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Orthodox Rabbi Named to High Post in City’s Hra

Rabbi Bernard Weinberger, consultant to the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) YM-YWHA, was named today as Assistant Administrator for Special Projects of the Human Resources Administration and liaison to the Mayor for community relations. He told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he will be the only Jew among the HRA’s top officials, other than Commissioner Jule M. Sugarman.

Rabbi Weinberger, 42, may also be the first Orthodox Jew in a top post at the HRA, which has been criticized for allegedly not meeting the needs of those minority poor, including Jews, outside the city’s 26 designated poverty areas. Rabbi Weinberger will specialize in these non-designated areas and in welfare housing. He will be paid close to $30,000, according to City Hall officials. The appointee, who was born in Poland, was national president of Agudath Israel Youth of America from 1949 to 1951.