Communists Enter During Prayers, Seize Synagogue

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The synagogue in Pogrebishtshe, a district of Minsk, was converted into a workers’ club on Saturday morning.

When the worshippers were assembled to celebrate the Passover Sabbath, a group of Jewish members of the Communist youth organization marched into the synagogue, bearing red banners and Lenin’s picture, and announcing the synagogue had been converted into a workers’ club.

A breach of contract suit for $4030 was filed in Federal court at Boston by Rabbi Raphael Goldenstein of Lancaster, Pa. against the Congregation Beth El of Lynn.

Rabbi Goldenstein alleges that his discharge as head of the congregation in January violated a contract made in November of last year under which he was to be employed as rabbi for the Lynn synagogue. He states in his bill of complaints that be performed all of his duties, but that the defendant, without cause, discharged him Jan. 13 of this year and refused to pay him what was due under the mutual contract. The rabbi states his salary was to be $4200 a year, and his bill of complaints set the sum at $3390 and $40 expenses from Squantum, Pa., to assume his duties under the contract.

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