Monday, December 17, 2012

Chanukah at Old Broadway in 1941

Berish Broyde, the grandson of Rabbi Shepsel Broyde, sent us this program from a Chanukah celebration at Old Broadway when Rabbi Broyde was the rav of the shul. This Chanukah celebration took place a little less than two weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, so the memorial service undoubtedly had those who were killed in that attack in mind. Over the four years that the United States was engaged in the war, dozens of men associated with Old Broadway served, and five, Arnold Kranis, Herman Rapaport, Bertram Starr Stanley Rudnic and Philip Buchdrucker, lost their lives. May their memory be for a blessing. Rabbi Fischel Goldfeder went on to become the rabbi at the Conservative Adath Israel in Cincinatti, OH (Kerry Olitzki and Marc Lee Raphael, The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook, p.279). I have not been able to find out anything about Cantor Lekochowicz. If you know anything, please let me know.

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