JEWS IGNORE FORD ATTACKS ON RACE
Praise American Press and People for Resisting Attempts to Stir Up Prejudice
ASK EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL
Union of Hebrew Congregations and Federation of Temple Sisterhoods Elect New Officers.
Special to The New York Times.
BUFFALO, N.Y., May 26.-Beyond adoption of a resolution praising the
press, clergy and representative citizens of this country for
resisting attempts to stir up race prejudice and hatred in America,
delegates to the conventions of the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods took
no action today on the attacks made against the Jewish race by Henry
Ford. His name and the name of his publication were ignored during
The question of recent laws restricting immigration was also settled
by the conference in a passive manner. No reference was made to the
Jews in the resolution adopted in relation to this legislation. The
congregations and sisterhoods contented themselves with expressing
the hope that America would soon return to is historic policy of
welcoming all immigrants who are mentally, physcially and morally
sound and in sympathy with our Government.
Further resolutions urging the American Government to insist upon
equal rights for people throughout the world and particularly the
millions of suffering Jews in Eastern Europe, recommending that the
Government refuse recognition to countries unless they guarantee to
grant equal civil and religious rights regardless of creed or race,
and expressing regret at the death of Cardinal Gibbons were adopted
before the close of the joint conferences this morning.
At the close of the general convention the newly-elected executive
board met in the Lafayette Hotel and elected officers for the two
organizations. New York CIty was chosen for the next convention to
be held in 1923.
The resolution for the protection of the Jew against anti-Semitism in
this country and abroad was presented by Max J. Kohler, of New York,
chairman of the committee on legislation appointed at the beginning
of the sessions mainly to consider the problems of anti-Semitism and
immigration laws. It read:
"The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, in convention assembled,
views with gratification the unanimity with which the public press
and the churches of the United States have condemned recent anti-
Jewish aspersions and representative fellow-citizens have protested
against these un-American attempts to stir up prejudice and hatred."
Libel Resolution Rejected.
The assembly rejected a resolution designed to urge enactment of laws
which would make it criminal to libel groups of persons representing
any creed or race. The resolution also included a request that Jews
be granted special privileges in states where blue laws are in force.
Many delegates spoke against the resolution. Among them was Rabbi
Leo M. Franklin of Detroit, formerly a personal friend of Henry Ford.
He said that were such a law enacted there would be great difficulty
in proving an act of libel, and all newspapers would be injured by
the operation of the law.
"A publication which I have in mind, and which has been making an
attack upon our people, is exceedingly careful to have all of its copy
pertaining to us edited by a staff of attorneys," Rabbi Franklin
said. "These men comb every word of every article published to
safeguard the paper against libel."
Regarding the immigration laws this resolution was adopted:
"The immigration law, just passed in terms of an emergency measure
and temporary in character, was enacted by reason of an economic
condition here and abroad. We express the hope that early
improvement will induce Congress soon to return to our historic
American policy of welcoming all immigrants asking to enter the
country who are physically, mentally and morally sound and in
sympathy with our Government and their institutions, and are not
likely to become public charges. We heartily commend the
indefatigable and untiring interest of the venerable Chairman of the
Board of Civil Rights."
The resolution referring to equal rights for the people throughout
the world being insisted upon the Government of the United States
"The indescribable suffering of the millions of our co-religionists
abroad, particularly in Eastern Europe, has brought profound grief
to all civilization, while much of this is due to horrible economic
conditions caused by the war, in which our co-religionists
patriotically did more than their full share for their respective
countries, much is caused by lawlessness, individual and
governmental, and by brutal religious intolerance, particularly in
the countries which commonly belong to the Russian Empire. Often
these persecutions have been carried on in the face of equal civil
religious and political rights, regardless of race or creed, for the
insersion of which in peace treaties our beloved Government was
"We urge that our Government continue to be untiring in their efforts
to remove these blots upon civilization, and recommend that this
resolution be brought to the attention of the Government authorities
by the Board of Delegates on Civil Rights."
Asks Equal Rights Guarantees.
A second resolution read:
"It is recommended that no recognition should be given by the people
of these States unless guarantees are secured that shall evidence the
good faith of the country recognized in pledging themselves to
respect the principle of equal rights of all citizens."
A resolution providing for appointment of a committee to unify the
music service in the reformed synagogues was adopted.
Officers of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations were elected
J. Walter Freiberg, Cincinnati, President; Charles Shohl, Cincinnati,
First Vice President; Julius Rosenwald, Chicago, Second Vice
President; I. W. Bernheim, Louisville, Third Vice President; Ludwig
Vogelstein, New York, Fourth Vice President; Jacob L. Moors, Boston,
Fifth Vice President; Rabbi George Seipen, Cincinnati, Secretary;
Rabbi Jacob D. Schwarz, Cincinnati, Assistant Secretary.
These are the officers of the National Federation of Temple
Mrs. Abram Simon, Washington, Honorary President; Mrs. Joseph
Wiesenfold, Baltimore, President; Mrs. J. Walter Freiberg,
Cincinnati, First Vice President; Mrs. Israel Cohen, Chicago, Second
Vice President; Mrs. Leon Goodman, Louisville, Third Vice President;
Mrs. Henry Nathan, Buffalo, Fourth Vice President; Mrs. Ben
Loewenstein, Cincinnati, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Benjamin M.
Englehard, Chicago, Treasurer; Rabbi George Zelin, Cincinnati,
Members of the Executive Committee of the union elected for the two
ensuing years are:
Isaac W. Bernheim, Louisville; Alfred M. Cohen, Cincinnati; Judge
Josiah Cohen, Pittsburgh; Dr. David We. Edelman, Los Angeles; J.
Walter Freiberg, Cincinnati; Albert L. Levi, Brookly; Bauch Mahler,
Clevelnd; William Ornstein, Cincinnati; Marcus Raih, Pittsburgh;
Sigmund Rheinstrom, Cincinnati; Norris Rosenberg, Washington; Julius
Rosenwald, Chicago; A.L. Satizstein, Milwaukee; Louis Schlesinger,
Newark; Isaac Schoen, Atlanta; Charles Shohl, Cincinnati; Samuel
Straus, Cincinnati; Joseph Wiesenfeld, Baltimore; Adolf Wolfe,
Portland, Ore.; Herbert Oettinger, Cincinnati; I. Newton Trager,
Cincinnati; A. Leo Weil, Pittsburgh; Horace Stein, Philadelphia;
Sigmund Kohlman, New Orleans; Aaron Waldman, St. Louis; Felix M.
Warburg, New York; Morris H. Rothchild and Isaac M. Ullman, New
Haven; Henry Oppenheimer, Baltimore; Edgar M. Kahn, New Orleans; E.
Meissher, St. Louis.
Dr. Kaufman Kohler, recently retired as President of the Hebrew Union
College, was unanimously chosen Honorary President.