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Rabbi Blames Jews for Jewish Crisis

May 3, 1934
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Addressing a large meeting of local Zionists at the Pittsburgh “Y,” Rabbi Solomon Goldman of Chicago declared that the “present Jewish crisis is due to the falling away of the Jews from their ideals and traditional culture.”

Continuing, the Chicago rabbi declared that the “indifference of youth, and not anti-Semitism,” was partly to blame for the straits in which the Jews find themselves today.

“Within a generation threefourths of the Jews in Germany became converts to Christianity,” he pointed out. “Many German Jews have participated in anti-Semitic movements and Jews of one country despise and distrust Jews of another nation,” he asserted.

“The Zionist movement is the real beginning of a conscious effort to make all Jews realize the importance of keeping their identity. Palestine is offering a refuge to many whose leaders oppose it,” he concluded.

Rabbi B. A. Lichter presided. Cantor Julius Bloom led the musical program. Many new members were enrolled in the group, which is part of Zionist Region No. 5.

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