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■Friday, June 5, 1942
Jewish congress seeks
I UNITY AMONG JEWS
BY JACOB J.BECKER
Editor’s Note: The following article is the first report
of a convention of the American Jewish Congress
ever made by a Jacksonville representative to the general
Jewish public. Mr. Becker attended the congress motivat
ed by his own interest in the meetings. He describes here
his own impressions and reactions.
I The first feature of the Ameri
lan Jewish War Emergency Con
fess, arranged by the Chicago
Division in the Grand
Ballroom at the Sherman Hotel in
Chicago, on Saturday afternoon,
ifay 16, was the traditionally beau
tiful “Oneg Shabat" which set a
Positive background for the balance
| { the convention proceedings. It
l as estimated that over 200 people
Attended, and I’m certain that
lany among them were stirred as
leeply as I by the impressive pro
tram. It was truly a spiritual
Measure that one can only feel in
|o enjoying the Sabbath. I shall
long remember the over one hund
red melodious voices of the choir
In the dramatization of Isaiah’s
■Prophecy: “Vhoyoh B’Acharis
Kayomim” —“And it shall be in
lime to come when peace and
tranquility will prevail.”
I Officially the Congress opened
In Saturday night at which time
I message was read from Presi
llent Roosevelt, wishing success to
(the Congress, and after the num
erous greetings of welcome ex
tended to the delegates by the
leading national fraternal organi
sations of the country, we heard
for. Stephen S. Wise, president of
the American Jewish Congress,
hn his keynote address he review
ed the aims and purposes of the
[American Jewish Congress in the
Ipast twenty-five years; the part
pt has played in uniting American
[Jewry during the years 1917-1918;
the slackening of its activities
after the Treaty of Versailles;
and again the significant role it
exercised in the founding of the
World Jewish Congress which met
in Geneva, Switzerland, August
1932. He pointed out the innum
erable important functions of this
[active institution up to the pres-
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ent world chaos; and emphasized
the great task which lies ahead
of American Jewry in the post
war period and the enormous du
ties and responsibilities which it
is to share in the readjustment
of World Jewry.
On Sunday morning, I was ask
ed to attend the Organization
Committee, under the chairman
ship of Dr. S. Margoshes, editor
of the National Jewish Daily,
“The Day”. This was one of the
liveliest committee meetings I had
ever attended. One could scan
the faces of the members of this
committee, composed as it was
from about thirty states of the
Union, and one felt their earnest
desire to bring about some form
of unity into American Jewish
life. After about ten hours of de
liberations which extended through
Monday, it was finally decided to
instruct the Executive Committee
of the Congress to organize coun
cils in every Jewsh Community in
the United States, and then have
a democratically elected National
Congress which would represent
the various phases of Jewish in
ternal and external life.
The Sunday afternoon sessions
featured a discussion of the mean
ing of “I Am An American”, at
which time the delegates were
welcomed by Mayor Kelly in a
long patriotic talk, and addressed
by distinguished non-Jewish per
sonalities: Jonathan Daniels, As
sistant Director in charge of
Civilian Mobilization who spoke
on Americanism; and Dr. Malcolm
Mac Lean, Chairman President’s
Committee on Fair Employment
Practice, who spoke in a hearten
ing manner with regard to the
deplorable discriminatory policies
prevalent in some industries, and
reassured the assembly that such
practices which are being stopped
by the U. S. Government through
out the country at the present,
would also continue to be sup
pressed in the future until they
would completely disappear. It is
a well known fact that the Amer
ican Jewish Congress is largely
responsible for the adoption of
this policy by the United States
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
♦ Musings ♦
I / ed himself in the
hearts of everyone who heard
,ra • * • And the convention
heads saw that they missed no
chance to have him speak ...
He so touched the women at the
auxiliary meeting Sunday after
noon with his inspiring tales of
Hillel that Mrs. Joe Goldstein
wept for 15 minutes throughout
her giving of the report of the
district membership . . . And the
report was nothing to weep a
bout . . . the district got the nat
ional membership cup for Mrs.
Goldstein’s achievement . . . And
incidentally, that’s a young wom
an we'll all be hearing a great
deal more from . . .
It was good to see some of our
ex-Jaxons who had returned for
the week-end activities . . . Edith
Berman Silver from Savannah
was in with Ben, and didn’t she
look lovely at the dance Monday
night . . . Then there were the
Hyman Silversteins from N. C.
. . . Jax hadn’t forgotten Hymie,
who is now president of the North
Carolina Ben Briths, and they
gathered round to hear those fa
mous stories which they hadn’t
forgotten either . . .
It was a grand convention, and
Monday night Nat Shorstein was
able to sit back and relax after
he had seen that his job as con
vention chairman was well done.
, . . Nat led all of Jacksonville in
extending a cordial welcome . . .
On the social side for the ladies
the female B’nai B’rith are still
talking about the lovely tea that
was held at the Kipnis estate Sun
day afternoon ... It was most
gracious of Mrs. Kipnis to offer
her home for the event . . . but
then from the way Mrs. Kipnis
does things she probably won’t
like us even mentioning this . . .
;But the charm of he* home emits
! from her . . . and it was a charm
ing party . . .
Wit and good humor ran ram
part throughout the convention.
. . . Joe Glickstein began by for
giving us for running that picture
on the front page last week and
calling it by his name . . . The
fund of stories seemed to be in
exhaustible with Dr. Sachar lead
ing with a score ahead of the
other . . . And for a sharp wit
Emanuel Lewis of Savannah was
indeed headman . . . The lads
were very funny . . .
Along with the thrills handed
us by the convention was the
privilege of hearing Governor
Spessard Holland speak . « • He
impressed everyone with his sin
cerity and his statesmanship ...
And we all knew that Holland’s
governorship is only the beginning
of his service for our state and
our country ...
But we hope that Jax doesn t
go back to sleep now that the
convention is over ... We hope
we have been awakened enough
to stay awake.
* ___
Government.
At the brilliant Sunday evening
banquet which took the form of
a Dinner Symposium on the New
World Order, one of the main
speakers was Sir Norman Angell,
Nobel prize winner. In his speech
he blamed Christendom for the
present upheaval which began
with the persecution of the Jews
by the Nazis and warned that
Christianity will never itself be
come secure, until it has secured
World Jewry. In his fearless
manner, Mr. Louis Lipsky, Chair
man Governing Council American
Jewish Congress, openly condemn
ed the policy of the Jewish Com
mittee of retreat and appeasement
which has proven such a drastic
failure. He lamented that there
was no Louis Marshall with whom j
there could he had the much need
ed spirit of cooperation. There
(Continued on Page Six)
Jax is catching
up on its sleep now
that the Ben Britli
convention is over.
. . . But the event
i s something w e
won’t forget . . .
Dr. Sachar endear-
EVENTS OF INTEREST TO MEN IN UNIFORM
Saturday, June 6, 8:30 P. M. —Dance and Jitterbug Contest
sponsored by the Daughters of Israel under the
auspices of the Jewish Welfare Board, at the
Jewish Center, 3rd and Silver Sts.
Sunday, June 7, 10:30 A. M.-12:30 P. M. —Home Hospitality.
For invitation to dinner call 3-1384, or come to
Sll W. Duval St.
6 P. M.—Buffet Supper and informal dance at the
Jewish Center, 3rd and Silver Sts.
Tuesday, June 9,7 P. M. —Horseback Riding Party. Group
meets at 311 W. Duval St. and then proceeds to
stables.
Wednesday, June 10, 8 P. M.—Musical Jamboree, 311 W. Du
val St.
Deaths
MARKS DEATH
Max Marks, 65. resident of a lo
cal hotel, died early Tuesday,
following a brief illness. Mr.
Marks came to Jacksonville 15
years ago from Brunswick, Ga.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs.
Amelia Marks, Brunswick, Ga.;
three sisters. Mrs. Flora Lissner,
Brunswick, Ga., Mrs. Minnie Love
man and Mrs. Lena Gershon of
Baltimore, Md. Funeral services
were held Wednesday at 10:30 A.
M. in the Memorial Chapel of
Seashole Funeral parlors with
Rabbi Israel Kaplan officiating.
Following the services the body
was cremated.
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