Moscow (Dec. 22)
With simple rites, no wreaths and no speeches, Rabbi Jacob Maze, leader of Russian Jewry for the last forty years, was laid to his eternal rest yesterday.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Communist papers in Moscow refused to insert a notice of Rabbi Maze’s death, giving as an excuse, shortage of space, fifteen thousand came to the Rabbi’s home to attend the funeral services. Crowds of his friends and followers joined the procession on the way. According to the will of Rabbi Maze, written on August 1, the ceremonies were per##med by his life-long friends and fellow social workers. The coffin was carried all the way to the cemetery on the shoulders of his friends.
News of the Rabbi’s death spread rapidly throughout Russia and causd grief to the Jewish population. Mourning was observed in Moscow and Petrograd, where the dead leader had many friends.
In order that all who wished might pay tribute to the dead rabbi, his body was placed in the conference hall of the Main Synagogue. Prominent social workers stood as honorary guard and people of all classes filed past the bier.