ATLANTA (Oct. 28)
The Jewish community here has rallied to aid in the search for four missing Block children and in efforts to find the person or persons responsible for the deaths of 10 others, The Southern Israelite reported. A number of Jewish individuals have already been involved in these efforts. Max Rittenbaum, president of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, has called for a community wide commitment.
“Our compassion and sympathy go out to the families of these children and we are determined to help get to the bottom of this tragedy,” Rittenbaum said. The Federation’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) has contacted youth groups of Atlanta’s synagogues and temples and various other Jewish youth organizations.
Larry Bogart, the CRC’s chairman, said “They have all expressed a desire and willingness to cooperate in aiding the families and children to prevent any further crimes and in searching for any leads to solve these mysterious disappearances.”
Several Jewish businessmen have volunteered to provide food and drinks for searchers over the next few weeks. Vacant lots and other out-of-the-way places are being investigated. Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, of the Atlanta Temple, called on his congregants “to participate in the reward fund and to talk to their friends in the Black community to let them know that they did care and we are one community,” The Southern Israelite reported.