Planned Parenthood is in the news after the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation announced it would no longer fund breast cancer testing for the organization. Many are decrying the Komen Foundation’s move as political.
For the American Jewish community, birth control has long been a contentious issue.
In 1923, seven years after Margaret Sanger and her sisters opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, a Bronx rabbi gave up his pulpit position so that Sanger could speak:
Rabbi Louis A. Mischkind, who resigned from Tremont Temple because the temple authorities refused to allow Mrs. Margaret Sanger to speak on birth control there, held the meeting Sunday morning in the Free Synagogue at 205 West 163rd street, where Mrs. Sanger addressed a large audience.
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Archive Notes: Rabbi Mischkind would later relocate to Chicago and Wilmington, De., where he died from meningitis after being thrown off his horse … According to Nov. 4, 1928 The Wilmington Star, Mischkind authored a history of Wilmington Jews to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his congregation, Temple Beth Emeth.
Image: The Sunday Morning Star, Wilmington, De. Nov. 4, 1928