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Page 8 The Jewish Transcript January 22, 1975 Tu B'Shvat Seder for The New Year of Trees At the end of Januarya number and lowlands of Israel are of American Jews will be con. blanketed withwhitewildflowers-- ducting seders--for Tu B"Shvat. squill and sand lilies. Later on The Jewish New Year of Trees white crocuses and narcissus falls on the 15th day of the month of appear. As winter approaches, pink cyclamens appear in the mountains. 8y Tu B'Shvat (the mid-point in the color change), the first red anemones are seen, interspersed with white anemones, broom flowers and others. The natural carpets continue to become more crimson, as the red tulip (Biblical Rose of Sharon) and red but- tercups (nurit) almost cover the hillsides by Passover. The last of the red carpets is formed by the wild poppy which blooms through May. Almond Tree the King This white-to-red sequence also occurs in deciduous trees. Until Tu B'Shvat, their branches remain bare and white against the winter sky. After Tu B'Shvat, when the ground is warm enough for tree roots to absorb water (and thus begin their "new year"), new red- tinged branches and leaves begin to appear. The" first to awaken after its winter rest is the lovely almond tree, which Israeli children have nicknamed "the King of Tu B'Sh- vat." For details on ordering the Tu B'Shvat Seder kit, or for further information about the work of Neat Kedumim, which is building a Biblical garden complex in Israel as well as publishing materials on Israel, (flora, fauna, ancient agriculture, etc.), write to the national headquarters, Neat Kedumim, 501 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. YESHIVAS THREATENED Jerusalem (JTA)--The heads of yeshivas in Jerusalem have warned government officials that their institutions would be forced to close down unless more finan- cial aid is forthcoming. Shvat (Jan. 27 this year), ac- cording to Neat Kedumim--The Gardens of Israel organization. Tu B'Shvat has usually been noted here by distribution of dried fruit to religious school children. Many Jewish homes also serve figs, dates, raisins, nuts and bokser (carob) as a remembrance of the produce of ancient (and now modern) Israel. At one time, however, Rash Hashana L'llanot (New Year for Trees) was a maior celebration. In the city of Sated, the world center of Kabbalism in the 16th Century, the Kabbalists actually held an all- night seder on Tu B'Shvat eve. Four Cups of Wine The Tu B'Shvat seder, like the Passover seder, included the drinking of four cups of wine. But the Kabbalis.ts made one important change. They drank four different cups of wine: white, pink, pink-red, and red--in that order. For the Kabbalists saw im- portant symbolism in nature, and the four cups of wine mirrored the annual changing of the natural landscapes of the land of Israel At the end of summer the hills Israel Independence Day Tour 4th Greater Seattle Deluxe Tour with Rabbi Moshe and Mrs. Kay Pomerantz, April 6-24. including tours of Rome and Amsterdam. Call 232-7838. A &zz.p00 e6 1943-44 A look through the 1943-44 officers or in officers' candidate Transcripts is both sobering and school Of course, they were out- amusing. In the midst of a world numbered by enlisted men and war, it is obvious that Jews the draftees who served in every world over were undergoing branch of the service with anguish, pain and suffering. At the distinction. Some of both never same time, Jews here at home came home. were not sitting on their hands. Servicemen Remembered Organizational activities were in Local women's organizations full swing with most directed at and younger women in particular helping the war effort and helping did superb work in making ac- displaced persons The primary tivities available for Gl's who were advertiser in the paper was Uncle stationed in the area, as well as Sam who pleaded with one and all those passing through. to buy war bonds. The space for America was riddled with anti- these ads was paid for by local Semitic propaganda. Much of it fell Jewish business and professional on deaf ears as Jews contributed in men. every way possible to winning the G.l.'sand Chicks war. President Roosevelt was a Transcripts were full of news of staunch supporter of American our boys in the service. In fact, it Jewry. would appear from looking at the The Jewish Welfare Board social page, the only weddings worked tirelessly to make life for which took place involved a coed servicemen more bearable. A and a G.I. picnic in the summer of '43 at- When a girl got engaged in 1943, tracted 400 servicemen and their it was NEWS. The engagement dates. Where? Lake Geneva, of pictures were 2 columns x five course. inches (the bride only). Washington Mutual Savings The New Rivoli Gardens was Bank paid a really BIG 2 percent featuring the long-run road show interest. Times change. In fair- entitled "The Drunkard." Top ness, however, would you believe a price for table seats (with refresh- FUR coat, not an imitation, sold ments yet) was $2.30. for as little as $1197 AZA called off its national Boeing's Flying Fortress was convention (with congratulations damned by the Axis and praised to from President Roosevelt) and the skies by our Allies Remember conducted its business by mail. Rosie the Riverter who helped put The savings in round-trip trans- those bombers together? Are you portation was estimated at 1- there, Rosie? million miles, on a badly over- burdened transportation system. Saved Everything B.B. Hits Century Mark Some random memories of B'nai B'rith celebrated its 100th wartime civilian life in Seattle. anniversary with a national drive Broadway and Garfield High for 10,000 new members. Seattle Schools continued their long- rubber, waste fats, tinfoil, et el. Anyone with a 1942-45 Chevrolet is welcome to bring same to the Transcript office in exchange for ! $1,000 bill as legitimate as the car. And how about teachers in thOSe war years? If one had a teacher under 40, that was really living. And plenty climbed out of retirement or postponed same so education could go on. Enlistments immediately upon graduation were commonplace. Beauty Pageant And in March, 194,1, the ,,0ur United Youth" rally nominatea five Iovelies as candidates for Queen: Rena Nelson, Elizabeth Ross, Joan Youdene, Rachel Alhadeff and Bluma Jean h Saperstein. A search throug subsequent issues doesn't reveal the winner, but all were mightY attractive. Rumor has it, they still are! Mayor William Devin ran for a successful second term in 1944. Worth McClure was Superin" fendent of Seattle Schools. would . , IS the twenties. The Federated Fund raised $127,500 in 1944. Not bad for a year when practically everyone was in the service. In 1944, V-mail was in--as were cardigans, cords and coeds. Chabad Leader's 25th Anniversay The tenth day of Shevat Jan', 221marks the 25fh anniversary 01 Rebbe Menachem M. SchneerSOn5 leadership of Chabad.Lubavitcn' A public address is scheduled  that date (9 p.m. New York tileg by the Rebbe and will be hear throughout the world, $hroug" telephone hookup. standing athletic rivalry. After made its quota of 100. I. Elizabeth Morgenstern was the taking if on the chin for many first Seattle woman to win a years, the Tigers whipped the t We'll turn YOUR debits into CREDITS captaincy in the WACS. Capt. Bulldogs with regularity during fhe Morgenstern said there was no war years in both football and : evidence at all of anti-Semitism basketball. among the women who served with Remember the A, B and C : : her. gasoline coupons? The gigantic Every issue carried news of lines that formed whenever a store servicemen both at home and had a shipment of cigarettes to sell overseas. Tremendous numbers of by the carton? The drives to save : local Jewish servicemen were tin cans, paper, anything made of Accounts: 30% Checks: 20% uu- During his leadership ma=n IIIeeIeIIeeeeeeeeeIeIeI [ Mid [ educationa,, social an; east Forum rehab tative programs were se, /loS1# . .. . [ Thursdays, 8 p.m. at the JCC S= up, world wide. Countless  Jews "have returned to the folO !I -".'.: - -= j Jan. 23--,S, ue Locke., Svein Gilie, AI France - throughHis spherethe Rebbe'Sof influenceeffrts' has ..i.-'-r;,t.-,,,ij,,--,,t-t;-iii-iio)-'[:t,.rhitg.. =--- How Americans View Israel i spread from the Chassidic ci munity into the mainstream . 00rtljur ,-=--Jan. 30--DeborahStudies, U.w.Lipstadt' Prof., Jewish _--_servers.- Jewish life' in the pinin f 1 IItll;Ill -2[lllC tn (|ItlltlZIZtltl - Beyond Propaganda J Technion Advances 520WESTRAYE STREET, SEATTLE AT 2-5500 i Feb. 6--Barnett Singer, Prof., History, U.W. - Energy Theory , have Doyle Neerl$, Direlr E Will Support for Israel = Technion s physicists maY f0f" found a new mechanism 0" = Mean Anti-Semitism? - release of energy through C l t - Chairpersons: Myron Kowals, Esther Fallick, Lucy Pruzan _=-- trolled nuclear fusion. They hl. i Sponsored by JCC, Community Rel. Dept.Federatlon, i may solve the world's eneM/ ALOHA. PRICED TO SUIT YOU. 5: American Jewish Committee, Anti Defamation League .R problem, rnelY R The method replaces extre ,,, ......... J ....... II ......... " high temperatures with ex tre"'i;  ound Table | hihdensitv, andusesdeuter" g " the worl0 -J--'=" =-__ for fuel. It could free ,Ur  "   ,. ._ PLAN NOW FOR NEXT WINTER! i ll'ednesdaysNo host lunches - from dependence on oll or uram .A for energy production If de vel10" = = Downtown YMCA -noon = or electric power plants. ., f =,en.4n I Though they feel the higl o .N OUR PHONE NUMBER IS EASY TO REMEMBER i Jan. 29--Herb Kotkins, Director, BBYO (N.W.)  is easier to achieve than _previU='(ed If = -- thou ht, they have not yet prow = -- Jewish Youth Today =-- g al blur'" -= .R to be superior to the classic 53"33 Feb. 5--Jack Spitzer, 1974 Federation Campaign Ch. _ temperature theory. YOU PHONE WE DELIVER = Need for Involved Jews i X The Transcript keePS . 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