Two thousand years ago Rabbi Gedaliah died after a forty-day fast protesting against the impending destruction of Jerusalem. On September 15, 1933, Rabbi Yisroel Meier HaCohen, known as the “Chofetz Chaim” and revered as a sage and saint, died in Radin, Poland. The memories of both these men who were in no way connected except perhaps by their canons of faith, and by the depth of their devotion to their faith, were consecrated on Sunday with ceremonies that were simple and impressive.
At the Synagogue Tifercth Israel, Clyrner Street and Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, the Kehila Kedosha paid its tribute with songs and ritual. Those present, including rabbis and a public official, recited eulogies.
The service was conducted by the rabbis of Tifereth Israel, including Rabbi Simha Solovetchick, who studied under the “Chofetz Chaim”; Rabbi Isaac L. Kahane, Rabbi Moses Erstling and Oscar Julius, choir director. Magistrate Benjamin E. Greenspan, acting president of the Kehila Kedosha, also spoke.
ZUNSER EVENING IN BROOKLYN
A “Zunser Evening”, arranged by the Brooklyn Hadassah and Zionists, will be held on Wednesday to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of the poet, Eliakum Zunser. An elaborate program of Zunser’s songs, music and recitations will be rendered by prominent artists. The meeting will be held at the Menorah Building, 14th Avenue and 50th Street, Boro Park.
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