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American Jewish Youths Build Center for Indian Jews in Mexico

Fifteen young Americans, members of the Reform movement’s “Mitzvah Corps,” were hard at work today on a dramatic project to which they are devoting the entire summer–the construction of a community center for a tiny community of Indian Jews in this country. The community is located in the village of Venta Prieta, near Pachuca, about an hour’s travel from Mexico City.

In addition to building the new center, the youngsters are renovating and painting the small synagogue maintained by the community, called “Ha Negev.” They are contributing their services under the supervision of two adults, Albert Vorspan, of New York, and Rabbi Leo Abrahamee, formerly spiritual leader of the Bet-El congregation in Guatemala. All the youngsters come from comfortable homes in the United States. The architect for the new center is a Christian, living in Pachuca, who is also contributing his talent.