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White Plains Rabbi Aids Negroes’ Fight on Exclusion

April 24, 1930
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In the face of almost solid community opposition to two Negro doctors, who have bought and settled in homes in an exclusive white section here, Rabbi Abram V. Goodman of the Jewish Community Center, publicly condemned the attitude of citizens and of local newspapers.

The issue is one not only of racial and economic import, according to the rabbi, but has also “put the religions of all residents of the city on trial.” He condemned the recent burning of a cross on the lawn of one of the doctors.

The rabbi urged the Jews of White Plains to decline to sign a mutual agreement being circulated and signed among property owners in the exclusive Highlands and Carhart sections, placing restrictions in deeds of all properties, forever prohibiting the sale of land to Negroes.

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