Spain Presents Menorah to New York Jews at World’s Fair

The Spanish Government today presented a menorah, especially designed on orders of the Franco Government, to the Jewish community of New York. Miguel Garcia de Saez, Madrid’s commissioner-general at the Spanish pavilion at the New York World’s Fair, gave the ancient symbol, on behalf of the Sephardic community of Spain, to Rabbi Louis C. Gerstein, spiritual leader of New York’s Congregation Shearith Israel.

The presentation ceremony was held at the Spanish Pavilion at the World’s Fair, and was attended by a number of other rabbis as well as by other leaders of the Sephardic community in New York. The menorah had been executed in Spain by Amadeo Gabino, who had also designed the iron grillwork at the entrance to the Spanish Pavilion.

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