Synagogue Council Marks Succoth by Proclaiming Agricultural Sabbath for U.S. Jews

The observance of Succoth was marked here by the Synagogue Council of America which proclaimed next Saturday as Agricultural Sabbath in connection with the eight-day Festival of Tabernacles which commemorates the ancient agricultural harvest festival in Palestine. Succoth observance will continue through next Monday.

An announcement from the Synagogue Council pointed out that there are at present 150,000 Jews in the United States who earn their livelihood from the soil. The Jewish Agricultural Society, the announcement added, has noted an increasing interest in farming, particularly among Jewish veterans and newly-arrived refugee immigrants. The Council expressed the hope that rabbis will preach on the theme of farm life in this country on Agricultural Sabbath.

Special Succoth services have been arranged for recently-arrived displaced Jews living at the HIAS Shelter here. A large holiday booth was erected on the premises of the Shelter to accommodate those wishing to eat their meals in the traditional manner. Special facilities for celebrating the Succoth holiday have also been arranged by the HIAS at Ellis Island for Jewish DP’s awaiting admission to the United States.

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