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Mrs. Ford Dedicates Center

Mrs. Betty Ford today dedicated the city’s newest Jewish cultural institution–the Martin Steinberg Center of the American Jewish Congress–in a Manhattan garden. The center is designed to serve as a gathering place for young Jewish artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers. Funds for the new center were provided by a gift from Martin Steinberg, a Brooklyn realtor and investor. Before formally unveiling a plaque bearing Steinberg’s name, Mrs. Ford watched as Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, president of the AJCongress affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost of the building. The new center is joined by a garden to Stephen Wise Congress House, national headquarters of the AJCongress.