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Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday of February)

This is an archive of prayers, elegies, and other work composed for, or relevant to, the life of President George Washington (1732-1799), whose birthday is celebrated as a civic holiday in the United States, every third Monday of the month of February. The day is also known as Presidents’ Day.

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For public readings selected for President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, go here.


Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Theodore Lewis on 18 February 1963

Prayer for National Holiday, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Morris Silverman on 19 February 1959

Opening Prayer on the Significance of Washington’s Birthday, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Closing Prayer for Washington’s Birthday, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

An American Covenant of Brotherhood, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and Eugene Kohn (1945)

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Abram Simon on 22 February 1925

Prayer for the Centennial of the Inauguration of George Washington, by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef (1889)

Prayer for the Government in honor of George Washington, First President of the United States of America by Ḳ.Ḳ. Beit Shalome (1789)

תפילה לשלום המלכות | Prayer for the Welfare of George Washington, George Clinton, and the Thirteen States of America by Hendla Jochanan van Oettingen (1784)

A Jewish Prayer for Peace between England and her Colonies on a public day of fasting and prayer, 17 May 1776