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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz on 15 March 1973

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz, Hillcrest Jewish Center, Flushing, New York
Sponsor: Rep. Lester Wolff (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 15 March 1973

Mr. WOLFF. Mr. Speaker, I am truly proud that Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz, who just delivered the invocation so beautifully and movingly, is the spiritual leader of the Hillcrest Jewish Center located in my congressional district.

Rabbi Mowshowitz’ outstanding record of service to his community, State, and Nation certainly deserves to be honored by his invitation to lead us in prayer here today. A graduate of Duke University, he is past president of the New York Board of Rabbis, the largest body of its kind in the world. In addition he is an honoree of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Jewish War Veterans, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

A cofounder and cochairman of Crossroads Africa, a study and work camp project which brought 300 students annually to Africa, Rabbi Mowshowitz has been honored as a life member of the NAACP and the Knights of Pythias.

As a representative of American Jewry, Rabbi Mowshowitz served as spokesman for the first delegation of rabbis to visit the Soviet Union in 1956 at the invitation of the chief rabbi of Moscow and was the only Jewish representative to be officially invited as the guest of the Shah of Iran at the 2,500th anniversary celebration.

As well as being a great spiritual leader Rabbi Mowshowitz is a great American.


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Our God and Father,
in whom and through whom
we are brothers one to the other,
we thank Thee
for this good and ample land
and for the vision of freedom
which founded this Republic,
one nation
under God,
with liberty and justice for all.
Make us worthy of our goodly heritage.
Guide and inspire us
to remove from our midst
the yoke of oppression,
the finger of insolence,
and the words of malice.
Make Thou, O Lord,
our beloved land
strong with justice,
mighty with love,
great with compassion;
crown her good with brotherhood
and grant that it become Thy dedicated instrument
for the establishment of world peace.
Teach us
to do justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly in Thy sight.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 93rd US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 119, part 7 (1973), page 7955.


Congressional Record, vol. 119, part 7 (15 March 1973), p. 7955




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