Orthodox Ritual Reinstated into Reform Service

The Euclid Avenue Temple, which has a membership of over 1,300 families, and which is one of the largest and most influential Reform congregations in America, has reintroduced in its Passover services the rendering of Yiskor, which has been omitted from the Union Prayer Book and consequently not given by any of the Reform temples in America.

Rabbi Barnett Brickner, who is the spiritual leader of the congregation, is endeavoring to reinstate some of the more beautiful and significant customs from the Orthodox services which have been inadvertently omitted. Last Yom Kippur the traditional “Kol Nidre” was sung in the Euclid Avenue Temple, and on the last day of Succoth, the Consecration Service, which is a ceremony of initiation for the children who are entering the first grade of its Religious School and who are thus consecrated to the study of Judaism, was introduced.

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