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The Jewish herald. (Houston, Tex.) 1908-1914, May 06, 1909, Image 4

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Malinsky looked savage for a mo
ment then he showed that old smile
of his
Dont you see he hegan quietly
that if the men who have to talk
said less they would think more and
the more they thought the more con
sequential would he their utterances
and the result would he less strife and
more union Instead we promote tallc
itiveness and we breed insincerity We
demand verbal vaudeville and we get
it Some of it is good some bad but
nearly all of it is mere show Now
I understand it I see a whole of stunt
phrase in the newspapers and I
laugh but there comes along a poor
fellow who doesnt see the humor of
life and he takes it all seriously and
then there is a splutter a splash and
goodness knows what else
The point of which is I insisted
Ach You have forgotten our
cheery chats murmured Malinsky
You want the moral You want me
to take up a brick and say this is a
brick I refuse I will give you a
thought that I read somewhere and
if not credit me with it in great si
lent spaces men learn to trust each
Then he went away and that is just
like Malinsky Boston Advocate
To the Members of Hebrew Congrega
tion Beth Israel
The minutes of the meeting held
by the board of officers and the re
ports submitted on this occasion will
acquaint you with the affairs of the
Congregation during the past year and
also its present condition The advent
into the new Temple and the increase
of communal population are reflected
in the growth of our fiscal strength
The budget for the ensuing year now
sumbitted for your consideration is I
think warranted by our necessities
and prospects There are other
matters which I desire to suggest for
your action
While every Jewish Congregation is
independent yet all have common in
terests which can be promoted by un
ion This is especially true of reform
congregations in this country The
education of rabbis questions of rit
ual etc call for concerted action To
meet this need there has been organ
ized and now flourishes the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations of
the United States ours being one of
the very few not in the ranks We
can not afford to withhold our support
from the work it is doing and I earn
estly recommend that you affiliate
with its membership
As citizens of this country we en
joy rare religious liberty Nothing will
do more to protect and strengthen this
right than that cur neighbors should
know our religious viewpoint We seek
no converts to our faith recognizing
that righteousness is the basis of all
civilized religions but our ritual and
pew system have concealed from the
outer world the merits of our position
Ignorance misunderstanding and prej
udice are the consequences I recom
mend that special accommodations be
made for the general public for one
service each month and that we ex
tend a special invitation for this serv
ice it being understood of course
that visitors to our services are al
ways welcomed
Of much importance is the cultiva
tion of closer relations with our sis
ter congregation Adath Yeshurun
Though differing in ceremonials in
essentials we are one The Shema
Yisroel is our common watchword
Their members should be made to feel
at home in our Temple A better un
derstanding of each other will
strengen Judaism in this city I re
commend that the newly elected offi
cers confer with their authorities with
a view to holding two join receptions
each year after Friday evenings serv
ice one at each house of worship
A fact rich in suggestion is the ex
change of social greetings between the
attendants at our Friday evenings sei
vice The close personal tie which
unites us forces expression in the an
imated chat and the warm handclasp
Guten Shabbos is the key which
opens the way to sociability This
should not be repressed but encour
aged While proper decorum during
worship should be strictly enforced
after the blessing has been pronounced
Sabbath joy should be expressed in a
natural way Ours is no straight
jacket religion and the temple will
have a still stronger hold on our af
fection when it becomes not only the
house of prayer but the center of good
will I therefore recommend thai
after the Friday evening service at
informal reception be held lasting no
more than thirty minutes
The end of my term of office having
expired I desire to thank you for the
honor and cooperation you have given
me Special thanks are extended the
Ladies Aid Society the Board of Af
filiated Officers and Dr Barnstein My
best wishes will follow the future of
our beloved Congregation
Houston Tex Apr 30 1909
To the Members and Trustees of the
Adath Yeshurun Congregation
Gentlemen As this is the first
time that we have assembled together
under the newly elected body I would
kindly ask you to permit me to ex
press some of my feelings towards the
Congregation and Judiasm at large
First I will in the name of the
Congregation and of its members ex
press my thanks to the pastpresident
and to the past officers for the good
work they have done and for the beau
tiful Temple they have erected for the
Jews of Houston as it is an honor for
us and for the Jews of Texas
Second I will thank you gentlemen
who have accepted an office under the
present administration to serve with
me and I hope that we will all work
together in harmony and peace and
forget and forgive for the sake of mak
ing a success of all our undertakings
Third The following will be a mem
orandum which I would like to suggest
to your honorable body for considera
tion and If found satisfactory I
would like for you to act on same dur

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