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10,000 Jews Attended Yom Kippur Services in Moscow Synagogue

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An estimated 10,000 Jews jammed the 2,000-seat central synagogue in Moscow and overflowed into the streets for Yom Kippur services, according to reports received here today from Moscow. The synagogue had been reported as having been the target of a stone-throwing attack on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Thousands of Jews were reported also to have filled the synagogue in Kiev to recite a prayer for the more than 100,000 Jews slain by the Nazis in Kiev on Yom Kippur in 1941.

Those attending Yom Kippur services in Moscow were reported to have lacked prayerbooks and prayer shawls. The choir for the services consisted of five middle-aged men, in contrast to the choir which years ago filled a loft above the women’s balcony and which had made the synagogue known throughout Europe as “the choral synagogue” for its highly trained choir.

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