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Synagogues and Churches Join in Observing Brotherhood Week Throughout Country

February 17, 1943
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More than 2,500 American communities will observe the tenth consecutive celebration of Brotherhood Week, Feb. 19-28, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, sponsors of the nation-wide program, announced today.

In New York, special programs will be conducted by every high school, and most synagogues and Protestant and Catholic Churches will use the theme of brotherhood in weekly services. Special radio programs will be carried by all networks. Dr. Robert A. Ashworth, Director of the National Brotherhood Week program, said that the response has been greater this year than ever before. He said 500 more communities than last year had pledged participation.

An Inter-Seminary Conference of theological students of all denominations to consider plans for the salvation of European Jewry will be held at Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary during Brotherhood Week, on Monday, February 22. The all-day conference, which is in line with the increased agitation in religious circles both here and abroad for the amelioration of the lot of European Jewry, will discuss the challenge to religious humanity of Nazi Germany and will weigh proposals for aiding the Jewish victims of persecution. A joint committee representing the students of Union, Biblical, Berkeley, Drew, Princeton, St. Vladimir’s, Yale Divinity School, Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Institute of Religion has drafted a program for the consideration of possibilities for providing havens of refuge for the Jews of Europe, and of sending them food.

Among the outstanding religious leaders and men of affairs who will address the Conference are: Rev. Henry Smith Leiper, executive secretary of the Universal Christian Council; Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, director of the Committee on Army and Navy Religious Activities of the Jewish Welfare Board; Howard Kershner, of the American Friends Society; Willard Johnson, assistant to the president of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; Doctor Louis Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary; Dr. Robert Gordis, associate professor of Bible at the same institution; and Varian Fry, of the Foreign Policy Association.

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