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  • Black Jews to Emigrate to Israel; Will Undergo Ritual Conversion if Required

    A black rabbi, who recently visited Israel with several members of his congregation, has announced the intentions of his group to emigrate there in the near future. Rabbi Abel Respes, spiritual leader of Temple Adat Beyt Mosheh, located in Elwood, a small community near here, said that approximately 50 black Jews were planning to make… More ▸

  • Police Investigating Bombing of Temple, the Third in Less Than Two Weeks

    Police here are continuing their investigation into the bombing Friday morning of Temple Beth Am. The temple, blasted by dynamite, was the third Rochester synagogue wrecked in less than two weeks and the ninth building including two Negro churches, to be bombed in the past four weeks. No injuries were reported in connection with the… More ▸

  • First Black Trade Unionist Honored with State of Israel Award

    A black trade union leader, Benjamin T. Irvin, has become the first Negro to receive a special State of Israel award. City Councilman William J. Cottrell, dinner chairman at the State of Israel Tribute dinner-dance where the award was made, said Mr. Irvin was honored because “he has devoted his energies and his talents for… More ▸

  • Two Synagogues Bombed; Extensive Damage to Both Buildings; No Motives Known

    Two synagogues here were ravaged by bombs early this morning, injuring two persons slightly and causing extensive damage to both buildings. The blasts, which were spaced ten minutes apart, occurred shortly after midnight at Temple Beth Sholom and The Light of Israel Sephardic Center. This is the second time in two weeks that Rochester has… More ▸

  • Jews Said to Have Proceeded Columbus to New World by 1400 Years

    Jews escaping the Romans landed in the New World some 1,400 years before Columbus, a Brandeis University professor claimed over the weekend. Cyrus H. Gordon, professor of Mediterranean Studies at the Waltham, Mass., institution, presented his findings to the North Shore Archaeological Society on Long Island. He said an inscription on a stone found in… More ▸

  • Purdue University’s Faculty-student Conclave Urges Change in Admissions Policy

    Rabbi Gerald Engel, director of B’nai B’rith Hillel at Purdue University, has reported that a faculty-student conclave has recommended changes in Purdue’s admissions policy, which a Congressman has charged discriminates against Jews. The recommendations, devised at a recent discussion on “The Morality of Purdue’s Admissions Policy” at the local B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, have been… More ▸

  • Jewish Youth Not Alienated, but Neglected, Jewish Women’s Conclave Told

    Judaism does not have instant answers to all America’s social and ethical problems but it could make an importance contribution to American life if its values and traditions were imparted to Jewish youth, according to Rabbi Irving Greenberg, professor of history at Yeshiva University. Dr. Greenberg was one of several rabbis and scholars who addressed… More ▸

  • Editorial in Negro Newspaper Praises Israel for Aid to Developing Afro-asian Nations

    Israel is the major source of technical know-how for most of the new developing nations in Africa, according to an editorial in the “Chicago Daily Defender,” the nation’s largest Negro-owned daily newspaper. “Within the last two years,” the editorial notes, 35 countries have asked Israel for help.” Engineers and agronomists from Israel are “supervising development… More ▸

  • Morris Abram Named As First Jewish Chairman of United Negro College Fund

    Morris B. Abram, former president of the American Jewish Committee and Brandeis University, was named yesterday as the first Jewish chairman of the United Negro College Fund which raises money for 36 predominantly black colleges and universities. The schools have a total enrollment of 40,000 students and 2,500 full-time faculty members. As president, Mr. Abram… More ▸