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New Jewish Chaplains Enter U.S. Armed Forces; 60 More Are Serving

Twelve new Jewish military chaplains have entered the U.S. Armed Forces in time to officiate at Rosh Hashana services for Jewish military personnel, it was announced today by Rabbi Selwyn D. Ruslander, chairman of the National Jewish Welfare Board Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy and spiritual leader of Temple Israel, Dayton, Ohio, Six of the new chaplains have gone into the Army. Three are assigned to the Air Force and three will serve in the Navy.

Recruited and ecclesiastically endorsed by the JWB Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy, the new Jewish chaplains replace those Jewish chaplains who have completed their tours of duty and have been released from active service. The new chaplains bring the total number of full-time military and Veterans Administration Jewish chaplains on duty to 72. There are also more than 250 civilian rabbis currently serving as part-time chaplains in the various services.

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