simchat torah

  • Albania Blasts Soviets for Allowing Moscow Jews to Mark Simchas Torah

    Albania, the pro-Peking Communist state in the Balkans, has sharply criticized Soviet authorities for permitting Moscow Jews to celebrate Simchat Torah in the street outside of the main synagogue there last October. According to the Albanian news agency “Bashkimi” the celebration was an example of “leniency toward the clergy” by the Soviet “revisionists.” The news… More ▸

  • Round-up of Canadian Simhat Torah Demonstrations Broadcast to Russia

    A round-up of Simhat Torah demonstrations in six major Canadian cities in behalf of Soviet Jews was included in the Russian language program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. international service, the Canadian Jewish Congress reported. The round-up was included at the C.J. Congress’ initiative. More ▸

  • Leningrad Police Dispersed Youth with Truncheons on Simhat Torah, ‘yediot’ Reports

    An Israeli newspaper claimed today that Leningrad police armed with clubs dispersed 5,000 Jewish youths attempting to participate in Simhat Torah celebrations outside of the Leningrad synagogue last week. The evening daily Yediot Achronot attributed its information to a tourist who arrived here from Russia and said he witnessed the incident. According to the account,… More ▸

  • 12,000 Jews, Mostly Young, Dance and Sing in Moscow to Celebrate Simhat Torah

    About 12,000 Moscow Jews sang and danced on the quarter-mile long Arkhipov St. outside the Choral Synagogue last night in a spontaneous celebration of Simhat Torah. Eyewitnesses said that youngsters outnumbered the middle aged and elderly. They sang traditional Jewish songs, including “Hava Nagila” and some groups chanted. “I am a Jew, we are all… More ▸

  • Rabbi Levin Expresses Joy over Simhat Torah Festivities in Talk with Rabbi Schneier

    Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin of Moscow’s Grand Choral Synagogue radiated joy over Russian Jews’ Simhat Torah celebration in a telephone conversation today with a New York rabbi who is a close friend. Rabbi Arthur Schneier of New York’s Park East Synagogue, which is near the Soviet Mission to the United Nations, called Rabbi Levin and… More ▸

  • Israelis Prepared to Celebrate Simhat Torah with Street Festivities

    Israelis prepared today to celebrate the Simhat Torah festival with processions through the streets and traditional singing and dancing in the main squares of the city. Simhat Torah marks the reading of the last portion of the Torah and the first portion immediately afterwards to renew the annual cycle. Large crowds are expected and the… More ▸

  • Soviet Agency Says Simchat Torah Observance Was ‘folk Custom’, Not Religious

    The official Soviet overseas propaganda news agency conceded today that great numbers of young Moscow Jews had participated in the dancing and singing that marked the end of Simchat Torah but asserted that they came out, not in observance of religious practices, but as participants in a folk custom. The Novosti Press Agency, in a… More ▸

  • Israelis Begin Celebration of Succoth-simhas Torah Festivals

    Israeli families by the thousands moved out of doors tonight to take their evening meal in booths decorated with garlands of fall flowers and fruits as the seven day Succoth-Simhas Torah festival began here. The Ministry of Religious Affairs has organized a pilgrimage to Mt. Zion in Jerusalem on Sunday where prayers for peace will… More ▸

  • Moscow Jews Celebrate Simchat Torah; Thousands Dance Outside Synagogue

    Tens of thousands of Moscow Jews of all ages danced and sang for hours last night outside the Central Synagogue of Moscow in celebration of Simchat Torah, it was reported here today from Moscow. The synagogue itself was packed with 3,000 persons attending the three-hour services with many more unable to enter. The assembly was… More ▸