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Adolph Kohner Heads Jewish Communities Federation in Hungary

May 7, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Baron Adolf Kohner was elected president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary. Baron Kohner was first elected as president of the Sixth District of the Jewish Religious Community of Hungary. After his installation to this office, the presidents of the Jewish communities in the eight districts of present-day Hungary, held a meeting and elected Baron Kohner president of the Chancellory of the Jewish community of Hungary.

Dr. Salomon Eulenberg said that he believed that they had interpreted the will of the entire Jewry of Hungary in electing Baron Kohner.

Baron Kohner stated that Hungarian Jewry had lived through very difficult times in the last few years. “We must join all our forces,” he said, “in order to regain our religious rights. I am proud to declare myself a Hungarian Jew and a Hungarian of the Jewish faith. We must ourselves admit that in the past we neglected to emphasize our Jewish aspects and our Judaism. In this solemn hour we declare that we will be better Jews than in the past.

“It is time now.” he said, “to have a revival of faith and work. It would be necessary to establish the organization on proper lines and to draw up a new constitution for the Jewish religious community.” They would also have to put new life into their public funds, he said. They would have to organize a pension institution for their rabbis and the officials of the community. Their relations with the Orthodox Jewish Community should be of the most friendly character.

Dr. Salomon Eulenberg was elected executive president of the community.

The third annual commencement exercises of the Jewish Institute of Religion will begin with the baccalaureate service on Sunday evening. May 27, at the institute. Dr. Maximilian Heller, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Simai. New Orleans, is to be the baccalaureate preacher.

The commencement exercises will take place on Tuesday evening, May 29. Judge Julian W. Mack, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the institute is to preside. The address is to be given by Jacob Billikopf, executive director of the Federation of Jewish Charities, Philadelphia.

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