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Rosh Hashanah Services Organized for Algerian Refugees in France

Special Rosh Hashanah services for many thousands of Jewish refugees from North Africa were held throughout France. In a number of instances, High Holy Day services were conducted in a number of French towns where no organized Jewish community has existed for some years, until the recent influx of North African Jewish refugees.

In Paris, the Cirque d’Hiver was the location for special services for Jews from Oran, Algeria. The newly opened Paris Jewish Community Center was converted into a synagogue where services were conducted in the Algiers tradition. Many smaller auditoriums and chapels were used for services for Jewish immigrants from Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.