Ohel Leah Synagogue’s First and Only Confirmation

From April to November 1963, Ohel Leah Synagogue had a Reform rabbi as its spiritual leader. Rabbi Ferdinand Myron Isserman had served at Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri for over 34 years prior to coming to Hong Kong.

One of his initiatives was to institute the synagogue’s first bat mitzvah ceremony. Called a “Festival of Confirmation”, it took place on June 2, 1963, which fell on the Sunday before Shavuot 5763. Six girls were confirmed (along with two boys) that day.

Source: Ferdinand M. Isserman Papers, MS-6, Box 5, Folder 9. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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