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British Jewry to Mark Anniversary of War with Prayers and Blowing of Shofar

Unusual religious services in synagogues throughout England, including the prayer of Neilah and the blowing of the Shofar usually reserved for the High Holidays, will mark Jewish participation in the British National Day of Prayer on Sunday, September 7, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

A message to this effect was sent out today to all synagogues in England by Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz. The message declared: “Let this be a day of supplication for delivery from the terrors that threaten our beloved country, as well as a time of mourning for the thousands of our brethren in Poland and Rumania who have fallen victims to the hatelust and bloodlust of this most merciless persecutor.”

Services in London will be held within the impressive frame of the ruins of the Great Synagogue. Chief Rabbi Hertz will address the congregation from the synagogue’s historic pulpit for the first time since it was destroyed during the Nazi air raids on London.