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Chicago Jewish Institutions to Remain in Mixed Population Areas

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Synagogues and other Jewish institutions in an area of this city affected by population changes are determined not only to give public notice that the Jews will not desert the region but also to spend $1, 500, 000 in the next two years to expand Jewish religious and educational activities.

According to The Sentinel, Chicago Jewish weekly, the affected area is in South and Southeast Chicago where, since January 1, 1965, homes were purchased by 35 white families and 14 Negro families. More than 250 residents of the area heard a report detailing the region’s housing, school and other facilities delivered by Lester Mouscher, chairman of the South Shore Commission and of a B’nai B’rith chapter.

Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin, superintendent of the Associated Talmud Torahs, proposed that the Jews in the area adopt the slogan “we are here to stay.” His proposal was adopted, and the meeting voted to expend $1, 500, 000 on Jewish buildings and improvements between this year and 1967. Another of the major participants in the meeting was Gordon Sherman, a member of the Board of Jewish Education. He supported Rabbi Mishkin’s plea that the Jews of the area “continue to live here because we like it here.”

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