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VOL. 27 NO. 52
By Alfred Segal
My friend, Edgar Mills, reports
something fine of our town which
he discovered in a New York
Central dining car the other day.
He showed it to me, hoping that
I might pass it on; since most
of us have but a fragmentary
knowledge of the treasures of
Jewish life. We take them cas
ually for granted.
Mr. Mills, just out of New
York on his way home, had seat
ed himself in the dining car. The
waiter handed him the menu
card. Dinner was being served
... Puree of green peas with
croutons . . . grilled slice of hali
but with parsley butter or braiz
ed short ribs of beef, brown
gravy, or charcoal broiled sirloin
steak with lima beans, parsillade
arid thin fried potatoes.
But Mr. Mills' attention was
rather on the front cover of the
menu card. It carried a picture
of a group of buildings, as of a
college campus, and underneath
the lines: "Hebrew Union College
at Cincinnati on the New York
(New York Central makes a
feature of presenting menu cards
pictures and descriptions of no
table institutions in the cities
. and town along its road.)
It was like coming upon an im
\ portant and beautiful discovery
\ to find this home-town Jewish
house of learning on a dining car
far from home. Os course, Mr.
Mills had known the Hebrew
Union College was something
that was accepted and not made
a great deal of; it was like the
lovely fountain that has been
standing at the heart of Cincinn
ati almost 80 years. People pass
by without noticing it.
So, from the picture of the He
brew Union College on its first
page, the New York Central’s
menu went on through its grill
ed halibut and charcoal broiled
sirloin, (on the. second and third
pages,) and on the fourth page
resumed its story of the Hebrew
Union College.
"Oldest Jewish theological
seminary on the Western contin
ent," it was saying. "Founded in
, 1875, by the late Rabbi Isaac M.
Wise, the institution has ordained
more than 530 Reform rabbis who
occupy pulpits in every state and
in a number of countries abroad.
During World War II approxi
mately 100 alumni' served as
chaplains, comprising one-third
of all Jewish chaplains."
Mr. Mills had been aware of
these things in the casual way
that most of us in our town know
the Hebrew Union College. He
himself had been brought up in
the temple of Dr. Wise, the
founder of the college. Yes,
through Dr. Wise and the rabbis
ordained in his school, the He
brew Union College had left its
stamp indelibly on Jews in our
town and all over the country.
Its rabbis had taught a Judaism
that was not narrow or self-serv
ing. It had to do with a Jew’s
(Continued on Page 4)
In order to devote more
time to the 48-page issue
coming out next week for
our 27th Anniversary, we
have reduced the number
of pages for this week's is
This is the first time
since World War II that we
have found it necessary to
do this. We ask the indul
gence of our readers.
Stand On Appointment Os
Women On Rabbinate
Outlined By Dr. Eisendrath
Maurice N. Eisendrath, president
of the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations denied the report
that his organization had given
•approval to the appointment of
Mrs. William Ackerman as spirit
ual leader of Beth Israel Congre
gation of Meridian, Mississippi.
Mrs. Ackerman was appointed
spiritual leader by the congrega
tion to replace her husband, the
late Rabbi William Ackerman.
While approving in principle
the right of women to serve in
the rabbinate, Dr. Eisendrafti,
leader of the central body of Re
form Judaism representing more
than 425 congregations through
out the United States and Canada,
declared that to his knowledge
Mrs. Ackerman did not possess
the qualification of a rabbi.
“To qualify for the rabbinate,”
Dr. Eisendrath said, “one must
receive ordination, which in the
United States is generally be
stowed by one or another of the
Jewish theological colleges upon
the completion of a long and in
tensive course of specialized rab
binical instruction and training.
So far as I can gather, Mrs.
Ackerman has not received this
training nor has she been ordain
Bigotry Declining
ity races and religions are stead
ily meeting wilH better treatment
in 17 major American cities, es
pecially in education and in em
ployment of skilled and unskilled
workers, partly as a result of ex
panding defense production; but
prejudice and discrimination are
still serious problems, particular
ly in housing and in job oppor
tunities for white collor and pro
fessional workers.
These conclusions were an
nounced here this week by the
American Civil Liberties Union
on the basis of a survey conducted
in Philadelphia, Providence, Min
neapolis, Cleveland, Boston, Hart
ford, Trenton, Chicago, Pitts
burgh, St. Louis, Denver, Des
Moines, San Francisco and others.
Chief among efforts to reduce dis
crimination, according to the sur
vey have been laws aimed at
equality in employment, housing,
education, as well as semi-official
bodies appointed by mayors for
the promotion of interfaith and
Temple Brotherhood
To Hear National
.gf&ipMKjßy mm
Mr. S. Herbert Kaufman, of
Harrisburg, Pa., president of the
National Federation of Temple
Brotherhood, will be in Jackson
ville on January 20 to address a
meeting of Temple Ahavath
Chesed Brotherhood.
The NFTB comprises 225 Re
form Temple Brotherhoods with
42,000 members in the United
States and Canada.
Musical Contest
courage young American com
posers and to honor the memory
of the late George Gershwin, a
prize of ,SI,OOO will be given to
the American musician under 30
years of age who submits the best
composition in the 1951 Gershwin
Memorial Contest, it was an
nounced here this week by the
B’nai B’rith. The prize-winning
composition will be played by the
New York Philharmonic Orches
tra at one of its regular concerts
in April.
Judith Epstein To Be Featured
Speaker at Bi-Regional
Hadassah Conference
Judith Epstein, past National
President of Senior Hadassah, will
be the featured speaker at the
closing banquet of the Bi-regional
Conference of Senior Hadassah
which will be held in Jacksonville
February 4,5, and 6 at the George
Washington Hotel. Mrs. Rose Hal
pern, National President of the
organization was formerly sche
duled to appear, but due to the
press of events will be in Israel at
the time of the Conference. Mrs.
Epstein, an orator of note, has ap
peared at Southern Zionist events
before, and has a following which
places her among one of the out
standing women of the Jewish
The past National President
will head a group of speakers
who will be featured throughout
the three day Conference. Mrs.
Julian Ansell of Boston will ap
pear on two occasions, and will
serve as the installing officer of
the officials of the two regions
when they take office during the
banquet ceremonies. Another out
-tnnriirTf -frunt nf the final eve
Dr. Goldmann Wanls Zionist
Movement "Streamlined"
NEW YORK (JTA)—A call to "streamline" the organizational
structure of the Zionist movement and to abolish the "shekel" as the
.electoral basis for the World Zionist Congresses was issued here this
'week by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the American section
of the Jewish Agency.
Jewish Scientist, Discoverer
Os Miracle Drug, Shares Its
Royalties With Student
Jewish scientist credited with dis- \
covery of the miracle drug,
streptomycin, agreed in Supreme
Court here to share royalties with
a one-time associate, Dr. Albert
Schatz, who Dr. Selman A. Waks
man recognized as a co-discoverer
of the drug.
Schatz, an assistant professor of
biology at Brooklyn College, is a
former student of Waksman.
The acknowledgement grew out
of a civil suit, the settlement of
which provides that royalties
from sale of the drug will be
shared by Dr. Schatz. The co-dis
coverers share in the royalties
was set at 3 per cent. An esti
mated $2,360,0001n royalties from
the drug was earned as of the
close of September. 1950.
Under the terms of settlement,
a total of 1 5 scientists and a dozen
laboratory assistants and clerks,
including the widow of a dish
washer will receive benefits.
Shatz, 30, first sought 50 per
cent of all royalties for his role
in the discovery. Streptomycin, a
drug obtained from a mold, has
been proven useful in the treat
ment of a.number of diseases in
cluding tuberculosis, pneumonia,
whooping cough and others.
ning will be the rendition of sev
eral numbers by the Choral Soci
ety led by Cantor Marton of the
Jacksonville Jewish Center. Mrs.
Murray Grossman, president of
the Florida Region, will preside
over the banquet while Mrs. Ep
stein will be introduced by Mrs.
J. L. Wilensky of Savannah, Geo
rgia, president of the Southeast
ern Region.
In charge of the Conference is
Mrs. Herman Klausner and Mrs.
Seymour Burns. Mrs. Klausner, a
vice-president in the Florida Re
gion, will preside over the open
ing sessioA of the Conference
Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at
which time the presidents of the
two regions will give their annual
report and greetings will be heard
from local organizations.
Mrs. Klausner announced that
the local committee is planning to
be host to approximately two
hundred visitors and delegates
from Florida, Georgia and South
Carolina, Mrs. Hyman KStz of
Jacksonville is in charge of reser
vations.— —. _;—-—
Dr. Goldmann also emphasized
that “the whole fund-raising ma
chinery of the World Zionist Or
ganization and the Jewish Agen
cy, as constituted today, requires
reshaping in order to bring about
a maximum of efficiency and a
! minimum of overlapping and jur
isdictional overlapping.”
The chairman of the American
section spoke at the concluding
session of the mid-winter con
ference of Hadassah, which open
ed here on Monday to survey
emergency problems connected
with Hadassah activities in Israel.
If the proposed reorganization of
the Zionist movement is to prove
effective, Dr. Goldmann said, the
State of Israel must recognize the
Zionist movement as representa
tive of Jewry outside of Israel
and give it the necessary status.
Dr. Goldmann cautioned those
who saw the creation of Israel as
the fulfillment of the Zionist pro
gram, and who thought this made
the further existence of the
movement unnecessary, to re
member that although the state
of Israel is functioning normally,
“These last 30-odd months have
shown that it will take many
more years and a tremendous ef
fort on behalf of the Jewish peo
ple everywhere in the world to
enable the state really to become
consolidated and self-supporting.”
Israel’s foreign policy was re
viewed at the Hadassah confer
ence by Avraham Harman, Coun
sellor of the Israel Embassy.
Dr. Granott Arrives, in
U. S. For J. N. F.
Conference Jan. 19
rael which can easily absorb and
support and six mil
lion Jews was envisioned here
this week by Dr. Abraham Gra
nott, world president of the Jew
ish National Fund, upon his arri
val from Jerusalem to participate
in the Golden Jubilee Conference
of the J. N. F. to be held January
19-21 in Washington.
Dr. Granott, a member of Is
rael’s Parliament and an out
standing authprity on Palestine
land problems, said: “The nation
al affinity between Israel and
the United States continues to ex
press itself in a variety of ways,
mainly evidenced in the heart
warming spirit of cooperation be
tween the two democracies in
many fields of endeavor—agri
cultural and cultural pursuits,
trade, commerce, and a common
bond arising out of similar ideals
of justice. These bonds of cooper
ation are creating ever-new and
ever-stronger ties between the

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