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Binghamton Jewry Looking Forward to New Activity Through Work of New Rabbi

Brighter prospects for activities in the Jewish community of this city are looked forward to with the arrival this week of Rabbi Julian L. Greifer who comes Middletown to assume his new duties as director of the Jewish Community Center. Rabbi Greifer declares it to be his intention to “consolidate Jewish affairs and promote a program to serve every member of the Jewish community.”

For the past six months the Jewish Community Center building has been closed to any activities, while the board of directors was formulating plans for the revival of interest in the organization. The decision to appoint Rabbi Greifer executive is the outcome of a movement to consolidate the interests of the Orthodox and Reformed element among Binghamton Jewry.

The first step toward a program that will keep the Jewish community active is construction of an addition to the present center building to house an auditorium, swimming pool and gymnasium, the necessity for which has long been felt by Jewish residents. Before a definit program is followed, Rabbi Greifer will conduct a survey among the 400 Jewish families of the city to obtain an idea of their social, educational and recreational needs.

Rabbi Greifer was director of the Jewish synagogue and community center in Middletown for the past three years.

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