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Temple Brith Kodesh in Rochester Today Begins Celebration of Its 100th Anniversary

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Temple Brith Kodesh here will begin tomorrow the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding. Dr. Abba Hillel Silver will be the principal speaker at a special centennial service. Other speakers who will address the congregation during its centennial year include former Governor Herbert H. Lehman, David E. Lilienthal, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Rabbi Stephan S. Wise, Dr. Nelson Glueck and Rabbi James G. Heller.

Organized by a group of German Jewish immigrants in 1848–eight years after the first Jews began to arrive in this city–Temple Brith Kodesh is now the city’s leading Reform congregation. The temple’s present building was erected in 1893. Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, a native of Rochester, has served as spiritual leader of the congregation since 1926 and was Jewish advisor to the U.S. Command in Europe.

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