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N. Y. Rabbis Assail Wanton Attack Upon Rabbi Lelyveld in Mississippi


The New York Board of Rabbis, representing more than 850 Orthodox, Reform and Conservative rabbis, today sent a telegram to Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr. of Mississippi, expressing shock at the wanton attack on Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld of Cleveland.

At the same time, the Board wired Rabbi Lelyveld, expressing pride that he had “offered himself on the altar of freedom and dignity of man, in the spirit of historic Judaism,” Rabbi Lelyveld and two other men, working in the civil rights movement in Mississippi, were severely beaten by two white men Thursday in Hattiesburg.

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