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Harmony Sessions of Jews and Christians Will Be Held in Philadelphia

November 4, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

An effort to establish a closer harmony between the Jewish and non-Jewish residents of Philadelphia will be made in this city within the next few months through a series of meetings to be attended by leading personalities in the Jewish and Christian worlds.

The first of these sessions will take place on Tuesday evening, November 9, in Logan, one of the most thickly populated Jewish sections in the city. The meeting which has been arranged by Reverend Carl Agee, representing the Committee on Good Will of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, of which there are about ten churches in Logan, and Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen, of the Beth Sholom Congregation, Will take place at the Jay Cooke Junior High School.

A banquet will precede the meeting. The banquet will be served in strict accordance with the dietary laws and will be attended by an equal number of Jews and Christians in the community. Addresses will be delivered by representatives of both faiths. Reverend Dr. Floyd Tompkins, Rev. Carl Agee, Rabbi Max D. Klein and Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen will speak.

“I feel that this is the beginning of a new and better understanding between our peoples,” declared Rev. Agee. “Our of ignorance develops fear, and out of fear we neither can foretell nor control what will come to pass. But out of understanding and good will, better relations between our faiths, must come.”


Maurice Schwartz’s new Yiddish Art Theatre, at Second Avenue and Twelfth Street, will be opened by Mr. Schwartz and his company on Thursday night of next week. The first offering will be “The Tenth Commandment” by Fokine.

The new theatre, designed by Harrison G. Wiseman, is said to have cost a million dollars. It has a seating capacity of 1,265 and was built by Louis N. Jaffe. The theatre has been leased to Mr. Schwartz for twenty-one years.

A united memorial service will be held today at the Elks’ Club for Harry Houdini.

In regard to reports that the secret of Houdini’s most famous feats died with him, despatches from Chicago state that at least four persons know them all. These are a Chicago hotel operator. who had been Houdini’s life-long friend; Houdini’s brother, who is on the stage, and two of his assistants.

After the Elks’ Club services morning rites will be conducted by Dr. B. Drachman at the Temple Mount Zion, No. 37 West 119th Street. At the ceremony at the Elks Club, Henry Chesterfield, President of the National Vaudeville Artists Association, and Loney Haskell of the Jewish Theatrical Guild, will speak.

Burial will be in Macphelah Cemetery, Cypress Hills, Queens.

The honorary pallbearers named are E. F. Albee, Martin Beck, Marcus Loew, John J, Murdock, William Morris, L. Lawrence Weber, Lee Shubert, Mark Luescher. Charles Dillingham, Ike Rose, Bernard M. L. Ernst, Francis Werner, Oscar Teale, Joseph F. Rinn, Richard E. Enright, Bernard Gimbel, Prof. Brander Matthews. Adolph S. Ochs, William Johnston, Adolph Zukor, Orson Munn, Dr. A. M. Wilson, Arthur Prince and Dr. William Stone.

Rabbi Louis Kuppin of Temple Emanuel, Duluth, Minn., appeared in a song recital at the Hotel Duluth. More than 500 men and women, many of them non-Jews, attended the recital.

The novelty of a rabbi appearing in a song recital attracted the attention of people throughout the Northwest. Rabbi Kuppin, who is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College, studied music abroad for several years, following the winning of a scholarship at the Cincinnati School of Music when he was 17 years of age.

The proceeds of the recital went to the congregation treasury.

The rabbi sang four groups of songs in Italian, German, French and English.

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