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Today Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary is celebrating its ordination of 230 rabbis over the past four years. In 1923, the seminary's commencement exercises featured fewer new rabbis but a big announcement of plans for a new Jewish college.
Western Wall battles: Jerusalem's Western Wall has lately been the focus of an international fight over religious pluralism, with much of the controversy centered on the efforts of Women of the Wall to conduct services there. This, however, is not a new fight. Twenty-five years ago, in March 1989, chairs were thrown at a women's prayer group at the holy site. Outraged American Jewish groups cited the incident as proof of the need for greater pluralism at the Western Wall.
92Y at 140: New York's venerable 92nd Street Y marked the 140th anniversary of its founding yesterday. In 1926, the first annual convention of the Metropolitan League of Jewish Community Associations was held at the 92nd Street Y. The recreational activities hosted by New York's YMHAs and YWHAs were touted by the league's president as "an antidote to juvenile delinquency. These associations have justified their existence and the funds invested in them, if for no other reason than their fine record that not a single member of any of these organizations has ever been reported charged with any crime.”
An airman's correction: In 1944 JTA made an error about a decorated Jewish airman's wartime service. Seventy years later, the World War II bombardier got in touch to correct the record.
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Jewish communists begin anti-Passover campaign (1923)
Nazis disavow boycott against Jewish trade (1934)
New York Jewish community center presented to Negroes; valued at 250,000 dollars (1945)
Arab military blueprint for invasion and occupation of Israel revealed (1956)
Ben-Gurion back in Israel; is impressed with American Jewish youth (1967)
Klutznick: Proposed Skokie march reflects growing anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism throughout the world (1978)
Conservative rabbis to develop separate services from Orthodox (1989)