Service Men Get Furloughs for Holidays
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Service Men Get Furloughs for Holidays

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To enable Jewish soldiers, sailors, coast guardsmen and members of the Civilian Conservation Corps to observe the Jewish High Holidays, furlough orders have been issued by the United States Government, the Jewish Welfare Board announced yesterday.

Headed: “Furloughs for Jewish holidays for soldiers of the Jewish faith,” the War Department’s order reads: “The Secretary of War desires, in order to permit soldiers of the Jewish faith to participate in the celebration of High Holy Days, beginning at sundown September 9, 1934 and continuing until sundown September 19, that members of the faith be granted furloughs for such time as necessary to permit them to be at their homes, when practicable, or at places where these celebrations are held … provided no interference with the public service is occasioned thereby.”

The Chief of the Bureau of Navigation has issued an order as follows: “The Bureau is informed of the Jewish High Holidays…. Those interested may submit requests for leave they desire.”

“Personnel of the Jewish faith will be granted leave of absence,” a Coast Guard order states.

“No beneficiaries will be permitted to leave hospital when such absence would be prejudicial to their physical condition,” the United States Veterans Administration announced.

The Jewish Welfare Board arranges for religious services at posts and hospitals for service men who do not avail themselves of the furlough privilege. The High Holidays are also observed in China, the Philippines, Hawaii, Panama and Haiti under the Board’s supervision.

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