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Rabbis Urge Concerted Effort to End Unemployment

September 7, 1930
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A call to all social agencies for a concerted effort to end unemployment is contained in the Labor Day and Rosh Hashonah message released by the Commission of Social Justice of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The message also calls for an intelligent attitude toward birth control. The message, which will be read from Reform Jewish pulpits throughout the country, says among other things:

“Weighty is the obligation to consider the various expedients deemed helpful; for instance, the steady raising of the age below which children are kept in school and out of industry; mothers’ pensions to reduce the number of women and minors seeking work; old age pensions for those no longer acceptable to a machine industry which rejects age with its fidelity for youth with its vigor; a perfected system of unemployment exchanges eliminating waste, delays and errors in the linkage of workers needing situations with situations that need workers; unemployment insurance, already tried in foreign lands and in some American industries with good results; prosperity reserves on the part of the government, and the planning of public construction in such wise as to offer a maximum of public employment when there is a slackness of private work.”

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