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THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLICATION IN THIS TERRITORY
VOL. 29 NO. 1 PLAIN TALK BY ALFRED SEGAL # RABBI'S BOOK I have in hand the new book of Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin of Los Angeles where he officiates in the leading Reform congregation. (Wilshire Boulevard Temple.) You might say he is chaplain for a considerable and influential part of the movie industry. Right from the start I like Rabbi Magnin’s book for its title: “How to Live a Richer and Fuller Life.” That is to say, this rabbi tells us about ourselves and how to do the best with ourselves so that at the end of it all we will not be tormented by too many segrets. (The fact is that living is much harder than dying, though we make a big event of a death.) The title of Rabbi Magnin’s book suggests a long series of sermons for rabbis generally to take up in place of the cosmic ideas many of them fulminate from their pulpits. They think they can make the whole world over in their own images. From Rabbi Magnin's title I get the idea that he is a rabbi Who knows that his job has to do with individuals like the one whom, for short, we shall call Mr. Zilch. Zilch belongs to a temple but he says, he doesn't get much, if any, spiritual satisfaction out of it. “So I don’t go there very often. I like to hear the rabbi tell me something about new directions for my own confused way of life. But what do I hear? He may give me a sermon on the dangers of the Iran situation. “Fact is, he doesn't know any more about foreign affairs than I do, or any of the other members who read and listen to the radio." So Mr. Zilch has come to cer tain definite conclusions on what he expects of rabbis. He says—as he did only the other evening during a lull between deals in a canasta game—l quote him just as he said it: “You know what’s the matter with the world? It’s the awful people in it—that’s what’s the matter. If you’re go ing to do the world over you must start with people. If people could only learn how to behave themselves with kindness and justice—well, that’s the answer. And getting back to rabbis, I say the main business of a rabbi is to teach people how human beings should behave.” Well, I must confess that I am one of the Zilches and feel as this Mr. Zilch does about this. In fact, a couple of years ago I let myself be adopted into honorary mem bership of The Christophers who are Catholics who believe that the way to make the world bet ter is for its individuals to try to be good in their private lives. Their idea is that the world isn’t to be saved from itself by a total salvation by treaties and proclamations; every individual (Ceatinuad on Pag* Peat) SYNAGOGUE PILLAGED BY VANDALS H«fl 3 Iff r- 119 9 Hi * jp? i ■■ . M UWRgMMMm If il Ml •*- IH ■. 1111 if jfi m fill IMt , • wflffllfflP Pf iff jl I H Part of the estimated $2,000 damage to the Tikveh Chadeshoh Synagogue, Philadelphia, where 13 youthful vandals struck last week. Benches and other furnishes were torn apart by the hell-bent culpits. Another gang of confessed vandals are awaiting a hearing. Damage to the newly-pur chased Tikveh Chadesheh Syna gogue was estimated at $2,000, officials here told the American Jewish Press. The vandals smashed windows, literally rip ped lamps out of the floor, over turned and destroyed benches, and destroyed glass shades. A sacred ornamental pulpit cover was hurled outside into the mud. Apparently not content with the interior damage, the vandals broke several stones out of a flagstone platform in the rear of the East Germantown synagogue. A tree near the rear door was neatly severed and hurled into the synagogue. The congregation’s president, Fred Kaufman, suffered a serious heart attack upon learning that the synagogue had been vandal ized. He showed slight signs of improvement late this week after being reported in serious condi tion. The East Germantown raid fol lowed by a month the apprehen sion by local police and Jewish Community Relations Council probers of a group of youngsters charged with staging six raids on another Philadelphia snyagogue. One hearing has already been given the raiders, several of whom were arrested on previous offenses, and a second court air ing is scheduled next month. Police and JCRC agents moved quickly in the latest attack. Within two days after the Tikvoh synagogue was vandalized, a group of 13 youngsters were nab bed and quizzed. They readily confessed to the vandalism. An official of the JCRC'here, Morris Fagin, disclosed to the American Jewish Press that the attackers ranged in age between seven end fourteen. Questioning of the youths, ac cording to Fagin, failed to dis close any particular motivation for the attack “other than want ing to raise some hell.” JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1952 Why the youths had chosen the synagogue for a target, except that it may have been viewed as the easiest unprotected site, re mained unanswered as the youths prepared for a hearing before ju venile authorities here in two weeks. None of the offenders in the latest attack having previous rec ords, it was expected they would be freed on probation with warn ings. The youths are presently in the custody of their parents after having spent a night in jail. Unlike the previous case, no reward for the apprehension of responsible parties was offered in the latest attack. The offering of a SSOO reward in the previous attack helped lead to the arrest of the guilty parties. Jewish officials here told the American Jewish Press that the synagogue would move for re payment by the youths’ parents of an estimated $2,000 in damages caused by the raiders. HOODED FLA. KLANSMEN SET BIG CROSS-BURNING RALLY TALLAHASSEE (AJP) A "full-dress" cross-burning by hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan of Florida was scheduled here this week for the same night Negro leaders meet at. Jacksonville to map a plan to combat the recent bombing wave of terror. Leading the hooded Klans men will be Bill Hendrix, a KKK leader who publicly urged the 6tate to assign him bulldozers several months ago to tear down the sea walls Jewish residents had erected at Miami Beach. The KKK claims it is not responsible for the recent dynamitings of Jewish Centers. Negro pro jects and a murder. \ Legislature Gels Bill Urging Truman Action in Florida Terror Reign The fight against Florida's reign of racial terrorism moved to the state-front this week with the introduction of a bill in the 1 New York State Legislature urging President Truman to probe "the wave of lawlessness and violence" in the Southern state. The bill, sponsored by Bronx Assemblyman Peck, cited the bombings of synagogues and the murder of NAACP director Harry T. Moore. Peck contended that the reign of dynamitings and the killing were cause for “na tionwide alairm” and said Florida officials appeared unable to com bat the situation. The proposal was the first of its kind in the present wave of attacks. Meanwhile, in Florida, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investi gation continued their all-out probe into the chain of bombings. Given the "green light" by U. S. Attorney-General J. Howard Mc- Grath. the FBI joined local, state and Postal agents in attempting to track down the culprits. The role of Jewish War Veter ans units in the thickly Jewish populated Miami area drew the Hi?- Out War aJ. S . Economic Outlook y l By MERWIN K. HART 1 President J National Economic Conncil L (Special to the Julius Klein r&y Newsletter) prospects for 1952 are A ard to estimate. They are, of Sourse, tied in with several fac ers of a kind different from JRy that existed down to a few years ago. \One of the chief of these Is Ae risk-of all-oat war. The Ad ministration has for some years flirting with Socialism. It /a been persuaded, through Propaganda that has its origin •. \ Communism, to believe that ' \ way to fight Communism is lough Socialism. That was die method by which the middle *V-thejoadetg of Czechoslovakia -ofoina to de fended, Publication of the above by-lined article by Merwin K. Hart on the front page of a newsletter published by former Jewish War Veterans commander Julius Klein set off a wave of protests. (Ameri can Jewish Press Photo.) The appearance of Hart’s piece set off a wave of protest in Jew ish circles throughout the nation. A statement by Brig. Gen. Julius Klein, in whose newsletter the Hart article appeared, attri buted the incident to the publi cation’s editor and asserted that it had been selected “without my personal prior knowledge.” “Hart has been condemned repeatedly for his un-American utterances b y Congressional Committees, by innumerable pri vate groups, including veterans organizations and, I may add Julius Klein,” the former JWV chieftain said. “All of us,” he added, “have been appalled by his insistent manifestations of bigotry and 28th ANNIVERSARY $3.00 A YEAR applause of 41 veterans organiza tions in Dade County, Fla., sore spot in the dynamiting raids. Paul G. Robertson, Commander of Dade County United Veterans’ Council, wrote JWV national vice-commander Louis Phillips offering support in the fight against bigotry. Robertson, in addition to as serting that all ex-GI organiza tions in the area were "strongly behind you," blasted those re sponsible for the dynamite at tacks. * “It is very appalling to me,” he asserted, “that the free peo ples of our great city have been subjected to such arrogant and barbarous actions. Certainly this is not what we fought for and our comrades died for!” MERWIN K. HART cialistic schemes. They havn massed certain laws like tl**’ intolerance.” Klein said that the Hart arti cle had been solicited by the edi tor “through a total lack of ac quaintance with Hart's record.” - He said that the responsible per son “has been relieved from the editorship.” Klein, citing his opposition to “everything Hart represents,” said he planned a special bulletin in the near future reiterating his opposition to Hart. The Julius Klein Newsletter, which recently asserted that most GOP Congressmen supported the presidential bid of Sen. Robert Taft, is circulated to industrial ists, business leaders and numer ous organizations. .