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  • 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 ▸

  • Moscow Jews Celebrate Simchat Torah in Public Demonstration

    One of the most unusual demonstrations ever witnessed in the Soviet Union occurred Monday night, when a vast crowed of Jews–including at least 15, 000 young boys and girls–gathered in a square in front of the Central Synagogue of Moscow to celebrate Simchat Torah, it was learned here today. According to a highly reliable American… More ▸

  • Israelis Celebrate Simchat Torah with Traditional Festive Rites

    Israelis throughout the country concluded the Simchat Torah holiday here with singing, dancing and merrymaking in the streets. Here, the famed “hakkafot” procession of Torah scrolls started at Heichal Shlomo, the Chief Rabbinate Center, and made its way to the President’s home, where President Zalman Shazar joined in the festivities. Also taking part in the… More ▸

  • 15,000 Celebrated Simhat Torah in Moscow Rally; 10,000 in Leningrad

    Large Jewish crowds assembled to celebrate Simhat Torah last week in front of the synagogues of Moscow and Leningrad, it was reported here today in the influential daily, Le Monde. The paper said that in Moscow, 15,000 Jews, a majority of whom were young people, sang and danced in front of the synagogue. The crowd,… More ▸

  • Moscow Synagogue Stoned During Simchat Torah Celebration; None Arrested

    For the second time during the current holiday season, a brick was thrown Friday night through a window of the Moscow Central Synagogue, according to a dispatch to the New York Herald Tribune today from David Miller, one of the newspaper’s correspondents in the Soviet capital, A similar occurrence had taken place at the synagogue… More ▸

  • Israelis Celebrate Simchat Torah Joyously; Reform Group Wins Court Rule

    Joyous processions in synagogues and on the streets marked the Simchat Torah festival in Israel this weekend. Thousands took part in public Torah processions in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Chief Rabbi Itzhak Nissim and Minister for Religious Affairs Zerach Warhaftig greeted the crowds in Jerusalem’s be flagged Paris Square, outside the Heichal Shlomo, the Supreme… More ▸

  • Israeli Diplomats Attend Simchas Torah Celebration of Lubavitcher Rebbe

    Adhering to a tradition of several years’ standing, members of Israel’s mission here tonight attended the Simchas Torah celebration conducted at his Brooklyn headquarters by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Earlier today, Moshe Sharett, former Israeli Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, now chairman of the Jewish Agency, attended religious services at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he… More ▸

  • Street Dancing Marks Celebration of Simchat Torah in Israel

    Dancing in the streets was the order of the day in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa as Israelis of all ages celebrated Simchat Torab. Hundreds of dancing worshipers accompanied President Itzhak Ben Zvi to his home from the synagogue which he attends here. Tourists participated in festivities in the ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim quarter of this… More ▸