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VOL. 28 NO. 45
Lately, I have been reading
more and more, the term "dia-1
spora" in the Jewish press and 1
hearing it in speeches and con* I
versation. It means you and me;
we are assigned to diaspora. It is i
a term to differentiate between
Jews like us who live all around ;
the world and Jews who live in |
Israel. We, it seems, are diaspori
tes, to coin a word.
I looked up Webster’s New In
ternational Dictionary forthe 1
exact meaning of diaspora. It’s a 1
word from the Greek meaning
“disperson applied collectively to
those Jews, who after the Baby
lonian captivity were scattered
through the old world and later
to Jewish Christians living
among the heathen.”
In modern usage it is taken
from its frame of historic refer
ence and made to apply to you
and me in the U. S. It is fre
quently used with something of
a sigh: Oh this diaspora! We are
of the scattered! It suggests a
land of exile far from home, as
if you and I were of a scattered
remnant trying to get along in
the world far from Israel. It sug
gests rootlessness.
Even the Reform Union of
American Hebrew Congregations
seems to think of itself as an in
stitution -of diaspora, though only
lately it has built itself a million
dollar, 7-story house that reaches
deep down into the foundations
of Fifth Avenue, New York. In
the current issue of its bimonthly
magazine, “American Judaism” it
conducts a symposium on the
question: “Is it possible to live a
full Jewish life in the diaspora,
or is this possible only in Israel?”
(The Union's founder, Rabbi
Isaac M. Wise, preached a Juda
ism that was to be rooted deeply
in the American soil and was
never to be thought of as a plant
not exactly indigenous here.)
Well, I myself don’t feel at all
scattered. My roots feel deep
down in this U. S. land, though
our family didn’t start here until
the early 80’s when my father
landed at Castle Garden. When I
am spoken of as one of a dia
spora, the inference might be
that I am a sort of stranger here,
a stranger who belongs to the
scattering out of the land of
I say this in deepest love for
Tw««i M the birthland of my re
ligion and its ideals, as the coun
try of other Jews, my kinsmen,
who are trying to make a good
habitation out of it. I say it as
one who prays that in Israel will
be established the good way of
life for the people who live there,
la accordance with the Jewish
ethical teaching, for the admira
tion of all mankind, an exemp
But in relation to Israel, I am
not just a Jew scattered away
from there, not a fellow without
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Chaplain Joshua L. Goldberg, district chaplain of the 3rd Naval
District and Jewish consultant to Joint Chaplains Board of the
Department of Defense, has been promoted to captain, the highest
rank achieved by a Jewish chaplain in the Navy. Chaplain Goldberg
is the liaison between the Joint Chaplains Board and the Division
of Religious Activities of the National Jewish Welfare Board, which
recruits, endorses and serves Jewish chaplains in the armed forces.
Rear Admiral Walter S. Delaney, district commandant, is pictured,
right, presenting the Chaplain with shoulder boards bearing the
four stripes of his new office.
Southern IZFA Meets
This Week-end^
The Intercollegiate Zionist
Federation of America (IZFA)
will hold a Southern regional
conclave and seminar on Nov. 30,
Dec. 1 and 2 at Crystal Lake, out
side of Gainesville, Fla. The pro
gram will contain various dis
cussions, sports, dancing and
To lead folk dancing is Flor
ence Schwartz, a teacher of Mod
ern Dance at Florida State Uni
versity. Other activities will be
led by field workers and repre
sentatives of the national office.
The following IZFA chapters
will attend: Universities of Ala
bama, Tennessee, Georgia, Flor
ida, Georgia Tech, Miami and
Florida State U. If interested in
attending, contact Hillel House,
University of Florida, or Zionist
Youth Commission, 601 Peters
Bldg., Atlanta, Ga.
TEL AVIV, (JTA) A total
of 50 infiltrees were apprehend
ed in Israel by Israeli border pa
trols last week, it was announced
here. In a number of clashes be
tween the Arabs and Israeli po
lice units, IS of the infiltrees
were killed or wounded.
I I'
BOSTON, (AJP) -± A non
profit post-season game be
tween the Brandeis University
football team and the Univer
sity of Tampa is scheduled at
Miami Beach for Dec. Bth, it
was disclosed this week.
Are YDU an This List?
Every Jewish family in Jacksonville was mailed a letter, invit
ing participation in the planting of trees in the Forest of Six Mil
lion in Israel to commemorate the Six Million Jews who died at the
hands of Hitler in World War 11. The project, undertaken by the
local committee of the Jewish National Fund, was climaxed on
Sunday, November 18th with a splendid gathering of men, women
and children who took part in an interesting program in honor of
the Golden Jubilee of the J.N.F.
Those who purchased trees
thus far honored their loved ones
living, or departed.
The campaign for the Forest of
the Six Million will continue
throughout this Golden Jubilee
until the end of December, 1951.
The following have already
made their contributions. Addi
tional names will be added as
checks are received for the bal
ance of this year. If you have
misplaced your postage-free en
velope, please mail your contri
butions to The Jewish National
Fund, P. O. Box 5002, Jackson
ville 7, Florida. Funds will be
forwarded to national headquar
ters to buy and develop the land
in Israel.
Sinclair Avchin; B. Barnett;
Jack Becker; J. Bernstein; Max
Bittman; Myron Blattner; Max
Brown; Mrs. A. Chardkoff; M. J.
Chonin; Mrs. Lillian Cohen; I. J.
Savannah Jewry Interns Ashes
01 One of Six Million Dead
An event unique in the annals of American Jewry took place in
Savannah, Georgia last Sunday afternoon, when the Bonaventure
Cemetery was the scene of the interment of the ash remains of one
of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.
The ash remains were those of
the father of Mrs. Fishel Dudek,
one of the Displaced Persons
brought to Savannah by the Sa
vannah Jewish Council, through
its Resettlement Program, under
the Displaced Persons Act of the
United States Congress.
The story of how the ash re
mains of Schmul Szczerkowski
were found after World War 11,
reads like a storybook adventure.
Upon the invasion of Poland by
the Germans in 1939, Mr. Szczer
kowski, a skilled shoe worker by
trade, was interned in Lodz, Po
land where he was born with his
wife and four children. Later he
was transferred to the Aussch
witz concentration camp, and on
September 7, 1944, he was
brought to Germany and placed
in the Stecken concentration
camp in Hanover.
Records subsequently discover
ed indicate that he was killed by
the Germans on March 17, 1945.
just a month before the Allies
liberated inmates of the camp.
Records also show that 1.004 men
were brought to Camp Ulm from
Camp Stecken. Os this number
fifty-six survived. Included
among the survivors were Fishel
Dudek, who after the war mar
ried Mr. Szczerkowski's daughter
and Chaim Melamed, the head of
the first D. P. family brought to
Savanah under the D. P. Act.
According to information later
unearthed, the authorities of the
Ulm Camp turned over the job of
cremating their victims to a pri-
Edelstein; Mr. Goff in; Louis
Goldman of Miami Beach; A. R.
Gruber; Joe Hackel; Junior Had
assah; Sophia Hockman; Israel
Lodge No. 11; Leah Janow; S.
Janow; Jewish War Vets; Louis
Katz; Milton Klavens; George
Lazarus of Hendersonville, N. C.;
Mrs. Lillian Leibovitz; Claude
Levin; Louis Levy; Rose E. Lew;
Masada; Mrs. S. Mizrahi; David
Moed; Isadore Moscovitz; David
Moss; Harry Mazey; Mr. & Mrs.
A. Newman; Orlando Z. O. A.;
Herbert Panker; Max Rubin;
Mark M. Sablow; Lou Safer; Sid
ney Schain; Aaron Schild; Hy
man Selber; Phillip Selber; Mrs.
Sloat; Mrs. Harry Slott; Hannah
Senesch (Hadassah); B. Sohn;
Ralph Sporkin; Belle Stomaken;
Mr. & Mrs. I. Sutton; Rabbi
Sanders Tofield; Sheldon Tom;
C. Davis Turner of Marianna,
Fla.; Morris B. Wilson; Joe
Young; M. S. Zernes; Mrs. Mit
chell Schemer; Ben Mack, and
S. A. Goodman.
$3.00 A YEAR
Schmul Szczerkowski
vate firm, which maintained the
remains of each victim in a sep
arate container, neatly labeled
and giving vital statistics about
the victim. When the liberating
Eighth Army entered the town of
Ulm, they found the remains of
354 Nazi victims stacked on
shelves. The authorities of the
surviving Jewish community ar
ranged for the burial of the re
mains of all of the Jews found.
Later, the remains of two of the
victims were disintered and
brought to Israel. The remains of
Mr. Szczerkowski were brought
to this country by Mrs. Dudek
when she sailed for the United
States because she wanted her
father to be buried on the free
soil of the United States.
Os significance is the fact that
Mr. Dudek did not know the
identity of Mr. Szczerkowski
when they were both in the same
camp. After he married Mr.
Szczerkowski's daughter follow
ing the war, he recognized her
father from a photograph and
this set about the chain of events,
which resulted in the bringing of
the remains of a Nazi victim to
The services and the interment
took place at the Jewish Chapel
of Bonaventure. The services
opened with prayers by Rabbi S.
S. Starrels of Temple Mickve Is
rael, followed by a memorial ad
dress on the life of the deceased
by Fishel Dudek. Rabbi A. I.
Rosenberg of B. B. Jacob Syna
gogue then delivered an address
memorializing the six million
Jewish martyrs to Hitlerism. The
services concluded with prayers
by Rabbi Isidore Barnett of Agu
dath Achim Synagogue.
Plans are being worked out for
the erection of a suitable marker
to note the grave of Mr* Szczer
kowski. This market will also
symbolize the recognition of six
million martyrs as a memorial
erected by the Savannah Jewish

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