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3,000 Actors for Jewish Day Pageant

May 28, 1933
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American Jewry has joined hands to in sure the success of Jewish Day, July 3, at A Century of Progress, Chicago’s World’s Fair. Every important Jewish organization in this country is lending its best efforts towards this event, which, it is declared will be the most spectacular event in which American Jewry shall have participated. It is expected that at least 150,000 Jews will gather in the gigantic Soldier Field Stadium, located in Grant Park on the edge of the Century of Progress grounds, to witness the elaborate historical pageant, "The Romance of a People", which will be portrayed by more than 3,000 actors. The pageant will be revealed on the largest stage ever constructed in the history of the theatre. It was designed and constructed under the personal direction of Isaac Van Grove, internationally famous opera, orchestra and pageant director, who has charge of this stupendous undertaking. Mr. Van Grove, who is a Jew, was in charge of the successful Chanukah Festival presented here on Dec. 25, at which time more than 1,500 persons participated in the pageant.

The pageant will be the climax of a series of events. For this pageant and the events preceding it, which will include a Field Day, the cooperation of Jewish communities throughout the country is being received. The large audience will contain many of the leaders of American Jewry from all parts of this country.

Jewish Day was launched at a conference held on April 2 at the LaSalle Hotel, at which were represented organizations from every phase of Jewish life of this city. The conference was called through the initiative of the Jewish Agency, the sponsoring organization.

Dr. Chaim Weizmann has announced that he will be in Chicago for Jewish Day.

The athletic tournament is being organized under the auspices of the Jewish Youth League. Between 5,000 and 6,000 children and young people will participate in the preliminary and championship events. The final events will be held in the court of the Hall of Science Building on the afternoon of Jewish Day.

Hundreds of rehearsals are being held each week by the participants in the pageant and practically every Jewish organization in Chicago and nearby cities and states is actively selling tickets for Jewish Day.

The convention of District Grand Lodge, No. 6, of the B’nai B’rith, has been arranged to coincide with Jewish Day at the Fair and will be held in Chicago during the week of July 3.

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