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THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY JEWISH PUBLICATION IN ~THIS~TERRITORY VOL 31 —No. 4 PLAIN TALK BY ALFRED SEGAL HOW A DEAD MAN CAN LIVE In our town recently there wa* * big celebration for very old Rabbi Isaac M. Wise who has been dead more than 50 years. Nevertheless he had kepi on being ▼ary. much alive in cities and towns all over the United States. You can't say a man is dead who keeps on going the way he does. I He stays vigorously alive, though the year of his burial was 1900. | I myself attended his funeral and saw him lowered into his grave, as if he were dead. But to j this day he remains alive in all, our Reform temples. He set them straight on the way of their own lives. \ | He can be found in the two temples of our town and only some three months ago I found him living in the grandeur of j Temple Emanuel on Fifth Avenue i in New York; alive also across the street from Emanuel where the stately building of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations stands. He started all that. \ He -is Jiving in the Hebrew Union College which he founded. He is alive in our temple in Cin cinnati which has come to be named the Isaac M. Wise Temple: To this, our congregations, he came in the year 1854 and it was much more than this congrega tion that he served from his pul pit. He stands alive as the founder of liberal Judaism (called Re form) in its organised form. Our temple was celebrating the 100th year since Isaac M. Wise came to its congregation to be the rabbi. Even more, it was ob serving the undisputed fact of his still being so alive as he is all around the country. (But we really aren't all united in the United Jewish Cemetery. No. even in death we don't keep united. Some five miles away front the "United" there's a group of six cemeteries on a couple of hillsides where Jews sleep di vided.) The celebration of the 100th year since he came among us took place in the temple that was built some 15 years after he arrived. It started with a procession of a group of aging gentlemen who remembered Dr. Wise in person. I was one of them, not alone by grace of my years; I was a stu dent in Wise’s Hebrew Union Col lege when he Was president there. I was hoping then to be a rabbi some day. We marched down the center aisle to Rabbi Wise's old altar with 101-year-old Dr. Philip Zen ner on my arm. Dr. Zenner as a boy in the religious school, took part in the dedication of Dr. Wise's temple right after the Civil War. Dr. Zenner has a vivid mem ory of Wise as a rabbi then in his 40's; the rest Os us remembered him as a very old gentleman who toddled very slowly on his walk (Continued on Pago t) 1 | Knesset Gets Appeal to Aid Druze Community in Syria JERUSALEM, (JTA) A mo tion calling for an urgent debate in the Israel Parliament of the Syrian Government’s military! suppression of the Druze people of that country was referred last week to the Knesset Foreign Af fairs Committee, with the consent of deputy Sheik Jaber el Moadi, leader of the Israel Druze com munity who offered the motion. | Premier Moshe Sharett express ed the sympathy of his govem jment for Ihe Druze in Syria and concern for their fate. (Reports from Damascus said that Syrian j Army artillery had levelled three of 12 Druze villages.) He coun -1 selled caution in dealing with the problem in the Knesset. I Sheik el Moadi, speaking for 'the 20,000 Israeli Druze, vehe mently condemned the military attacks on the villages of his . kinsmen in the Arab state. He 'pointed out that the Druze com tmunity in Israel had strong reli gious ties with the community in Syria. He declared that Israel could not remain indifferent to the fate of the Syrian Druze under dictator Adib Shishakly and asked the Knesset to investi | gate the suppression of the Syrian Druze community. Former Austrian Minister Charged With Misuse of Jewish Assets VIENNA, (JTA) Dr. Peter Krauland, who was the Austrian Cabinet Minister responsible for confiscated Jewish property after the liberation of Austria, and is now being tried on charges of misuse of his office for personal gain, has charged that top Aus trian political leaders advised him to get out of the country rather than stand trial. Dr. Krauland, who is a mem ber of the Peoples Party, domi nant group in the coalition gov ernment, said that former Chan cellor Leopold Figl, of his party and Vice Chancellor Adolf Schaerf, of the Social Democrats, offered this advice. He further charged that the Socialists had made proposals for profiting from the properties in his chargem but that he had refused such deals. Dr. Krauland, who at one time had responsibility for the opera tion of 13,000 industrial and com mercial enterprises, is accused of having handed over the operation of businesses worth millions of schillings to close associates who operated them for the gain of the ring. He is on trial with six other former high government officials. The prosecution has stated that as a result of the manipulations of the defendants, rightful owners were prevented from resuming control of their businesses. Israel will exhibit at the Inter national Fair of Machinery and Industrial products to be held in Belgium during 1954. JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 12, 1954 Arab League Loosing' Prestige, Perlzweig Says Dr. Maurice L. Perlzweig Dr. Maurice L. Perlzweig, di rector of the International Affairs Department of the World Jewish Congress, just returned from a tour of 12 countries on behalf of the WJCongress, expressed grati fication over the assurances given him by French authorities of North Africa, the Bey of Tunis, and El Glaoui, the Pashah of Marakeesh in Morocco, that the rights and security of Jews, as well as all other minority groups “in that uneasy and tension-filled area of the world” will be pro tected under all conditions. Reporting today (Tues., Feb. 2) at a press conference on his ex tended tour, at the Stephen Wise Congress House, Dr. Perlzweig declared that the Arab League has suffered a loss of prestige in North Africa among moderate nationalist leaders. He added that the revelation that the League is being supported and encouraged by Communist elements has Hebrew U. Receives Lincoln Collection I - r'W Noted Lincoln authority Alfred Whital Stern (left) presents priceless Lincoln collection to Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Lincoln's Birthday ceremonies in Chicago Friday, February 12. Receiving the gift on behalf of the University are Samuel N. Katzin (right), a national vice president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, and Dr. Frederick R. Lachman of the University faculty, representative in this country of Israel's Ministry of Educa tion. Mr. Stern's gift, creating a special Lincoln Library and Lincoln Room at the University, will expand the special Library on Ameri can History at the Hebrew University, Israel's only university. Mr. Stern has provided the Library of Congress in Washington, Me Mas ter University in Canada and many other institutions with highly valuable Lincoln collections. British Concerned Over U. S. Action On Israeli Complaint to U. N. LONDON. (JTA) The British Foreign Office is deeply con cerned over the United States move last week in proposing that the Egyptian counter-complaint against Israel and Israel's complaint against the Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal be made part of the same agenda item at the United Nations Security Council, It was learned here this week. Although the Foreign Office re fuses to comment on the Ameri can move, which gave the Arabs a diplomatic victory early in the Security Council’s consideration of the Israeli complaint, it was learned unofficially that there is a great deal of high level con cern on the impossibility of achieving an identity of views among the Western Big Three on what the British consider a mat ter of great importance. Britain, it was pointed out, would have liked to see a com plete airing of the Suez Canal question if only because the matter had not been handled during the direct Anglo-Egyptian talks, for fear of further com plicating them. There is a feeling here that the Security Council will soon be faced with the alter natives of adopting a lukewarm resolution favoring one or the other party, or becoming snarled in a marathon debate which will widened this estrangement. He termed encouraging the fact that the Berbers, a large group living in Southern Morocco, have announced their rejection of the leadership of the extreme nation alist elements, and have made clear their determination to fight the destructive and subversive in fluences exerted by the Arab League. $3.00 A YEAR end up without concrete action of any sort. It is expected here that the British, although they fell in line with the American “compromise” at the Security Council, will pur sue with renewed vigor their de mand for high level and conclu sive talks on establishing a mu tual policy on the Middle East. Miller Spikes Orlando U. J.A. Drive-Says Israel Budget Balanced w . M I Rabbi Irving Miller Rabbi Irving Miller, National President of the Z. O. A. was the principal speaker of the Orlando opening U. J. A. dinner which was held February 7, in the San Juan Hotel. Sidney Gluckman presided over the meeting, and acted as chairman. In the course of his address, during which he appealed for funds for Israel, the veteran Zion ist Rabbi claimed that the Israel budget is balanced. However, he stated that the development bud get for new immigrants is still in the red. This budget, he explain ed, is the responsibility of the Jews of America, inasmuch as had not the state of Israel been' established at great cost of blood and tears by the Israelis, it would have been the responsibility of world Jewry to resettle the ref ugees some other place. Rabbi Miller spoke most elo quently, and was enthusiastically received by the assemblage of over 300 people. Also appearing on the program was Harry Hersfield, well known humorist, and Cantor A. Marton of the Jacksonville Jewish Center, who entertained as soloist with liturgical and folk songs. Marton was accompanied at the piano by John F. Mac Enulty of the Jack sonville College of Music. •>' ... - £ •l . . v .. ... .J.