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THE JEWISH TRANSCRIPT, SEATTLE PAGE SEVEN 39 FEBRUARY 17, 1939 ]VIiss Lydia Pearl WASHINGTON ue., 00ve-B And Choir Progress Hated ). (Continued from Page i) Miss l,ydia Pe:lrl ()f )%!atth, a ln(,ndJ(,r ,)f (he N:lli.]ml (',,munith,e, l'ept)rls exl'(dhm( progress in (he (le- Velolm.,n( of (he Dil)Velll(!ll( fOP slip- ,or( for (he l':deslim Symphonic .fir. The pr(@ct h:m met wilh lOs( favoral)h! rec(!pti,)n ill the marks every i)oli(i(ml and religi(ms denomination of men in this country, stalMs Ulqmralhded iu the hislory of nations." This breadth of view had been occasioned by his having seen Jews and Christians fighting side by side in the struggle for independence. But in addition to this, his mind was lofty and he saw in complete equality of opportunity and protection, a fulfillment of the basic reason for the formation of a Republic, with liberty and freedom as its corner stone. Washington also knew that "t Jew, llaym Sahnnon, had contributed "t sum (stim'((d :,t $(;50,000 I o the patriot cause. This was all lie had. it reduced him 1o poverty, I)u( he never regretted the sacrifice he had freely made for his (OLilfl,ry. ()n siaff he'M(luarters , he had appointed two ,Jews Col. Isaac Franks :tnd Major Benjamin Nones--1)oth brave and intrepid soldiers. For a time, Col. l,'ranks serve(l ns WtLshing(,on's aide de (',atoll. It is an historic fact that the vast majority of Jews who lived in the Colonies prior to the war of the revolution, were attached to the American continental program. It is said that many of them gave cooperation to the Non-Importation Agreement, which was aimed at the boycott of English goods. This had a great effect in stiffening resistance to British authority. There was a gre'tt eon(,rast between Washington and Lincoln. ],incoln was of the h)wliest l)irth 'rod origin. Washington had a pedigreed English ancestry .m(l until the very hlst moment, he hoped that American al)peal to King George woul(l result in a nm,lification of Britain's tmrsh treatment of the Cohmies. When he found that imt)ossible, he threw himself into the fray with everything he had. ltis apl/oin(mcnt as comnmnde)'-in-chief of the Continental armies c,une at (,lie suggestion of John Adams of Massachusetts, who frankly (lid not regaM him as 't great sohlier, but because he thought this honor wouht solidify Ltr lifts in the (I has 'S a I i;th ,,r 'alI ulk leSS 17 and ,sod rcrO 0t,. colt nt be" MISS LYDIA PEARL . . supports music proj ect I J. S. and in the Itoly Land. It is entirely 1)ossil)le that a tra('l. of l'md at or near Je.rusalem will lie et aside for the estal)lishmcnt of a nusical colony. Many famous Jews have coins for- Yard in approval of the objectiw;s of ; reorganizaiion. Among these is .he internation'tlly loved screen star, dward G. Robinson. Beh)w will lie 0und the text of a letter written by )ira to Cantor Myro Glass, who is lational chairman of the nmvement: "The P.tlestine Symphonic Ctmir )reject proposes to colonize a group )f singers in l)alestine--therc to ;ake part in (.tie creation of a sym- )honic ehoir which will I)erform con> )ositions on Biblical themes, and es- )ecially on the texts ef the Great Prophets of Israel. The sltges of the 3hl Testament l)re.ached social jus- ice before that term was invented. "Their sublinw, mor:d vision sl)eaks 12 per i universal language. Music, too, is (riving i  universal language. To combine '29.50. ithe two is a bohl and brilliant idea. "I am sure you recognize the re- l)onsible task you are undertaking Ld I sincerely hope it will succeed. "With 'dl good wishes," (Sigiled) EdwaM G. Robinson. IRS. LEHMAN SAYS HARE DEMOCRACY NEW YORK (WNS) -- In an ad- orer (;lie radio, Mrs. Ilerbert [[. Lehman, wife of the Governor that Amerit:ans welcome refu- from European countries of op- declaring that "Americans lie ready to share their herit- .fe of liberty and (temoentcy with the :possesse(1 of our own times." The of (lenmcracy, 'recording to Lehman, is observed by first "at a time when a art of the w(Md questions and de- ieS the pernlan(Hlce of (l(!mocratic finciples." As an ins(anee of lu'actieal de- e(:raey, Mrs. l.ehman cited her in- ei'est in the pig] t of the refugees trt(l oppressed psi)pies in l)]urolm and r activity in the American Jewish nt l)istribu(ion Committee, in'in- :il)al agency devoted to aiding h'icken Jews abroad. es Exanined--Glasses Fitted Freeman Optical Co. Phone MAin 8258 Credit at No Extra Cost 203 Third Avenue Seattle 00LOTHES STAY CLEAN LONGER! Cleaned The Zoric Way Every partMe of grease and grime is removed l)y Zomc SrSTI,:M Dry Cle'm- ing . . and clothes slay clean longer because there's not (.lle sligh(est trace of oil film on (.tie fal)- ries. And they're fault- lessly lu'essed., and minl)r l) repairs made. SEATTLE Call SEneca 0711 Virginia to the l)Urlloses of tile rebellion. But Washington proved t() tie a skillful and sagacious military leader and his persistence, even under the most trying conditimm, without money and with ragged and starving sol- (liers, proved that Adams had done a wise thing. He was not only that kind of a warrior, but throughout the entire con- filet) he served without pay and at the end of the war consented only to ac- cept his actual cash outlay) the account of which he had kept with scrupulous accuracy. After the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, he refused the suggestion of a group of discontented soldiers to declare himself king. llis rebuke to them stands to teach generations to come, the measure of trtie and abiding patriotism. The government "Articles of the Confederation", established by the successhil Colonials, at the conclusion of the war, was a failure. Here again, Washington served his cotlntry. His voluminous correspondence to leaders of American thought, contributed greatly to an aroused public opinion. This brought about the constitutional convention) over which tie presided. That eonclave, after months of deliberation, brought forth the National organic law and its ratification by the necessary numl)er of states. It was l)ut nattlral that so spotless a patriot should be chosen first presi- dent. He might have served three terms, but after eight years) he retired to 1)rivals citizenship. His farewell address has gone down in history as one of the wisest and safest ever issued to a nation in all the course of human history. He told the nation then and his words appeal now, that the United States should steer clear of all entangling alliances with foreign powers. Ills terms of oilic% though successful in advancing the country's welfare, were the subject of stormy opposition. There was a group of inalcontents who feared that under the influence of John ltamilton, father of the constitu- tion, that Washington stood for too strong a central government, anti some thought that (,lie l/Oral I and ceremony attached to Washington otticial life, lneant that he favored some form of Monarchy. There wits absolutely no foundation for this. This mistaken view was shared by Thomas Jefferson, who, in the c.dfinet of (,lie first l)resident, wits always unalterably opposed to any policy .t(lvoc'tte(l by lhmfilton. Jeffm'son did many things that added greatly to the worry of his chief, .nd at one time cooperated with newspaper men who engaged in wholesah vilification against Washington. When the farewell message was read Lo Congress, a resohition was offered lauding Washington's virtues and accomplishments. Senatm' Giles from Washington's own state of Virginia, on the floor of the Upl)er I[ouse, opposed the latssage of tlm resohltion) but it was adopted. To prove that lmblic men of that day were spared no less than they are now, we find that on the day Washington retired from office, the Aurora, a newsl)aper printed at Philadelphia, March 7th, 1797, published the following: "The man who is the source of all the misfortunes of our country, is this day reduced to a level with lds fellow-citizens, and is no longer l)ossessed of power to multiply evils ut)on the United States. If ever there was a period for rejoicing, this is the moment; every heart in unison with the freedom and hal/Illness of tile people, ought to beat higli with exultation that (the n'tme of Wushington, from this day, ceases to give a currency to l)olitical iniquity, and to legalize corruption). A new era is now opening upon us, an era which l/romises much to tile people; for public measures must now stand Ul)On their own meriLs, and nefarious projects can no longer be SUl/ported by a name. Wlmn a retrospect is taken of Washington's administration for eight, it is a sul)jcct of the greatest sstonishment th'tt a single individual shouhl have e'mkered the prineiples of republieanisn in 'ul eulightened lieol)lc, just emerging frl)m the gulf i)f desl)otism , and shouht have carrie(l his designs against (.lie Iml)lic liberty so far its to have put in jeol)ardy its very existence. Such, however, are the facts, and with these staring us in the face, this day ought to be it ,IUI/IIA,'I in the Unite(l States." Washington was easily the master of the forces and influences which won the battle for American Independence. Lincoln, by his sagacious moderation and wisdom, saved the Union when its destruc- tion seemed imminent. America does honor to itself in observing their days of birth. The nation is safe so long as its citizens preserve the traditions which inspired their lives and deeds. NEW RABBI FOR SEPHARDIC JEWS The Selllmr(lie (,)ngreg'tti,m (,f Seat(.h: will soon wele(mm a new rabl)i :tim sl)iritual hmd(;r, lle is Ral)bi Isad()re l(ahan. Ills ereden- ti'tls tmvc 1)sen passed on by l)r. lie Sohu t)o,)l, wh,) heads (.he Sel)luw- die .lews of New York City and is aclcnowh,llgeil as a great :tu(h()rity on "tll rMll)inieal m:ttters. R'd)l)i l(ahan is a native (if llun- gary. F,)r live years he was at the head of the Jewish Semimury ,u(. Rhodes .rail f,)r the last six years has been chie.f rabbi ,if the SephaMie Jews at Rome, Italy. l[e is said to be . very s('h,)hu'[y an(l eh)qucnt man. lie is married, has two daugh- ters and possesses a fine person.dity. A highly signifieant matter in c,m- necti(m witll his being called to the Seattle post is that two synagogues, Ezra Bcssaroth 'rod Bikur Chohun, have united and will amalgamate in their support of tlm new ral)bi and his mission in this city. All of the l)relimin'u'ies have 1)sen (u)nducted. The necessary affidavits 'rod all the legal requirements have been nmt 'tnd a cable may be ex- pected now any day, informing Seattle of the exact date when Rabbi Kahan may be expected iu this city. If all adwuice reports are trile, he will lie a very worthy addition to the Jewish clergy of Seattle. JEWS INVEST LARGE SUMS DURING l 9 3 8 JERUSALEM (WNS)--A report is- sued by the American Economic Committee of Palestine on the de= velopmcnt here through Jewish en- terprise revealed that Jews invested 4,540,885 pounds during 1938. The sum includes nearly 2,000,000 pounds for building up activities, 62,000 for industrial enterprises, nearly one million pounds for agriculture, 606,- 000 pounds for new urbau and farm- ing estates and 438,000 pounds for (ransl)or and othe.r Inlsiness. David De Sola Pool Say Guiana Jungles Not Fit For Refugees By DAVID DE SOLA POOL Neville Ch.unl)erhdn has offered (he ,lews a se(tMnent i]t the junglc hums ,if Gui:mq. We have I)een there before, :lnd it, is well to recall that ex- perience. A little group of l)uteh I),)rtuguese Jews settle, d in the, mid- (lie ,if the 17th Century in l'arama- rit)o at (.he mouth of the Surinanl River. They hehl ou when their English neighb,)rs, conquered by the l,quatorial heat, h,lstile Indians an(l tropic'd fe, vers, sailed away in des- p'dr. The Jewish se(,tlenmnt grew un(,il ari)und 1680 it suddenly left ])aranlaril)o all(1 went upstl'ealn a two days' journey to an island subse- quently known as Nassy Island. lle, re in the heart of the wihlerness in the interior of Guiana, a two days' journey fron their nearest white neighl.)ors, they set al)out clearing the jungle. By 1685, with the help of Negro lal)or they had built a ttu'iv- ing settlement, and a handsome syn- REFUGEE CAMPS FOR NAZI EXILES A statement has been issued ()tit of the Home Office at London detailing the fact that the Council for German Jewry has approved plans for the es- tablishment of a camp for transmi- grant refugees and that British Jews have undertaken financial responsi- bility for its maintenance. Measures have already been taken to pret)are the Kitchener encamp- ment on the Kent coast, which was used as a training place during the war. Owners of dm t)ropcrty have put the camp at the Council's dis- posal without cost. It is hoped that 3,500 young mea having pros- pects of emigration will lie trans- ferred from Germany to the camp, their l)laces to lie filled as they re- emigrate. agogue optimistically named "Bcr- iwha Veshalonl." 'l'houf;h isolated in It dease juugle, they pr()spered and fostere(l a loyally religious life, marked by culture and I)y a I)road l)hilanthropy of wtiich tile Jewish conununity in New York City was a beneficiary when New York Jewry undertook to t)uihl its first synagogne. MeanwhihL tho English) the Freueh aud the l)litch we, re deciding which portions of GIlian't o:teh should lie master of, and in 1712, a French force c'q)turcd the Jewish settle- ment "utd ma,'ked its (',onquest by slaug]tteriug a pig in the synagogue. A grimmer fate lay in store for this cultured c()hmy o[ jungle Jews. Run- away slaves gathered in ever more menacing nmnt)ers in the tropical forests. In 1718 the eohmy was at- tacked by these 1lush Negroes and the hush I)uihlings of I)avid Nassy were I)urned. More .d.tacks folh)wed; a Jewish defense force was organized, but ill 1743 David Nassy was killed in bat- tle with the bush Negroes, and in 1750 Isaac Nassy and three hundred of his force were slaughtered by the Negroes. In 1774 a desperate attempt was made to protect the settlenelt by cutting a semi-eireular road two hundred miles in length, dotted by block-houses in sight of one another in which armed forces were on the alert day and night. But some years laLer the once wealthy and influen- tial settlement in the interior jung- les of Gtfiana had to be abandoned. Today there remain but mouldering tombstones and the ruin of the synagogue of "Blessing and Peace" to tell the fate of a Jewish settlement in the inaccessible jungles of Guiana. --Zionist Review. I Your Children-- What Kind o/]ews Will They Be? Will they continue in your footsteps or deny their parentage? Will they be loyal torch-bearers for gen- erations to follow, or fall by the wayside and disappear? Will they be fortified with the necessary knowledge that will enable them to ward off attacks by anti-Semites, or will they be obliged to hang their heads in shame? Will they be a source of pride to you, or a disappointment? THEY WILL BE WHAT Yes MAKE THEM.)... SEE THAT THEY READ REGULARLY EVERY ISSUE OF . . The If you stimulate an interest in your child- ren's minds for things Jewish-- If you help them to become familiar with Jewish traditions and Jewish present-day life-- Then you need have no cause to fear what kind of Jews they will be when they grow up! They will be well equipped to stand on their own feet and look the world square in the eye! J E W i S H TRAN SCRIPT I II SEND YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO 1616 8th AVE., SEATTLE, OR PICK UP YOUR PHONE AND CALL MAin 2715!