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Representatives of Judaism’s 3 Branches Will Appear in Conservative Parley Symposium

A symposium with participants from the Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform branches of American Judaism will be held here next Thursday at the closing session of the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of America, the congregational branch of the Conservative movement. The symposium was announced by Rabbi Bernard Segal, executive director, at the convention opening today.

He said it would be the first time in the 56- year history of the United Synagogue that speakers representing the three branches of Judaism would appear on the same platform.

Participants in the symposium will be David W. Silverman, professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Dr. Irving Greenberg of Yeshiva University, and Dr. Jakob J. Petuchowski, a processor at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Segal reported that the United Synagogue Youth, the United Synagogue’s teenage organization, and its college-age organization, Atid, have reached a combined membership of 25,600, an all-time high.

He said, in his keyhole address, that a “love of Zion” was always the cornerstone of the Conservative movement. Since its inception in 1913, the Conservative movement has been the only one of the three branches of American Judaism that did not tolerate anti-Zionism in its ranks, he said.

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