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AW INDEPENDENT WEEKLY SERVING AMERICAN CITIZENS OF JEWISH FAITH
THE OLDESTAND~MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED _ JEWISH PUBLICATION IN~THIS TERRITORY VOL. 31 NO. 8 PLAIN TALK BY ALFRED SEGAL IN MY EASY CHAIR I had an invitation recently from Anshe Sholom (Men of Peace) to come and have dinner with them to. celebrate the 50th birthday of their congregation. It was more than an invitation to dinner, though; it invited me back, also, to a lime more genu inely golden than we have today; 50 years back, that is to say. (Even though we do have tele vision and from our town can fly to New York in three hours and to Miami Beach in five.) Yes, I guess I have become old enough to be among those who like to play in the fragrant mem ory of old times. So I settled my self in the softest chair of my living room and went browsing into 50 years ago. That was the time when there were no bigger problems in the world than to make enough of a living to pay the month’s rent. (Wages weren't so much and at eur father's table we always thanked God with Hebrew bless ings on the humble fare. And when we kids went out to a party of an evening we were home and in bed at 11, as our father com manded.) No problems of the world on our necks then, no problems like that of guessing just what to do if atom bombs come falling on our heads, no table talk as to when’s the next war coming. I say to myself, Oh, that was the golden time of our human history. No Cadillacs then, or Chevro lets even, no stocks or bonds, for die most of us and country clubs were as remote as the land of Israel seemed then; recreation was casino around the kitchen table. We kids bathed' in a wash tub in the kitchen to be spick and span on Sabbath eve when papa would come home from schul wjih an angel at his side, as.the legend said. Papa didn’t possess much ex cept his children and his schul. He felt rich on the Sabbath when, in the late afternoon, he had time to gather with elderly men in the basement of the synagogue to hear Torah expounded. At Seder he felt king-like, sit ting there royally with a pillow under him. He counted fads wealth fat the silvery spice box out of which at the end of Sabbath day he used to shake the incense of spites; , symbol of the fragrant week-to-come he was praying for. He had a great time living as Jewishly as he did, and he hadn't .file least idea that he was missing a tiling. Fifty years ago! In that time I knew, a man who on PUrim fairly danced down the street. He had written Haman’s name on the soles of both his. shoes, and with Hainan underfoot he went stamp ing hard at every step until every trace of Haman’s name had been rubbed off .. .“That’s my way of celebrating what God said about way of the evil doer,” he used. (Confinuod on Page •) Korean Hero Awarded Silver Star jSSBaSIIf:-'' ■ pill 11 I Bf i *, • Hf- * Jm| - flP|l Ip-111l F. ' tt :x - X- \V.’‘ |-' ~-b(E M fm THTiWlfl & wS| wnM |K., ' v - W- *' This JWB Bureau of War Records photo shows Sji. Robert A. Lerner, who lost a leg in combat in Korea, receiving the Silver Star from Brig. Gen. Corby, deputy commander of the Waller Reed Army Medical Center and Hospital, Washington, D. C. Sergeant Lerner, son of Mrs. Minnie Lerner. 1541 E. 29th Street, Brooklyn, N. Y., is a patient at Walter Reed where he is being fitted for an artificial leg. Lerner plans to study medicine. President Receives Jewish Group WASHINGTON, (JTA) A delegation of leaders of the com mittee to celebrate the 309th an niversary of Jewish settlement in this country was received by President Eisenhower at the White House last week-end. The delegation, led by Ralph E. Samuel, chairman of the Amer ican Jewish Tercentenary Com mittee, invited the President to the official opening of the ter centenary celebration. Mr. Eisen hower explained, however that it was too early at this time for him to make a definite commitment although he appreciated the in vitation. The delegation presented Presi dent Eisenhower with a silver medal.which was struck 50 years ago on the occasion of the 259th anniversary of Jewish settlement in America. In addition to Mr. Samuel, the delegation included Jacob Blaustein, Dr. Samuel Bel kin, Adolph Held, Simon Sobeloff, Irving Kane, Bernard Trager, Joseph Willen, -Prof. Horace Kal len, Mrs. Irving Engel and others. Charleston To Be Host to Synagogue Seminar ,'! Synagogue Emanuel of Charles ton, South Carolina, will be host to an all day seminar on syna gogue administration, March 28th from 10 to 4 o’clock. The seminar is being sponsored by the South Carolina, East Georgia, and North Florida section of the United Synagogue. * The theme of the afternoon will be “The Dynamics of the Con servative Synagogue.” JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, MARCH 12, 1954 Arrest of Jews in Czechoslovakia Condemned NEW YORK, (JTA) The re port that Czechoslovak Commu nist police have arrested 23 Jews in Pilsen for “forbidden contact with Jewish organizations in the West” will be viewed by Jews throughout the world with the gravest apprehension, Shad Po lier, chairman of the executive committee of the American Jew ish Congress, said in a statement issued here this week. Mr. Polier added that this cam paign of slander and incitement on the part of the Czech authori ties against Jews, which had abated for a time, “appears to have been resumed with the usual apparatus of baseless ac cusations and naked lies.” The latest use of anti-Semitism as an instrument of state policy, he said, is a revolting spectacle from which all decent men must re coil with horror. , ISRAEL READY TO MEET . ARAB THREAT Gen. Moshe Dayan, Army Chief oi Staff, told a public meeting that CoL Gamel Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian Army officer who unseated Gen. Naguib as Premier and who remains as Premier even with Naguib’s return to the Presidency, sought among his various aims, the destruction of Israel. Gen. Dayan said that the Israel Army would take care to prevent the realization of l Col. Nasser’s goal in this instance. (Editor’s Note: “Life” Magazine reports that Nasser is pro-Israel.) Members of Congress Seek To Block Sending d U. S. Arms To Arabs WASHINGTON. (JTA) Members of Congress, representing both parties, this week issued a statement revealing that they had held a meeting with officials of the State Department from whom they sought assurances that the U. S. Government would not supply arms to the Arab states as long as their rulers refuse to make peace with Israel. The statement does not indicate whether the desired assurances were secured. From diplomatic sources it was learned that Acting Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith and Assistant Secretary of Slate Henry A. Byroadfc argued that American arms aid for Arab slates is necessary for the "security" of the area. (The New York Times reported this week that the two high officials of the Stale Department told the Congressmen that only "token" deliveries of arms have been considered.) In their statement, the Con gressmen made it known that they expressed “concern over published reports that our gov ernment is proposing to use the military aid appropriated for the Near East under the Mutual Se curity Act in part to give arms and other military aid to individ ual Arab states.” "We expressed fear." said the Congressmen, "that such pro posals may undermine rather than strengthen our defenses in this area. Furthermore, we point ed out that the Arab states show no desire to make peace with Is rael, and there is every reason to fear, in view of mounting ten sion in the Middle East recently, that our arms ipay be used not to defend the Middle East against Communism, but for a renewal of warfare against Israel and even against some of our NATO allies who have interests in this region. “The guns we give to the Arabs may be used not to advance the security of the area, but to pro mote peace and security, but to attack our own essential interests. At this time there is no depend able assurance to the contrary,” the Congressmen emphasized. Want U. S. to be Firm on Egypt's Blockade Against Israel The members of Congress also sought reassurance “that the Ad ministration would maintain a firm position in the current dis cussions in the Security Council designed to bring an end to the More Jews, Including Rabbis, Arrested in Rumania; Some Sentenced TEL AVIV, (JTA) Many Jews, including rabbis and com munity leaders, were recently ar rested in Rumania and some of them have already been tried on charges of illegal Zionist activity, is was reported here. Reports, which have bean ar riving over a period of weeks re cently, say that among those tried were Dr. Miklos Feinfeld, identi fied as the Chief Rabbi of the city of Arad, and Stefan Krois, Lud wig Gardos and Moshe Weissber ger, who are otherwise not iden tified. The sentence passed on Rabbi Feinfeld is not known, but Krois is reported to have been sentenced to a three-year prison term while each of the other two defendants have been sentenced to 12-year terms. $3.00 A YEAR illegal Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal and that the United States would take the position that whatever resolution is adopt ed on this subject by the Security Council should be implemented and enforced.” Favoring a continuation of eco nomic aid for the area, including the Arab states, the Congressmen expressed belief that the best way to strengthen the area against Communist subversion is to con tinue efforts to raise the depress ed living standards of the Arab people. "Most of all," said the Congressmen, "they need more bread and more land, not more guns." Those in attendance at the meeting with State Department officials were Senators Paul H. Douglas, 111.; Irving M. Ives, N. Y., and Herbert H. Lehman, N. Y., and Representatives Emanuel Celler, N. Y.; Albert W. Cretella, Conn.; Isidore Dollinger, N. Y.; Sidney A. Fine, N. Y.; Samuel N. Friedel, Md.; Louis B. Heller, N. Y.; Lester Holtzman, N. Y.; Char les R. Howell, N. J.; Jacob K. Javits, N. Y.; Robert W. Kean, N. J.; Kenneth B. Keating, N. Y.; Edna F. Kelly, N. Y.; Eugene J. Keough, N. Y.; Arthur G. Klein, N. Y.; Albert P. Morano, Conn.; Abraham J. Multer, N. Y.; Harold C. Ostertag, N. Y.; Hugh Scott, Pa., and Horace Seely-Brown, Jr.. Conn. NOTED EDITOR WARNS AGAINST ARAB MILITARY AID A warning to the Western powers to “discount totally in advance any effective Arabic military assistance” in the event of an East-West war is given by Joseph G. Harrison. Overseas News Editor of the Christian Science Monitor, writing in the current issue of Middle Eastern Affairs, month ly publication of the Council for Middle Eastern Affairs of New York. : < In an article titled “Middle East Instability,” Mr. Harrison characterizes the Arabic-speak ing countries of the Middle East as “an area of disintegra tion and deterioration, a region where economic conditions, the social structure and political life are, to a noticeable degree, breaking down with no con spicuous new growth to take thei* place.” .... guns."