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Vol. V. The Annual Meeting of Central Jewish Council The Sixth Annual Meeting of Central Jewish Council will take place on Sunday afternoon. May 4th, 2:30 p. m„ at Dickenson liranch Public Library, Hooker street and 16th avenue. All constituent organizations are asked to kindly send the names and addresses of their delegates to this meeting; also the names and addresses of the president and secretary of their or ganization to L. I. Rossman, secretary, 2312 Marion street, City, so that they will be notified of this meeting. Intermarriage All Ancient Problem. By DR. DE SOLA POOL. From one point of view, the gravest problem wliioli .lowry is faring today is tliat of intermarriage between .lews and Christians. This problem is not a new one in Jewish history, but it is more gen eral and. therefore, more urgent to day than it lias ever been before. We, Jews, have always been a small min ority in the world, and bemuse of this, we have had to struggle con sciously and sternly for our survival. From the very beginning of our his tory, it was realized that marrying oittside of the Jewish fold carried with it a menace to our Jewish sur vival. Already at the dawn of Jewish history, Abmham. the founder of u strange wife, and Isaac, the son of a Hebrew wife. To insure that the tra dition which he was founding should l>e transmitted in its purity to the next generation. Abraham sent away Ishumel and chose Isaac as his true son, physically and spiritually. Isaac iu his turn was faced with the same necessity of choice between his two sons Esau ami Jacob. After Ksau bad married a Hittitc wife and there by bad put himself''outside of the direct line of Jewish tradition, Jacob became the natural ami inevitable lieir of Jewish life and thought. Later, when the Hebrew descendants of these patriarchs litul become a peo ple, their integrity ns a people was threatened by the mixed multitude of Egypt in us who seized the opportunity of escaping from Egyption lionduge with them. This, mixed multitude was the cause of considerable, trouble to the newly horn Jewish people on its weary pilgrimage to the promised land. Palestine. Tliruout the whole of Biblical history, there is related tes timony to tin* troubles which came to the Jewish people and its individual leaders thru disregard of t!;.* prohibi tion of intermarriage. This prohibi tion is expressed most explicitly in the follow’ng words: •'When the Lord, thy God shall bring thee into (lie land whflher thou guest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations bc tore thee. . . thou shall make no covenant with them . . . n°'fher shalt thou make marriages wb-i them; thy (laughtre thou slialt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto tli.v son. For he will turn away thy son from following Me that they may serve other gods; so will the unger of the Lord he kindlis! against thee und He will destroy thee quick ly .” (Dcutoronomy vli. 1-4*. A Problem in Every Age How great a menace the disregard of this prohibition became, is made ns clear iu the latest parts of the Bible as it is in the earliest Bibli cal history. Ezra saw that the "peo ple of Israel .... have not separated themselves from the pimples of the land .... for they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons . . (Ezra lx, 1. 2.1 This disregard of the fundamental low of Jewish self-preservation had become so serious, that Ezra and Nehemiah, the leaders of the people, induced them to take the drastic measure of divorce from their non- Jcwish wives. Ho far was the mix ture of blood progressing, that these fat-seeing leaders saw that no steps less thdVo than this could succeed in preserving the integrity of the Jew ish people. Later, the Rabbis, from hitter experience, set their faces stern ly against mixed marriages, and all the years of subsequent Jewish his tory have borne witness to the prac tical wisdom of their policy. In Modern Times. Since the nineteenth century when emancipation brought about a free mixing of Jews am! non-Jews, the op portunity for intermarriage has grown. One of the first results of emancipation of the Jews was an en ormous increase in the number of in termarriages : and since those first days of tolerance, nil over the world there Ims been u striking and most ominous increase in intermarriage be tween Jew and Gentile. Heart Versus Head Why in these days should Judaism still continue to oppose intermar- Hugo? If is nrguod that the strength of the power of love is such liiat no consideration of expediency can with stand it. If this were true, and men married when they fell in love with out allowing their head*? in some measure to control their hearts, marriage would by now have become a thoroly discredited human institu tion. The experience of the human race has decreed that between fulling in love uitU getting inarriyd. there shall be an appreciable interval for reflection. This experience is sum med up in the proverbial saying, “Marry in haste, repent at leisure.” Every marriage Is virtually an irre vocable act, and a inismarriage can lie rectified only by the costly, tedious uiul painful processes of the divorce court. The Jewish man who has fallen in love with some fair non- Jewish maiden would tl'erefore do well not to overlook some of the prac tical considerations involved in his taking the final step of marriage with its lifelong obligations. Radical Character. Deeply rooted in the nature of r.ll of un are profound race memories which centuries of rnee tradition have woven into the very fibre of our na tures. So enlightened and .liberal a non-Jewlsli writer us CJeorge Eliot recognized these inner essential differ ences between Jew and (Jentile. She describes one of the Jewish characters iu her novel “Daniel Deronda” as not of “a nature that would bear dividing against itself; and even If love won her consent to marry a man who was not of her race and religion, she would never be happy in acting against tha: strong nutive bias which would still reign in her conscience ns remorse.” There is at bottom an ineradicable race feeling which In our own days is stirring the Czecho-Slovaks, the Arabs of the Ilejaz. the Poles, the Jews, and all other distinctive racial groups, to assert themselves in their own right and in their own individual ity. It is these fundamental differ- ! cnees between Jew and non-Jew which 1 lurk heueuth the surface, watching and working for the opportunity which friction brings to break thru and aggravate any discord which may arise in u homo based on the union of Jew and Cent Ho. A Divided Home. It is a demonstrable fact that this deep-lying incompatibility of nature in the lwirties joined in a mixed mar riage works strongly toward bringing domestic division and disruption into that home. Huppiness in the home is an atmosphere created by sympathe tic feelings on the part of husband and of wife. Among the strongest and deepest of these feelings urc the rate feelings just mentioned, and religious j feeling. One cun argue ill with feel- j ings. A feeling is its own j tion and it seldom yields to logic. The feeling which the Jew lias toward Judaism and his Jewish people is something which he can often hardly explain to himself. llis brain may tell him that ho is not an observant Jew, that lie rarely attends a house of worship, that his beliefs are few, that he is fur from living up to the religion as he was taught it as a child, and that perchance he has few Jewish connections. Yet, suffusing his whole being is a strong feeling of warm sympathy with und pride in his religion and people. Let anyone but insult Judaism, nr the Jews, in his hearing, and it will nt once be seen how strong und how real is ills almost undreamed-of feel ing for his religion and his people. This latent feeling will co-exist in the Jewish husbund for Judaism and in the Christian wife for Christianity, tlio perhaps neither will suspect its existence. So long as the skies are fair and no clouds cast a shadow over love's young dream, these feelings will remain below the surface, ltut at the first threat of trouble within the home, these feelings will stniggle for expression. The incompatibility of his feeling for Judaism and of hers for Christianity will inevitably serve to odd fuel to the smoldering fires of domestic discord. (To be continued) The learned man should judge him self according to bis own teaching, and not do anything that he has for bidden others to do. —Talmud. SEDER-NIGHT. Prosaic miles «»f streets stretell all round. Astir with restless, hurried life and spanned liy arches that with thund’rous trains resound. And throbbing wires that galvanize the land ; Gin-palaces in tawdry splendor stand ; The newslsiys shriek of mangled bodies found; The last burlesque is playing in Ihe Strand— In modern prose nil poetry seems drowned. Vet in ten thousand homes tills April night An ancient People celebrates Its birth To Freedom, with a reverential mirth. With customs quaint and many a hoary rite, Waiting tint Fl. Its tarnished glories bright. Its God shall he the God of all the earth. ISRAEL ZANOWILL. —Standard Hook of Jewish Verse. BREAD FOR THE STARVING THOUSANDS IN EUROPE AND PALESTINE IS ASKED. Everyone Must Invite our Brethren Over-Seas to Sit at the Seder Table With Him. The lmppy Feast of Passover. Is a tilting time t'or us to remind the .lews of America that we must trans late our invitation in the llngadah "J>t all those who are hungry / enter anil eat hereof; and ull who are in distress come and celebrate the Puss over.” We must translate this into action. They cannot cut, with us at our tables, but we can make it so that they shall not lack food. We can give money that can bo sent to them, so that, altho they will still be*oblig ed to eat bread in affliction, they will eat some of our bread, bought with our money. We, in America, must not allow ourselves to fall Into the belief that because the actual fighting has ceas ed, that therefore the danger of death in every form which bus hovered near our brethren in Poland. CJalicia. Rou mania, Russia, Palestine, (Greece and Serbia, during the last four and one half years, bus now’ been permanent ly driven away. We. fortunate Jew.- of America, have bellied, by our con tributions to the Jewish war relief funds, to save them alive till today. Mun.v have died, but' we arc assured by the many reports which come from our own representatives on the spot, that hud it not been for the relief funds sent by the Jews of America, many thousands more would surely have died. We venture to hope that it will he more than lip service on the port of our brethren in America when they say "Let all those who are hungry, enter and eat hereof; and all who are in distress come* and celebrate the Passover.” Wo are sun* that they will translate *thelr words into deeds, and remember there are many absent from their happy tables who will only be ftd if we feed them: who will la* naked if we do not clothe them; who will lie in caves or under the ruined timbers of their houses if we do not provide them with lietter shelter. On (hid Feast of Passover may we not venture to remind our brethren that they may not appear before the Lord empty handed and that "Each man shall give as he is able, ««•- cording to the blessing of the Lord thy <»od, which ho has given thee.” JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMIT TEE OF THE AMERICAN FENDS FOR JEWISH WAR SUFFERERS. Felix M. Warburg. Cbaiiinnn. Arthur Lehman. Treasurer, Paul Baerwald. Associate Treasurer. Albert Lucas, Secretary. FOUR JEWS IN GERMAN PEACE DELEGATION. Berlin—Among the delegate*! who will represent Gertuuny at the Peaee Conference are the following .Tews: -Eduard Bernstein, prominent, lender of the Social-Democratic party; the famous Jewish artist, Herman Struck ; l'rof.* H. Uethenau and Max Warburg of Ilnmhurg. a brother of Felix and Paul Warburg of New York City. Minister David will head the Ber man Peace Delegation. The German Press has been quick in announcing that David is not a Jew. ns tunny thought. Kven David’s parents wore nu Jews. Herman Struck ha* been appointed n.i an expert on the Jewish question in Eastern Europe. Wednesday, April 9, 1919 Address Delivered At Grave Of I. M. Wise I>R. WM. S. FRIEDMAN IS ORATOR OF THE OCCASION. We have turned liable from our daily tasks to liehohl the burning bush of American Israel’s flaming en thusiasm and to ask ourselves why the fire is not.spent. We hear the Divine command, “Take thy shoes from off thy feet: for the place where on thou standest is sacred.” Our noblest thoughts and finest emo tions are enshrined on this holy ground. Before us rises the prophetic figure of our beloved master. The beautiful features of ids benign coun tenance look down upon ns uml we feel the glow of his Divine Spirit. He was our father, the patron saint of all of his hoys and lie lavished up on us the tomlerest love and deepest devotion of the most indulgent of par »ids. His caressing smile was the sunshine of our early years, and the warmth of his heart was the light of our lives. lie was our tower of strength when we were faint, the never failing fountain of salvation when our souls thirsted for encourage* ment. No father was kindlier or Hr. Win. S. Friedman. quicker to l'orglvc the prank* of hi* j children und none ever wielded over j them a more bloiwed influence. He wim our friend, who never wear- j led of granting •favors, always gu'.d-1 iug ami guarding us under the : shadow of his wings. He wan our teacher, iwticut with our shortcomings, imbuing our minds with the love of the ages and with rlie loftiest philosophy. He was our inspirer, tin* Sliekinah of whose presence enhaioed the class room, radiated from the pulpit ami kindled in us responsive ardor. No wonder that those who knew uim best loved him most, and that in | lomuiuning with his spirit we are rt- 1 consecrated in loyalty to our faith. I believe the first thing that im pressed every one who met Isaac H.; Wise, was the Indefinable charm of j Ids personality, llis gentleness and ' geniality melted away the harrier* of; distance and distrust, while his never 1 reusing sympathy attracted all wlioj came within the great circle of ids j acquaintanceship, ltich and poor, i b urned and ignorant, all classes and | conditions of men wore heartily wel-; come to his company. With tie* j Biblical poet, we might repeat—“ Thy , gentleness hath made ldm great.'* j It is therefore not surprising that ! suffering stirred to the depths his j sensitive soul. Always quick to give j he easily awakened the compassion of others. When in the long ago, he pleaded for un asylum for Jewish or phans in the west, the people begun at once to devise ways and mean* to establish it. Yet he was not a siten tific philanthropist. He was uu un discriminuting lover of mankind and , eager to answer every appeal for help. The apparent fraud found in him an easy victim, while to the struggling student the doors of his tent were flung wide open in hospitality. Like the patriarch of old. a precious jewel ; was suspended from bis neck and the suffering who looked at him were healed. Injustice and oppression aroused his burning indignation. When iu the ear ly fifties word cairn* across the ocean of legal discrimination• against the Jews of Switzerland, he vigorously protested und proceeded forthwith to rail a convention of Jews of America for the purpose of appealing to the authorities at Washington and insist ing upon equal rights for all Ameri can citizens. He wrote ami spoke und agitated and denoutued every effort oil the part of fannti s to violate the constitutional provision separating church and state. When the Jews of Unwin were Twaf- (Conllnuwl on Pa** Two.) A HYMN OF PEACE. By HERMANN GOLLANCE. O Thou, to whom all flesh must bow, Who reignedst ’pro the world was made, Who spak’st the word e'en then as now, And all to Thee have homage paid! Thou makost Peace In heavens high, Thou plantest harmony on oarth; Hushed is now the battle-cry. And sighing givctb place to mirth. Rejoice all ye who live to hoar The voice of Peace again resound; No more the sorrow t goue the fear; The world itself uguin hath found. O (lod ! To Thee all praise Lo given ; Thou reignest in a world of Peace; The bunds of strife at length are riven Thou simk'st, the clash of arms did cease. Children of the earth, beware! < Sunni the Peace now newly sown; Help to drive away the care. Soothe the sorrow, still the moan. And when all strife on earth is o’er. When love in place of hate is given. Then men on angels’ wings shall soar. And earth shall be the gate to Heaven. —London Jewish Chronicle. KAHN’S CONSTITUENTS PROTEST AGAINST HIS STAND ON ZIONISM San Francisco Fifteen hundred Jewish citizens of San Francisco, in cluding many who arc widely known on the Coast in philanthropic and so cial activity, have Joined in a protest to Congressman Kahn because of hi* recent strictures ugainst the Zionist increment, ami they demand of him that he dissociate himself with tin* I**o persons who have signed a petition to President Wilson asking him to op pose the granting by the Peace Con ference of a National Homeland in Palestine to the Jewish people. They railed Congressman Kahn's attention to the actieo of the receut American Jewish Congress, io Philadelphia, at which delegates representing the 3,* .'sHI.OOO Jews of Aiueriea, with but twt dissenting votes, adopted a resolution usking the Peace Conference to estab lish a Jewish Common wealth in Pal cstine under the trusteeship of Croat Britain. and assert that the J.TO al logod signers to the anti-Zioulst l*eti tlon, whose names have not yet lieeu revealed, speak only for th«*in*elves aud not for the inass-will of llie Jew isli people. The protest was signed by Chair man. Morgan A. CJunst; vice-chairman. John 1. Walter; treasurer. Leopold Michels; secretary, I. Irving Lipsltch: financial secretary, Marvin A. Lowen thal. J. .T. Gottlob, Emil Gieenebaum, E. a, Heller. M. Kaplin. Adolf Koshland Mrs. Marcus Koshlaml. Maurice Lleb rnan. Kabhi 11. Lissauer, Henry L ifeyers, Ilr. Martin A. Meyer, E. H Musln. Mrs. llenry Newburgh, 11. Itap had, L. Seelenfried, 8. It. Nathan, 11. Diller. Itabhl G. Katagaan, Jonas Bloom, Murcus Koshland. Mrs. Reuben It. Hinder. I. Irving Lipsltch, Bee. District Com mlttee.” MATZOS FOR THE BOYS OF THE A. K. F. Pari*. Marrh I!7.—The approximate ly <IO,OOO Jewish soldiers of the A. K. F. will receive an average or five to nix pounds mutzoths from the Jewish Welfare Hoard to enable them to oh serve the Passover holydays, it was announced today at the continental headquarters. 41 Boulevard liauss mann. Arrangements have been made by the Board for the purchase of -00. 000 pounds of matzoths in France. In addition. 100.000 pounds left New lurk City aboard the transport Santa Paula on March 22, and will urrive in France on April 2. according to a cablegram received t«»da.v by Colonel Cutler, Chairman of the Jewish Wel fare Board from the New York Of fice. General Pershing has offered the wel fare organization the facilities of the Quartermaster corps in the distribu tion of the unleavened bread among the Jewish soldiers. The distribution of mutzoths forms but a small part of the arrangements being made by the Jewish Welfare Board for the observance of Passover. The fifteen large centers and the doz ens of small Jewish Welfare Board huts in camp will be scenes of “seder" services such as the boys knew at lio»e. Twenty thousand ‘baggaUahs* ir Pasworer service books, have boeu printed. News from Home and Abroad for All Jewry SMOLENSK JEWISH COMMUNITY PROSPERING. (By I. J. P. B.) Report* reaching here from Smol ensk, Russia, declare that that City ha* the most efficient and prosperous Jewish Community of the entire coun try. The Jewish Kehilluh of Smolensk is so well established, that it is l*»ing regarded as a sort of state, and thus find* it easy to make loans, its most recent loan amounted to .‘UMMMNi rub els. All the members of the Smolensk Kehillah regularly pay their volun tary tax. Keeause of its regular and large income, the Kehilluh is able to give much support to all the Jewish public institutions of Smolensk. HEBREW GYMNASIUM IN MAR IAMPOL, RUSSIA. (By I. J. P. B.) A Ilohrow Gymnasium, under the di rection of 1 >r. Max Meyer, was opened in Mnriampol, Province of Suvalk. Russia. All subjects being taught in this Gymnasium are explained in the Hebrew language. .'10(1 students are now regularly attending this Gym nasium. which is making fine pro gress. and has a bright outlook for the future. SWISS JEWS TO CARE FOR 1,500 JEWISH WAR ORPHANS. (By I. J. P. B.) Zurich—The Federated Jewish ('oui inuiiities of Switzerland liaro unani mously decided to take over and pro vide for l.rrfH) Jewish War Orphans of Oalicia. The Swiss Jews hope in time to l>e aide to take care of all Jewish War Orphans of Austria. ENGLAND PLANS NEW IMMIGRA TION RESTRICTIONS. (By I. J. P. B.) Ijonrion—The Knglish Government has introduced' a Hill in Tarliument containing new rent riel loin* aguiust immigration, for the purple of pro venting undesirutile immigrant* from landing in Kngland. According to this Hill, the prospective immigrant* will t*f forced to give adequate proof of ibe country of their birth, und of tin* land from which they emigrated. It i« indieved that the Government is planning to enforce the proposed new immigration restrictions only for flic next two years. NOTED HEBREW POET AND PHIL ANTHROPIST ARRIVE HERE FROM EUROPE. (By I. J. P. B.) New York —The well known Jewish millionaire from liussia. A. Shtibei. who recently gave several miliion labels for the uisscniiuutiou of He hrew literature thruout tin* worhl. ami S. Hchneer, a note«l Hebrew Russian pool, both arrived in tills city on Al« »i»- day. March .‘list. They were met ni the boat by many of the prominent Hebrew writers of this country. Mr. Shtibei expects to open n He brew Publishing house in this coun try. and is ready to contribute large sums for this purpose. MOTION PICTURE COMPANY TO PRODUCE PALESTINE FILM. (By I. J. P. B.) New York—Mr. Sidney M. Goldin, the director general of the Hold Coin Motion Picture Co., announce* that he expects to produce and exhibit a Jew ish film entitled “The Keturn of the Jews to the Holy Land.” in the very near future. This film which will be of considerable length, will show the development of the Jewish colonies in Palestine, and will emphasize the work done by the Zionist movement since the Holy Taind was liberated from the yoke of the Turk by Kng lond. Mr. C.oldin is n very ardent Jew. and at every opportunity engages the 1 *est available talent of our race. He believes that the Jewish actors are most emotional, expressive and tem peramental—qualities which are es sential for the motion picture stage. Mr. Goldin plans to prodm-e many films of n Jewish nature In the near future, and his ultimate intention is to convert his business info a Jewish motion picture producing corporation. French Jews have been canvassed by the Jewish Welfare workers, and many of them have offered to be hosts to one or more American soldiers dur ing the bolyday. Jewish soldiers of the A. F. F. will l*o given furloughs wherever feasible, army headquarters have announced. No. 15. ROSENWALD PROPOSED TO HEAD JEWISH STATE. (By I. J. P. B.) The Weekly 1 lespatch discusses the advisability of inviting tin* American Jewish millionaire. Julius Itosenwald of ('hleuko. to head the Jewish Stale in Palestine, for which he inijjhr de vote his fortune. The Weekly Des patch l>elongs to the same corporation that publishes the Dally (’hronlcle. the official the Lloyd-fieorge Ad ministration. ANTI-SEMITIC SENTIMENT OF ARABS GROWING. (By I. J. P. B.) I’uris —According to reports reach ing Paris, .lew-hatred among the Arabs in Palestine, is said to be growing. This Anti-semitic sentiinrut. It Is stat ed, is due to the talk of founding a Jewish State in Palestine. I localise of these reports, which have made an impression on the Kng lish (iovorninent, there is talk of a new commission to Im* sent by the Pence Conference to investigate the situation in Syria and in Palestine. ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA OF BORIS GOLDBERG. (By I. J. P. B.) ],on<lon—Boris Goldberg, the well* known Wilna Zionist, aiul a one-time visitor to this country, lias effected an escape from IVtrograd. and lias j-.rrived ut Copenhagen, doubtless ou his way to America. JUDGE MACK HEADS JEWISH DELEGATION IN PARIS. London —All Jewish delegations now at Paris to obtain initial und national lights for Jews, have organized them selves into a conference, with Judge Julian Mluck of Chicago, as its presi dent. A special committee has been appointed by the Conference to help Judge Mack in his iiolltical work in Paris. REINACH'S SUMMARY DISMISSAL OF NATIONALISTIC CLAIMS. (By I. J. P. B.) London—Joseph Itcmach. author, publicist and a leuding ussimllator umotig French Jews, hi an article hi the Anti-semi tic ".Morning Post.” sum marily dismisses all nationalistic Jew ish claims. Tlie first point in this attack is the time-worn assertion that Jews are only a religious sect, aud i.ot a people. Next Keinuch points out that there is lacking the racial basis for the Jews’ claim to Palestine, giving it as his opinion that the Jews me not even a real race; that the ma jority of Jews in llussiu, Poland und Galicia were of Tartar origin, aud tliut furthermore, many other strange peoples hud adopted the Jewish re ligion. Ills third point is that the Jews have not •oven uu historical lmsis tor their claim to Palestine, inasmuch as the Jehusites und not tlie Jews, ac cording to hitu. were the first settlers in Palestine, in fine, the Jewish Na tional claims, according to Iteinacli. art*, historically und etnnicnlly a col ossal error. In lteinaeh's opinion, moreover, the entire effort of getting Palestine as u refuge for Jews, was superfluous, iuusmuch—he claimed— as the Jews of Uussiu and Itoumaiiia are about to get tietfdoiu und equal rights in those lands. He claimed, however, that lie was not at all aguinst the fouudiug of Jew ish colonies in Palestine, thn lie thought that non-Jews should huso the same privilege of founding similar colonies there. JEWISH WAR FUGITIVES INVIT ED TO BELGIUM. (By I. J. P. B.) London —The* Jews who. at the* be ginning of tin* World War. had le*’t Belgium and had settled in Holland or in England, as well ns other Jews in siuiilur eircumstanees, were aeeorrl rd an official invitation to settle in Belgium. The Government promises them further, that ull losses they hud Incurred in Belgium thru the War. will he made good, and that their homes will he reconst meted. Those of the fugitives who had demanded to be recognised In Belgium as Jews, ns members of the Jewish nation, were assured their demunds would be gratited. REAR ADMIRAL JOS. STRAUSS RETURNS TO ENGLAND. Washington. D. C.—Hear Admiral Joseph Btrauss. commanding AUaotl* fleet rolne force, will return to Bng- Inrnl to co-operate with Britain in re moring Oertnao mines in North Sea.