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Jews Prepare to Greet Rosh Hashonah with Tragedy in Germany Shadowing Services

September 20, 1933
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Thousands of Jews throughout Greater New York will suspend business activities at sundown tonight and greet Jewish New Year 5694 witht prayer and thanksgiving at synagogues all over the city.

The High Holy Day observances will be colored by tragic developments in Germany and grief for the persecuted German Jews. Rabbis will preach on topics relative to the Nazi regime. Congregations everywhere will voice their condemnation of Hitler and say prayers for German Jewry. In many synagogues and temples, special prayers will be recited.

The Rev. Dr. Israel Goldstein, rabbi of Temple B’nai Jeshurun, West 89th Street, will address his congregation on “A World in Travail.” Rabbi Stephen S. Wise will speak on “Addicted to the Infinite” at services to be held at the Free Synagogue in Carnegie Hall. At Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Samuel Schulman will preach on “The Dying Year’s Challenge to Israel.”

In many neighborhoods where the synagogues are unable to accommodate the demand for seats, halls and other public meeting places will be used to conduct services. Union Temple, in Brooklyn, has rented the Academy of Music, Lafayette Avenue, where Rabbi Sidney S. Tedesche will preach.


The Jewish Congregation of the Community Reform Temple, Kings Highway, will hold its Holy Day services in the Christian Kings Highway Congregational Church. The Rev. Herman F. Reisig, of the church, invited Rabbi Samuel Peiper to house his congregation in the church, which is larger than the community house synagogue. The rabbi accepted.

Unemployed and needy Jews will be invited to attend services held by the Bronx Jewish Civic League.

The program to be held as part of the High Holy Day services at Town Hall will feature contributions to culture and learning made by German Jews. It is sponsored by Rabbi Joseph Sonderling, formerly of the Hamburg Solomon Synagogue.

Services for the disabled, the old, the poor and otherwise incapacitated will be held under the auspices of the ninety-one charitable agencies affiliated with the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies.

Bedridden patients at the Hospital for Joint Diseases will be wheeled into the hospital auditorium in wheel chairs or carried in on their beds in order that they may join in the services.

Relatives will worship with patients, doctors, nurses and employees in the auditorium of Beth Israel Hospital, while at Mount Sinai Hospital, services for ambulatory patients will be held in the synagogue.

More than 1,700 persons will assemble in the synagogue and religious school of the Bronx Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association, Fulton Avenue and 171st Street. Junior services will be conducted by students of the association’s Talmud Torah.

The Young Men’s Hebrew Association, 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue, will mark the observance in its auditorium with Rabbi Henry M. Rosenthal officiating. Cantor Jacob Beimel and his choir will conduct the services.


Prominent rabbis and laymen will speak at services in the synagogue of the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, 31 West 110th Street. The Rev. Dr. Louis I. Newman will deliver the sermon on Friday morning. M. Maldwin Fertig, legislative counsel to Governor Lehman, will speak on Thursday.

Rosh Hashonah is home-coming time for the “alumni” of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, 1560 Amsterdam Avenue. Abraham S. Weber, newly-appointed director of the budget of the State of New York, is expected to be among those who will attend the services.

Under the supervision of Rabbi Samuel A. Berman, director of Religious Education at the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society, Pleasantville, services will be conducted at that institution with a trained choir composed of children from the institution singing the choral responses.

At the Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews, 121 W. 105th Street, men and women, ranging in age from 60 to 96, will enjoy a special holiday dinner. Rabbi Isadore Perlmutter will preside at the synagogue services.

Crippled children at the Blythedale Home, Valhalla, N. Y., and healthy boys and girls whose mothers are incapacitated, at the Children’s Haven of Far Rockaway, will also observe the day with special festive dinners. At the Children’s Haven, divine services will be held for the older boys and girls and religious talks will be heard by the younger ones.

Services for adults and special services for children will be held by Beth-El Sisterhood, 329 East 62nd Street, for residents of the mid-East Side district.

By courtesy of Edward Corsi, Commissioner of Immigration, deportations will be suspended at Ellis Island during the Jewish High Holidays and examination of newly-arrived Jewish aliens will be expedited so that they may join their relatives in the New Year festivities. Services are to be held at the Island.

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