in The Jewish Press June 4, 2008
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Correction: "Failed Experiment: New York's Only
Chief Rabbi" (front-page essay, May 30):
know that while the esteemed Rabbi Jacob Joseph was
chief rabbi of New York, he was so only for Eastern
European Ashkenazim. The 30,000 Balkan, Greek, Turkish
and Syrian Jews of New York City had their own chief
rabbi - first, Rabbi Dr. Nissim J. Ovadia, the former
chief rabbi of the Sephardic community in both Vienna
and Paris, and then Rabbi Dr. Isaac Alkalay, who was
previously the chief rabbi of Yugoslavia. Both of these
men held the title "chief rabbi" in New York.
The Syrian community in the city had Chief Rabbi Jacob
S. Kassin, the mekubal who came from Jerusalem.
All three of these men were descendants of a long line
of rabbis and judges whose ancestors fled Spain during
the Spanish Inquisition. Today, Rabbi Saul J. Kassin
is chief rabbi of the Syrian and Near Eastern Jewish
Communities in America.
Note: In July 2012 The Jewish Press again
published an article repeating the same error to which
they printed my subsequent
Letter to the Editor.