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Court Sanctions Consoli-dation of Emanu-el and Beth-el Congregations

May 31, 1927
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An order approving the consolidation of the congregations of Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth-El, of New York, was signed by Justice Gavegan of the Supreme Court on Friday.

The new temple will be at Fifth Avenue and Sixty-fifth Street. Louis Marshall is president on the congregation.

The order names the following trustees for the consolidated Emanu-El Corporation: Louis Marshall and Benjamin Altheimer, who were presidents, tespectively, of Emanu-El and Beth-El; Henry J. Bernheimer, Davis Brown, Otto C. Dryfoos, Phihp J. Goodhart, Daniel Guggeabeim, Sydney H. Herman, lrving Lehman. Benjamin Mordecai, Samuel M. Newburger, Adolph S. Ochs, Edward Senaefer, William I. Spiegelberg. Roger W. Strans, Henry M. Toch, Ludwig Vogelstein and Arthur Zinn.

The petition says the liabilities of the Beth-El congregatien consist of mortgages for $47,500 on its property at Fifth Avenue and Seventy-sixth Street and a liability to the Mount Hope Cemetery Association of $17,777, which is to be paid at the rate of $4,444 a year beginning next March. The liabilities of Emannel-El consist only of a $60,000 mortgage on property at 9 East Sixty-sixth Street.

The petitioning officers said that in order to perpetuate the traditions of Beth-El, the chapel connected with the new edifice being built by the Emanu-El congregation was to bear the name Beth-El Chapel. They agreed to give “due consideration and make appropriate provision for the rabbis of the constituent congregations and adjust in an equitable manner any moral obligations incurred by them to their rabbis.”

The petition also says that “although it is expected that as a result of the consolidation, there will be most perfect unity and harmony between all persons afliliated with the congregation,” any society or organization conducted in connection with the respective corporations is to continue, “and their autonomy shall be recoguized by the consolidated association.”

The application says that “the constituent corporations believe that their consolidation into one corporation will be conducive to the best interests of their respective members, increase the usefulness that both institutions have exerted in the past, and strengthen and further the dissemination and teachings of the principles of Judaism.”


Dr. B. Hoffman, member of the editorial staff of the “Forward.” known under the nom de plume, Zivion, was elected president of the J. L. Peretz Jewish Writers’ Club at the annual meeting of the organization held last week. R. Friedman was chosen vicepresident.

Other members of the new executive are B. Z. Goldberg. J. Opotashu, Z. H. Minikes, M. Osherovitch and Mr. Talush, secretary.

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