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Wilhelminamourns Chief Rabbi’s Death

Queen Wilhelmina has sent a message of condolence to the Amsterdam Jewish community on the death of Chief Rabbi A. S. Onderwijzer.

The Queen often received Dr. Onderwijzer in audience. In 1924 she paid an official visit to the Great Synagogue here, on which occasion the chief rabbi, in his sermon, told of the close ties between the House of Orange and the Jews of Holland.

Other messages of condolence have been sent by the Minister of Justice, the Governor of the Province of Northern Holland, the Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Rabbinical Seminary of Berlin.

Abraham Van Oven in the eighteenth century wrote a Hebrew translation of Congreve’s “Mourning Bride.”

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