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Jewish Fraternity is Recognized at Lafayette College

June 11, 1929
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After years of effort by Jewish students to organize a fraternity of their own at Lafayette College, their labors appear to have been rewarded, for the Towers fraternity enjoyed all the rights and privileges of other fraternities on the campus during the college year which has just closed.

It is understood that several national fraternities are anxious to take in the Towers, and if this is accomplished, Jewish students and alumni of Lafayette will see a dream of many years come true.

Fifteen years ago the movement for a Jewish fraternity at Lafayette was started, but there was considerable opposition, both from the faculty and other bodies connected with the college, which is under supervision of the Presbyterian church. Efforts were made to organize a local fraternity, but nothing came of it. Two years a group of 15 of Jewish students at Lafayette met and organized the Towers fraternity. For a while this fraternity could not gain recognition, but by encouraging its members to participate in all college activities, including athletics, debating. glee club and college publications, recognition was finally won and the fraternity was permitted to have its photograph in the annual year book and was conceded rights and privileges afforded other fraternities.

The Collegiate Branch of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America will hold a Shebouth celebration on Tuesday, June 18. at the Grand Street Boy’s Clubrooms. New officers will be installed. Joseph L. Freitman is the new president. Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein and Congressman Sol Bloom will address the gathering.

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