People were in the mood for spring in 1969. They were also in the moods for Passover and Easter. And for singing and decorating. At Congregation Beth Israel in Schenectady, Rabbi Howard Joseph helped younger members of the congregation conduct a seder. The special dinners for Passover were held in Jewish homes beginning on Thursday, April 3. Easter preparations took place at Christ Episcopal Church, where the Rev. Ernest Pugh lit the paschal candle — which would burn for 40 days. At St. George’s Episcopal Church, the “choir of men and boys” prepared for a Lenten concert. Shubert’s “Mass in G” and Faure’s “Requiem” were performed on March 23.
Rabbi Howard Joseph, leader of Congregation Beth Israel, helps children conduct a model seder during the spring of 1969. From left are Monica Rosner, Ronnie Michelson, Elijah Aftergut and Gale Grayman.
The “choir of men and boys” at St. George’s Episcopal Church prepares for a Lenten concert. From left are Alan Williams, Benjamin B. Coe, Raymond Wall, Richard P. Sowers, David Billmeyer, assistant organist Samuel W. Roberts Jr. (seated), Gino Bianci and choir master Frederick Monks (at far right).
The Rev. Ernest Pugh, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, lights the paschal candle in anticipation of Easter in April 1969. Watching the flame are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Boniface and their daughters, Jennifer, 5, and April, 2.
Two young women show off their spring best in front of St. Columba's Church on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1969.
Three kids — perhaps expecting a large chick — listen to a giant Easter egg at Colonie Center in April 1969.
Zoller Elementary School fifth-graders Meredith Mack, Daniel Markopoulos and Miriam Beck put the finishing touches on an egg tree they made for their teacher, Mrs. William F. Coger.