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Bobover Rabbi Sails for Israel to Establish Hassidic Township

Rabbi Solomon Halberstam, spiritual head of the Bobov Hassidic movement, sailed today from New York on the SS Queen Elizabeth. Rabbi Halberstam, one of the world’s outstanding Hassidic leaders, is on his way to Israel to lay the foundation stone for a new township for his followers at Beth Yam, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Representatives of the Israel Consulate and the Jewish Agency joined the thousands of Hassidim who assembled at the pier to bid farewell to the Rabbi.

Kiryath Bobov, the new township which Rabbi Halberstam will establish in Israel, is expected to attract settlers from among Bobover Hassidim throughout the world. It will take the form of an urban, middle-class settlement based on a variety of industrial enterprises and offer opportunity for productive activity in an atmosphere conducive to religious observance and learning An area of close to 40 acres has been set aside for the new township.