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So. African Jews to Construct Outstanding New Home for Aged

March 8, 1955
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Despite a driving rainstorm, more than 2,000 persons gathered here yesterday at Sandringham, to witness the laying of the cornerstone of the new Witwatersrand Jewish Aged Home and Home for the Chronically Ill, which will be the largest institution of its kind in Africa and one of the most modern in the world.

The building, to be erected at an estimated cost of 500,000 pounds, ($1;400,000) will be dedicated to the memory of the 6,000,000 Jews martyred in Europe during World War II, George Beckett, Mayor of Johannesburg, said that the Jewish community’s new building will redound to the credit of the city, and praised the Jewish people on setting an example for others in honoring the Fifth Commandment (Honor thy father and thy mother…) Chief Rabbi L. I. Rabinowitz, in a sermon preceding the ceremony, said the dedication signalized Jewry’s victory over “Amalek,” in that it blotted out the memory of evil and wrong by loving care of the aged and sick.

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