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Rabbis Insist on Segregating Women in Synagogues

August 24, 1923
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The present tendency to build synagogues in which men and women worshippers occupy seats side by side in the same pews is decried in a statement issued today by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of America.

The statement points out that the “gaonim” of old pronounced a ban on such synagogues and declares that it would be preferable for devout Jews to worship in the privacy of their homes rather than in such synagogues or temples.

The pronouncement of the orthodox American rabbis is reenforced by a manifesto of distinguished European rabbis who vigorously condemn joint worship.

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