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  • Rabbis Draft Program on Palestine

    The Rabbinical Assembly spent the greater part of the closing day of its three-day 37th annual convention today in executive session drafting a program on Palestine. Adoption of resolutions and lection of officers were scheduled. The 150 rabbis were meeting at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The discussion on Palestine revolved about a report submitted by… More ▸

  • Orthodox Rabbis Re-affirm Opposition to Agunah Reform

    The Union of Orthodox Rabbis today re-affirmed its opposition to the reform introduced by the Conservative rabbinate permitting an agunah (deserted wife) to obtain a divorce, and issued a volume, “Unto the Last Generation,” offering the views of 1,500 rabbinical authorities throughout the world upholding the traditional view. The action was taken at the union’s… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbis Support Palestine Tree-planting Drive

    Resolution supporting birth control, collective bargaining, peace movements and the campaign to plant 100,000 trees in Palestine were adopted last night at the closing session of the thirty-sixth annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly. Officers elected are: Rabbi Eugene Cohn, president; Simon Greenberg, vice-president; Alexander Basel, treasurer; Henry Fisher, recording secretary; Arthur Neulander, corresponding secretary,… More ▸

  • United Synagogue Holds Rabbis Must Espouse Social Economic Justice

    A resolution expressing the view that discussion of social and economic problems properly belongs within the synagogue was adopted by the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of America, which closed last night. It added that it was not only the right but the duty of the clergy and laity to espouse all causes which,… More ▸

  • Ickes Calls on United Synagogue to Aid in Correcting Social Order

    Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes tonight appealed to the United Synagogue of America, representing the Conservative Jews, to aid in making the United States “a land of equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or color or creed, a land where every man may aspire to at least a modest ownership of private property… More ▸

  • Rabbinical Assembly Replies to Attack on Its Divorce Plan

    The Rabbinical Assembly of America in a statement issued yesterday, made clear its attitude on the question of relaxing the Jewish religious divorce law affecting wives who have been deserted by their husbands. The statement came in reply to the resolution adopted by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis several days ago attacking the Rabbinical Assembly…. More ▸

  • Between the Lines

    The Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada has entered into an open fight with the Rabbinical Assembly of America on the question of modifying the Jewish divorce law as it affects wives who have been deserted by their husbands. The fight between the two rabbinical bodies, although taking place in America,… More ▸

  • Between the Lines

    The change in the divorce law adopted by the Rabbinical Assembly of America deserves nothing but praise. It is sure to be followed in Poland where there are thousands of deserted Jewish women, as well as in other parts of Europe. This change, which makes it possible for a woman who has been deserted for… More ▸

  • Rabbis Score Violation of Sabbath Laws

    Public desecration of the Sabbath was condemned and faith in the principles of democracy were reaffirmed in resolutions passed yesterday afternoon by the Rabbinical Assembly of America at the concluding session of the three day convention in Far Rockaway, at which Rabbi Eugene Kohn of Bayonne was elected president for the coming year. The resolution… More ▸

  • Rabbis Urge Change in Divorce Law

    A recommendation that the Rabbinical Assembly modify the traditional Jewish marriage and divorce laws was made by Dr. Louis Epstein of Brookline, Mass., at yesterday’s session of the Assembly’s three-day convention at Rockaway Park. As head of the committee authorized to draw up the changes, Dr. Epstein recommended that the traditional law under which a… More ▸