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Rabbis Sponsor Social Justice Seminar Here

July 4, 1934
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The Seminar on Social Justice will be conducted in New York from July 9 to 20 under the joint auspices of the social service commissions representing the orthodox, conservative and reform rabbis. It will deal primarily with the relationship of religion, the synagogue and the rabbi to the dominant social questions of the day.

Field work, consisting of visits to social agencies and institutions, will be done under supervision and guidance. A series of conferences will be held with leaders in religion and the social field. It has been announced that New York was selected for the seminar because it “constitutes a vast social laboratory with unequalled clinical material and the most modern methods of study and experimentation. In New York also is found the largest Jewish community in the world as well as the principal national and international social agencies of the Jewish people.”


A course on “Social Attitudes in Jewish Tradition” will be given by Professor Abraham Cronbach, department of social studies, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. It will be a background course discussing the development of Jewish thought concerning problems of charity, labor, rights of property, authority of government, and war and peace.

In the course on “Problems of Marriage and the Family,” Leo Jung will discuss “The Traditional Jewish Family”; Louis M. Epstein, “Problems of the Traditional Jewish Family,” and Professor of Social Service Sidney E. Goldstein, of the Jewish Institute of Religion, “The Changing Family.” Participants in a symposium on birth control will include Leo Jung, Robert Gordis and Sidney E. Goldstein.

Various phases of “Judaism and Current Social Philosophies” will be treated by David de Sola Pool, speaking on “Judaism and Fascism”; Eugene Kohn, on “Judaism and Socialism”; Ben Zion Bokser, on “Judaism and Communism,” and Edward Israel, on “The Synagogue and Social Action.” This course will consider the procedure of the rabbi and the congregation when social problems arise that challenge the synagogue and religion. It will be based on case work studies.


Another course, “Social Insecurity and Social Justice,” will be offered by Abraham Epstein, executive secretary of the American Association for Social Security. It will deal with the insecurity of different groups in America and the forms of social insurance, including unemployment insurance, old age and invalidity pensions, workmen’s compensations and subsidies for mothers and children.

The organizations sponsoring the seminar are the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Rabbinical Assembly and the Rabbinical Council. Enrollment is taking place at 40 West Sixty-eighth street.

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