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  • Thousands of Jews Celebrate Shavuot at Wailing Wall; First Time in 19 Years

    Thousands of Israeli Jews poured into old Jerusalem today to celebrate Shavuot at the Wailing Wall, the holiest of Judaism’s shrines, for the first time in 19 years. The observance of the holiday at the wall, partly a relic of Solomon’s Temple, also marked the first time in centuries that Jews were able to worship… More ▸

  • President of J. N. F. of America Deplores Lack of Unity in U.S. Jewry

    The lack of unity on the part of American Jewry in the face of renewed threats against Israel’s security was deplored here last night by Max Bressler, president of the Jewish National Fund of America. He spoke before a gathering of 1, 500 persons attending the JNF’s annual Shevuoth celebration. “Even the threat of Israel’s… More ▸

  • N.j. Legislature Defeats Slaughter Bill Threatening Kashruth

    The Assembly of the New Jersey Legislature has defeated a so-called “humane slaughter” bill which, if enacted, would have affected shechitah in the State of New Jersey and might have affected the supply of Kosher meats to New York City, whose markets are almost entirely dependent on the output of slaughter houses in this state…. More ▸

  • Synagogues in Moscow and Leningrad Were Crowded During Shavuoth

    All synagogues in Moscow and in Leningrad were crowded beyond capacity last week when Shavuoth services were conducted by the congregations, according to highly authentic reports received here today from the Soviet Union. Not only the houses of worship but the courtyards surrounding the synagogues were filled with many hundreds of Jews celebrating the holiday,… More ▸

  • Arab Infiltrators Attack Israeli Car Near Eilat; Escape to Sinai

    Shevuoth holiday traffic was interrupted today when infiltrators attacked a car carrying three tourists and two Israelis near the Red Sea Port of Silat in Southern Israel. The assailants ambushed the car firing seven shots and hitting mainly the tires. A car coming from the opposite direction rescued the uninjured occupants. Security Forces rushed to… More ▸

  • Observance of Shavuot Starts in Israel with Children’s Street Marches

    Some 5,000 children took part today in the “first fruit” assemblies held here as part of the public observance of Shavuot both in the capital and throughout Israel which starts tomorrow evening. The holiday commemorates both the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount final and the traditional festival of the first harvests. Dressed in… More ▸

  • Shavuot Marked in Israel by Ancient Ceremony of Offering ‘first Fruit’

    Symbolic offerings of Israel’s farm products were carried by children in towns and settlements yesterday in “First Fruit” ceremonies reminiscent of the Shavuot ritual during the period of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. Shavuot, which began after dusk last night, is celebrated for one day in Israel and for two days by traditional Jews outside… More ▸

  • Traditional Shavuoth Vigil Revived at Center of Israel Chief Rabbinate

    The traditional vigil of Jewish scholars on the eve of Shavuoth, the holiday commemorating Revelation, was revived this week-end at the new center of the Israel Chief Rabbinate here with 63 scholars reading sections of the commentaries to groups of vigil keepers. Mt. Zion, where boughs and flowers were picked to adorn the synagogues for… More ▸

  • Four Neturei Karta Members Begin Jail Terms Imposed in Riots over Pool

    Four more members of the Neturei Karta were to begin jail terms today on sentences imposed Friday but suspended until the close of the Shevuoth holiday. Like defendants in previous trials, the four sect members were charged with creating public disturbances inarrests growing out of the sect’s demonstrations against a pool in Jerusalem in which… More ▸