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Ethel “Teddy” Moscovitz (Continuing its policy of offer ing guest writers for this column while Mrs. Moscovitz is on vaca tion. the Southern Jewish Week ly this week presents Rose Ent man, wife of the director of the River Garden Home for the He brew Aged in Jacksonville. Mrs. Entman says that her only claim to distinction is her husband and their two handsome sons, Step hen and Mark. The Sidney Entmans have lived in Jacksonville for the past three and a half years, during which time they have become active members of the community. Prior to their coming here they resided in New York where Mrs. Entman assisted in surveys on child behavior. She also con ducted a personal counseling col umn for a popular magazine.) * * * * I know it will seem strange that I sit on the sands of Neptune Beach in July and think of Christmas. I must explain how that happens. Just before I came out to the beach, one of my friends showed me a clipping from a local newspaper, concern ing a “scandal” in which a Jew ish girl was prominently involv ed. My friend lives in a hotel in downtown Jacksonville. She de scribed the pointed inquiries from the other guests, the day the news item appeared, as to f 70 tMSff OtSff£S ’ Amazing New G-E Portable Dishwasher Ends Kitchen Sink Slavery! Amazing new \ y G-E Portable '■ rV Dishwasher O does all the hard work for yout Washes dishes, M glasses, silver, B vYJEtejfSgSfcJyß pots, and pans B —with the flick of a switch! Completely I ’'Kmw portable no I installation cost, See it today! • Only 179.50 Easy Terms ELECTRIC DISHWASHER HEAT & COLD 613 LAURA STREET Phone 5-2296 SAN MARCO CENTER Phone 9-9721 whether she had seen the evening paper, and she was uncertain re garding her treatment of the matter. About a week ago, I began to read in our daily newspapers and in some magazines, so-called "paid advertisements", a series of articles sponsored by a large na i tional organization. The articles ! were designed to "debunk" many convictions which uninformed people have about the particular religious group of which their I membership is composed. And that is how I came to be thinking of Christmas in July, i Every year, after the December P. T. A. meeting in the public schools, the Jewish mothers 1 come out of the auditorium where they have just seen Jew ish children participating in the Christmas play, singing out the I words, “Christ the Saviour is | born”. Some are resentful, others apathetic, many perplexed and uncertain. No mother wishes to set her child apart by going to i the teacher to ask that her child be excused from participating in the play. No one is even sui'e ! whether it would be desirable to have Jewish children excluded from the program. I had never been confronted with this problem before. I grew up in a concentrated Jewish community such as you find in most of the larger cities in the North. It may be difficult for anyone who has never lived in such a community to know how it feels to attend a school where there are so many Jewish child ren that lesson plans are geared to take into consideration the absence of a large part of the class on Jewish holidays; or to walk out on a Jewish holiday and find not a single store open and see everyone about you dressed in holiday garb; to hear Yiddish spoken almost as much as Eng lish in stores and in the streets; to hear snatches of Jewish radio programs through open windows; to see lighted Candles in home after home on Friday night. In such surroundings, while there are Christian neighbors a few streets away and in school with : you. playing with you, and shar i ing general community activity with you, you are at least met half way because there are so many of you that there is a re cognized need to understand you and to make necessary adjust ments to your way of life. I can see no more objection to the participation of our Jewish children in the portrayal of the Christmas story than in their participation in a play about Confucionism, or Shintoism, or Buddhism, or ancient Greek forms of worship, or the religious rituals of the American Indian. Our dereliction lies in the fact that while we are learning about them, we are not bringing our story to them. Truly, the indi vidual mother who has misgiv ings about her child’s appearance in a Christmas play or the single Jew living in a downtown hotel cannot do an educational job with the teacher or school or hotel guests by herself, nor should she. That kind of educa tion is a job for an entire Jewish community. The Jewish community in the South is a scattered one. We cannot, as Jews, live close to gether and it is very questionable whether that would be desirable even if we could. But we can join together and we can put our heads together. Here in the South, where fascist type groups spring up periodically to take their places beside the old stand by, the Klan, a program of en- THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY lightenment is obviously needed. In this post war period, if com petition for jobs should become keener, possible converts to such poisonous thinking would be available in greater numbers. Yet in Jacksonville, one of the largest cities in the South, and boasting one of the most active Jewish communities both in the development of its local facilities and in the measure of its assist ance to world Jewry, there is lacking a positive educational program for non-Jews. Our Public Relations Council is doing an effective piece of work in the community, but its role is primarily a remedial one. They lack the time and the manpower to function on a preventive level. Yet how much better it would be to avoid “incidents” rather than to have to correct them later. If we could present an interpreta tion of some of our festivals and religious practices so that non- Jews could know about the ideals of peace and freedom and broth erhood which they connote, how much less we would have to de bunk later. If - we could point out from out history, past and present, the accomplishments and aims of our people on a scientific and cultural level, how much greater their understanding of our emphasis on scholastic achievement and disproportionate numbers of college applicants. And if we could bring them the cold facts and figures about the economic advantages to all, of an unprejudiced policy of employ ment and professional participa tion, how much better than hav ing to seek legal means to fight OaOBOBOBOBOBOOOBODOE3ODOnO D AN INVITATION TO SOUTHERN JEWRY g o Q D e o g Say ... jj g Happy New Year | g TO RELATIVES AND FRIENDS J o THROUGH Jj g Tlie Southern Jewish Weekly 5 0 Your greeting in the 1949 Rosh Hashonah issue of The Southern Jewish D Weekly will reach practically all your relatives, friends and acquaintances g in the South on September 23rd, just prior to the Jewish New Year as 2 holidays. || || It will save you the bother and expense of sending individual greeting 0 cards—or cut down on the number you usually send. Q Greetings from out of town readers ESPECIALLY invited. P o _ j It will evidence your interest in Z U the general Jewish community. It IT PACTS ONLY 2 O is the ORIGINAL, logical and WWM * M D easiest way of expressing your good Si 00 S wishes to all those dear to you. * S o Dfill out this 2 COUPON AND THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY O mail at once p - °- Box 9M - ■ F'«**• 0 . Enclosed find SI.OO for which please insert my New q M Year's Greeting Card in your 1949 Rosh Hashonah edition, jj H Name 8 CALL Address .... If 2 9-7990 U Ci tY 0 0 If your subscription is due, won'tyoupleaseadd $3 to your cheeky jj discriminatory practices. I do not hope that education will do all these things, surely not at once. Education is a long range program. But it is never too soon to begin. Such a program could be more simply executed if we availed ourselves of the facilities which the Anti-Defamation League puts at our disposal. The League has a paid professional staff who are engaged in public opinion re search. and who have produced and developed a wide variety of media for disseminating anti discriminatory propaganda. To facilitate reaching school child ren with interfaith messages, they have designed school book covers, blotters, comic books; they have produced moving pic tures for various age groups and have printed in sheet music form and made recordings of the "friendship songs". For distribu tion among adults, there is no end of reading material ift inter esting pamphlet form. For pub lication in local periodicals, they have impressive advertising sug gestions and there are excellent cartoon suggestions for posters and other uses. They have pre pared several series of radio broadcasts of short plays acted by well known stars. There are outlines for interfaith seminars. I know this sounds like over whelming propaganda. I do not propose that we attempt all these things. I only outline the many possible channels through which this life-giving democratic thought can be fed to the sense of brotherhood which reached its peak during the war period and Friday, August 12, 1949 will diminish in the absence m the dramatic “common cause” Who* would implement such , program? Well, it is a big Pro ject and in fairness to the men i do not feel that we should expect them to undertake so large a pro ject while they must carry 0 * their business or professional ac tivities daily. The challenge i| there for one of the women's or. ganizations to recognize the need to volunteer its services to the Public Relations Council, and utilizing all available facilities and community resources, to pm into effect in Jacksonville, a pos . itive program of democratic edu cation. ADMIRATION A poor Jew once visited the private Rothschild cemetery at Frankfort. He stood gazing in rapture at the beautiful tomb stone erected over the grave ot the founder of the Rothschild fortune. “Tsk, tsk,” *he finally said. “That’s what I call living.” STORE rOR RENT 1836 EVERGREEN AVE. (New Store) SSO PER MONTH Apply 1820 Evergreen Ave.