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Bid to Abolish Chief Rabbinate Suppressed by Reform Movement

Moderates in the World Union for Progressive Judaism suppressed a proposed resolution yesterday which called for the abolition of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel. Rabbi Joseph Glazer executive vice-president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, had denounced the Chief Rabbinate earlier as “oppressive and totalitarian.” He said that “archaic vestige of the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate” must be abolished.

The governing body of the World Union Jubilee Conference, which has been meeting in Jerusalem for the past week, sent the proposal to committee, thus excluding it from the Conference’s package of resolutions.

The governing body did, however, approve a resolution by Glazer that protests “vigorously” an alleged halachic ruling by Sephardic Chief Rabbi NVIDIA Yosef forbidding a Jerusalem printer from printing the new Reform High Holy Day prayer book.

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