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Yom Kippur 1906

Observing Day of Atonement
Jews of Springfield hold all day services at Synagogue

The Temple Israel, the Jewish congregation in Springfield, are today observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Hadin. The day began at 6 o’clock Friday and continues until the same hour today. Special services will be held all day Saturday at the synagogue on College Street.

The Day of Atonement is one of the most important of all the festivals of the Jewish Church. It follows ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year Day, and is the last day of the Holy Season. Friday night Rabbi Gross of Cincinnati, spoke to the congregation upon the subject, ‘The Law of Conscience’. Today at the morning service he will give as his text, at 10 o’clock, “The Necessity of Humility and Sincerity’. In the afternoon, at the memorial services, he will speak on the text from Jonah, ‘I am a Hebrew’ the synagogue last night and today, in addition to the sermons, there is the reading of the scripture in the original Hebrew, and the singing of psalms by a finely trained choir. The services are most impressive and solemn throughout.
September 29, 1906, Springfield Republican

Yom Kippur will be observed September 15 and 16 in 2021. The Springfield City Directory for 1906 does not list Temple Israel, so the location of the synagogue on College Street at that time is unknown. See Jews of Springfield of the Ozarks by Mara W. Cohen Ioannides and M. Rachel Gholson.

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