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Rioting in Minneapolis Stimulates Moving of Jewish Institutions

August 23, 1966
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Recent rioting on Plymouth Avenue, a section of the city once predominantly Jewish and now housing mostly Negro residents and Jewish-owned stores, is bringing about moves of Jewish institutions and Jewish-owned businesses from that area, it was noted here today.

The American Jewish World, the Jewish weekly published here, reported that two congregations in the city are planning to move to the suburbs. They are Beth El Congregation and Mikro Kodesh Congregation. In addition, it was learned that previous but vague plans for moving the Talmud Torah to the suburbs have been accelerated. Some parents of children attending the Talmud Torah have notified officials of the institution that they will no longer send their children to that Jewish school.

One important business establishment in the riotous area, an appliance store conducted by Ben Koval, has already moved out of the area. Mr. Koval reported that during the height of the rioting, 40 television sets were stolen from his store. He said that, due to previous thefts and smashing of windows, insurance has been canceled and “I have to absorb the entire loss myself.”

According to the American Jewish World, many stores in the area now display “for sale” signs, and owners are planning to move. In an editorial, the weekly called attention to the fact that, while everything possible is being done to aid the residents of the area, nothing is being done to help the victimized businessmen, nearly all of them Jewish.

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