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By Hymen Z. Mendow. The reconstruction period in our national and civic life is here. What are the Jews of Minneapolis going to do in the matter of group recon struction Tfce tendency toward amalgamation of interests and activ ities is very marked. This year our separate efforts for war relief and local charitable relief were merged to gain for us better results and greater power for good. Cannot some of our communal activities merge into one living virile organism that will express its constituent parts? Here is the problem Why have we a Bnai Brith lodge that accom plishes no more than being a vehicle for the distribution of funds to cer tain charitable institutions? What need is there of such a lodge now that there are so many other organ izations that more than fulfill its life less, bloodless purpose of "uniting Jewry" and maintaining a patriotic sentiment among its membership? Who would say that the Gymal Do led club or the Atlas club or the Y. M. H. A. do not accomplish the same results? And who is there that will hold that any of these or all of these organizations cannot in the same manner distribute the funds to the orphans and consumptives and aged people's homes, and such like phi lanthropies? If the Bnai Brith has any cause for further existence as a separate organization, why is it fail ing to activate its members in other than mere routine matters? What, in fine, is the Bnai Brith lodge now that the other organizations are not, and what has it to offer for the fu ture? But the problem is not solved by the answer to these questions. The Gymal Doled club and the Atlas club, both needed, lively and worthy organizations, live at cross purposes with each other, each holding the other in semi-contempt. Each is los ing in communal efficiency by mere duplication. We have also a grow ing and heretofore unnoticed organ ization in the Y. M. H. A. This or ganization is the builder of the for mative character of the future mem bers of all of the other organizations and communal activities. It has a membership of about one hundred fifty young men who are not being given a chance for the recognition and the kind of development that they need. Here is an opportunity i that the Jews of Minneapolis are missing. There are several organ January 10,1919 THE AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD izations on the campus of the Uni versity, notably the three fraterni ties, the Menorah, and the Zionist societies, that seem to have no cor relation with thteir complementive organizations in the city. Thus, in all, there is a large group of social communal organizations that are duplicative of each other. Some of them are inter-inclusive in member ship and most of them have the same objects and aims for their ex istence. The solution, it seems to the writ er, lies in an amalgamation and cor relation of all of these organizations. Minneapolis needs one really big central organization that will be all inclusive. This organization could furnish and do all that each of the individual organizations now fur nish and do. Such an organization could distribute funds as well as the Bnai Brith and the Jewish War Re lief committee. Such an organiza tion could furnish adequate facilities that would far outdo the club facil ities that the Gymal Doled, the At las, the Elysium, the Kadimoh, or the college fraternities offer joint ly, to say nothing of their several inadequate efforts. This larger or ganization could furnish educational facilities that the Y. M. H. A., the Women's Council, or the Menorah could hope to offer. Minneapolis is certainly large enough to meet this immediate need. Will Minneapolis Jewry now capi talize its future communal efficiency In Portland, Oregon, the Jews have concentrated all of this activity in the Bnai Brith. A large building houses all the activities, and during the war period the Jewish Welfare Board operated the whole plant. The writer had the good fortune to see the activity and felt ashamed of Min neapolis and its clubs and Bnai Brith. In Chicago, the Hebrew In stitute and the Sinai Social Centre accomplish the same result. Ask any man stationed at the Great Lakes and he will tell you how in adequately Minneapolis has taken advantage of its facilities for this kind of work. In Washington, D. C., and in Cleveland the same holds true, as far as the Y. M. H. A. is concerned in both cities they have buildings, and are pretty much all inclusive. In Jacksonville and Pen sacola, Florida, the Jews have long ago awakened to this need. Now is the time to make the plans for such a structure. Let personal prejudiced pride in mere organizations be put aside. Let us now study the situa- 313 tioq and act for good of tHo greatest number. Why not have an individual or a committee from each organization formulate some defiw nite policy? Let the Bnai Brith as the oldest organization take the in itiative as it did in Portland and let us get somewhere. We know that the facilities are at hand for this kind of organization and its needs* Who will take the lead Let us have discussion. NEW CLASS TO ENROLL AT FARM SCHOOL. The attention of young men de siring to take up the study of agri culture, is directed to the National Farm School near Philadelphia, a. •school which was founded over 21 years ago, and which stands today as a pioneer in a method of agricul tural education that is being widely heralded as the type that will ulti mately replace all other kinds of similar education. The National Farm School lays stress on the edu cation of the hand as well as of the head. It gives its students an op portunity to do things as well as to read how they are done. The school is ideally equipped to carry on this method of education. It is divided into five farms, totalling nearly five hundred acres, stocked with herds of cattle, horses, poultry and all farm machinery and implements, while all of the work is directed and supervised by an able corps of in structors. The National Farm School gives to worthy young men, irrespective of creed, a three-year course of instruc tion free of all charge to them ior tuition, books, board, lodging and other necessities. The requirements for admission are: age, between 16 and 21 a com mon school education physical, mental and moral health and a sin cere desire to make agriculture a life work. Young men who are interested, may write for further information and an application blank, to Mr. M. A. Kaufmann, chairman of the Com mittee on Admissions, 407 Mutual Life Building, Philadelphia. The new term begins in March, but as all applications are considered on their merit, and in the order in which they are received, it would be well, for such young men as might desire to enroll in the new term, to file their applications as soon as pos sible.