450th Anniversary of America’s Discovery to Be Observed by Synagogue Council

October 12, the 450th anniversary of the discovery of America, will be observed by the Synagogue Council of America, according to an announcement today by Dr. Israel Goldstein, its president, addressed to rabbis and congregations throughout the country.

The communication of the Synagogue Council calls upon national Jewish organizations as well as local communities, to observe the day “as an occasion of manifold thanksgiving, first, for what the New World has meant to the oppressed and persecuted of the Old World who have found a haven on this continent, again, for the freedom of religious worship which has grown and flourished on American soil, and again, for the contributions made by the Jewish people, alongside their fellow-Americans of all races and creeds, to the discovery, development and defense of America.”

Rabbis throughout the country as well as national Jewish organizations have been urged by the Synagogue Council, which embraces Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Rabbis and Congregations, to lay special stress in their educational programs, upon the subject of American Jewish history.

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