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dy treats, etc. They are waiting and watching. —All endeavors to unite some of our small congregations leading a hard and unsafe existence, struggling on in pover ty with but a limited number of mem bers, without a genuine rabbi in the pul pit and without a competent teacher for their children, will prove useless as long as they suffer themselves to be led by ignorant persons, who try to gain their confidence by raising discreditable sen sations, as long as their presidents and other executive officers will hand over the reins to a man who, with a smooth tongue, impresses them with his self praise and braggadocio. Many a time have some of the better and more reasonable members undertaken to convince these congregations that their only salvation is in a united action, and always has some satanic person succeeded to disturb the created spirit of peace and harmony. Two such congregations exist in the vicinity of Milwaukee avenue. Both are poor and count but few members. One was established after the great fire, and the other but a few years ago. Both prided themselves in being strict ortho dox congregations, and there was nothing in the way of their amalgamating and becoming one congregation ; in fact, many of the members of both congrega gations spoke often of it. and the day seemed near when this good work would be accomplished until last Chanukah, when, by an uncalled-for, ridiculous ac tion of the older congregation, all hopes of a union were destroyed. About a month ago this congregation engaged a chasan on trial for the month, and this functionary has determined to force up on the congregation his sensational ideas of reform. This congregation consists mostly of old people, and they were made very miserable on last Chanukah by their chasan, who calls himself professor, doctor and poet. On entering the syna gogue they discovered a Christmas-tree ornamenting the Bemiah, and they felt indignant. Now, a tree is in itself a very innocent thing, but everything has its time. We Israelites have green trees and flowers in our synagogues on Showu oth. To introduce a tree on Chanukah is simply a meaningless imitation of the Christmas of the gentiles, which act is certainly wrong from any Jewish insti tution, especially is it out of place in a so called strict orthodox synagogue. What shall we say of the president of a congregation who tolerates any one to make his congregation a laughing-stock? Some people would call him a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but we don’t want to call any names. —Jochannah Lodge, No. 9, U. 0. T. Schwestern, ranks among the foremost of our benevolent institutions in the way of practically dispensing charity, in en ergy, diligence and unostentatious kind ness to the poor and the destitute. The forty lady members of this lodge are in defatigable in their good work. The whole year round they are busily en gaged extending practical help wherever and whenever their aid is demanded. But especially have they concentrated their operations to afford assistance to the children of our poor brethren, mak ing it their special aim to enable them to visit school. In the few years of the existence of the Lodge, since February, 1874, they have provided nearly 500 children, boys and girls, with clothing and shoes, besides liberally supporting the U. H. R. Association, and generally contributing to outside charities. They have succeeded in making the chanukah festival an event of happiness to many of our poor children, for they have wisely chosen the chanukah week as the proper time to distribute garments to a number of poor children, selected by the ladies, with the aid of Mr. F. Kiss, superintend ent of the U. II. R. A. Some time ago they arranged a grand concert in the temple of the Sinai congregation for the benefitof poor Jewish children; they cleared about $600 and resolved to dress 100 children—34 girls and 66 boys. On last Friday, Dec. 27th, the garments were brought to the vestry rooms of the Sinai temple, the children appeared and received their clothes neatly packed in parcels and labeled. The boys outfit consisted of the following articles: a coat, vest, a pair of pants, suspenders, two pairs of socks, a pair of mittens, two woolen shirts, a scarf, a hat, a necktie and a pair of boots. Each girl was sup plied with a water-proof cloak with blue flannel lining, two pairs of stockings, a woolen hood, a pair of shoes and a pair of woolen mittens. The garments were of very good quality. The children thus remembered were of respectable parents, many of whom ac companied the little folks and took posi tion in the hall and rear rooms, unable to restrain their tears of emotion at the kindness of their benefactors. Through the kindness of Mrs. B. Steele and other ladies each child received also a bag with candies, cakes and nuts. The ladies of Jochannah Lodge were busy the whole day arranging the packages, receiving visitors who came to get a look at the clothes, to see the children, and to enjoy the pleasure of getting acquainted with the kind ladies who made so many innocent little hearts happy in one day. Reporters of the local press came and with their usual inquisitiveness wanted information, which was cheerfully and friendly imparted, with the modest re quest only not to mention names and not to lavish too many praises. It was a grand, inspiring sight to witness how the good ladies handed the packa ges to the delighted children, who never looked happier in all their lives, with faces radiant with joy, having a kind word for each child; it was indeed hard to say who were the most happy, the givers or the receivers. The officers of the Lodge are: Mrs. A. Loeb, president; Mrs. M. Loeb, vice president; Mrs. F. Livingstone, secretary; Mrs. Nelson Morris, financial secretary; Mrs. S. Cole, treasurer; committee to buy the goods and to have the garments made, Mrs. S. Cole, Mrs. Nelson Morris, Mrs. Isaac Greenebaum, Mrs. Ad. Loeb and Mrs. Wolf. The members of Joch annah Lodge are very thankful to the committee for the practical and efficient manner in which they discharged their duties. Mrs. Cole cut all the girls cloaks and others put in a helping hand now and then. The Chicago Israelites have a right to be proud of such a benevolent insti tution, and there is no doubt that our ladies will consider it an honor to join the Jochannah Lodge. We hope to see its members counting hundreds, so that they may increase their usefulness. pT The office of the Big Giant Silver Mining Company removed to the Staatszeitung Build ing, 93 Fifth Avenue. Mr. Julius Cohen, the secretary of the company, will be pleased to exhibit samples of ore to all desirous of inves tigating. Des Moines, Iowa.—Lazarus Samish Lodge, No. 159, K. S. B., elected the following officers: J. Mandelbaum, pres ident; S. Joseph, vice-president; Her man Younker, secretary; II. Reigelman, treasurer. I LaCrosse, Wis.—LaCrosse Lodge, No. 166, K. S. B., elected the following officers: John M. Levy, president^ A. Herschheimer, vice president: S. New man, secretary; M. Stern, treasurer; L. Herschheimer and L. Wachenheimer, representatives. Milwaukee, Wis. — Mount Sinai Lodge, No. 123, elected the following officers: Jacob Loeb, president; S. Her man, vice-president; I. J. Litt, recording secretary; B. A. Abrahams, financial secretary; A. Breslauer, treasurer; M. Biedeman. 0. 0.; M. Boguslawsky, Leo pold Wirth and Sol. Liht. trustees; S. Weil, F. Becker, S. H. Blascow, I. J. Litt, representatives. Omaha, Neb.—Star of the West, No. 146, Ph. Grottheimer, president; Adolph Brown, vice-president; Jacob W.Vetz ner, secretary; Chas. Schlaub, treas.; Julius Reinhard, 0. G-.; L. Trostler, B. Kellner, J. Rosenfeld, trustees. PHILADELPHIA. —A few days ago the semi-annual election of the Hillel Literary Associa tion took place. A large library has been lately collected, to which members have access. The fifth annual entertainment will be given in March next, at Horticul tural Hall. —From the President’s report of the Rappaport Benevolent Association we learn that during the past year the asso ciation held twenty-two meetings, and during that time received $545.52, pro ceeds of different entertainments, which entire amount was devoted to charities and expenses ;—$95.90 was appropriated for the relief of the yellow fever suf ferers. SAN FRANCISCO. —The Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Home Society has received the sum of one |thosand dollars, a gift from Mr. J. C. Flood, a non-Israelite. NEW YORK. —At a meeting of the Shaareh Tephi lah (Forty-fourth street) congregation on Sunday, 29th ult., $11,000 have been subscribed to eliminate the debt which is weighing upon them. This is earnest work. Dr. Mendes seems to be the mov ing spirit of the congregation, and is very zealous in his work. —At the Chanukth entertainment of the H. Y. M. A., which was a great suc cess, many notabilities were present, among others Rev. Messrs. Einhorn, Wise (of Cincinnati), Gottheil, Rubiu, Jacobs and Mielziner, — the rabbis thus encouraging the association, the associa tion on the other hand acting in a man ner to deserve this encouragement;— herein lies the secret of their success. —Mr. Isaac Meinhardt, a director of the Hebrew Free Schools, has presented, in the name of his firm, Meinhardt Bro thers, of Savannah, 100 pairs of shoes to the most needy pupils of the Free Schools. This generous gift comes at a most seasonable time, to alleviate the sufferings of many barefooted little one, and will be keenly appreciated by them. It is worthy for others, who are chari tably inclined, to assist this most deserv ing institution. —The annual meeting of the officers of the Mount Sinai Hospital was held on the 29th ult., in the board room of the institution, Lexington avenue and Sixty sixth street. The reports of the various officers showed that during the year the receipts from all sources in round figures had been $42,000 and the disbursements $44,000. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year :—President, Harris Aronson ; Vice-President, Hiram Bloom ; Treasurer, Samuel M. Schafer ; and H. H. Nathan, Secretary. The di rectors elected were Adolph Hallgarten, V. D. Rothschild, L. Lewisohn and J. H. Schaeff, for four years, and Henry Rosen wald for two years. —The following letter which explains itself, has been forwarded to the patrons of Mount Sinai Hospital by the late president of the institution : New York, Dec. 28,1878. Dear Sir: The latest addition to the usefulness of the Mount Sinai Hospital is a new ward for child ren exel -sively, which, now being- almost ready, will very soon be occupi d by many sick unfortunates, who will there receive care and attention, unobtainable by t ’em in their own homes. The expense of this ward, which will undoubtedly be a very great boon and c nnfort to sick chil ren, has been considerable, and its proper maintenance will materially increase the already large expenditures of the hospital. Noticing your name among i he patrons of this institution, and having had very battering success with friends that I had the opportunity of seeing personally, I take the liberty to soli cit from you a donation, to be devoted to a permanent fund, for the support of the child ren’s ward only, thus linking your name with one of the best charities ,\et ottered to the growing generation. 1 remain, dear sir, Yours, very respectfully, A. Hallgarten. Yoreign Yecord. England. London.—The Wardmotes—On the 21st ult., St. Thomas’ Day, the usual meetings of the various civic wards took place for the purpose of electing Com mon Councilmen. The Jewish gentlemen returned were Mr. H. A. Isaac for the ward of Aldgate, Mr. Solomon Spyer for Broad street, and Messrs. Henry Solo mon, L. H. Phillips, and H. A. Israel for Portsoken. Sir Benjamin S. Phillips presided over the election at Farringdon Within, and Mr. Elias Davis retiring from the representation of Cheap, his services were acknowledged in a vote of thanks. Austria—Hungary. The Hungarian papers state that the Jewish and Moslem cemeteries at Nisch have been desecrated, the tombs broken open and the corpses scattered on the ground. The Servian government has been informed of the crime, but no steps have yet been taken in the matter. It is believed that these atrocities were com mitted in order to terrify the Jewish and Moslem population and thus induce them to leave the country. —M. Leopold Kerzl, a banker of Vi enna, who recently died at Baden, be queathed over half a million florins for charitable purposes. —Hamechaker is the name of a new monthly periodical in the Hebrew tongue, for theology and history, pub lished by Rabbi A. Stern, of Neupest, Hungary. France. Pauis.—The death is announced, at Paris, of Baron Louis Kbnigswater, at the age of 64. The deceased was well known in Parisian literary circles, and was the author of several scientific and judicial works. Russia. —The Jewish community of Penuves, Russian Poland, is reported to be in a great state of excitement. The president of the synagogue has, on his own author ity, without previously consulting his congregation, removed the Piyutim from the ritual, a step to-which the congrega tion is extremely averse. The question is now about to be brought before the judicial bench. Denmark. —The death is announced, at Copen hagen, of M. D. B. Adler, member of the Great Landesthing(Upper House). The deceased was a very prominent member of the Jewish congregation, and was much esteemed by the general commu nity of the city. He was a member of the" naval and commercial council and patron of numerous charities, both Jew ish and general. After the peace of 1864, M. Adler contracted the Danish Government Loan. He was a member of the Scandinavian Committee and one of the jurors of the Paris Exhibition of 1878. ' A Australia. “Charity Sunday,’' when annual col lections are made in aid of the local charities, was held in Ballarat, Austra lia, on the 27th October. A special ser vice was held in the synagogue, during which the Rev. I. M. Goldreich delivered a sermon, resulting in a collection of £11. Roumania. —A coreligionist, Monuti Roman, has been appointed official translator to the Roumanian Ministry of the Interior. He took the oaths of office in the Jewish temple. —On the lecent entry of the Rouma nian army into Tultscha (Dobrudscha), the chief of the Jewish community of fered bread and salt to the commanding general and presented him with an ad dress of welcome in the French lan guage. Turkey. —Advices received from Nisch an nounce that the report of the special committee appointed by the Skuptsehina is favorable to the measure for doing away with all religious disabilities. The drawing up of the special law required for carrying out the details will probably be postponed till the spring session, but the principle of the measure is con firmed. —The Chief Rabbi of Adrianople, as well as the members of the synagogue council, have obtained decorations from the Russian government. —A correspondent of the Jewish Chronicle, writing from Beyrout on No vember 28, says: “On Sunday, the 24th inst., Midhat Pasha, the new Yali or Governor-General of Syria, arrived at Beyrout. His Excellency was received with the usual military honors by the Turkish civil and military authorities. His Excellency Rustem Pasha, Gover nor-General of the Lebanon, the British and other consuls, and nearly the whole city, turned out to the reception. His Excellency has taken up his temporary abode at the official residence of the Governor-General in Beyrout. He. will probably make some stay before he pro ceeds to Damascus. Great results are looked for from his appointment.