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Dr. Weiler, So. African Reform Rabbi, Plans to Settle in Israel

Rabbi Cyrus M. Weiler, founder and Chief Rabbi of the Progressive Judaism movement in South Africa, is making final arrangements to spend a sabbatical year studying at the Hebrew University with the “ardent wish of eventual permanent settlement in Israel, ” he said here today.

Rabbi Weiler, who resigned his rabbinical post in South Africa, said he has been offered a number of “tempting positions” outside Israel in the pulpit and as professor of Jewish theology, but has turned them all down to “redeem my spiritual and cultural resources in Jerusalem. ” Rabbi Weiler will bring his family to Israel by the end of this year when he will begin his research at the university.