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September 15, 1945
The Southern Jewish Monthly
An Independent Paper Serving American Citizens of Jewish Faith
The Southern Jewish Weekly is Printed Monthly for the Present
""owned and Published by Major ISADORE MOSCOVITZ, B.S.J.
Subscription One Year, $2.00; Six Months, SI.OO
Entered as Second-Class Matter, at the Post Office,
Jacksonville, Florida, Under the Act of March 3, 1879
Member of the Independent Jewish Press Service
“The Oldest and Most Widely Circulated Jewish Publication
in this Territory”
A Gentile Business Directory
Eugene R. Flitcraft, one of the more ingenious drones seeking
to feed on the lactation of race-bias, issued in Chicago some time
ago a Gentile Business Directory, for which he mulcted a nice mint
from the kind of businessmen who have given free enterprise its
odious reputation. He apparently included names of large firms
who refused to succumb to his scheme, but whose inclusion was im
perative to the prestige of the directory.
Now these have begun to suffer, for Flitcraft’s directory is a
double-edged weapon, and those boycotting the Flitcraft approved
firms exceed Flitcraft patrons. The firms are becoming worrit
including those who may have sponsored him surreptitiously (a
ditional business won’t hurt, you know) and now disclaim havi»
done so. To the people of Chicago, our congratulations for a j
well done. Congratulations, too, to the Chicago Better Business B
reau description of the directory listings as “unauthorized and ii
accurate” which is the latest blast in the Bureau’s determined ca~
paign against Flitcraft.
National Budgeting of Council Fund
The referendum on national budgeting has been called off, i
decision on the proposals is to be taken at the forthcoming gene
assembly of the National Council of Jewish Federations and Well
Funds early next year. This does not mean that up to next ye
the question has been shelved. There will certainly be a great dt
of campaigning by both sides, the directors of the Council who r'
posed national budgeting, and its many opponents. It may appeal
a purely technical matter, dealing with methods involving efficier.
To us it appears to be a matter not of efficiency, but of ideology.
The respective agencies seeking support from American Je'
would continue to set up their own budgets, but these budgets wo
be reviewed and readjusted by a special committee of the Coun
Officially, tho budget set up by the Council would only be “advisor
but vve know that because of the natural listlessness of the harass
non-professional local leaders to go into further study, and their res
iness to accept the recommendations of the Council, its advisory <
would become a mandatory one. Now on what basis would its rr
ommendations be determined? It would involve an “evaluatioi
which would not only consider whether the money claimed by
supplicant agency for a specific purpose is really spent forth
purpose, but would include an evaluation of the very purpose,
estimate purposes, one has to be a student of all political and cultu
trends in Jewish life, of whom there are few, and one has to be
real neutral, of whom there are next to none. It is difficult to
both immersed in Jewish life and a neutral also.
Let us take for example such distinguished persons in Jew
life, and they probably will not be among those chosen by the Cou
to determine quotas, as Dr. Morgenstern of the Hebrew Union (
lege, Dr. Louis Finkelstein of the Jewish Theological Seminary, ;
Dr. Belkin of Yeshiva College. They are scholars. They are f
minded, and yet, each has his own conception of Jewish life, and e
would evaluate the institutions fitting into his envisioned pattern
Jewish life as deserving priority over others. Now, the Coui
committee is likely to be set up of persons now in the leadershi
the Council, and certainly not representing the accumulated k)>'
edge and experience in Jewish life of the three above-ment
scholars, but definitely possessing as much, if not- more, preju
than the above. Are we to trust such a committee with “evalu
patterns of Jewish life, and agencies promoting these patterns;
is exactly what national budgeting involves.
Were American Jewish life democratically organized, we
Council of Federations and Welfare Funds a democratically e
t>ody, representing, in correct proportion, all trends of Jewisl
national budgeting might be entitled to collective evaluatoi
American Jewry, with the power to influence, by the weig
American Jewry’s aggregate contributions, patterns of Jewish
everywhere. They would have, as regards Jewish life, auth.
tantamount to the aggregate powers of Congress, the cabinet
the Chief Executive.
This implies totalitarian power, although we hate to use
ugly word which is as abhorant to the gentlemen of the Council
u is to us. It may just be that they have failed to parse their o
Proposals and fathom its inherent dangers.

The retirement of Dr. Ernest M. Hopkins from the Presidency
Dartmouth College where his defense of the racial and religious qu.
enraged many alumnae is the loss of Bilbo, Rankin, Gera
D- K. Smith. Period.
September 5, 1945
Southern Jewish Weekly,
P. O. Box 903
Jacksonville, Fla.
At the end of the year 5705,
The Jewish Publication Society of
America can take inventory and
find itself in its healthiest condi
tion in the past fifty-eight years.
Our books and the services of
our Press Division have gained
economiums far and wide.
You have played an important
part in making the past year so
successful. The publicity which
you have given our'Society in your
columns has told our story to
members of the Jewish commun
ity and has made it possible for
us to increase our membership.
The “Official Family’ is deeply
grateful and extends to you its
sincerest good wishes.
May I add my personal wishes
for all of the gopd things in life?
Cordially yours,
Maurice Jacobs,
Executive V-President.
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{, U\j eATTLE m A SOUTH pacific island, 1
vish Vets Want to Know
y Communities are Run
jlte Private Clubs
(Copyright, 1945, JTA, Inc.)
le soilders that come back to
States on hospital ships do a
)f thinking during the week
it takes them to cross the
l. Since they are patients,
have a lot of time on their
s, and nothing is as conduc
o stimulating a private or a
i bull session as wide, aloof
ises of water. Much of their
rvlng revolves around the
nmunity they will come back
j; uppermost, nearly, in their
binds, are the thoughts and the
reaming, the longing, and the
iticism of the people they left
Jewish soldiers who have been
Europe and have seen how
?h more closely knit recon
ited life is there; who have
, moreover, just how much a
ly-knit community has to of
-9 the individual are won
g why, in America, Jewish
mnity life is such a-take-it
ve-it-proposition. Why so
Jews seem to know only on
gh Holy Days that they be
,o a community, and why
my congregations are run
like private clubs than corn
ties. They are wondering
vhether the common desire
their bit, which so many
munities displayed in meeting
time needs and war time de
ds could not be made to carry
into peace. They know so
(1— they have seen it that
ce has grave problems of its
o one of the thoughts fore
t on the minds of Jewish sol
-5 as the ships bring them
*r to the U.S.A. by the hour,
their dreams and longings
ome materialize into concrete
practical thinking is: what
?s” in Jewish life in the
» indication of this is that
| hospital ship, the Jewish
ain is busy practically 24
hours a day. Ninety-eight per
cent of the men make it a point
to see him; some of them just
come in to shake hands or to
“shmus” a bit. Because to them
the chaplain is a sort of fore
taste of home. But many come
to talk, to discuss problems, to
ask questions. They want to know
how extensive anti-Semitism is
in the U. S. these days. They
want to find out what Jewish or
ganizations are doing and what
the political programs of the var
ious Zionist parties are. They
want to know how communities
are functioning, and some even
want to try out their Yiddish or
their Hebrew on the chaplain.
Many, of course, have personal
questions also. The usual ones—
whether they will be shipped to
a hospital close to home, how and
when they can get out, what the
furlough situation is. Chaplain
Max Zucker, the only Jewish
chaplain serving on a hospital
ship (The Army’s biggest hospital
ship, the S. S. Slanger, named af
ter a Jewish nurse killed in ac
tion in France) pointed out a
strange phenomenon in that con
text. He said Jewish boys almost
never ask about job problems.
They don’t seem to worry about
that so much. They seem more
concerned with other aspects of
the kind of America they are
coming back to, social, politi
cal ones. And they are especially
anxious to find out what is hap
pening to the Jewish community
of their own homes and through
out the country.
“The war has made Jewish sol
diers Jewishly conscious” Chap
lain Zucker found. “Especially
those who were in Europe and
saw what happened to the once
flourishing Jewish communities
there, saw the starvation and the
misery, and also saw the loyalty
and the devotion and the con
victions that survived the holo
caust and helped the Jengs build
up their lives again.”
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