Friday, December 2, 1949
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THE ZIONIST CONVENTION IN ATLANTA
When Mrs. Moscovitz and I at
tended the 12th Annual Conference
of the Southeastern Region of the
Zionist Organization of America
held in Atlanta recently, we arrived
with a bit of apprehension because
the national membership of the Z.
0. A. had taken quite a drop since
the establishment of the State of
Israel, and we were afraid that the
old spirit and enthusiasm of previ
ous conventions would not be evi
dent this year. Some of the luke
warm members throughout the na-
tion had abandoned the new born babe of Israel and had left
it to shift for itself, now that it had become accepted into the
United Nations as a commonwealth.
We were therefore greatly pleased to find that practically
all of the leaders in the movement who had participated in
the struggle for a Jewish State for many years had remained
loyal and were unanimous in urging an even greater effort to
assist the new State in its fight for survival, for Zionism in its
new program of aid to Israel has a tremendous job yet to be
Estes Kefauver, U. S. Senator from Tennessee, was a
guest speaker during one of the luncheon sessions and told
the audience that "I am a baptist and try to be a good one. If
I were a Jew I would certainly be a Zionist, for I consider
such a person a good Jew and therefore a good American."
At another session we heard four Southerners who re
cently visited Israel participate in a symposium about the
new land. Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg of Nashville delivered an
interesting, scholarly talk on The Religious Phase; Jack
Becker of Jacksonville enlightened the group on The Cultural
Phase; Harry Stern of Nashville discussed The Economic
Phase, while Michael Adilman of Savannah gave an address
which covered the general impressions one gains while in
Eretz Israel. Macy Kronsberg of Charleston presided during
Earlier on the program we heard Adalbert Freedman
give an inspiring talk on his recent visit to Israel. Mr. Freed
man, executive director of the Southeastern region, had made
many previous speeches to Zionist audiences during the many
years he has served the district, but he never before held his
listeners with such thrilling attention as on that occasion.
At the Sunday evening banquet a cantata “What Is
Torah?”, presented by the Choral Group of the Atlanta Chap
ter of Hadassah, was exceptionally well done. It was a fitting
introduction to the high point on the convention’s agenda, a
talk by Daniel Frisch, President of the Z. O. A.
Mr. Frisch made up in common sense and sincerity what
ke lacked in eloquence and delivered a most interesting talk.
He warned against hastily abandoning the child, which is
Israel, and urged American Jewry to stand fast to nurture the
the offspring to full maturity. He spoke in glowing terms of
the outstanding progress already made by the new state and
°f the contributions yet to be made by Israel in the family of
Between sessions we had several intimate chats with Dr.
Sidney Marks, national secretary of the Z. O. A. Dr. Marks
urged us to continue our policy of giving Southern Jewry the
tull facts about Israel. “It is up to the Anglo-Jewish press,”
he said, “to awaken American Jewry to the realization of the
glorious hour of history in which we are now living. Reach
°ut to the hearts of Southern Jewry and show your readers
what has been done with or without their support and urge
them all to join together for the final victory—a self-sufficient
Jewish commonwealth, which will stand as a beacon of light
to show all the world the way to peace and happiness through
the actual practice of the same principles which we preach as
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THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
Aleph Zadik Aleph
B'nai B'rith Youth Organization
50 Aiken Street
Charleston 14, S. C.
November 25, 1949
The Southern Jewish Weekly
Mr. Isadore Moscovitz
P. O. Box 903
Dear Mr. Moscovitz:
This year A. Z. A. is celebrating
its twenty-fifth anniversary and
December of 1949 has been set
aside as Silver Anniversary
During this month chapters are
presenting programs, etc. to pub
licize the order. That is my rea
son for the enclosed article.
Many people regard AZA as a
social and athletic fraternity. In
my article I have tried to tell
them the true purpose of A. Z. A.
and perhaps stimulate its even
further growth in our district.
I would appreciate it if you
would print same in the next
issue of The Southern Jewish
Mendel Tells One
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright, 1949, Jewish Telegraphic
"Mendel," I said, "I thought
you were in Israel."
“Sure,” he said, ‘I just got
"Nu?" I said, "Start talking,
how did you like it?"
“What kind of talk is that?” I
"Well, that's the way it is. Is
rael is wonderful, but then it's
“What’s terrible?” I asked.
"I don't mean Israel is terrible.
I mean some of the people."
“The people are terrible!” I ex
"No, God forbid, the people of
Israel are wonderful!"
“Well, what’s terrible?” I in
"I was just thinking," he re
“Yes, I know, you were think
ing about something being ter
rible and wonderful. Tell me
what it is,” I repeated.
"Listen, for such a question,"
he said, "I've got to have a glass
I called the waiter and soon he
had his glass of tea.
"It's wonderful," he said.
“What is wonderful?” I asked,
“the people of Israel?”
"No. the tea!"
‘But I thought you said before
the people of Israel are wonder
"Sure, they are wonderful, too,"
“But before you mentioned
something about Israel being ter
rible also. What did you mean
"All right, now I have had my
tea." said Mendel, "we will take
it slowly, so listen. I just came
back from Israel. It's a wonder
ful place and everything is won
derful. It's something you can't
imagine. It has been estimated
there are Jews speaking fifty-five
different languages in Israel to
day. You will see Jews of all
complexions. White Jews and
brown Jews and black Jews. Is
rael, you might say. is a kind of
world in miniature. In that small
land, it seems there are samples
of the whole world. They have
accomplished miracles, and they
(Continued on Page Seven)
HELP HER TO HELP THEM-
Between You and Me . . .
BY BORIS SMOLAR
(Copyright, 1949, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
Zionist groups should be included ... He also has not given
up his idea to have all Zionist groups in this country merged
into a single territorial unit within the world Zionist move
ment ... From all my talks in Israel, I have reason to believe
that the Israel Government would welcome any effort to ce
ment good relations between Zionists and non-Zionists in the
United States . . . The Government of Israel is extremely in
terested in every element of American Jewry which can and
wants to be helpful to the Jewish state . . . This is particularly
true with regard to non-Zionist elements which can be helpful
to Israel both through investments in the Jewish state and
through influence in Washington . . . The Government of
Israel is not keen on having American Zionist groups use
pressure methods on Washington through press campaigns or
public meetings . . . And it can be revealed now that the
American Zionist Council was anxious to start a huge public
campaign to influence President Truman on the question of
the status of Jerusalem . . . However, the Israel Government
indicated its opposition to the launching of such a campaign.
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Upon my return from Israel, I hear of
plans that are being made in New York
to bring about closer contact between
Zionists and non-Zionists in this country
. . . Informal talks are now being held by
leaders of the Jewish Agency with leaders
of American non-Zionist groups . . . And
Louis Lipsky, head of the American Zion
ist Council, is thinking in terms of estab
lishing an advisory committee at the
Council in which representatives of non-
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