Jews Prepare to Observe Yom Kippur Commencing Tonight at Sundown
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Jews Prepare to Observe Yom Kippur Commencing Tonight at Sundown

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With the setting of the sun this evening, Jews throughout the land will solemnize their holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur. The shofar, the sacred ram’s horn, which is blown only on the highest holidays of the year, will call young and old to atone for their sins.

In most of the ninety-one charitable agencies affiliated with the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, services will be held for the ill, the aged, the orphaned, the needy and the disabled.

Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations throughout the city plan services at which residents of the neighborhood will join members in the atonement prayer.


Dr. Stephen S. Wise, rabbi of the Free Synagogue, will conduct the services for the Day of Atonement in a special broadcast over Station WABC and the Columbia network, Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. The portion of the ritual to be heard will be the Penitential Service, and the subject of Dr. Wise’s sermon will be, “Salvation: Whence?” The Memorial Service will be broadcast from three to four o’clock on Saturday afternoon and Dr. Wise will preach the Memorial sermon. Under the direction of Professor A. W. Binder, the Free Synagogue Choir will render such selections from synagogue liturgy as the traditional “Shmai Yisroel” (Hear, O Israel) and “Adony Adony” (the thirteen attributes of God). The broadcast will originate in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall, where the service will be held for the congregation.


Services will be conducted by the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), at its headquarters, 425 Lafayette Street. These services are held for the Jewish immigrants sheltered at the HIAS home and for the Jewish unemployed and homeless who are being provided for by the Society’s department of shelter. Through the courtesy of Edward Corsi, Immigration Commissioner, religious services will also be held at Ellis Island for detained Jewish immigrants and deportees.

Yom Kippur services will be held at Town Hall, 113 W. 43rd Street, by Dr. Jacob Sonderling, sponsor of the Neo-Chassidic idea in synagogue services. At the conclusion of Yom Kippur on Saturday night, Dr. Sonderling will take his entire congregation to dinner because he believes that the rabbi and the entire body of worshippers should break the fast together instead of breaking up into small groups.

Rabbi Louis I. Newman will speak on “The Mission for Which Jews Suffer” on Friday evening and “Can’t Human Nature Be Changed?” on Saturday morning at Congregation Rodeph Sholem, 7 West 83rd Street. At the West End Synagogue, Rabbi Nathan Stern will preach on “We Do Our Part” and Rabbi Schachter on “Forgive and Forget.” Dr. Stern will preach the Memorial Sermon on Saturday afternoon.

At. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Rabbi Israel Goldstein will speak on “Ex-Jews Reclaimed” and “The Power Over Self.” Rabbi Abraham Dubin of the B’nai Israel Community Center in Brooklyn will speak on “Modern Idolatry” and “The Psychology of Sin.” Rabbi Jacob Bosniak of the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center will speak on “Atonement, the Sacrifices of Yom Kippur” and “Keep the Living Alive.” At the Hebrew Institute of Mamaroneck, Rabbi Edward Schoenfeld will preach on “What Do We Ask of Life?”, “Awakening Tender Memories” and “A New Gateway to Heaven.”

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