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Jews in Army and Navy Will Observe Yom Kippur Today Here and Overseas

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be ushered in at sundown today, marked by fasting and prayers until sundown tomorrow. Memorial prayers will be recited in hundreds of cities and towns and in Army and Navy chapels for Jewish servicemen killed on the battlefronts.

When the Yom Kippur services are brought to a close tomorrow at sundown by the blowing of the Shofar, Jewish servicemen and women will break their fast at dinners arranged for them by the 500 Army and Navy Service Committees of the Jewish Welfare Board operating near army and navy camps and bases. At army chapels here and overseas, Jewish servicemen will attend Yom Kippur services conducted by Jewish chaplains.

In Washington, Norman H. Davis, chairman of the American Red Cross, today announced that eighty-odd American Red Cross service clubs in the British Isles will be hosts to Jewish members of the U. S. armed forces tonight and tomorrow after sundown, serving them free meals in cooperation with local Jewish Hospitality Committees.

The Synagogue Council of America today issued a message stating that Jewish prayers on the sacred day of Yom Kippur "are offered for struggling humanity and for stricken Israel who has borne the brunt of the world’s ills, failures and hate. May the nations emerge out of this cataclysm purged of hate and greed and cured of the cruelties and injustices responsible for this holocaust. We pray for the early victory of the United Nations in the words of the liturgy of the Holy Day; May wickedness be wholly consumed like smoke, the dominion of arrogance pass away, and righteousness prevail on the face of the earth."

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