High Holiday Furloughs to Soldiers and Sailors

Furloughs have been granted by the Secretary of War. Secretary of the Navy, and the Director of the Veterans Bureau to the Jewish men in the United States Army and Navy and to disabled veterans for the observance of the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement. These orders were issued upon the request of Dr. Cyrus Adler, chairman of the Army and Navy Committee of the Jewish Welfare Board.

The order of the Secretary of War. declared: “The Secretary of War desires, in order to permit soldiers of the Jewish faith to participate in the celebration of High Holy Days (Rosh Hashonah.) begining at sundown. Friday, September 14. 1928, and continuing until sundown. Sunday, September 16. 1928, and of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur.) begining at sundown, September 23. 1928, and continuing until sundown. Monday, September 24. 1928, that members of that faith be granted furloughs for such time as necessary to permit them to be at their homes, when practicable, or at places where these celebrations are held, from noon of September 13 to noon of September 18. 1928, and from the evening of September 22 to noon of September 26, 1928. provided no interference with the public service is occasioned thereby.”

The order of the Bureau of Navigation of the United States Navy Department, to all ships and station, stated:

“In order to permit observance of the High Holy Days, including the New Year (Rosh Hashonah), and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Commanding Officers will grant leave when the exigencies of the Service permit to men of the Jewish faith from noon of September 13 until noon of September 18, and from the evening of September 22 until noon of September 26, 1928.”

There is a standing order of the United States Veterans Bureau since 1923, as follows: “At the request of the Jewish Welfare Board and in accordance with established policy and practice, beneficiaries of the Jewish faith whose physical condition permits will be granted passes to participate in the celebration of High Holy Days, including the Passover (covering the Seder Days), the New Year (Rosh Hashonah), and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

A considerable number of soldiers, sailors, and disabled veterans will observe the High Holy Days with their families as a result of the issuance of these orders.

The Jewish Welfare Board will arrange for religious services and for hospitality including meals and lodgings, in neighboring communities in the case of men residing at a considerable distance from their homes. Arrangements have been made for the observance of the High Holy Days at outlying points in China, Manil, Hawaii, Panama and Haith.

The eighth issue of its “Jewish Calendar for Soldiers and Sailors” for the Jewish year 5689, covering the secular calendar from September 15. 1928 to October 4, 1929, has been issued by the Board. The calendar contains statements explanatory of the Jewish holidays and a brief historical description entitled. “The Jews in the Wars of the United States.”

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