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JEWISH SYNAGOGUE.

«*. A servico of a most interesting nature took place yesterday afternoon at the Jewish Synagogue. The occasion was the celebration or' the hundredth birthday of Sir Moses Moutefiore, whose long life of active philanthropy has made his name known and respected throughout the world, and who completed his hundredth year on Oct, 24. The congregation at the Synagogue was a largo one, all the members of the Jewish Church being present, _ together with several Christians. The service, which was conducted by the Rev I. Zachariah, was a special one of prayer and°thanksgiving appointed to be used in all the synagogues in the British Empire on this occasion. It opened witli the ordinary afternoon service, after which the hundredth psalm was chanted by the minister and choir. The 29th psalm," Ascribe unto the Eternal glory and power," was then sung by the choir, after which the 15th psalm, " Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle," was intoned by the minister, and the 2-lth psalm, "To the Eternal belong the earth and its fulnes"s," was sung by the choir. The Eev I. Zachariah then preached from I. Kings, viii., 56 and 57. He gave a brief sketch of the life of Sir Moses Montefiore, and paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of his -wife, Lady Judith, the helper and companion of the venerable philanthropist in his acts of benevolence for half a century, and whose death over 20 years ago he jegarded as the great grief of his life. After commenting on Sir Moses' efforts on behalf of his persecuted co-religionists in Palestine, Russia, and Morocco, as well as on behalf of the oppressed Christians of Damascus, the preacher concluded by exhorting his hearers to follow so illustrious an example, to be faithful to their religion, good citizens, and loyal subjects, and in all things try to imitate the noble character of him whose birthday they had met together to honour. A special prayer was offered after the sermon. This expressed thankfulness to God for His goodness unto His servant, acknowledging that every good resolve had been inspired by him. lt also petitioned that Sir Moses might continue to receive the Divine favour, and that the example of himself and Lady Judith might cause others to tread in their footsteps. The prayer concluded as follows : — " Bestower of all good ! Vouchsafe Thy blessing unto our country, beneath the shadow of which we dwell in happiness. May there be peace within her boundaries, and may her prosperity wax exceeding great. Cause Thy face to shine upon the mother of our land, our Sovereign Lady the Queen. Make her glad, wo beseech Thee, according to tho days wherein Thou hast afflicted her. Protect her son, the Heir Apparent, and may her offspring, even children to the third and fourth generation, be blessed of Thee. Vouchsafe wisdom and understanding unto her ministers and counsellors. Pour out Thy spirit upon all the indwellers of the earth. Cause envy and hatred to perish, so that all may delight in the abundance of peace and goodwill. Be gracious unto us, O Lord, make Thy face to shine upon us, and render us worthy of Tiiy salvation. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion ; build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. Amen." Psalm 150 was then sung, after which the evening- service was read, and the choir sang " Adouu Olom," " Lord of the Universe." The whole service was in the Hebrew tongue, the spacial prayer, however, being also read in English. The sermon wa3 in Euglish. Tho choir gave the musical portions of the service in an admirable manner, Mr S. D. Nathan acting as conductor, and Mr A. G. A. Raphael presiding at the organ.

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JEWISH SYNAGOGUE., Star, Issue 5143, 27 October 1884

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JEWISH SYNAGOGUE. Star, Issue 5143, 27 October 1884

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