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Chagall’s Stained Glass Windows Dedicated in Hadassah Synagogue

February 7, 1962
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Marc Chagall, world famous Jewish painter, today delivered a brief but moving speech at the dedication of his stained glass windows in the synagogue of the Hadassah University Medical Center here. He said he felt that the tragic and heroic resistance movements in the Warsaw Ghetto and in the Israel War of Independence, had found expression in the windows.

The dedication was the highlight of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Hadassah, held at the synagogue in Ein Karem. Education Minister Abba Eban addressed the gathering on behalf of the Israel Government. Attending the ceremony were also Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim, diplomats, Members of Parliament, members of the Jubilee Mission of Hadassah, and others.

Speakers described the windows, which have already become famous in the art world, as “the most precious jewels in the crown of modern Jerusalem.” The artist thanked Hadassah for the opportunity to create the windows. Other addresses were made by Dr. Miriam Freund, honorary Hadassah president, and Joseph Neufel, the center architect.

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