Detroit Rabbis Declare May 10 Penitential Day in Hitler Protest Call
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Detroit Rabbis Declare May 10 Penitential Day in Hitler Protest Call

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The Vaad Hair, the Rabbinical Council, Mizrachi and other groups have joined in declaring Wednesday, May 10, the Nazi book-burning day, as a day of penitence. A call is also issued for all Jewish business and professional men to close their stores and stop work at 4 P. M. on that day, when protest meetings will be held in three of the leading synagogues in the city, the B’nai Moshe, Beth Tephila Emanuel and Ahavath Achim.

In each synagogue, rabbis and lay leaders will speak and prayers will be chanted by the cantors. It is planned to read chapters from the Book of Lamentations and to adopt resolutions of protest.

On Wednesday evening, the youth of the city will hold a protest meeting. More than 80 organizations, with a membership of about 3,500, have joined this movement.

The Reform rabbis of this city, Dr. Leo M. Franklin and Rabbi Leon Fram, conferred with the Orthodox leaders in their plans for this religious protest and will address the planned protest meetings.

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