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Israel President Opens Sholem Aleichem Shrine in Tel Aviv

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President Zalman Shazar today officially opened the Sholem Aleichem House here, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the great Jewish writer, who died in New York in 1916. The memorial shrine to Sholem Aleichem will house all available materials concerning his life and works, and will also serve as a research center.

Previously unpublished and unedited works of Sholem Aleichem have been discovered and will be issued in a new collection that may run into 20 volumes, it was announced at today’s opening ceremony by Dr. Eliahu Elath, president of the Hebrew University and chairman of the board of directors of Sholem Aleichem Foundation. The Center carrying Sholem Aleichem’s name has been built at a cost of $175, 000 contributed by American friends, by the Farband-Labor Zionist Order of the United States, and by Histadrut. The City of Tel Aviv contributed the land. When completed, the structure is expected to cost $200, 000.

Principal participants in today’s ceremonies, in addition to President Shazar, included I. D. Berkowitz, of Tel Aviv, a son-in-law of the late writer and the translator of his works into Hebrew; Sholem Aleichem’s youngest daughter, Mrs. Marie Goldberg, of New York; her husband, B. Z. Goldberg, well-known Yiddish essayist; Israel’s Minister of Education Zalman Aranne; and Tel Aviv Mayor Mordechai Namir.

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