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Queen of Belgium Visits Jewish Home for Aged; Kisses Sephardi Woman

June 7, 1963
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Queen Fabiola visited the Jewish Home for the Aged in Brussels today, a visit that included the Queen’s first entry into a synagogue and chats with all of the residents.

The Queen, who spent more than two hours in the modern institution, spoke at length with an elderly Sephardi woman whom she kissed. The Queen was greeted by the home’s board, headed by Paul Phillippson, honorary president, and Max Gottschalk, former president of the Jewish consistory.

The royal visitor inspected all of the rooms and examined the home’s synagogue where she was received by the Rabbi of Brussels, Marc Kahlenberg. The home was built in 1875 and expanded in 1961.

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