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VOL. 28 NO. 44 PLAIN TALK BY ALFRED SEGAL J THE OLD LADY GOES ON HER WAY I happened to be visiting our Jewish Home for the Aged the Sunday morning the old lady died there. It was an exciting occasion among the Residents of the home, like some one of a family going aVay on a long journey and the relatives gathering to wish God-speed at the railroad station. The old ladies and gentlemen had assembled at the downstairs doorway to wait for the dead lady to come down from her room. There was no sorrowing but rather eager whispering about the old lady coming to her good reward at last. No protest was heard against death who shortly would be com ing down the elevator with her toward the undertaker's vehicle that was waiting. Death was all right and they were going to give the old lady a proper send-off. Death was the expected visitor they wait for hourly with becom ing resignation. Life had come to be lived by the hour. No long range plans, anymore, no hope ful tomorrows on the earth. The hour might be over any time. Old Mr. A. was telling me: Yes, he said, it was good enough to be alive in this house and he wasn't complaining to God about anything. He was thankful to have, in his old age, a schul practically round the corner from his roogu The schul is a big room in the house and he is there for the prayers of the morning and the evening, and thank God he could still walk the few feet to the holy altar. But, he said, a man knows when he is about through . . . “What am I on the earth for now in my old, old age? To what use? To eat food that might better go to others who have a long time to live? To occupy a bed that could better be used by some one who is younger and still is at his work and needs rest?” (They heard the elevator door opening and they all turned to look, as if to greet death emerg ing with the old lady. The eleva tor's passenger wasn't death this time but one of the nurses.) Mr. A. said, “You see, we aren’t afraid of death anymore. How eagerly we all turned to look at death coming on, the ele vator. We know death as a good friend who gives us rest when we are tired. "There was a long time when we were all afraid of death. We were much younger then. There was so much for us still to do. Lots of work. The children had to be brought up in the right ways to go. “We were afraid of death even more'on account of our children. We spoke to God all night when they were sick. We thought death was a thief who had no business in our house.” Heads Mizrahi Women Mrs. Joshua L. Lewis ATLANTIC CITY, N. J.—Mrs. Joshua L. Lewis, of Brooklyn, N. Y., was unanimously elected na tional president of the Mizrachi Women’s Organization of Amer ica, as the 26th Annual National Convention of the women’s re ligious-Zionist organization came to a close here last week. After hearing reports from a six-woman survey commission which visited Israel last summer, and from distinguished authori ties on Israel, more than a thou sand delegates from every section of the U. S. voted a budget of $1,310,000 for social services, edu cation, child-restoration and Youth Aliyah work of Mizrachi Women during the next twelve months. Arab Delegate at U.N. Session Assails Creation of Israel PARIS, (JTA) The decision of the United Nations in estab lishing the state of Israel was il legal, Dr. Fadil el Jamali of Iraq declared this week in the course of an address he made during the General Assembly general de bate. The Arab spokesman told the U. N. meeting that “there is no doubt that this organization has always shown weakness before Jewish aggression.” He insisted that it was the duty of those powers which were responsible for the creation of Israel to see that the Jewish state abided by U. N. resolutions. Dr. Jamali further declared that the U. N.’s decision on Israel’s creation was unbelievable, coming as it did from an organization designed to protect human rights. ***'■ It The tCH ANUKAH j STORY ■ty/V COMICS Smarts this week » JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1951 * New Director Named For Southeast Z.O.A. Irving Abramowitz, former director of the Empire State Region, has just been appoint ed executive head of the Southeast Zionist Region with offices at 701 Peters Building in Atlanta, Ga., according to an announcement by Adalbert Freedman, retiring director. Mr. Freedman stated that Abramowitz makes a fine im pression, has an affable man ner, fine Jewish background and cultural attainments com bined with a deep sincerity and a wealth of experience in the service of the Z.O.A. and gives promise of a most suc cessful administration of re gional affairs. He is a veteran of four years in the U. S. Air Force during World War II in the European and Pacific theaters. Workers Demonstrate in Tel Aviv Streets TEL AVIV, (JTA) Several thousand workers last week marched in a street demonstra tion demanding more food and stronger official action to curb the blackmarket. Later about 400 of them left for Jerusalem to pre sent their demands to-the Israel Parliament. The executive,of the Histadrut, Israel’s Federation of Labor, is sued a declaration urging the workers not to participate in the demonstration. The declaration pointed out that the Histadrut is fighting the blackmarket and that no demonstrations were needed to get such action. WASHINGTON, (JTA) The National Conference of Christians and Jews will seek to raise $3,574,000 in 1952, it was announced here last week at the concluding session of the 23rd annual meeting of the Conference. Roger W. Straus was re-elected national co-chair- man of the organization. Addressing an earlier session, Israel’s Ambassador Abba Eban told the delegates that the Con ference renders a valuable serv ice to the cause of world peace. He pointed out that both Chris tians and Jews derived their spiritual tradition from “the pro phetic literature of ancient Is rael.” It was reported at the session that the Conference intends to allocate $250,000 to the establish ment of a “human relations cen ter” at a university yet to be de signed. The center would help in the work of combatting anti- Semitism and in the prevention of race hostilities. The Conference adopted a resolution calling for a calm and tolerant objective examination of the question of thk appointment of an American ambassador to the Vatican. Among those who Conference el Christians and Jews Will Seek $3,574,000 in 1952 Judith Epstein to Address Israel Bond Celebration, November 26 The Senior Hadassah Chapter of Jacksonville, through its Israel Bond Chairman, Mrs. Albert E. Stein, today announced plans for a gala Hadassah-sponsored, community-wide Bond Celebration to be held Monday November 26 at 8:30 p. m. at The Jesters Club, at which the principal speaker will be Mrs. Moses P. (Judith) Epstein, and the featured entertainer Jan Bart, outstanding new comic and singer. According to the announce ment, the membership of Hadas sah is particularly gratified to have Mrs. Epstein, and Mr. Bart, as the featured attractions of their program. Judith Epstein, Mrs. Stein announced, has made a host of close friends in Jack sonville through previous speak ing engagements in this city be fore Hadassah-sponsored meet ings. Mrs. Epstein’s appearance here on behalf of Israel Bonds is a measure of the importance Hadassah has attached to the Is rael Bond Drive, both nationally and locally in Jacksonville. Mrs. Epstein is a past National President of Hadassah, and cur rently holds two vital positions in Jewish community life: Chair man of the Women's Division of the national Israel Bond Drive organization, and Hadassah Na tional Zionist Public Relations Chairman. Mrs. Epstein belongs to a fam ily which settled in America a century ago, and clung tenacious ly to its traditions of Judaism. She was born in Worcester, Mass., and attended Hunter Col lege in New York City. While a student at Hunter, she first be came interested in the creation of a Jewish State. When she was twenty-one, she married and im mediately became a member and worker in the young and strug gling Hadassah organization. participated in the religious as pect of the program were Rabbi Louis Egelson, administrative secretary of the Union of Ameri can Hebrew Congregations, and Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath. The theme of the Conference, which brought 500 delegates here from most free nations, was “peace, freedom and brotherhood.” Arthur H. Compton, Nobel prize winning physicist, said that “if we want peace with freedom, it is the spiritual background of brotherhood upon which this must be fashioned.” A charge that Communists are making propaganda capital of American blunders in prejudice and dis crimination was made by J. D. Zellerbach, former E. C. A. chief in Italy. “Every case of discrimi nation is picked up by the Com munists and broadcast around the world,” he said. p —•-- -•• • —«—— * £ ’• 3 r rtitoiri'tilii' Mrs. Moses P. Epstein In 1920, seven years after Hen rietta Szold founded Hadassah. Mrs. Epstein organized the first Hadassah Chapter in Far Rock away, R. I. She rapidly became a national figure and served as Hadassah delegate to World Zionist conclaves in Switzerland. A woman who can think on her feet, one who handles facts with dispatch and with finesse, Mrs. Epstein is a speaker whose keen observations on her many trips to Israel together with her long ex perience with American audi ences give her top priority at meetings throughout the country. jjL ■. B Jan Bart Jan Bart is one of the most tal ented and best loved entertainers in show business. The European born Bart, currently appearing on his own Sunday radio show over Station WMGM in New York City, shined shoes in order to get money for his singing les sons. His numerous engagements in clude repeat, performances in such prominent places as the Riviera in New York, the Blue (Continued on Page •) $3:00 A YE AT.