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Synagogue Council Proclaims Six-week Period of Mourning for Jews in Europe

April 12, 1943
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The Synagogue Council of America today proclaimed a six-week Period of Mourning and Intercession for the two million Jews massacred by the Nazis in Europe, which will start on the closing day of Passover and conclude on June 9.

During these six weeks synagogues in every part of the country will conduct special memorial services. Jews are being asked to observe Mondays and Thursdays as partial fast days, to limit occasions of amusement, and to make extra contributions to the United Jewish Appeal, which is engaged in rescue work for European Jews. Special prayers are to be recited and moments of silence observed at home and in public meetings. Certain days in the Jewish calendar which are traditionall observed as semi-festival days during this period will be excepted. Frequent religious gatherings will be organized by the leading rabbis in communities throughout the nation.

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