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Klausenberger Rebbe Welcomed in Israel by Government, Jewish Agency

December 24, 1959
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Premier David Ben-Gurion, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Jewish Agency, and Rabbi Jacob Toledano, Israel’s Minister of Religions, were among those sending messages of welcome today to Rabbi J.J. Halberstam, the Klausenberger Rebbe, who arrived this week from New York with 51 of his followers for permanent settlement in Israel.

The Labor daily, Davar, said the settlement of the group at Kiryat Santz, near Natanya, was unique in that the Hassidim, in addition to establishing the customary Yeshiva, also planned to build a factory and other projects to support those joining the colony. Davar concluded its comment with the hope that the sect members would be an example to the masses of American Zionists “and especially to the Zionist leaders.”

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