory that opening prayers at meetings and conferences be delivered by a clergyman and urged that lay people “should be called on to do so whenever possible.”

The rabbinical group explained that this would not only “be in accord with Jewish tradition,” but that it would also “be of help to the rabbis who, because of their limited number, are unable to answer all requests” for such appearances in Buffalo.