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Twenty New Jewish Chaplains Take over Military Services

Twenty new Jewish military chaplains have entered the U.S. armed forces in time to plan High Holy Days services which they will conduct for Jewish military personnel, Rabbi Selwyn D. Ruslander, chairman of the commission on Jewish chaplaincy of the National Jewish Welfare Board, announced today.

The new chaplains, who will replace those Jewish chaplains who have completed their tours of duty and have been released from active service, 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. Fourteen of the new chaplains have gone into the Army; four are assigned to the Air Force and two will serve in the Navy.