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Pleads for Rebirth of Jewish Culture

January 18, 1934
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An appeal for a renaissance of Jewish culture and life in America was made by Rabbi Max Kadushin, director of the Hillel foundation of the University of Wisconsin, at the fiftieth anniversary dinner of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue here.

Declaring that “the Jewish race in America faces an inner crisis today which can be met only by a redefinition of its aims,” Dr. Kadushin told 400 persons at the dinner that the “new movements which seek to combat the skepticism shown toward ancient institutions are a healthy sign people are groping for new ideals.”

The dinner concluded a three-day program commemorating the congregation’s half century of activity. Other speakers included Rabbi David Aronson; L. B. Schwartz, president of the congregation; Mrs. Joseph Breslow, president of the Women’s League; Oscar J. Friend, president of the Men’s Club; Joseph H. Schanfield, former president of the Congregation and Rabbis Albert G. Minda and Albert I. Gordon.

Adath Jeshurun, the oldest conservative congregation between Chicago and the west coast, was founded in 1884. Its present synagogue was built in 1927 and is considered one of the finest examples of non-secular architecture in the northwest. It has an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,100. Rabbi Albert I. Gordon is spiritual leader.

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