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B’nai Birith Girls Convention Opposes Ordaining of Women As Rabbis

August 22, 1955
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Teen-age delegates to the 11th annual convention of B’nai B’rith Girls here have rejected, by a 2 to 1 margin, the idea of women serving as ordained rabis. The tally was a result of an informal survey among some 160 delegates from all parts of the United States and Canada, representing a cross-section of congregational affiliation.

The convention, in its annual discussion program, also took the position that the establishment of the State of Israel presented no problems of “dual loyalty” and that American Jews owed their political loyalty to the United States, but had cultural and spiritual ties with Israel.

The youth group adopted a $2,000 fund-raising goal for next year on behalf of the B’nai B’rith Childrens Home in Israel. The Leo Levy Memorial Hospital at Hot Springs. Ark a B’nai B’rith institution for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, was also adopted as a major fund-raising project for 1956. Community service projects adopted for next year include the Isreal bond campaign.

The closing session of the parley elected Sharon Blanck, 18-year-old college freshman from Vancouver, B.C., international president. She is the first Canadian ever to hold BBG’s top post.

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