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Orthodox Union Lauds Call for Merger with Young Israel

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Julius Berman, president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, has responded positively to a call for unification of the Orthodox Union and the National Council of Young Israel, made by Rabbi Norman Lamm at the recent national convention of the Rabbinical Council of America.

In a letter to Lamm, president of Yeshiva University, Berman wrote: “I welcome your call and quite agree that Orthodoxy would be infinitely strengthened were its two major synagogue organizations, which, after all, are in basic agreement on fundamental policies and issues, to develop a mutually acceptable formula which would lead to merger.

“It is quite obvious that in unity there is enhanced strength, and that a united Orthodoxy might enjoy the means, personnel and drive to accomplish so many of the programs and goals that have hitherto eluded us.”

Berman concluded with the pledge that the Orthodox Union, which represents over 1000 Orthodox synagogues across North America, will “cooperate in any initiative” taken by Lamm or the Rabbinical Council of America toward such a unification.

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