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American Jewry to Observe National Red Cross Sabbath

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The historic loyalty of American Jewry to the American Red Cross will be symbolized by a nationwide observance of the February 26-27 week-end as Red Cross Sabbath in synagogues and temples, it was announced today by Red Cross headquarters here. Red Cross Sunday will be similarly observed in Protestant and Catholic churches on February 28.

This religious demonstration, emphasizing the essentially spiritual character of Red Cross services, will herald the opening of the 1943 Red Cross War Fund for $125,000,000 on March 1. The “Red Cross Sabbath” is being arranged by the Synagogue Council of America, which embraces all branches of American Judaism.

Norman H. Davis, chairman of the Red Cross, today made public an appeal which he has issued to American rabbis. “Throughout its history,” the appeal reads, “the American Red Cross has had the loyal and generous support of the Jewish people. This year, more than ever, we look to them and to you as spiritual leaders for help to enable the Red Cross to carry out the tremendous responsibilities imposed upon it by the most devastating of all wars. The demands upon our resources, human and financial, are unprecedented. To insure our success in the 1943 War Fund, we need your help and the help of all other patriotic Americans.”

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