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Drthodox Elements Are Seeking Rapprochement; Mizrachi Adopts Policy

September 3, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

Another attempt to enter into contact with the Agudah with a view to reaching an understanding with it and bringing about a unification of Orthodox Jewry with regard to Palestine, will be made as a result of a resolution adopted by the conference of the Mizrachi held here. Deploring the split in the ranks of Orthodox Jewry the resolution calls upon the new Executive to take steps to bring about a reconciliation.

The Conference also decided to protest against the tactics of the Zionist Executive in ignoring the existence of the Mizrachi Organization in its communications to the League of Nations.

On the question of the Jewish Communities Ordinance in Palestine, the Conference has expressed itself in favor of the existence of one community only in Palestine comprising all Jews resident in the country. Withdrawal from the community should be permitted only in cases where the seceders declare that they are leaving Judaism. It should be possible for various groups to obtain autonomy in religious questions within the community, on condition that they recognize the basis of the upbuilding of Jewish Palestine and of the Jewish religion, the resolution stated.

The Conference decided to welcome the endeavor to begin Jewish colonization in Transjordania and Syria.

The Executive has been urged to conduct all activity of the Mizrachi in labor matters through the agency of the Poale Ha’Mizrachi. The Executive was also called upon to assist middle class immigrants to settle in Palestine and to this end the Executive was instructed to take steps for the establishment of the Mortgage and Industrial Bank.

Opposition was expressed to the decision of the last Zionist Congress to impose a unified Shekel on all movements in Zionism and the Conference instructed all Mizrachi delegates to the next Congress to vote against the unified Shekel. The Conference issued a call to all Orthodox Jews in America and their rabbis to take part in the United Palestine Appeal in America.

The new executive is comprised of Rabbi Meier Berlin, Rabbi Fischman, Deputy S. Feldman and Mr. S. Landau. Rabbi Berlin will be in charge of educational and political questions; Rabbi Fischman of propaganda and the Press; Mr. Landau of colonization and labor; and Dr. Feldman of finance and economics.

The Sinai Congregation of Los Angeles, Cal., the oldest conservative congregation in southern California, will dedicate its new Synagogue and Centre on September 5. The synagogue has a seating capacity of 1,500. The educational centre is equipped with a social hall, library, an entire floor of class rooms, club rooms and offices, a dining room and Kosher kitchen.

An outstanding feature of the decorations are the carved wood panels for the door of the Oron Kodesh and for the wall, which Sinai commissioned the Jewish artist Peter Krasnow, to carve. Rabbi Mayer Winkler is rabbi of the Congregation. Dr. L. G. Reynolds is president, and Emil Brown, chairman of building committee.

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