Britain’s Chief Rabbi Calls for ‘new Partnership’ with Lay Leaders

Plans to increase the influence of the British rabbinate throughout the country were discussed here today at an all-day conference convened by the Chief Rabbinate. Seventy rabbis from all over Great Britain attended the parley. Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits outlined a plan for what he called “a new partnership” between the religious and lay leaders of the Anglo-Jewish community, under which he said the influence and status of the rabbinate in general would be increased.

One of the speakers at the conference was Ambassador Aharon Remez, Israel envoy to London, who urged the British rabbinate to increase its interest in the political and diplomatic difficulties Israel expects to face in the near future, especially during the current General Assembly session at the United Nations. He asserted categorically that, on the question of Jerusalem, “we have one dogma; Jerusalem will not again be divided.” He told the rabbis: “We must mobilize all our spiritual and moral forces to bring home to all religions in the world and to explain that this dogma is not chauvinistic. We have a great spiritual responsibility, and the great religions of the world have nothing to fear and everything to gain by looking forward to our presence in Jerusalem” Another speaker at the conference was Hyam Morrison, chairman of the Joint Palestine Appeal.

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