In a letter addressed to President Coolidge, Congressman Emanuel Celler of New York, says:
“Men of Jewish faith who have remained home on the Jewish New Year, the importance of which you emphasize in your remarks, and the subsequent Day of Atonement, have found themselves to ehrid dismay and surprise, summarily dismissed. I have taken up several of these cases with the Postmaster of New York City and subsequently with the office of the Postmaster General in Washington, but my efforts heretofore have been futile. I am met with the lame excuse that it is necessary, because of the shortage of men, to
compel Jews, despite their religious convictions, to work on these high holidays. I am informed that employees of other religious denominations are compelled to work on holidays which, according to their conscience, should be given over to prayer and Godly meditations.
“Therefore, I invite your investigation of this shocking state of affairs and ask you to lift up your hand to destroy this practice; you will thus suit your actions to your words.”
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