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Cleveland Orthodox Committee Carries Jewish Center Case to Court of Appeals

February 21, 1928
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

An appeal against the decision of Judge Powell of the Court of Common Pleas in the Jewish Center case, considered throughout the country as a test case between Orthodox and Conservative groups, was filed in the Court of Appeals in behalf of the committee of Orthodox members of the Center, A. A. Katz, chairman of the committee, announced.

The committee appealed against Judge Powell’s ruling that the court has non jurisdiction over purely religious matters.

Walter J. Hamilton, counsel for the Orthodox committee, in his appeal contends that the ruling of Judge Powell is not correct in view of the fact that by the constitution of the congregation a trust was imposed upon the synagogue that it becaused for strictly Orthodox purposes. This point of view was clearly given expression in the petition of the plaintiffs and on this question all authorities concur that the court should and does have jurisdiction.

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