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  • Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman Heads Synagogue Council, Succeeding Rabbi Philip Rudin

    Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman has been elected president of the Synagogue Council of America, the representative body of the rabbinic and congregational bodies of the three branches of Judaism. Rabbi Sharfman, spiritual leader of Young Israel of Flatbush, Brooklyn, is prominent in American Orthodox Judaism. He succeeds Rabbi Philip Rudin of Great Neck.

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    Rabbi Solomon Sharfman, a leader of Orthodox life in Brooklyn, died on Dec. 5 in Jerusalem. He was 89 and had lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush, The New York Times reported.

  • Orthodox Rabbinical Leader to Tour Air Force Units Abroad

    Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, left yesterday to inspect United States Air Force installations in England, France, Germany and North Africa. Making the trip on behalf of the Air Force, Rabbi Sharfman will conduct religious convocations at the installations he will visit. He will also confer with leaders of…

  • Jews in U.S. Forces Abroad Reported Taking Greater Interest in Religion

    Some 90 percent of the “Jewish personnel in American military bases overseas are regularly participating in religious services,” it was reported here by Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, on his return from a visit to American Air Force centers overseas. Rabbi Sharman felt that “the revival of this religious…

  • Sca Rejects Arab Charges, Repeats Criticism of Security Council

    The Synagogue Council of America repeated today its criticism of the United Nations Security Council for alleged “one-sidedness” in dealing with the Middle East. A statement issued by Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, SCA president, replied to the Jordanian Ambassador to the UN, Mohamed H, el-Farra, who had accused the SCA and its constituent bodies of…

  • Sca Assails Vigilante Tactics by ‘unpresentative’ Jewish Group

    The Synagogue Council of America denounced today “calls to violence and vigilantism emanating from various quarters, including a small unpresentative segment of the Jewish community.” The SCA is the coordinating agency for Reform, Conservative and Orthodox rabbinical and congregational organizations. The statement by Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, SCA president, did not name any vigilante groups…

  • Rabbi Jacob P. Rudin Elected President of Synagogue Council of America

    Rabbi Jacob P. Rudin of Great Neck, N.Y. was elected president of the Synagogue Council of America, central coordinating agency for the national rabbinic and synagogal organizations of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewry. Also elected to national office at the annual meeting of the Council were: Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, a past president of the…

  • Orthodox Jews Seek Court Ban on Mixed Seating in Synagogue

    A congregational dispute on the issue of mixed seating in a local synagogue, Congregation Chevra Thillim, was before a local court today in a hearing on an application for an injunction to prevent the practice. Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman of Brooklyn, N. Y., president of the Rabbinical Council of America, testified as an expert for…

  • Synagogue Council Head Decries Linking of Viet Withdrawal with ‘betrayal of Israel’

    The president of the Synagogue Council of America today assailed individuals who draw a “simplistic equation” between Israel and Vietnam. Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman said it was “politically and morally reprehensible” to suggest that U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam “must inexorably lead to a betrayal of Israel.” Rabbi Sharfman spoke at the annual dinner of the…

  • Prayer Vigil for Soviet Jewry Slated for Washington

    Prayer vigils for Soviet Jewry will be held in several cities in the United States from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, it was announced today by Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, president of the Synagogue Council of America. Major attention will be focussed on a prayer vigil in the nation’s capital, which will be…