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Friday, August 13, 1954
The Southern Jewish Weekly
Gwnkining The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Citizen and The Jewish News
An Independent Paper Serving American Citizens of Jewish Faith
rhis newspaper seeks to serve the Jewish communities of the South with
an ORTHODOX conscience, a CONSERVATIVE tone, and a REFORM outlook.
• Edited and Published by ISADORE MOSCOVITZ. B.S.J.
Subscription, one year $3.00; two years, $5.00.
Upon expiration, unless notified to the contrary,
subscriptions are continued.
Entered as Second-Class Matter, at the Post Offiee,
Jacksonville, Florida, Under Act of March 3, 1879
Member; the Jewish Velegraphlc Agency, Sigma Delta Chi, Kappa Tau Alpha,
Seven Arts Features and the Chamber of Commerce.
“The Oldest and Most Widely Circulated Jewish Publication
in this Territory”
> 1 •' - j* 1
3,500 convention delegates and guests, representing the organ
ization’s 300,000 members, will be called upon to come to
grips with problems that require immediate decisions.
A few words about Hadassah are in order. An organiza
tion of American Jewish women, founded 42 years ago for the
purpose of providing medical assistance to what was then the
Jewish community of Palestine, Hadassah has in the inter
vening years broadened its horizons and constitutes today a
dynamic force in both Israel and the United States.
Today, in the young republic of Israel, Hadassah main
tains on a non-sectarian basis seven hospitals, scores of com
munity health and maternity care stations, an extensive pro
gram of vocational education for young adults, including new
immigrants, a program of youth immigration and rehabilita
tion, and of land reclamation and afforestation. In addition,
Hadassah will begin, this summer, construction on a $10,000,-
000 Medical Center, which will include Israel’s only medical
school, a 430-bed university-connected hospital, an out-patient
clinic and a nurses’ training school.
In the United States, through an American Affairs Com
mittee constantly growing in importance, Hadassah does its
share to preserve our precious heritage of freedom and democ
racy by disseminating information on a non-partisan basis on
the vital issues of the day, by encouraging its membership to
fulfill the obligations of a citizen in a democratic land, and
by extending wholehearted support to the United Nations.
Parallel to this vital program, Hadassah is engaged in efforts
aimed at fostering a creative Jewish life in America.
In recent years, Hadassah elicited well-deserved praise
by the American Heritage Foundation for its efforts to “get
out the vote” on a non-partisan basis, and by the United Na
tions for its activities as one of the UN’s non-governmental
cooperating agencies. Hadassah, during the war years, was
cited many times, for its devoted participation in drives for
the sale of U. S. Bonds.
To support its programs in Israel and this country, Had
assah annually expends approximately $9,000,000. It is note
worthy that these not inconsiderable sums are raised by the
women of Hadassah themselves without the aid of professional
The persistent refusal of the Arab states to negotiate a
peace with Israel, combined with their ever-tightening eco
nomic blockade against the young state, pose new and difficult
problems for Hadassah in planning its program for the year
ahead. In this country, Hadassah is faced with the need of
alerting its membership to the threats against the democratic
way of life.
On the eve of its 40th convention, we extend to Hadassah
our best wishes for continued success.
Our Kindest Regards
Plumbing and Heating Service
119 W. Bth ST. PHONE 6-1241 Nights * Sunday! Mol 111-5-9691
The 40th annual convention of
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Or
ganization of America, will be held
in New York City from August 22-
25. From hundreds of cities in every
state of the United States, Hadassah
delegates will soon be enroute to the
convention to participate in deliber
ations which will have a far-reach
ing effect on the future of the organ
ization both in Israel and in this
These are not ordinary times and
the forthcoming Hadassah conven
tion will be no routine meeting. The
By Rabbi Samuel J. Fox
QUESTION: Why is this Sab
bath called "Shabbos Nachmu?"
ANSWER: The Sabbath after
Tisha B’av is traditionally called
“Shabos Nachmu.” The term
“Nachmu” comes from the open
ing words of the prophetic portion
which is always read on that par
ticular Sabbath which opens with
the words “Comfort Ye, Comfort
Ye” my people. These were the
words of the prophet Isaiah. After
having observed the period of
mourning for the destruction of
the Temple the people of Israel
are asked to be consoled with the
Alihighty’s confidence in the ulti
mate good of His people and our
Universe. Hence has this Sabbath
come to be called the “Sabbath
of Consolation.”
QUESTION: Why is the fifteen
th day of the Month Av (occur
ring this year on Saturday. Au
gust 14th) considered a happy
holiday in Jewish life?
ANSWER: The Talmud indeed
considers this day one of the hap
piest of days in Jewish life. In
many ways it commemorates the
unity of our people. It was on this
day that the different tribes of
Israel were first allowed to inter
marry with members of another
tribe of Israel. For a time this was
permitted so that no property
would be transferred from one
tribe to another. It was on this
day that the generation who were
doomed to die in the desert ceased
passing away. It was on this date
that the guards appointed by
Jereboam to prevent the Israelites
from coming to Jerusalem, were
abolished by Hoshea, son of Elah,
who said “Let them go wherever
they choose.”
Also on this very day were the
heroic dead of Bathar who had
participated in Bar Kochba’s
brave rebellion, allowed burial.
On that day, in the days of the
Temple in Jerusalem, the people
of Israel would cease to cut wood
for the altar. From this day on
ward the Rabbis claim that the
heat of the sun is lessened and
the timber thus isn’t dry enough
so that they would stop cutting
wood for the altar. It was called
the “day of breaking the axe.” On
that day says the Talmud the
celebration was so high that there
were no festivals as joyous except
for the night after Yom Kippur.
On both of these occasions the
maidens of Israel would go forth
in white garments which were
borrowed so that the poor would
not be embarrassed by the rich.
In our own day this day is mark
ed by the absence of certain peni
tential prayers from the syna
gogue service for the day.
E. J. Pierce, Prop.
Bth and Pearl Street
PHONE 5-0083
Between You and Me....
BT BORIS SMOLAR (Copyright. Telegraphic
. . . The move by the NCRAC is due rather, to the fact that
the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation
League of the B’nai B’rith—which withdrew from the NCRAC
two years ago—have now agreed to participate in a project
jointly with the NCRAC . . . This project, known to the com
munities as the Motion Picture Project, was established some
seven years ago, when the two groups were still part of the
NCRAC . . . The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-
Defamation League have now agreed to join in this project,
provided a new national committee for it is formed which
would not be identified as a NCRAC committee . . . Such a
new body has now come into existence ... It is composed of
one representative from each of the eight national Jewish
organizations engaged in combatting bigotry, plus six repre
sentatives of the communities, drawn from community mem
ber agencies of the NCRAC . . . The eight national groups
represented on the new committee are: the American Jewish
Committee, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation
League, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans,
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Union of Ortho
dox Jewish Congregations, and the United Synagogue of
America . . . The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-
Defamation League jointly have assumed 50 percent of the
cost of the project, thus reducing the burden of the NCRAC
which hitherto covered the full cost . . . The result—a reduc
tion of the NCRAC budget of approximately 4 Vi percent,
which the NCRAC in turn passes on to the communities . . .
ZIONIST PLANS: The Zionist Organization of America is
mapping plans to lick a number of organizational problems
concerning the financial relationship between ZOA national
headquarters and its district and regional branches . . . Many
districts are under the mistaken impression that funds in their
treasury are theirs to dispose of, or to hold in the bank . . .
The ZOA national office is now going to make it clear to
them that all funds collected by them are the property of the
Zionist Organization, and should be transmitted to ZOA head
quarters immediately upon receipt . . . Some regions look
upon the national office as “they,” and give to the American
Zionist Fund only token allocations—instead of considering
themselves as an integral part of the ZOA system ... National
headquarters is determined to do something about this situa
tion ... In addition, ZOA headquarters claims that quite a few
functions are still being held at too great an expense for too
little return . . . Something will be done to check this devel
opment . . . The new ZOA administration, under the presi
dency of Mortimer May,, is also determined to recruit more
volunteer workers and leadership for the movement . . .
American Zionists who think that only the Jews are now en
gaged in erecting new buildings for their communal activities,
should follow the movements of the Arabs in this country .. .
They will learn that a handful of Syrians and Lebanese, in
St. Petersburg, Fla., got together to build a SIOO,OOO modern
community clubhouse there ... In Miami, they built a beauti
ful clubhouse only a few years ago ... A social center for
Syrians and Lebanese exists also in Orlando, Fla. ... No club
house exists in New York, where the largest number of'
Syrians and Lebanese in the whole of North America resides
. . . But in Montreal, a luxurious clubhouse was built
Believe it or not . . . There is at least one
national Jewish organization which is now
asking the Jewish federations and welfare
funds to reduce its allocations for 1954 . . .
This rare organization is the National Com
munity Relations Advisory Council . . . The
request is motivated not by tne possibility
that coordinating the work of combatting
anti-Semitism requires less funds tnis year
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