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Iriday, May 22, 1942
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|ao Independent Weekly Serving American Citizen* oi Jewish Faith
■ Combining the Florida Jewish News and The Jewish Citi^
1 Oldest and Most Widely Circulated Jewish Publication
;■ tn this Territory”
■p by ISADORE MOSCOVITZ, RSj7
■rTthe absence of Capt. Moscovitz, now in the military service, the
paper is being edited by Mrs. Moscovitz.
Printed Weedy et 404 treed St.
0. Box 903 Phone 9-4044 Jacksonville, Florida
■lwpweekly i« opposed to Communism, Fascism, and Nazism and is
dedicated to the ideals of American democracy.
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Act of March 3, IM
Subecriptten Gee Yeer, K.M; Sit Meetu. SI.N
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■”-'" Member of Religious News Service
Member of THE JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY
Member of the Independent Jewish Press Service
Member of American Jewish Press Club
I Value Os Vocational Guidance
One of the finest illustrations of what unified Jewish
■activity can accomplish is the Jewish Occupational Council,
■which, though handicapped by the lack of funds and the
■competition still offered by the very agencies which helped
■create it and do not yet fully realize its value, is exploring
■a vital and complex problem facing American Jewry. Its
■current program to co-operate with the President’s Com
■mittee on Fair Employment Practice serves merely to illus
■trate its possibilities as a channel for the discussion and
■solution of job-finding for Jews.
The May issue of the Jewish Occupational Bulletin of
■fers a challenge to those who believe that a purpose is serv
l(d by elaborate vocational guidance agencies for Jews.
■Robert K. Golden, Director of the United Employment Ser
■vice of Pittsburgh, is pessimistic. He contends that “de
■spite the fact that approximately $500,000 is spent an
■nually by local and national Jewish agencies to promote the
■occupational adjustment of Jews,” the program does not
■work. He adds that “not only have the Jewish vocational
■agencies failed to prove their right to divert funds from
■the war effort to carry on their current vocational guid
ance programs, but almost without exception they are
■planning to expand their present programs during the com
■ing year. If we, as administrators of these funds, cannot
■be sufficiently self-critical to distinguish between theory
land, practice, then we must accept the responsibility for in-
Iviting others to put an end to this irresponsible and reckless
■ waste of community resources during a war emergency.
This view is challenged in the same issue by Walter A.
■ Lurie, Acting Director of the Jewish Vocational Service of
■ Chicago. But wherever the truth lies, it is refreshing to
■ see an American-Jewish agency imbued with the integrity
land the responsibility to analyze a problem regardless of
■ how vested interestes are affected. It is this type of
I leadership in the Jewish Occupational Council, symbolized
lin its able young Director, Eli E. Cohen,. which provides
I hope that the problem of economic restratification and the
I task of combatting economic discrimination may be skill
■ fully and realistically handled by a central agency. But
I first, all other agencies in the field must be willing to yield
I some of their separate authorities to the new body they
I have created and they must adhere to the present method
lof seeing the problem with its shadows and well as its
I lights.
WE FOLLOW THE STORK
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THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
Heard In The
Lobhies
BY DAVID DEUTSCH
I
all in a lifetime
A famous prospective and pre
vious aspirant for the Republican
Presidentiai nomination is to be
smeared for anti-Semitism, when
he is actually one of the wann
est friends the Jews have , . .!
The highest paid executive in the ;
movie industry shouted a curse- !
word at another big executive |
when the latter doubted that |
Henry Ford’s recantation should ;
be taken 100% at face value. The i
doubter, whose pictures have done j
much to combat anti-semitism,
said nothin" but walked out of j
the meeting place. Some day the ■
cantankerous gentleman who races !
horses and insults colleagues will :
be told off plenty for his arro- '
gance . . , Edgar B. Stern, broth
er-in-law of Lessing Rosenwahi
and one of America’s foremost
philanthropists, hailing from New
Orleans, is WPB special advisor
on priorities . . . Page AIBO7 of I
the May 7th issue of the Con- ’
gressional Record finds “After
you, Alphonse” between Senator
James M. Mead of New York,
who asked his colleagues for un
animous consent to extend the
remarks of Senator James E.
Murray of Montana, while the
latter asked similar consent to re
print a speech of the New York
er. Both inserted speeches they
had delivered on behalf of a Jew
ish Army at a New York dinner.
A few days later, A1 Strelsin’s
speech appeared in the record . . .
William S. Paley, Columbia Broad
casting System president, has
achieved the ambition of his ca
reer in being able to dedicate his
new Latin-American network with
76 stations in 20 republics sourh
of the Rio Grande. Paley made a
personal survey of the countries
for 7 weeks td look into the plan
before it was set up. William H.
Fineshriber, Jr., son of the Phil
adelphia rabbi, was transferred
from his position as music direc
tor of CBS’ domestic network to
the post of program director of
the Latin-American division . . .
Man most responsible for the suc
cessful season of Ballet Russe is
ballet conductor Efrem Kurtz,
who prefers to direct symphonies
but makes a good living guiding
toe-dancers. He’s crazy about
America . . . Watch for the piano
playing of the recently bar
mitzvahed son of Joeph Schwartz,
the rabbi social worker who made
such a hit in Lisbon for the JDC
that Dr. Weizmann gave him spe
cial mention in his recent radio
broadcast. The lad is ready for
big-time concerts and hopes his
dad will soon come back to hear
him.
ZIONIST CONFERENCE
Biggest success of that emer
gency Zionist Conference called
in New York was Meyer W. Weis
gal, for whom it marked a come
back, since he parted company
with the Zionist Organization
back in 1931 . . . Weisgal was re
sponsible for the technical man
agement of the parley and did a
job that earned him the public
tribute of both Dr. Weizmann and
Dr. Wise . . . Originally intended
as a private confab among 150 at
most, it turned out to be an S. R.
O. performance for three days in
a hall that seated some 1,100.. .
Rumor is that Cleveland s Abba
Hillel Silver has been urged to
take over control of the Zionist
Emergency Committee. Keep
your eye on him as the strong
man” of the Zionist movement in
its most critical days . . . Meir
Grossman, journalistic head of
the Jewish State Party, who
caused a turmoil at the Confer
ence because Dr. Wise assailed
the Jewish Army Committee for
“lawlessness,” threatens to call a
huge conference in New York to
denounce the Emergency Commit
tee as undemocratic and non-
Zionist.
! RELIGIOUS REMARKABLES
'' MON SCHOOL AND CHURCH I
r >.T THE mr northern HHv \.fWi
staus. ; jßrag
J ? I- EPISCOPAL MINISTER,
REV. WILLIAM F HUBBARD, |
Religious N«r» Service
lITTLE FLOWER'OF FRANCE. f
HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY WAS l M \<>
READ IN EVERY PART OF THE lfwJJ
GLOBE. PRECEEDING HER SCARLET
BEATIFICATION IN 1923. AN BANNER
AVERAGE OF 400 PERSONS Ift WAS THE GIFT OF CHARLES IV
VISITED HER TOMb.YET SHE /A (1357 JIN RECOGNITION OF
WAS ONLY 24 WHEN SHE DIED/ |\ JEWISH MILITARY VALOR.
fALTNCU SYNAGOGUE, PRAGUE)
Mordecai Kaplan, A Man Os Integrity
BY MILTON STEINBERG
Associate Editor of the Reconstructionist
On Sunday evening, May 24th, the friends of Professor
Mordecai M. Kaplan will gather on the occasion of his sixti
eth birthday to pay to him a tribute of affection and in
debtedness. At the banquet will be present representa
tives of every significant aspect of American Jewish life.
Among them will be advocates of the Reconstructionist
philosophy and program of which Dr. Kaplan is the found
er. Among them will also be those who dissent from that
philosophy and program, either in detail or in the large.
And yet, all of them will be of one mind in their reverence
for the personality of Dr. Kaplan and in their appreciation
of the role he has played on the American Jewish scene.
It is not Dr. Kaplan’s scholarship which has made him
perhaps the most influential single personality in American
Judaism, though he is a man of vast erudition, both Jewish
and general. It is not the graciousness and warmth of his
heart, though he is one of the kindliest and most sympa
thetic of human beings. It is not his large intellectual
powers, though his faculties of reasoning are vigorous and
thorough. It is not his social idealism, though few men
aspire more highly either for the Jewish group or for man
kind as a whole. It is not even his love of Judaism and of
the Jewish people, though he is in every since a lover of
both.
All these are infinitely desirable traits of mind and
character. All these contribute to the richness of person
ality of Dr. Kaplan and to his usefulness as a guide and
teacher to American Jews. But they are not the core or
essence of him. This, it seems to us, lies elsewhere—in a
quality of spirit which in Hebrew is caught in the word
T mimuth, and which in English can be translated only as
integrity.
It is the integrity of Dr. Kaplan which is the well
spring of his being—an intellectual integrity, as a result of
which he cannot and will not think crookedly or shoddily;
an equal integrity in action, both on his own part and in
v/hat he would recommend to others.
Given his large learning, his personal warmth, his
passionate Jewishness, and his idealism, and given, deeper
than all these, his basic honesty, and the whole of his life
career unfolds itself naturally, almost relentlessly. He
had to evolve a new philosophy of Judaism. He had to
suggest modifications in the older patterns of Jewish be
havior and urge new concepts and forms in every area of
Jewish life.
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