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  • Arafat Writes Letter to Zionist Head, but Fails to Condemn Shavuot Attack

    Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat has taken the unprecedented step of writing a letter to the head of a Zionist organization, contending that the PLO “has made a historical compromise” for peace and that “Israel has to make a similar historical compromise to achieve peace with the Palestinian people.” In his message to Menachem… More ▸

  • Flap on School Board Vote on Shavuot is Settled

    Agreement was reached today in federal district court here that a group of Jewish voters in the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District in Long Island could vote tomorrow in a school board election after the school board rejected a protest over the scheduling of the election on Wednesday, the first day of Shavuot. Dennis Rapps,… More ▸

  • Shavuot Observed in Many Ways

    The Shavuot holiday yesterday gave Israelis a long weekend to take to the beaches and countryside while the pious flocked to synagogues. The latter were especially crowded during “Yizkor,” the memorial service for departed loved ones. Shavuot is only observed for one day in Israel. In many respects, it was a children’s holiday Youngsters, garbed… More ▸

  • Israelis Prepare for Shavuot Festival; Gird for Possible Terrorist Acts

    Children were the custodians of tradition today as Israelis prepared for the Shavuot festival beginning at sundown. Youngsters dressed in white and garlanded with flowers, carried baskets of fruit and vegetables to Jewish National Fund headquarters, symbolic of the offering of the first crop. The long weekend ahead is a time of prayer for the… More ▸

  • Shavuot Begins with Anxiety About Jordanian Build-up

    Israeli housewives cleared grocery shelves of cheese for the traditional “blintzes” on Shavuot eve while the nation’s leaders, casting an uneasy eye on the massing of Jordanian troops and armor near Israel’s eastern border, warned today that while Israel was ready to make peace it was strong enough to defeat any attack. Shavuot, the Feast… More ▸

  • Final Exams Scheduled for Shavuot Rescheduled

    The Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York–the only senior college in the city that had final examinations scheduled for Shavuot (May 19)–has agreed to move them to May 30 following “wide-spread protests” by individual students, the campus Hillel organizations, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and other groups. A meeting… More ▸

  • Lindsay Sends Greeting to Jewish People Wishing Them Joyous, Meaningful Shavuoth

    Mayor John V. Lindsay has issued a Shavuoth statement to “my fellow New Yorkers of the Jewish faith,” calling the occasion “a joyous and meaningful holiday.” He said Jewish “ethical precepts” represent the highest aspirations of man.” In another Shavuoth statement. Rabbi Joseph Karasick, president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, said… More ▸

  • Quebec Department of Education Will Try to Re-schedule Exams Set for Shavuot

    The Quebec Department of Education has promised that it will try work out arrangements whereby observant Jewish children will not be required to take their high school final examinations on June 10-11, a date that conflicts with the holiday of Shavuot. The matter was brought to the attention of the board by the Joint Community… More ▸

  • Security Forces Arrest 29 Guerrillas, Break 2 Gangs, During Shavuot Holiday

    While Israelis were happily celebrating Shavuot, Israeli security forces were kept busy on the occupied West Bank and in Israel. Twenty-nine Arab guerrillas were captured in the Samaria (northern) district as two sabotage gangs were broken, a military spokesman said. They disclosed the names of sympathizers who were arrested. The first group of about 10… More ▸

  • Thousands Make Traditional Pilgrimage to Jerusalem to Observe Shavuot

    Thousands of persons made the traditional pilgrimage to Jerusalem over the Shavuot holiday, many to practice the tradition of studying the Torah throughout the night. The streets were also filled with tourists and curiosity-seekers. Torah Scholls were provided in great number at the Western Wall for those who visited there for prayer. Shavuot, which is… More ▸