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The Southern Jewish weekly. [volume] (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992, August 26, 1955, Image 4

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/ By Elhol “Toddy" Mcacovitz
We raced two “cracker” boys down
■La the slope leading to the docks of the
v m Yacht Basin on Riverside Avenue;
t || breathlessly beat them to the side of a
•Vi fl| tiny 23-foot boat anchored there, and
1 Hf then stopped and stared at the frail blue
B|f and white craft flying a well used Amer
ican flag and a fresh banner of the newer
democracy, Israel ...
The two boys caught up with us; and
H|||||l| while my four score and ten years young
■ father, my mother, and their nine year
it old grandson and inbetween age daugh
ter. stood panting for breath, the lither
spirits scrambled on deck, peeked
in the tiny window, and referred
to the newspapers which they
carried with them for further in
formation . . .
“And that,” one said pointing,
“is the Israel flag ...” Then
bending over double, the taller
lad peered over the side and
pointed to the name of the boat
“Lamerhak II” . . . “And this,” he
said, “is Israel writing ...”
I decided that anyone who
wanted to sail around the world
in that dilapidated little craft
should have named it “chuzpa,”
but the boys and my little family,
old and young, were still thrilling
to the sight of the boat, its flags,
and everything it stood for . . .
I recalled an experience I once
had in brihging films of Israel to
a group of school children . . .
They listened attentively, but
when I held up a recording made
on a plastic disk, which I was
going to play for them, the class
went wild . . . Their paramount
interest was in the technicalities
presented in making a record like
the one I showed them in a pio
neering country . . . This newly
acquired technical know-how of
the Jews was something they ad
mired, evidently it was some
thing which they understood . . .
I discovered that exciting things
like the plastic record was better
public relations, than ten film
strips on mores and culture . . .
In some manner this little craft
of Joseph Havkins was doing the
same kind of job ... To two little
fellows to whom the words cul
ture and tradition were obviously
foreign, a new sphere of under
standing had been opened up be
tween themselves and the Jews
... It had been developed upon
the sight of that tiny craft which
bespoke the bravery of a people
equally as small in its comparison
with other nations as the sailboat
was with giant ships . . .
Later in the day we met the
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skipper of “Lamerhak II” . . A
man, small and frail like the
vessel he sailed, who had been
rejected for military service both
by the Polish army and the
French Foreign Legion, but had
sailed on tankers for the Ameri
can Merchant Marine during the
war when the danger of such em
ployment kept many seamen ]
away from such engagements . . j
“It was away I expressed by
idealism,” he said simply ...
The life of Joseph Havkins can
best be summed up in that sen
tence . . . His story is a story of
idealism . . . the story of Zionism,
and Jewish endeavor . . .
Havkins’ saga should be en
titled “Twentieth Century Jews
and the Sea” ... In 1936 he left
his native Latvia for Palestine,
cycled to Italy, shipped to Cyprus
whei'e he met with some adven
ture and landed back in Italy . . .
Then on his bicycle again to
Trieste, and there a job as a mess
boy aboard a Palestinian ship,
owned by a Jew, and back to
Latvia again . . . This was Hav
kins first taste of sailor’s life and
he liked it . . . Back home he
joined the class of the first Jew
ish training school for sailors . . .
It was conducted by Betar, fol
lowers of Jabontinsky, and was
the Zionists first bid for Jewish
maritime venture . . .
“The Theodore ' Herzel” the
Betar training ship, later sailed
for European ports and Havkins
sailed with her . . . “It was a
wooden ship with iron men,” he
said in describing her . . . Many
years later these same men were
instrumental in using their know
ledge in saving many' Jewish
refugees from Hitler and smug
gling them into Palestine ... At
one time Havkins was the only
Jewish sailor aboard a smuggling
vessel . . . After her crew left her
within sight of the Holy Land, he
stood the bridge and guided her
into Tel Aviv where he scuttled
her within sight of the Katey Dan
Hotel, so that the British had to
resoue the 850 passengers crowded
aboard her, and allow them en
trance into their ancient home
land . . .
It was on circumstances such as
these that Jewish navigation has
been reborn and Joseph Havkins
who now sails his tiny boat to
such foreign places as the Easter
Island and Madagascar in an ef
fort to introduce the Israel flag to
places where the population has
never seen it, has done his part in
making that story the thrilling
adventure which it is . . .
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
PLAIN TALE
/ . i i .—i ■
(Continued from Page 1)
with Jim and if possible date
some Jewish boys. You may make
my discovery. However, if after
a period- of time, you find you
still prefer Jim’s company, have
a detailed talk with him and your
parents about your difference of
religion. Believe me, these dif
ferences can make or break a
marriage. I have some relatives
whose marriages have been un
successful' because of religious
difference. Their children are un
happy, have absolutely no con
ception of either parent’s reli
gion.”
Advice No. 3: It's from Gilber
G. Ross, playwright, 1135 S. Do
heny Drive, Los Angeles, a long
letter with this conclusion: “If
Jim's judgment is as brilliant as
the sincerity which won the love
of the girl, he will willingly ac
cept rabbinical instruction . . .
For just as it is a milzvah to
make a synagogue out of a church,
so it is a mitzvah of equal im
portance to receive a non-Jew
into the fold."
Advice 4: From Mrs. Golde
Gomorom Kolosky who reads this
column in Philadelphia’s Jewish
Exponent: “For this young couple
to be in love and having different
religions is one thing, but if they
marry and have children, then it
becomes a problem: Which reli
gion are they to follow, which
will preside in their home?
"I know of a Jewish boy who
married a non-Jewish girl and
their mother sent her children to
parochial school. The other chil
dren in the school told these chil
dren that they were Jews and
didn't belong in the school.
Finally their mother had to send
them to a public school.
“It seems to me there is plenty
of goyishness in our young people
without their marrying a gov. I
have three sons who, thank the
Almighty, married their own
kind. I feel sure that that girl can
meet a Jewish boy every bit as
nice as Jim, and everybody will
be happy including she herself.”
Advice 5: From a girl who con
fesses a love that's just like the
love of the girl who was crying on
my shoulder: "I. too, am a Jewish
girl and am in love with a Metho
dist boy. although I am not yet ’
of the marrying age. You see. I'm
only 15 . . . My boy is the most
wonderful person: however, the
problem of religion exists. My
parents feel the same as that
other girl's parents.
“My mother is much more
against this than my father. We
are Reform Jews but that has
nothing to do with it. My parents
are not going to keep us apart,
although an argument is always
going on about it. We meet in
secret. I know this isn’t ethical.
We are right for each other.”
Advice 6: From a lady in the
4600 block of North 9th Street,
Philadelphia: "I sympathize
whole-heartedly with the poor
girl falling in love with the Meth
odist boy. What. I wonder, would
the same girl do if she had met
and fallen in love with one of the
handsome movie stars, or one of
royal blood. She would soon dis
miss the passing rapture as some
thing sweet and desirable but un
attainable. And so it is with fall
ing in love out of her religion.
“She should have regarded her
religion as something basic, truth
ful and beautiful and not allow
herself to fall hopelessly into a
marriage whereby she and her
offsprings will be lost to Judaism.
It’s a petulant surrender of one’s
heart when a girl of a Jewish
home can forget centuries of per
secution, bloodshed and massacres
Israel Flag Around the World
«M 111 Im. Hi.klni o! Inn,
are shown as they called on southern ports during an “around the
world" tour. Havkins plans to dock in Miami where he will make
the craft sea worthy for his continuation to unknown ports as well
as well populated centers. His purpose in making the attempt for
around the world fame is publicity for Israel and adventure for
himself. If successful the forty-one year old seaman will complete
his journeys in six years.
MOSCOW PUBLICATION WARNS
AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM
NEW YORK. (JTA) For the
first time in many years an offi
cial organ of the Communist
Party of the Soviet Union appear
ed with an article sharply warn
ing against anti-Semitism, the
New York Times has reported.
The report emphasizes that
“explicit attacks on anti-Semitism
have been absent from internal
propaganda themes” in Moscow
for quite a time. It then quotes an
article which appeared in last
month’s issue of “Party Life,” or
ganizational magazine of the Com
munist Party of the USSR, as de
claring:
"While fighting all forms of
bourgeois nationalism, the Com
munist Party turns the attention
of workers to the special harm of
anti-Semitism. V. I. Lenin, in his
speech 'On the Persecution of
Jews in Pogroms' exposed the
criminal policy of capitalists, de
signed to inflame hatred toward
Jaws in order to divert workers
attention from their real enemy—
from capital. 'Shame to accursed
Czarism, tormenting and perse
cuting Jews,' Lenin said. 'Shame
to those who sow hatred to Jews,
who sow hatred to other nations.'
The Communist Parly has always
carried on a relentless struggle
against anti-Semitism as a pheno
menon deeply hostile to the So
viet structure."
Pointing to the anti-Zionist and
anti-Jewish campaigns which had
been conducted in Soviet Russia
from 1949 to the arrest of Jewish
doctors in 1953, the Times says:
“The practical impact of the pass
age in Party Life apparently is to
order Soviet Communists to com
e
for a wishful whim. The trend is
very much as you say, toward
intermarriage but aren’t you, Mr.
Segal, helping the cause with
your constant preaching of liber
alism.”
So here it is, dear girl, a heap
of advice all wrapped up in this
paper, and thanks for crying your
love on my shoulder. It helps to
make me feel younger—a girl on
my shoulder!
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Friday, August 26, 1955
bat anti-Semitism along with
similar feelings of hatred of other
minority groups in the Soviet
Union. Similar discussions, in
earlier postwar years have nor
mally omitted anti-Semitism and,
except for. such incidents as the
doctors case, the Soviet press has
until recently tended to ignore
the existence of Jews as Jews in
the Soviet Union.”
So. African Treasury
Permits More Money
To Be Sent To Israel
JOHANNESBURG, (JTA)
The South African Treasury in
creased by 100,000 pounds ($280,-
000) the amount of foreign cur
rency which the South African
Jewish Appeal and the South Af
rican Zionist Federation was able
to send Israel in the six-month
period which ended in June, Jack
Hersov, chairman of the Appeal,
told the Appeal’s annual meeting
here.
He revealed that the govern
ment had also given the organiza
tions permission to continue pur
chasing for export to Israel goods
which are in surplus supply here.
Mr. Hersov expressed the organi
zation’s appreciation to the gov
ernment for its “sympathetic
understanding.” It was also re
ported to the meeting that from
the beginning of 1954 to the
present the Appeal had sent to
Israel 1,200 cases of used gar
ments, footwear and household
items.
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