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AN INDEPENDENT WEEKLY SERVING AMERICAN CITIZENS OF JEWISH FAITH
THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLICATION IN THIS TERRITORY VOL. 27 —No. 39 PLAIN TALK By Alfred Segal THE KIDS Oh, our temple was filled to overflowing that morning. The congregation was even larger than on Yom Kippur. You know how it is on Yom Kippur. On that day practically everybody comes to schul to have a num ber of hours with God. I have never been deeply im pressed by this sudden, hurried penitence. Our friend, the well known Mr. Zilch, hasn’t been in a synagogue since last Yom Kip pur. From then on die went his way with no religion at all. (Ex cept maybe on Pesach when he had a seder.) But on Yom Kippur Mr. Zilch felt he should be doing something about being a man of Jewish re ligion. His interest in the matter was nothing religiously social. He had the idea that maybe it was something to his personal inter est to be in schul on Yom Kippur. Though he wasn’t sure that he could be exculpated of his various sins on Yom Kippur, he consider ed that it was really no time to speculate. Maybe there was some thing in it, after all, and if he went to schul on Yom Kippur and fasted through the day it might be good for him in the coming. He had some deals on the fire and he certainly wanted to live to see them completed. So he went to the Yom Kippur service and hung around the syn agogue all through the day. At times, as the service got longer and longer, Mr. Zilch discovered his mind wandering away from the holy things. He was thinking of the business he was at the moment neglecting. So it was with many of the Zilches on Yom Kippur. There came a time when the service of Yom Kippur palled on them al together and thdy went out for fresh air on the front steps of the shul. Passersby could get the idea that maybe there were more worshippers on the steps than in the schul itself. But all this is history now im til next Yom Kippur. I am think ing gratefully of the overflowing crowd that was in our temple a week or so after Yom Kippur. It was Simchath Torah, the Rejoic ing for the Law. You couldn't get a seat if you came late that morning. Standing room! The worshippers wern't there in their own interest. No sins to be rid of! They had come there toward the future of their children and grandchildren. What would be come of these kids as Jews? They were happy to be there to give testimony to their hope that it would be all right with their children. In our temple Simchath Torah has been established as a day of consecration for little kids 5 and 6 years old— who are just starting on their way to being religiously Jewish. At the mom ent of consecration the children marched down the center aisle toward the altar, bearing flow ers. They ascended the altar and were blessed by the rabbi. Little (Continued on Page Eight) ISRAEL FINANCE MINISTER WILL ADDRESS WASHINGTON CONFERENCE jHB ?ljjk . J V. s:■ 1 ‘ r.&%% ■jfer£* ■- Mrs. Arthur Rubel To Speak At Local Hadassah Meeting BY MRS. WALTER KRAEMER Education day of the Senior Hadassah chapter of Jacksonville will take place Monday, October 23rd at the Seminole Hotel, an nounced Mrs. Harry Katz, chairman. The morning session will start at 10:30 o'clock and will feature a review of the latest political scene by Mrs. J. Strauss, political chairman. Mrs. Abe Chardkoff, Hadas sah’s President, will give valua ble information on “behind the scenes” political data received at the national convention. A social lunch hour will be fol lowed by a discussion led by Mrs. Arthur Rubel of New York City, field director for Hadassah, who has just returned from an ex tensive tour of Israel, which took her from Dan to Beersheba and the borders of Transjordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Mrs. Rubel visited military battlefields, Jewish Na tional Fund kibbutzim, immigra tion camps and Hadassah institu tions, including the new Youth Aliyah reception camps at Alon im-Ramat Hadassah-Szold and the newly-opened Beersheba Health Center. She attended ses sions of the Knesset (Assembly) and the Actions Committee, and became acquainted with the cul tural life of Israel—the museums, opera, theater and University. Her most dramatic experience was a visit to the Negev, the southern desert region which is being restored to fertility after more than a thousand years of desolation. She saw Negoah, the underground quarters in Kibbutz Saad, and climbed the ruins of an Egyptian fortification—lragui- Suidan —overlooking Guza. While visiting Cyprus and the Arab city of Nazareth, Mrs. Rubel also became familiar with the de tails of the Arab refugees prob JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1950 . Eliezer Kaplan (left), Minister of Finance in the Government of Israel, will make a special trip to the United States to report on his country’s needs at the National Planning Conference for Israel and Jewish Reconstruction, to be held at the Statler Hotel in Washington on October 27-29. ConVened by the 50-man American delegation to the Jerusalem conference last month, the Washington meeting will de velop an over-all program of aid for immigrants to Israel, like the mother and child shown above, who must still live in primitive tints because of the lag in housing construction. lem. During a visit to seven other European countries she had a two-hour interview at Lausanne, Switzerland, with Walter Eytan, head of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations Conciliation Conference, on this and other questions at issue between Israel and the Arab states. Mrs. Rubel, a vigorous and colorful speaker, has also fre quently addressed radio audi ences. During her childhood she was drawn into the Zionist move ment, then guided by the late Henrietta Szold and Dr. Stephen S. Wise. Subsequently, she be came associated with the Jewish National fund and with Hadassah, which she has served since its earliest years. All interested persons may at tend the Education Day meeting and any or all the sessions may be attended. Reservations for the luncheon may be made with Mrs. Harry Katz, telephone 7-6087 or Mrs. Abe Rothstein, telephone 9-2025. Hungarian Authorities Delay Emigration of Jews BUDAPEST, (JTA) The State Tourist Corporation, which is in charge of arrangements for the transportation of emigrants, announced this week that a transport of emigrants to Israel due to leave here on October 23 has been postponed indefinitely by order of the authorities. 11. S. Warned Against German Militarism Rabbi Irving Miller, President of the American Jewish Congress, pledged support to the ten U. S. Senators who will seek repeal of the McCarran-Wood measure when Congress reconvenes next month. The pledge was endorsed by the National Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress, meeting for the first time in its new quarters, the Stephen Wise Congress House. “President Truman spoke for America and its liberal tradition,” Rabbi Miller asserted, “when he urged veto of the bill. The meas ure goes far beyond what can legitimately be regarded by any Local Sisterhoods Give Baptist Hospital Check For $2,200.00 A check for $2,200.00 was presented to Dr. Homer G. Lindsey this week for the pro posed new Baptist Hospital. The presentation was made on behalf of the sisterhoods of Jacksonville’s three Jewish congregations, the money hav ing been raised by a joint dance sponsored by them re cently. The sum contributed was augmented considerably by a generous personal dona tion by Philip N. Coleman, who originated the plan for the affair. Chairman for the successful dance was Mrs. Maurice Cherry. Mrs. Hyman Lasris was in charge of ticket sales, while Mrs. Joseph Bernstein was director of publicity. Representatives of the three organizations co-sponsoring the affair were as follows: Center Sisterhood, Mrs. Manny Goldstein; Etz Hayim, Mrs. Jack Goldberg; and Jewish Temple, Mrs. Max Becker. FREDRIC MARCH WILL STAR IN UJA RADIO BROADCAST lIPPiPIPiw ''7.- Fredric March, famous stage and screen actor, will star in a United Jew ish Appeal broadcast to be heard from 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, October 26, over the network of the Columbia Broad casting System. The program, entitled “Why Is The Sun?”, dramatizes the heroism and sacrifice of newcomers and older settlers in Israel in the present difficult period of large-scale immigra tion and limited resources. Transporta tion of refugees to Israel, and their absorption after their arrival, are fi nanced through the United Jewish Appeal, which supports a world-wide program of Jewish reconstruction through its three constituent agencies: the United Palestine Appeal, the Joint Distribution Committee, and the United Service for New American*. $3.00 A YEAR reasonable standards as necessary for defense against internal sabo tage or actual subversion. Many of its provisions are certainly repugnant to the spirit, and viola tive of the letter of our constitu tion. Its effect will assuredly be to create such fears and uncer tainties in the minds of Ameri cans that freedom to hold, let alone express, views which may border on the liberal or the un orthodox will become an ex tremely dangerous adventure. The bill thus gravely impairs that interchange of differing opinions, and freedom of thought and choice on which our democracy has rested and must continue to rest.” Urges Democratization of Germany as Necessary for Peace The A J Congress Executive Committee also adopted a resolu tion warning that rearmament or remilitarization of Germany without rigid safeguards and con trols would constitute a most serious threat to world democra cy and peace. “While we are fully cognizant of the international crisis which has called forth the suggestions for the rearming of Germany," stated the AJC resolution, “we strongly affirm that to seek a so lution in this direction is to in vite greater dangers to democra cy, peace and international secur ity than those which our country and the United Nations are seek ing to avert. Militarization of Germany at the present time, however limited and in whatever form, must inevitably mean the revival of the German military caste whose thinking and ambi tions have twice unloosed on our generation war and human de struction unparalleled in history.” “There can be no short cut to permanent peace and stability in Europe,” the resolution declared. “A genuinely democratic Ger many is a precondition of such permanent peace. Anything less is a permanent and insuperable barrier to its achievment. What is urgently required is not re militarization which is the death knell of democratic prospects in Germany but a vast and intensive effort to strengthen the limited liberal forces within Germany today and to push the German people faster on the road to ac ceptance of democratic responsi bility and understanding.” Maccabiah To Be Held In April of 1953 TEL AVIV, (JTA) The fourth Maccabiah, Israel sports festival, will be held at the end of April, 1953, coinciding with the 3,000th anniversary of the found ing of Jerusalem, it was decided here this week by the Eleventh World Maccabi Congress.