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Rabbi Maurice Harris Attains 70th Birthday

November 12, 1929
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The seventieth birthday of Rabbi Maurice Harris of Temple Israel was celebrated Saturday at Temple Israel’s Community Center on West 91st St. For forty years Rabbi Harris has been the spiritual guide of Temple Israel and of its predecessor in Harlem, the Hand in Hand Synagogue.

In his address which he appropriately enough termed “Three Score and Ten,” Rabbi Harris briefly reviewed the history of American Jewry since 1878 when he arrived here from London. It was Rabbi Harris as a then youthful student preacher who first created the Hand in Hand Synagogue in what was then the suburban community of Harlem. It was Rabbi Harris, too, who organized the Federation Settlement House, one of the pioneers in that field.

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