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First Reform Temple Dedicated in Israel; House is Gift of U.S. Jews

Israel’s first Reform temple was dedicated in ceremonies held here yesterday at a former private home which now serves as the country’s only liberal synagogue. About 200 persons attended the services, actually held in the garden outside the house of worship.

Rabbi Jerome A. Unger, of Los Angeles, conducted the services. Since 1960, he has been representing here the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Wishnik, of New York. Their children and grandchildren purchased the former dwelling, presenting it to the Reform congregation as a gift honoring Mr. Wishnick’s 70th birthday. Rabbi Jay Kaufman, vice-president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, also addressed the congregation.