Shabuoth Commemorates Gift of Law, Beginning of Freedom
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Shabuoth Commemorates Gift of Law, Beginning of Freedom

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Shabuoth, one of the major holidays in the Jewish religious and national calendar, is being celebrated for two days beginning today. The holiday began officially tonight. The literal meaning of the word Shabuoth is “seven weeks,” representing the interval from the second day of Passover.

It is bound up with the freeing of the Jews from their Egyptian bondage and the life of ancient Jewish Palestine as an agricultural nation. The day also marks the anniversary of the granting of the law to the Jewish people. On that day Moses descended from Mount Sinai, carrying the Tablets.

The day has been compared to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for it marked the beginning of national and religious existence for the Jewish people.

On that day the Book of Ruth, the pastoral idyl in prose, is read in the synagogue, recalling to the worshipers that they were once an agricultural people.


Thirty-three boys and girls are to be confirmed by Rabbi William F. Rosenblum at Temple Israel of New York, 210 West Ninety-first street, in connection with Shabouth. The sermon will be “Torchbearers of Tomorrow.” The confirmands include:

Ruth Altman, Franklin B. Beck, Charlotte J. Davis, Eleanor I. Engel, Adrienne B. Ettlinger, Charles J. Forst, Marjorie C. Fried, Marjorie E. Greenberg, Jean N. Guggenheimer, Joseph B. Heiman, Benjamin C. Herold, Jean P. Isaacs, Edna Jacobs, Robert C. Isaacs, Marjorie H. Jacobson, Phyllis F. Korn, Arthur Levy, Phyllis Levy, Carol J. Lewis, Phyllis H. Margolies, Rose H. Marx, George J. Michaelis, Martin Rosengarten, Norton L. Rothschild, Dorothy W. Rubens, Doris J. Samuels, Frank A. Seixas, Stanley K. Sheinbaum, Betty Shulman, Margaret L. Solomon, Barbara R. Stren, Marjorie Sternberg and Irene A. Swartz.


Twenty-two young people will be confirmed by Rabbi Samuel J. Levinson at Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush, Church avenue corner Marlboro road. The confirmands are:

Roslyn Lefkowitz, Dorothy Benjamin, Irwin Salzman, Doris Rosenbaum, Jacqueline Stember, Harriet Lewin, Bernard Ehrlich, Arthur Shapiro, Muriel Lerner, Harriet Levy, Joan Boochever, Rita Nathanson, Edward Souweine, Irma Walowit, Irene Hoffer, Helene Appel, Janet Rich, Norman Newman, Carolyn Miller, Richard Harmel, Beatrice Buttenheim and Dorothy Gottlieb.


A class of twenty-four boys and girls will be confirmed by Rabbi Israel Goldstein at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 257 West Eighty-eighth street. The confirmands include:

Peggy L. Bernstein, Sylvia R. Butler, Jane E. Claster, Rose Cohen, Jeanne P. Florman, Ruth Goldberg, Janet Goldmuntz, Claire J. Halprin, Hazel I. Halprin, Marilyn F. Heine, Ilene Hoffenberg, Shirley E. Hurvitz, Florence M. Kossar, Martin Lazarus, Sylvia R. Liebel, William Levy Jr., Bette J. Schiller, Bobbye Muriel Schwartz, Grace M. Singer, Ruth F. Solomon, Geraldine C. Stein, Seymour Udell, Lois Uttal and Theodore Zimmerman.

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