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AMERICAN JEWS TO MAKE
LOAM TO ISRAEL
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (JTA)
Sixty-nine Jewish communities
throughout the United States
have already pledged the sum of
$69,350,000 towards a five-year
loan of $75,000,000 to retire short
term indebtedness of the State of
Israel and stabilize the country’s
economy, Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz,
executive vice-chairman, an
nounced here at the 1954 National
Inaugural Conference of the Uni
ted Jewish Appeal.
The conference, attended by 900
community leaders from all parts
of the country, was told by the
UJA leader that the loan—first
such project ever undertaken by
an American philanthropic agen
cy—was in addition to tne $119,-
921,150 goal of the United Jewish
Appeal for 1954. UJA leaders
hope to complete the campaign
for the loan within the next six
weeks to avoid interference with
the regular UJA drive.
The extraordinary loan project
was proposed by the UJA last
December 10 in New York at a
meeting of representative Amer
ican Jewish leaders. They were
told that the Jewish Agency had
incurred a critical indebtedness
arising out of the mass influx of
750,000 immigrants in the period
from May 14, 1948, when the
State was founded, to May, 1953.
Taking action on this report,
the New York meeting endorsed
a proposal to seek a $75,000,000
loan from the country’s Jewish
communities to be amortized
over a five-year period at a rate j
of 20 percent per annum to be
guaranteed out of the receipts of
the United Jewish Appeal’s regu
lar fund-raising campaigns. The
meeting also named a 99-man or
ganizing committee headed by
William Rosenwald, national
chairman of the UJA, who led a
move to present his plan to local
Jewish welfare funds.
Israel Will Be Able to Repay
$75,000,000 in Short Term Debts
Dr. Schwartz pointed out that
the loan would serve not only to
relieve the Jewish Agency of its
most pressing problems, but
would have the effect of making
it possible for the'Government of
Israel to retire some $75,000,000
in short term debts which now
impose a staggering burden on
tiie new State’s economy. This
follows from the fact that the
Jewish Agency, like all organiza
tions and individuals under Israel
law, furnishes its foreign cur
rency, to the Israel Treasury in
exchange for Israel pounds.
It was explained that to make
up for the shortage of funds re
quired to carry on its philan
thropic work, the Jewish Agency
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was forced to borrow heavily
from the Government of Israel,
and that the Government, in its
turn, incurred sizeable debts of a
short-term nature to meet the
emergency growing out of the
mass immigration. The funds
which the Jewish Agency will
receive will come to it from the
United Israel Appeal, the major
constituent agency of the UJA.
Popu lotion Trend
Seventy-five percent of Ameri
can Jews are native-born, Abra
ham Ducker reported at the re
cent convention of the Yiddish
Scientific Institute. If you add to
this the fact that many Jewish
immigrants came to this country
at an early age, some as chil
dren, there emerges a picture of
a Jewry that before long will be
a pure product of America. It
would be a good guess, however,
that there are still about one
million foreign-born Jews in the
United States.
Apropos to the changing char
acter of the Jewish population in
America, it might be well to note
that, according to the Census of
1940, the total number in the
American population who indi
cated that Yiddish was their
mother tongue was 1,751,000. Os
these, 924,440 were foreign born,
773, 680 of foreign or mixed pa
rent-age, and 52,980 of native
parentage. This total indicates
that about 37% of the American
Jews in 1940 were familiar with
the Yiddish language.
My good friend and first teach
er Dr. Mordecai Soltes, to whom
I ,am indebted for this informa
tion, estimates that the total cir
culation of the Yiddish papers in
1952 was about 239,000 or less
than half the Yiddish press cir
culation of 1916. This drop shows
not the willing submission of a
clan that is justly the successor
to the heritage of the millions
who perished, but mainly the in
exorable effect of living in a
milieu whose cultural streams are
overcoming.
—Nathan Ziprin
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
University of
Florida News
BY JEROME WEINER
GAINESVILLE lrwin Kish
ner, Miami Beach, was named to
the vacant Board of Student Pub
lications post this week by the
Student Government executive
council.
Kishner, managing editor of
the Seminole yearbook, is the
former Alligator intramural edi
tor, and director of the UF intra
mural program.
The Advertising Club co-ed
calendar is now on sale at the
University Book Store, according
to chairman Chuck Ashmann,
Miami. The calendars feature 12
UF co-eds and sell at 50 cents.
Elaine Glasser, Miami Beach, is
among the girls pictured.
The Pi Lams and the Sigma
Chis had their annual shoebowl
game Saturday afternoon.
The TEPs added 10 new
pledges: Javon Don Schiff, Stan
Meyers, Daytona Beach; Sam
Rubin, New York; Floyd Juster,
Tampa; and Stewy Grave, Bob
Goodman, Dick Bernard, Jerry
Gross, Sid Yateman, Bill Gruman,
all from Miami Beach.
TEPs founder’s day planned for
March 5 and 6 at Camp O’Lena
. . . Sigma Kappa sorority were
dinner guests at the TEP house
last week.
Pi Lam has seven new pledges:
Miamian Joe Brodsky, Phil Sas
soon, Miami Beach,; Seymour
Gordon, Don Berkowitz, Marvin
Gilman, Don Cook, and Marty
Pike—all from Miami.
Jaxon William H. Cohen has
been appointed associate editor
of the proposed Peninsula liter
ary magazine.
The Hillel Girls’ Intra-Mural
team is in second place in the
Women’s Intra-Murals.
The 125 TEPs joined Hillel
enmass.
Sabbath services will be held
tonight at 7:30 at the Hillel House.
The Lox arid Bagel weekly
brunch will be from 11 to 1 at
the Hillel Foundation.
The Hillel Foundation will soon
have a television set.
Take It or Leave It
During the critical days of the
Pope’s illness rumors were cir
culating in New York that the
Pontiff’s life was saved by a
Jewish institution the Maimo
nides Hospital in Brooklyn. The
institution, rumor had it, was in
possession of a rare drug pre
scribed by the Vatican physician
but which neither Italian nor
European pharmacists were able
to supply. When the hospital ad
ministration learned of the situa
tion it offered to have the drug
flown to the Vatican. When this
information was transmitted to
Catholic dignitaries in New York,
they contacted Cardinal Spellman
who is said to have made an in
cognito visit to the hospital,
where he chanted a blessing and
prayer for the Pope’s delivery
over the drug. The hospital is
named after Moses Maimonides,
the immortal Jewish philosopher
and codifier whose achievements
as a physician have been over
shadowed by his renown as a
scholar and saint. When he died,
early in the twelfth century, he
was considered the greatest phy
sician of his day. It is said he
counted a Pope among his pa
tients.
—Nathan Ziprin
FAMOUS . PERSONALITIES ... . ■ ■
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WHO OUTSMARTED THE
BEY OF ALGIERS
• 1785-1851 •
••• PRES. MADISON,')
DURING THE WAR OF
ISI2, SENT 28 YEAR
OLD MORDECAI NOAH TO RANSOM
AMERICAN SEAMEN WHO WERE
BEING HELD BY THE PIRATICAL. ;
BEY OF ALGIERS. THE BEY WAS 1
HAUGHTY AND INSULTING UNTIL THE
JEWISH DIPLOMAT LED HIM TO
BELIEVE THE BEY OF TUNIS AND
THE U.S. WERE UNITING AGAINST HIM.
MORDECAI NOAH RECEIVED A
CITATION FOR HIS SUCCESS ••- -- :
ISRAEL TO ABOLISH
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
JERUSALEM, (JTA) The
Israel Parliament last week abol
ished the death penalty for the
crime of murder. The vote was
61 to 33, with two abstentions.
The bill does not affect capital
punishment for crimes committed
by the Nazis or in complicity with
the Nazis. The death penalty for
certain crimes under military law
and for crimes against the state
will remain in effect until sepa
rate measures are adopted to do
away with capital punishment in
these specific cases.
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