Jewish communities in the provinces of Germany have decided to abstain from synagogue services celebrating the Jewish New Year next week, in order to avoid anything that might be considered as provocation to the Nazis, it was learned here today.
In Berlin, however, the sale of seats in the synagogues for the High Holidays is larger than ever before, reflecting the greater sense of security felt by the Jews in the capital.
The Union of Jewish Women, in a moving appeal to the Jewish women of Germany, appealed to them not to dress conspicuously on the holidays and not to draw too much attention to themselves. "In this time, the appearance of Jewish women is of great importance," the appeal pointed out. "It must be modest in design and combination of colors in order to reflect our mood at this present time. All that is conspicuous is harmful to the individual and to all Jews and provokes animosity.
"Therefore," it continues, "it is the duty of every Jewess to obey the command of our time and dress as modestly as possible."
The German Zionist Federation, in association with the Mizrachi, the orthodox Zionist group, has arranged special High Holiday services at the Zionist offices in the Meinekestrasse. The B’nai B’rith, fraternal organization, has made its lodge quarters available for services for Russian Jews to help East European Jews in Germany who are in distress.
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