Detroit Free Press 25 May 1905 p6 col5
HAT QUESTION BOTM JEWS Debate as ta Whether Headgear Headgear Shall Be Off or On in Synagogue. PLEDGE FUNDS FOR NEW ASSOCIATION BUILDING Hats off or .hats on was tho foremost foremost question for a few moments at the meeting in Talmud Torah last night to organize a young mens Hebrew association. It formed the subject for a spirited though brief debate between Samuel Goldstein, f Talmud Torah, and M. Blumrosen, temporary chair man of the assemblage, ana was i" only exciting episode in an enthusiastic enthusiastic meeting at which the establishment establishment of a strong Hebrew association association on lines similar to the Y. M. C. A. was practically assured. Tho. movement unites orthodox Jews, who keep their hats on in synagogue, and reformed Jews, who follow the Christian custom of baring baring their heads. When called on to speak, Mr. Goldstein walked to the altar and looked into tho. sacred cabinet. Then he laid his hat on tho desk. Mr. Goldstein Airs Opinion. "I was requested to take my hat off," he said. "Being aJ?;'' I first looked to see if the scrolls were in their place. Had they been there, I should have kept my hat on and forced every one in the house to do the same." Mr. Goldstein declared himself in favor of the association if it did not interfere with existing Jewish insti- insti- '""The' remarks of Mr. Goldstein are out of order," said Chairman Blumrosen. Blumrosen. "This association will be established, established, and at its meetings tne young men wil be instructed to keep their hats off." Mr. Blumrosen raised his previous subscription of $100. to be paid when $50,000 is raised, to $500 under the same conditions, conditions, or $100 when $10,000 is raised and $200 for $25,000. Wiliam Saulson, president ot Congregation Congregation Sha'are Zedek, promised his hearty moral and financial support, support, declaring that institutions like Talmud Torah, the Hannah Schloss Memorial and the Philomathic debating debating club had developed young Jews of whom the city was proud. A dozen other influential Jews expressed expressed similar sentiments and promised their support. Such an Institution Necessary. As proof of the desire for the institution, institution, it was shown that many young Jews, some of them present, had joined the Young Men's Christian Christian association as associate members members for the social and gymnasium benefits. . . , S. M. Goldsmith, permanent chairman, chairman, appointed a financial committee committee composed of Sol M. Cohen, David Brown, M. Friedberg, B. M. Roth-man Roth-man Roth-man and Dr. Aronstam, who, with sub-committees, sub-committees, sub-committees, will canvass the city for subscriptions. It is confidently confidently asserted that the $o0,000 deemed necessary for a building will be subscribed within a month, and that the organization will be in operation with 1,000 members within a year. Another meeting will be held next Sunday night, when it is believed that organization will be effected. The Young Men s Hebrew association association has a central organization and strong local associations In New York, Philadelphia, Louisville and other cities.