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  • Report Thousands of Soviet Jews Celebrate Succoth and Simhat Torah

    Thousands of Soviet Jews celebrated the Succoth and Simhat Torah holidays last week in full view of agents of the KGB. The Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry has learned that 20,000 Jews sang and danced in joyous celebration of Simhat Torah in front of the Moscow Synagogue. Meanwhile, 2000 others celebrated the holiday… More ▸

  • Simhat Torah Festivals in Solidarity with Soviet Jews Due in 50 Cities

    Simhat Torah festivals will be held Sunday in nearly 50 cities across the country to focus on Soviet Jewry, specifically, the problems of emigration, harassment and the recent dispersal of Soviet Jews from synagogues on the High Holy Days, it was reported today by Stanley H. Lowell, chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry…. More ▸

  • Simhat Torah ‘festival of Freedom’ to Mark Vigilence for Soviet Jews

    Against the backdrop of continuing negotiations between U.S. and Soviet officials on the issue of Jewish emigration, the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry today pledged “constant vigilance,” so that Soviet Jews “will not become victims of another Soviet hoax.” The sale of wheat to the Soviets and other “political deals” that benefited the… More ▸

  • Militiamen Prevent Jews from Celebrating Simchat Torah in Moscow

    The “blanket of fear” has settled over Moscow’s Jews in the wake of this year’s refusal of the authorities to allow worshipers to celebrate the High Holy Days in the Choral Synagogue or dance in Arkhipova Street, Jewish sources reported today. As on Rosh Hs-shana and Yom Kippur this year, militiamen scattered would-be Simchat Torah… More ▸

  • Primary Election on Simchat Torah

    The Assistant Corporation Counsel, Richard Cosgrove, has ruled that the primary election scheduled for Oct. 12, Simchat Torah, cannot be changed, despite protests by two candidates. Cosgrove said the law does not allow changes in the dates of non-partisan primaries. Mrs. Sandra Klebanoff and Mrs. Maggie Alston, candidates for the Board of Education, had asked… More ▸

  • 15,000 Jews Celebrate Simhat Torah in Moscow; Largest Number in Recent Years

    About 15,000 Jews gathered in front of Moscow’s Choral Synagogue Thursday night in celebration of Simhat Torah–the largest number of celebrants to do so in recent years. According to eye-witness reports, Soviet police did not interfere as thousands of young people sang and danced in the streets, watched by thousands more elderly persons. But according… More ▸

  • Day of Prayer for Soviet Jews; Streets Closed for Simhat Torah

    Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone has ordered streets adjoining Orthodox synagogues closed to vehicular traffic tomorrow to accommodate Jews observing Simhat Torah. The celebration traditionally includes singing and dancing in the streets out side of the houses of worship. Mr. Leone has also proclaimed the day a “Day of Prayer and Meditation” by Brooklyn Jews… More ▸