NEW YORK (Jan. 24)
Plans for the construction of a Jewish Center for the United Nations, complementing similar centers maintained near the UN Headquarters by the Protestant and Catholic faiths, were announced here today.
The announcement was made by U. S. Sen. Jacob K. Javits, honorary chairman of the project; Rabbi David B. Kahane, spiritual leader of the Sutton Place Synagogue, the nearest house of Jewish worship in the vicinity, which has assumed the initiative for the project; and Milton Freund, president of the Sutton Place Synagogue. Rabbi Philip Hiat, former executive director of the Synagogue Council of America, has been named director of the project.
While no cost figures were announced, it was said that the project may cost about $2,000,000. Ground will be broken on the site in May. The Center will make its facilities available to all national and international Jewish organizations who have consultative status at the United Nations. The edifice will also serve as a center for occasions of hospitality to the many groups working in and visiting the United Nations. Kosher dining facilities will be available daily.