President’s Favorite Psalm is Read At Services.
Synagogues in New York joined the many other houses of worship in offering prayers for the recovery of President Harding. At the Institutional Synagogue at the suggestion of ex-Congressman Isaac Siegel, President Harding’s favorite psalm, the 121st, was read by Rabbi Herbert Goldstein and repeated by the Congregation. During Mrs. Harding’s illness the President repreatedly read this psalm.
As bulletins brought word of the serious turn in President Harding ###s condition prayers were begun in the orthodox synagogues. The first was at the Poale Zedek Anshe Elia Synagogue of which Rev. Moses Balshkin is rabbi.
The United Synagogue of America and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations both dispatched telegrams of sympathy and hope for the recovery of the President and Mrs. Harding.
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