NEW YORK (Sep. 19)
Jews the world over dedicated themselves today to earnest penitence and profoundest prayers on the eve of the most solemn day of the year, Yom Kippur. At Kol Nidrei services just before sundown today, throughout tonight and tomorrow, ending with the closing prayer of “Neilah” tomorrow, Jews consecrated themselves to devotions, purification, seeking forgiveness for past sins, seeking reconciliation with God and renewal of religious, ethical and moral life.
Tonight and tomorrow, as the Day of Atonement is observed, the 10 Days of Awe are concluded. These Penitential Days began exactly 10 days ago, with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah.
Many hundreds of thousands of business and professional offices, industrial plants and other private enterprises will be tightly closed for Yom Kippur in this city and in most parts of the country, as well as the world over. In the United States, as well as in many other countries of the free world, schools and universities have made special arrangements to excuse Jewish students and teachers.