Musings ... • • •
By Ethel 'Teddy" Moscovit*
Stranded in bed as so many
•others with Virus "X” had its
compensations . . . Here was a
•chance to catch up on reading
new books or perusing through
books which are old favorites . . .
At least that was one way of
working off the frustration of be
ing inactive . . .
There was plenty of opportunity
to glance again through Franz
Landsberger’s beautiful book
"Rembrandt, The Jews and The
Bible” (Jewish Publication So
ciety). During this reading there
was plenty of time to compare
notes and comments with pictures
and to wish the pictures reproduc
ed in the book were clearer and
detail more evident, also appreci
ated Landsberker’s portraying of
Jewish life in Holland at the time
of Rembrandt . . .
There was a kind of "hello
landsman” feeling when we came
across mention of the Ets Hayim
Congregation in Amsterdam in
1658 , . .
What a strange bond with peo
ple dead over two centuries —the
name of a congregation! . . . One
visualizes a whole chain of such
shules and generations of scholars,
young and old, seated at
gleaning wisdom from interpreta
tion of holy writ . . .
* * * *
Alex Bein’s fine biography of
Theodore Herzl was again picked
•up . . . Suddenly the realization
bursts upon you that since your
last reading of the book a few
years ago and today an era has
closed and a new one opened ...
During the last reading of the
book there was almost a feeling
of being a contemporary of the
Herzlian Zionists who passed in
review on Bein’s pages . . . Al
though these figures were dead be
fore my generation was born our
problems and our efforts to solve
them were identical . . .
But on May 15, 1948, the page
of history turned and while every
one knew it was a historical date
and a turning point, it takes a
reading of such a biography as
this to make one realize the com
pleteness of the revolution in his
tory and of time .-. .
* * * *
Virus "X” or not, along with
700 or more I was on hand to
hear the galaxy of speakers
brought here this past weekend by
the local Council to start off the
winter campaign for the U. J. A.
. . . And quite frankly, I came
just to look at Lt. Shiela Freeberg
and Capt. Alex Albala of the
the Opening of
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at their faces and see tHe Jewish
uniform and feel very, very
proud . . .
And I did—and the two were
beautiful to look upon . . .
1 don’t know what it' is about
Israelis that make them so beauti
ful, but I have seen girls, poorly
dressed, without cosmetics on their
face, and with indifferent hair
dress completely captivate a room
of fellow young people who knew
only of the "new look” two min
utes before . . .
Lt. Freeberg is not this kind of
an Israeli; she is smart and well
groomed, and I am prone to say
despite this she had the same kind
of magnetism as the others I have
known . . .
I hope Capt. Albala does not
mind being called beautiful—but
to those of us who thrilled to the
sight of a Jewish soldier in a
Jewish uniform, he is exactly
that —a thing of beauty . . .
There was a lot of eloquence this
past weekend ... In it all I liked
Quentin Reynold’s “America gave
the new state of Israel all help
short of aid” . . . And at the Mon
day afternoon luncheon, Madame
Oppert’s, "For the Jews of Europe
liberation did not come at the close
of war, but on May 15, 1948.” . . .
But in all the meetings held
Sunday and Monday why was
H’tikvah not sung once? —and
why was there no blessing or
prayer said in Hebrew? . . .
* * * *
Saw Paula Fink (Mrs. Chas.) at
the Monday afternoon luncheon of
the Women’s Division of the Coun
cil . . . She reminded us that she
too is planning to take in the
National Senior Hadassah conven
tion in Atlantic City this coming
weekend . . .
Sunday night at the lecture
there was Edith and Berney Davis
back from their California trip . . .
Eadie had previously called to
tell us what a wonderful time they
had visiting with the Sobels . . .
This trip to Beverly Hills even in
cluded a visit to the movie stu
dios and lunch with Betty Grable,
Mark Stevens, Barbara Laurence,
and Dan Daily . . . Eadie will
have a long time convincing me
Berney didn’t ask Betty Grable
to dance ...
* * * *
Mrs. Albert Mayer was at the
meeting, too, and told us she will
have her new books for sale for
Hanuka gifts—as nice a gift idea
as there ever was . . .
* * * *
YOUNG JUDAEA NOTES
The newly formed Boys Club
under the leadership and coaching
of Ben Cohen defeated the Avi
Club in a hotly contested football
game by a score of 13 to 6. Ralph
Hockman and Ernie Markowitz
starred for the Boys Club while
Buddy Schulman and Tuffy Schlff
were the outstanding players for
the Avi Club. •.
All members of Young Judaea
who want to attend the Basketball
clinic this month please contact
Ben Cohen—Phone 9-3233.
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