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Harry Rogoff, Dean of the Jewish Press, Honored on 80th Birthday

Harry Rogoff, dean of the Jewish press in the United States who has been editor-in-chief of the Jewish Daily Forward for many years, was the recipient here today of congratulations from numerous organizations and personalities on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Israeli diplomats attended a birthday party tendered to him last night by friends and admirers.

Mr. Rogoff, who retired from the top editorial post in the Jewish Daily Forward several months ago, has been with the Forward 55 years. He is the author of several books in Yiddish and in English, including a five-volume History of the United States. He now writes a weekly political column for the Forward and is also contributing articles on literary subjects. He has received an invitation from the Israel Government to visit Israel and intends to do it within several weeks.

Mr. Rogoff was brought to the United States by his parents at the age of eight. He studied at the Isaac Elchanan Yeshiva, which is now Yeshiva University and at the College of the City of New York where he receive his B.S. degree in 1906. He joined the Jewish Daily Forward and became managing editor in 1919, deputizing for the editor Abraham Cahan whom he succeeded as editor-in-chief after the latter’s death. His long association with the Jewish labor movement, which he helped to build, made him one of its most popular leaders. He has been a staunch supporter of the Histadrut–Israel’s Federation of Labor–long before the Jewish State was established and had visited Israel before and after the establishment of the state.

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