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700 Attend First Joint Boston Chanukah Festival

December 17, 1930
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Seven hundred men and women, representative members of the various brotherhoods of the city, listened to Rabbi Louis I. Newman, of Temple Rodeph Shalom of New York City, talk on the Maccabean and Puritan traditions in American life, to Roger W. Straus, of New York City, national president of the Temple Brotherhoods, talk on the philosophy of the brotherhood movement, and to Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen of New York, executive director of the United Synagogue of America, speak on the “Source of Jewish Strength,” at the Chanukah celebration held Sunday evening at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brook-line.

This was the first time in the history of Boston Jewry that orthodox, conservative, and reform groups banded together to celebrate the Chanukah holiday jointly.

Rabbi Newman declared that the Maccabean and the Puritan traditions of discipline and orderliness are imperatively needed in this confused, turbulent generation—the Maccabees with their unflinching self-determination; the Puritans with their courage and self-restraint: the former standing for religious freedom and religious unity; the latter, for the right to worship God as they saw fit.

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