U.S. Rabbis Condemn Yom Kippur Incident at Wailing Wall
Menu JTA Search

U.S. Rabbis Condemn Yom Kippur Incident at Wailing Wall

Download PDF for this date

A resolution calling upon the Palestine Government and Great Britain, as the Mandatory Power for Palestine, to exert their efforts in restoring Jewish rights at the Wailing Wall at Jerusalem, was adopted Saturday night at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Jewish Theologi-Seminary. The resolution read in part:

“We are profoundly shocked by the reports that have reached this country that the Jerusalem police interfered with the peaceful religious services of the Jews at the Wailing Wall on the Day of Atonement. The space before the Wailing Wall has for centuries been regarded as the most sacred place of prayer for Jews, and we are amazed that the Jerusalem police should have interrupted the services there on the Holy Day of the Jewish year. The Rabbinical Assembly trasts that the Palestine Government and the Mandatory Power will see to it that those responsible for this sacrilege are properly dealt with, and that the rights of the Jews to the space before the Wall are made so explicit that such outrages may never again occur.”

The Union of Orthodox Rabbis in the United States and Canada, in a call issued by Rabbi Selzer, Secretary, urged its members to address their Congregations on the Succoth holiday on the Wailing Wall incident and to urge action for the redemption of the Wall.


Dr. E. M. Bluestone, Director of Hadassah Medical Organization in Palestine, who has been there for three and one-half years returned to New

York on the Acquitania on Friday.

The Hadassah health program in Palestine, which includes four hospitals, eighteen infant welfare stations, eighteen pre-natal and post-natal clinics and a training school for nurses, was under the supervision of Dr. Bluestone. Through him, the newest American methods in school hygiene and general work were introduced into Palestine and the Near East.

Prior to his appointment as director of the Hadassah Medical Organization, he was the assistant director of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Rabbi Samuel Horowitz, rabbi of the Mick to Kodesch Congregation, Baltimore, for more than forty years, died Wednesday, at the Sinal Hospital.

Born in Russia, Rabbi Horowitz, who was 76 years old, came to this country about 45 years ago One of the first to organize the Mickro Kodesch Congregation, he had been the only rabbi of the congregation.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund