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Lot #    18784
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 12:08:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Children's services: prayers and hymns
Author    [Liturgy - Reform] R. George Solomon
City    Savannah, Georgia
Publisher    Congregation Mickve Israel
Publication Date    1913
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   53 pp., 173:126 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary wrappers. Rare - Wachs records only one copy in major collections.
Paragraph 1    Full title: Children's services: prayers and hymns for the religious school. This small volume, which is almost entirely in English, was used as a text for the religious school of Congregation Mickve Israel of Savannah, Georgia. The few lines that are in Hebrew are transliterated as well. The prayers are for the Sabbath and for the holidays and the booklet includes instructions , such as "children rise".There are also brief English versions of prayers such as "Prayer after Meals" and "Night Prayer" . The prayers are followed by 64 hymns.

On the page opposite the title page are the names of three students who used the book at one time.

   Congregation Mickve Israel was founded by 42 Jews who arrived in Savannah, in the new colony of Georgia, on July 11, 1733. Having left London, England, five months earlier, the brave band of mostly Portuguese Jews and two German Jewish families sought freedom and opportunity in the New World.

The first communal act upon landing in Savannah was the initiation of divine services. Worship was facilitated by the fact that more than a "Minyan" (a quorum of 10 men) was immediately available and a Torah Scroll (the first 5 books of the bible) was carried by the settlers to their new home in Georgia.These founders of Mickve Israel brought with them a “Safertoro” [sic] made of deerskin, with two “cloaks,” and a “circumcision box,” which was donated by a London merchant. This Torah is still used on commemorative occasions at Mickve Israel.

In 1790 the congregation was granted a Charter from the state of Georgia, confirming the legal status of the third oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. Savannah Jews have been prominent in all aspects of the commercial, cultural and political life of the community. Mickve Israel remains today an active spiritual community, affiliated with the Reform movememt in Judaism

   Wachs 861 (1 copy); http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/Savannah.html
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica