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Hassidim Who Placed Newspaper Ad Attacking Zionism Forbidden to Enter Synagogue

Twenty young followers of the Satmar Rebbe have been forbidden to enter the Satmar synagogue, Congregation Yetev Lev, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as punishment for placing an advertisement in the New York Times two weeks ago calling Zionism “the greatest enemy” of the Jewish people, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today. The names of the young Hassidim were posted in the synagogue on Sunday following an investigation ordered by the Satmar Rebbe. The 20 young Jews were found to have been responsible for preparing and placing the advertisement and with raising funds to pay for it. One of the 20 came to services Saturday and the reader refused to proceed with services until the youth left. When he refused to leave, he was carried out bodily, the JTA was informed. The suspension will stand until the youths formally repent of their action to officials of the synagogue.