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Synagogues in 250 American Cities Observe “tercentenary Sabbath”

Orthodox, Conservative and Reform congregations in more than 250 cities and towns across the country observed Tercentenary Sabbath on Friday evening and Saturday this week-end as a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Jewish settlement in the United States.

The celebration of Tercentenary Sabbath is in keeping with the national proclamation issued by the Tercentenary Committee on Religious and Educational Participation, in conjunction with various rabbinical bodies, which declared: “Within the home of America we have succeeded in preserving the unique identity of the Jewish religion, worshipping in keeping with our historic tradition; and we have preserved our ancient teachings, our ethics, and our religious ideals in the free climate of our nation. Our religion is strong, as our American loyalty is strong.”