NEW YORK (Sep. 20)
A decision on a motion by the Radical Jewish Union of Columbia University to have trespass charges against three of its members dropped has been postponed by Criminal Court Judge Mitchell J. Sherwin until Nov. 6. The charges against Rabbi A. Bruce Goldman, rabbinical advisor to the RJU and against two students, Victor Levin and Anne Rosen, stemmed from their efforts last May to address the congregation of Temple Emanuel on the Vietnam war and related issues.
Gerald Lefcourt, attorney for the three RJU members, who is also an attorney for the Black Panthers, argued at the hearing Friday that officials of Temple Emanuel had written to officials of the Central Conference of American Rabbis recommending dismissal of the charges. Temple Emanuel Is the largest Reform congregation in the world. The CCAR is the central association of American Reform rabbis. The arrests took place during two of three RJU visits to Friday vesper services of the synagogue. Rabbi Goldman, who led each RJU group for the three consecutive Friday appearances which started last May 15, was arrested twice.