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Rabbi Y.L. Avida-Zlotnik, Noted Jewish Scholar, Dies in Israel

Cabinet Ministers, government officials, and religious and educational leaders, were among the thousands of persons who attended funeral services here today for Rabbi Yehuda Leib Avida (Zlotnik), scholar and Mizrachi leader, who died here Friday at the age of 74. He was the author of many books in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Eulogies were delivered by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim and by representatives of the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund and the World Mizrachi movement. Rabbi Avida’s son, Mordechai, director of the cultural department of the Foreign Ministry, recited the kaddish at the graveside.

Born in Plock, Poland, Rabbi Avida was one of the founders of the Mizrachi movement in that country. He was director of the Zionist Organization of Canada in the 1920’s and early 1930’s and was director of the Board of Jewish Education of Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1938 to 1948. He emigrated to Israel in 1949 and settled in Jerusalem where he served as director of the Rav Rok Institute.

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