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A Cross'Section of Jewish Life
Religion
'"TEN young men were ordained to the
rabbinate of Liberal Judaism at the
Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, May
28th. Alfred M. Cohen, chairman of
the Board of Governors, and president
of the B'nai B'rith delivered the ad¬
dress to the graduates.
The baccalaureate speaker was Dr.
Israel Mattuck, of London.
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/"^OMFORT in old age for the reform
rabbis of America is insured by
a pension fund plan announced last
month by the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations. Under this
plan, annuities are purchased with an¬
nual contributions to the fund by the
Union, the rabbis, and their congrega¬
tions. When the rabbi is sixty-eight
years old, or whenever advancing age
prevents him from performing further
congregational service, he is provided
with an income, equal to one-half of his
salary at the time of his retirement.
A bequest of $100,000 made several
years ago by the late Jacob H. Schiff
forms the nucleus of a fund of about
$298,000 which will be required by the
Union to carry out its share of the
program.
A NEW force in American Jewry
will be created by the amalgama¬
tion of Temples Emanu-El and Beth-El,
of New York, which was announced
last month. The merger will bring
together two of the world's largest
congregations, each of which separately
has been of tremendous influence in
Jewish life.
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A GREAT event passed by almost un-
noticed in New York last month.
It was the one hundred and fiftieth
anniversary. of the adoption of the
New York State constitution, the first
state document which contained a
clause guaranteeing religious liberty.
Feeling that the Jews, above all people,
should do honor to the occasion, the
Judaeans held a meeting at which
papers on religious freedom were read
by Judge Irving Lehman, of the New
York Court of Appeals, and Max J.
Kohler, prominent Ben B'rith and
vice-president of the Judaeans.
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/COMPLETION of ten years of serv-
^* ice in the pulpit of The Temple,
Cleveland, by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver
was celebrated by the congregation on
May 25th. Under the leadership of
Dr. Silver, who succeeded the late
Rabbi Moses J. Gries in 1917, the
membership of The Temple congrega¬
tion has been doubled and a beautiful
synagogue has been erected at a cost
of $1,350,000.
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'""THE second annual graduation of
the Jewish Institute of Religion,
New York, was held May 26th. Dr.
Stephen S. Wise conferred the degree
of rabbi upon eight graduates. Alfred
M. Cohen, president of the. B'nai
B'rith, was the principal speaker.
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r ~THE Jewish community of San An-
tonio, Tex., forgot business for three
days last month and devoted itself to
the dedication of the new Beth-El
Temple and Center.
Rabbis from all over the State and
members of every congregation in San
Antonio took part in the exercises.
Rabbi Ephraim Frisch occupies the
pulpit of Temple Beth-El.
Education
JEWISH parents are as much in need
of religious education as are their
children. This, it seems, is what the
United Synagogue of America meant
at its convention in Atlantic City last
month, when it adopted a plan for an
intensive educational campaign among
Jewish adults. It was said that while
youth is being served by a number of
educational projects, adults are prac¬
tically neglected.
The convention further decided to
co-operate with the B'nai B'rith Hillel
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Foundations in conducting religious
services at universities and colleges.
S. Herbert Golden, of New York, was
elected president of the United Syna¬
gogue for the ensuing year.
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(^~\NE of those numerous meetings
which lately have marked a grow¬
ing tendency towards co-operation
among the various faiths, occurred in
New York last month. Jewish, Catholic
and Protestant educators sat together
in a conference on the subject of week¬
day religious instruction. They were
not concerned with their different
mediums of instruction, but discussed
methods whereby religious education in
general might be improved and thus
more surely bring about a realization
of their common purpose.
The organizations represented at the
conference were the International
Council of Religious Education, the
Federal Council of Churches of Christ
in America, the National Catholic Wel¬
fare Conference and the Commission on
Jewish Education.
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OUBLIC school children in the prov-
ince of British Columbia, Canada,
are not going to have their study of
the "three R's" muddled by the addi¬
tion of a fourth—Religion.
The provincial legislature promptly
killed a bill that would compel daily
readings from the Bible and the recita¬
tion of the Lord's prayer in the public
schools. The bill was introduced by
the United Church.
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OROMINENT Jewish educators from
all parts of the United States gath¬
ered at the second annual conference
of the National Council for Jewish
Education in Atlantic City, May 29th.
A discussion of the scope of Jewish
educational activity for the coming
year occupied an important place in
the business of the conference.
'""THE Menorah Forum, a new activity
of the Intercollegiate Menorah
Association, was inaugurated May 4th
in New York City. The purpose of
the Forum was explained by the sub¬
ject of the first meeting—"The Need
of Frank and Free Discussion in Jew¬
ish Life." Oswald Garrison Villard,
editor of The Nation, Louis Fischer,
Maurice Samuel and Israel N. Thur-
man, chairman of the Menorah. Execu¬
tive Council, were the speakers.