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DECEMBER 28, 1942 THE TRANSCRIPT PAGE SEVEN Launch Program to Fight Zionism at Secret Meetings (Continued from Page 1) thropically minded. He said that it would be regrettable if the anti- nationalist fight remained Reform. A place should be found for the non-Reform, even the irreligious anti-Zionist Let the irreligious Jew find his place in American Jewish life, but not the place the Zionists want him to have. The American Jewish Committee. he charged, has "ducked" this issue. Its members were not aggressively anti-Zionist, although they were and are basically anti-Zionist. Declares Magnes "Crucified" Wallach's plan involved "groom- ing for action" several thousand people, at least one representative in every city, who would fight for a hearing and who would have, according to Wallach, the same functions as a Christian Science representative in a community. He declared .that Dr. Magnes was "crucified" by the Jewish press. To reveal this, he stated, would reveal the unreliability of the Zienists, showing the parallelism between the German lush century mysticism and Zionist ideology. This would help show up Zionist errors. Even the "gad-fly," he de- clared, has a place in the establish- ing of truth. At this point, Wallach modestly suggested that he did not want to earn his living doing this type of public relations, but, after all, he would have to have the "burden of making a living lifted" from him, if he were to do this public relations work. The aged Rabbi Philipson said he had come from Cincinnati to present the point of view of Adolph Rosenberg, leader of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Rosenberg felt the group must have a "positive" view, with American- ism as its central theme. The only salvation for Judaism, he felt, was to identify this movement with Americanism. Dr. Philipson said he shared that view and would re- turn to Cincinnati to organize a group on that basis. But this was not satisfactory to Rabbi Wolsey, who said that in his relations with the U.A.H.C., Rosenberg had been an appeaser. Movement Is Religious One Rabbi Rosenau said that the Baltimore Rabbis had given a great deal of thought to this cause. It was their endeavor to create a non-U.A.H.C, organ of Reform Judaism. It was his thought, how- ever, that stressing of the Amer- ican keynote would cast aspersion on thousands of those who differ. They claim to be Americans and are loyal Americans. The move- ment, he felt, is a religious one in opposing Zionism. Rabbi Schachtel was impatient to proceed with practical matters and said the immediate engagement of a person such as Wallach was es- sential. Rabbi Fineshriber agreed that the group ought to follow Wallach's plan. It was necessary to have a person like Wallach or to start a magazine, for financial rea- sons. Wallach responded that a "man%-size Job must be done by a man," whether himself or somebody else. Ile felt it would be wise to get clarification of the views of Wendell Willkie and Secretary llull on Zion- ism. In his view, money-raising for anti-Zionist purposes should be very easy. lie knew many men who would be ready to contribute. Dr. Goldenson agreed to this, saying once a man was engaged the financial support would flow in. Rabbi Foster was opposed to Joining with irreligious Jews, say- ing his antagonism to Zionism was of religious origin. Rabbi Lazaron asked the prac- tical questions: how much would Wallaeh's services entail? What would he do if he had the money? How would he raise the money? Would Seek Zealots Wallach said he would need from $7,200 to $7,500 a year. He would get busy doing the kind of thing he had been talking about, get a hearing for anti-Zionism. One mag- azine was not enough. If we show we mean business, Wallach said, groups in every city will contrib-: ute, especially if we can get tax- exemption. The zealots in every city must be found. He believed pervise the spending of the money that anti-nationalism would streng- and the conduct of the work. This then Reform, rather than Reform group would have to have freedom strengthen anti-nationa,sm, to work and to make decisions. The Rabbi Gerstenfeld of Washington  Yiddish press, he suggested, should was satisfied. He would call his]be approached, so that with laymen together promptly to raise ! "friends" inside, an occasional item funds, would be published to inject doubt Wallach suggested a key group of Zionism in the readers' minds. of individuals in New York to su-, Rabbi Schachtel wanted to know whether "our movement is to be pro-Reform or anti-nationalist" In his view, the main program should be "anti-nationalist." Rabbi Land- man said he did not like to see an anti-program but a positive one. Rabbi Shaw agreed. Then the discussion went on, with suggestions being offered for various types of magazines, meth- ods of getting tax exemption, and putting speakers onto various lec- ture platforms. Rabbi Goldenson asked whether the group should identify itself solely with Reform or strike the larger American note. He was for the latter, although sole identification with either would be a limitation on any money-raising (Continued on Page 8) To All Readers of The Transcript.. FOR CONSERVATION To every American woman, the war presents this challenge. Defend the home front! Although you may lack the time for an active part in Civilian De- fense, you can be a valiant soldier in Home Defense. In fact, the busier you are at home and the larger your family, the great.r is your opportunity to serve. How? By CONSERVATION, and by "conservation", we mean.. W Conserve the supplies you have on hand and refuse to hoard. Conserve rubber, gasoline and trucks by carrying parcels whenever possible. 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