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Street to Be Renamed After Rabbi

The stretch of street in front of the Progressive Jewish Center in Amsterdam known as Graafschap will be renamed Jacob Soetendorp Street, the Amsterdam municipality decided. The late Jacob Soetendorp, who was born in Amsterdam in 1915, was rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Congregation from 1944-1972 and promoted its expansion. The present synagogue building was largely constructed at his initiative.

During the last years of his life he was rabbi in Goeteborg, Sweden where he died July 28, 1976. He was, for many years, one of the best known Jewish personalities in Holland. His numerous activities included working for Jewish-Christian understanding.