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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Israel O. Goldberg on 4 June 1971

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Israel O. Goldberg, Ahavas Sholom Agudas Achim Anshe Sphard, Randallstown Synagogue Center, Randallstown, Maryland
Sponsor: Rep. Goodloe Byron (D-MD)
Date of Prayer: 4 June 1971

Mr. BYRON. Mr. speaker, I am pleased that Rabbi Israel O. Goldberg could be with us today to offer the prayer. Rabbi Goldberg is a distinguished religious and community leader in Randallstown, Md., and he has a background of interesting and challenging positions.

Rabbi Goldberg was born in New York City and received his ordination in 1960 from the Jacob Joseph Theological Seminary. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Brooklyn College and his master’s from Yeshiva University where he is currently working on his doctorate.

He has served as rabbi of the Young Israel of New Rochelle, N.Y., for 4 years where he originated the Hebrew Heritage program. Rabbi Goldberg was also one of the founders of the Ohr Hameir Theological Seminary of New Rochelle.

In 1965 Rabbi Goldberg moved to Boston to become leader of Congregation Agudath Israel, Boston’s largest orthodox synagogue. While there, Rabbi Goldberg served as treasurer of the rabbinical council of Massachusetts, a permanent member of the Bet Din of the Hawa’ad Harabbanim of Massachusetts, a member of the advisory committee to the Boston Housing Authority, and chaplain of two hospitals as well as Boston’s penal institutions.

Rabbi Goldberg became the spiritual leader of the Randallstown Synagogue Center in the summer of 1970. He is the secretary of the Rabbinical Council of America, Maryland Region and liaison rabbi to the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Baltimore.

I again want to thank Rabbi Goldberg for being here today and hope he can return again.


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Almighty God, Sovereign of the Universe,
we invoke Thy blessings
upon this convention of Representatives
of the U.S. Congress.
We pray to Thee,
to grant our chosen Representatives
the wisdom and guidance,
so that they may ever pursue
the paths of justice,
and brotherhood.
Enable them to be the instruments
in eradicating intolerance,
and malice
from the midst of our great Nation.
Guard our beloved country
from every enemy, pestilence, and sorrow;
from distress, anguish, and gloom.
Secure our borders
to be free from totalitarian ideologies,
pagan philosophies,
and the anti-democratic principles.
Grant that our country
may forever serve as a beacon light
for liberty-loving people
throughout the world.
May we in concert
with all peoples who cherish freedom,
achieve speedily
the triumph of Thy kingdom of peace
and good will on earth.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the sixth month of the first session of the 92nd US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 117, part 14 (4 June 1971), page 18026.


Congressional Record, vol. 117, part 14 (4 June 1971), p. 18026




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