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May Settle Dispute of Boston Rabbis and Cantors out of Court

December 18, 1928
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Prosecution Asks for Postponement of Trial Pending Amicable Settlement (Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Attorney Walsh, member of the firm of Walsh and Walsh who represent the complainants, informed the representative of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” today that they will ask Judge Bolster of the Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday to postpone the trial of the twelve Boston cantors for illegally performing the marriage ceremony. Mr. Walsh stated that he will ask this action in behalf of the prosecution with a view of bringing about a settlement of the case outside of courts. Judge Bolster, before whom this case is to come up, has been active in urging both sides to settle the dispute, it was stated from unofficial sources.

Cantor Glickstein who is the president of the Cantors’ Association, also told the correspondent that he will use every means to avoid the “Chillul Hashem” that must result if the case is brought into the courts. He has been active in the last few days in bringing together both rabbis, cantors and general communal leaders in order to avoid court action.

Albert Hurwitz, acting in behalf of the cantors as defendants, stated that he is preparing the briefs to be presented to Judge Bolster next Wednesday as he has not been officially notified that the case will be continued. Informed by the representative of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” of the contemplated action on the part of Walsh and Walsh, he said: “It is the first I heard of it.”

The meeting that was to be held last Saturday night did not take place. No reason for the postponement was given by either side but it was heard that an agreement has been reached on the part of the attorneys acting for the rabbis that the matter would be taken out of the courts.

A compromise is to be reached, it was stated by one who is in a position to know that at the next meeting of the legislature which is to be held in February, the present statute which affects the cantors is to be amended to settle the matter. It is generally agreed that as the statute now reads the cantors are in the strict technical sense legally barred from performing the marriage ceremony. Unless the highest courts should state otherwise, the state authorities will intervene and bar the cantors from performing the marriage ceremony.

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