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Jewish Labor Ready to Turn to Synagogue, Adler Says

July 5, 1923
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Never before in recent history has there been such an opportunity for the synagogue to bring to its side the forces of Jewish labor, Dr. Cyrus Adler told the convention of the Rabbinical Seminary in meeting here yesterday.

Dr. Adler declared that the reason for this sympathetic attitude of labor is to be found in the resentment felt by Jewish labor against the Bolshevist persecution of the Jewish religion in Russia. Labor has now swung to the side of the synagogue and it lis the duty of the rabbis to take advantage of this drift, Dr. Adler told the rabbis.

The rabbinical convention also urged the participation of the United States in the “World Court already established or in such other association of the States in the civilized world as shall tend to substitute arbitration and justice for force in settlement of differences between states”.

Branding the practice of holding college examinations on Saturday and holidays as un-American the convention in a resolution call upon the Boards of Education and the Boards of Examiners of states and national institutions to arrange examinations and other public excercises on such days as not to compel Jews to violate religious principles.

The convention resolved to draw up a set of principles based on Jewish tradition to guide rabbis in their attitude toward industrial problems and to cooperate with other religious bodies to further social justice. A code of ethics for the relations of rabbis among themselves is also to be formulated.

The following officers were elected: L. Epstein, Boston, President; Max Drob New York, Vice-president; N. Salit New York, Recording Secretary; L. Spitz, New Haven, Corresponding Secretary; L. Feinberg, Cincinnati, Treasurer.

Directors: Jacob Kohn, M. Levine, I.H. Leventhal, L. Finkelstein, Max Kadushin, N. Blechman, of New York; J.H. Greenstone, S. Fredman, M.D. Klein, M. Cohen, Philadelphia; Solomon Goodman, Cleveland; C.H. Kauvar, Denver; H. Lissaur, San Francisco, and M. Levitsky, Wilkes Barre, Pa.

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