Thousands of Jewish Servicemen Herald Coming of New Year on Three Continents

Thousands of Jewish servicemen in the American armed forces assembled on three continents to take part in ceremonies for the Rosh Hashonah holiday, the National Jewish Welfare Board announced today.

Reports received by the JWB from Europe, Asia and all sections of North America emphasized the emergency housing and feeding preparations made by Jewish chaplains for G.I.s who travelled hundreds of miles by rail, jeep and plane; the provision of facilities for worship by Army authorities; the high measure of aid and cooperation from Christian chaplains, and the large participation of refugees and civilian communities.

Hundreds of civilians took part in the services in Germany and Austria, held in camps, synagogues and JWB religious hospitality centers.

At Manila, a Jewish chaplain, accompanied by GIs and civilian youth from the community, visited the graves of Jewish men who fell in the struggle for the city and conducted memorial services.

GIs stationed at Saipan, Iwo Jima, Tinian and Kwajalein were flown to Guam where services were conducted by men from the ranks. Jewish servicemen scattered over the frozen wastes of Alaska were flown to Fort Richardson for observance of the New Year.

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