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United Synagogue Closes Convention with Election of Officers

May 22, 1929
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With the installation by Dr. Elias L. Solomon of Nathan Levy of New York as president to succeed S. Herbert Golden, the seventeenth annual convention of the United Synagogue of American ended yesterday at the Astor Hotel. The convention began Sunday with joint sessions of the United Synagogue of America, the Women’s League and the Young People’s League. Approximately 800 delegates were present from synagogues and communities throughout the country.

Other officers re-elected were Dr. Elias L. Solomon, Honorary President; Professor Louis Ginsberg, Dr. C. E. Hillel Kauver, Dr. Jacob Kohn and Hon. H. P. Koppleman, vice-presidents; Sol. Muterperl, recording secretary; Rabbi Charles I. Hoffman, corresponding secretary and Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen, executive director. An executive council was chosen for one year.

The Women’s League of the United Synagogue conducted its sessions simultaneously with those of the parent organization. At the close of the sessions yesterday afternoon, the New York Branch of the Women’s League was host to the visiting delegates at a luncheon given at the Manhattan Square Hotel under the chairmanship of Mrs. Eva Levy, president of the New York Branch.

Resolutions expressing gratification on the consummation of the Jewish Agency to bring a unified effort to the rebuilding of the Jewish Homeland in Palestine were adopted at the closing session of the main body. Other resolutions adopted were those opposing any calendar reform involving a “wandering” Sabbath; endorsing the program of the Jewish Committee on Scouting; offering cooperation with national and international organizations engaged in safeguarding the traditional Sabbath; expressing a desire to cooperate actively with all other organizations seeking to educate Jewish children; voting appreciation to the National Broadcasting Company for courtesies extended to the United Synagogue and the Women’s League in the broadcasting of weekly programs through its stations and expressing appreciation to the Anglo-Jewish, Yiddish and metropolitan press for assistance in spreading information about the work of the United Synagogue.

The convention also adopted a resolution favoring steps to promote the introduction of Hebrew as a choice of language in the high schools of the United States and favoring recognition of Hebrew by various college entry boards and boards of regents. The resolution also voted to cooperate with all organizations working in this direction.

One of the most important decisions of the convention was to organize a National United Synagogue Membership to be formed on an indi- (Continued on Page 4)

Another outstanding feature of the convention was the organization of a National Session of Men’s Clubs to coordinate the religious, social, cultural and recreational activities of the various affiliated men’s clubs. The first session of this new body was held Monday afternoon and the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: Edward C. Weinrib, president, and Jessie Bienfeld and Abraham J. Jellinoff, vice-presidents. Those named to the executive council were Abraham Hackman, Rabbi Lichtenstein, Samuel Goodfriend, Isaac Goldberg, Irving Waldman. Louis Soll, Abraham Reback, Rabbi Alexander Basell. Rabbi Joseph Miller, A. A. Leonard, A. J. Wasserman, William Schimmel, Rabbi L. J. Haas, Lewis Goldberg and Louis Katz.

Among the other speakers at the Monday afternon session were Rabbi Charles I. Hoffman of Newark who dwelt on the United Synagogue Recorder and other publications of the organization; Rabbi Jessie Bienenfeld of Syracuse who discussed the relationship of the United Synagogue and the individual synagogue and Rabbi Simon Greenberg of Philadelphia, who spoke on the subject of the United Synagogue and its district branches.

In accepting the office of president, Mr. Levy called upon enthusiastic cooperation of all members in carrying out the enlarged program of the organization and in raising the balance of the $500,000 needed to carry out the expansion program for the next three years. He commended S. Herbert Golden upon his guidance for the past two years and said he hoped to be able to continue the good work of his predecessor.

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