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Orthodox Rabbis Again Ask for Representation on Jewish Agency

May 26, 1929
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Has or has not the Union of Orthodox Rabbis a president? The twenty-sixth annual convention of the Union was concluded here and the members left for their respective homes, asking each other this question, for Rabbi Israel Rosenberg, of Brooklyn, N. Y., who was unanimously re-elected president for a second term, remained adamant in his refusal to serve in that capacity. In his message at the opening of the convention. Rabbi Rosenberg declared he was not a candidate for re-election, but his renomination brought cheers from the rabbis and re-election for him over his protests.

Five honorary presidents were chosen as follows: Rabbi M. S. Margolies, New York; B. L. Levinthal, Philadelphia; E. Zivick, Pittsburgh; Dr. Bernard Revel, New York; and E. Silver, Springfield, Mass.

That the orthodox rabbinate is determined to be represented in the Jewish Agency was evident from one of the resolutions adopted. Although there was no official action on the question of the Agency itself, it was evident from the tone of the resolution that the rabbis favored the unifying pact, for the resolution specifically had the convention request those of its members who participate in the World Zionist Congress to meet previously with the European rabbis and demand this representation.

Anent Palestine in general, the rabbis went on record as favoring the support of all religious institutions there, urging their members to visit the country, and registering their protest against the Wailing Wall incidents.

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