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MARCH 6, 1942 TIlE JEWISH TRANSCRIPT PAGE FIVE ]00ORGANIZATIONS o THE B'NA! B'RITH CABLES $1,000 TO HAWAIIAN JEWRY WASHINGTON, D. C. -- B'nai today cabled $1,000 to Honolulu to care for immediate war-created ci- vilian relief and emergency wel- fare needs of the Jewish community in Hawaii, Henry Monsky, B'nai B'rith president announced. Sent in response to a request received from Israel Weinstein, of the Hono- lulu B'nai B'rith Lodge, this contri- bution was in line with B'nai B'rith's newly-announced seven-point war service program, one objective of which is to meet any new demands or any committments previously en- tered into resulting from the ravages of war. Mr. Weinstein's request for aid, which followed a trans-Pacific tele- phone conversation a few days after Pearl Harbor, pointed out that funds were needed "to care for any relief and emergency welfare cases that may develop." The financial aid from the United States will supple- ment the emergency fund of Hono- lulu B'nai B'rith, which is now ex- hausted. Honolulu Jewry, which numbers 150 families, maintains its own synagogue and community center. The synagogue was opened two years ago, largely through the ef- forts of B'nai B'rith. Shortly be- fore Pearl Harbor, Mr. Weinstein, while on a visit to the United States, received from B'nai B'rith two Torah Scrolls for use in reli- gious services for Jewish soldiers and sailors in Hawaii. These Scrolls were borrowed from Congregation Shearith Israel, San Francisco. Sam Charlop, president of Hono- lulu B'nai B'rith, is serving in the U. S. Navy. Rabbis Harry Rich- mond and Cerf Straus, the Jewish chaplains in Hawaii, are both mem- bers of B'nai B'rith. Chaplain Straus, who is in the Navy, was a member of San Diego Lodge before being assigned to Hawaii whih Chaplain Richmond was active in Wichita Lodge. SOPHOMORE HADASSAI By RENA NELSON The newly-formed choral group under the direction of Miss Lydia Pearl, gave their first public per- formance at the Oneg Shabbat, held at the home of Mrs. Samuel Levin- son, February 28, 1942. The group sang three Palestinian songs. Plans are underway for a Spring Informal to be held at the D.A.R. House. The proceeds from this dance will be contributed to charity. Co-chairmen for this affair are Bev- erly Tat and Bonnie Kalmans. Ski enthusiasts of Sophomore Hadassah enjoyed a skiing party to the Snoqualmie Ski Bowl, Sunday, March 1, 1942. At the last meeting, which was held February 26, 1942, a very in- teresting program was presented, carrying out the theme of Purim, a clever debate was given by Zyndell Berliner and Rena Nelson. June Sampson recited a poem, and a Vox Pop skit, directed by Isabelle Genss, concluded the program. HILLEL ELECTS NEW" OFFICERS Jack Duitch, Junior Sociology student from Spokane and Chair- man of the University Tri-faith Fel- lowship of Protestants, Catholics and Jews, was elected president of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at the University of Washington for the year 1942-43. At the same time, Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman announced the appointment of Irving Herman, prominent campus personality and President of the Inter-Fraternity Council, to the position of Student Director; and the appointment of Solomon Kleinman of Portland, senior Philosphy. student, to the position of Office Manager. Other officers for the new year follow: Bernie Friedman of Tacoma, vice- president; Bill Riback of Portland, treasurer; Amy Levin, secretary; Zelda Director of Portland, corres- ponding secretary. Oliver Luster of New York City was chosen Class representative; Shirley Bcrenson of Portland, Junior representative and Beatrice Sussman of Tacoma, Sopho- more representative. Reva Ketzlach serves as secretary to the Hillel Di- rector. Milton Lewis and Bob A. Friedman are the retiring Hillel president and Student Director, respectively. Announcement of the election results was made at the skating party on Saturday night which was enjoyed by close to 100 students. Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps. ItERZL JUNIOR GUILD TO GIVE PURIM PLAY By STELLA FUNIS The Herzl Junior Guild will pre- sent a Purim play on March 13, 1942 in the Vestry room of the Herzl congregation. The play will be performed for the congregation Men's Club and Sisterhood at which time they are having a dinner. The east will be composed of King Ahaseurus, Sid Rosen; Haman, Barney Shain, Mordecai, I r v i n g Ruben; Esther, Esther Pinto. Besides the play, other entertain- ment and amusements have been planned for the club. A definite date for the Stamp- dance will be set at the next meet- ing of the Herzl Jr. Guild. ALPHA DELTA OF ALPHA EPSILON PHi Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority spon- sored its annual Father-Daughter dinner, Thursday evening, February 26 at 6:30 o'clock at the Edmond Meany Hotel. Mr. A. Robbins was l guest speaker for the occasion. Fol- lowing the dinner a reception was held at the Chapter house. Miss Leonore Offer and Miss Hermine Taylor were co-chairman for the affair. New officel:s for the sorority have just recently been elected to take over this years' duties. Norma Pill- ing is the new Dean; Nancy Ber- linr, Sub-Dean; Margery Foster, Treasurer; Dorothy Hardman, Sec- retary, and Margaret Alexander, Rushing Chairman. INTERFAITH CONCLAVE STRESSES RELIGION AS WAR TIME NEED NEW YORK,--(JPS)--Emphasiz- q ing the fact that the "Hebrew-Chris- tian tradition has been fundamental in the development of American life," leading Jewish and non-Jew- ish clergymen, scholars and prom- inent Americans took active part in the nine-day conference on Religion in the Modern World, sponsored by Columbia University. Significant speeches by Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Colum- bia, Assistant Secretary of State Adolph A. Berle, Jr., Dr. Louis Fin- kelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary; Rabbi Robert Gordis and Rabbi Isidor Hoffman of Columbia featured the conference which drew the attention of students and scholars throughout this city. Dr. Butler stressed the sympathy of Columbia toward interfaith ac- tivities and he pointed with pride toward Jewish participation in the affairs of the university. Secretary Berle attacked the Nazi concept of religion when he declared that the Nazi religion "abolishes im- mortality and uses the word 'God' only in the almost blasphemous sense of being an assistant to a mythical Germanic race." "Religion in the present crisis," Dr. Finkelstein asserted, "helps man gain a perspective in which a mood of humility and contrition would be produced." He said that the "finger of God" is evident in the war against Hitlerism and that God seems to have directed attention to the in- justice and the materialism of con- temporary society in the present war. JAPANESE PLAN FORCED LABOR FOR JEWISH INTERNES LONDON.--(JPS)--Japan is plan- ning to introduce forced labor among the interned Jewish refugees in the Far East, according to reports reaching here from Shanghai, where the Japanese intentions were re- vealed in an important conference between Jews and Japanese offi- cials. In noting the complaints of severe treatment which a delegation of refugee Jews made to the Shang- hai overlords, the Japanese replied that favorable treatment would not be accorded refugees who did not aid the Japanese war production effort. WANTED Housekeeper for mother- less home. Father and two chil- dren, boy 13, girl 16. See Mr. Schultz at 13432 Rainier Ave. weekdays; Sunday at 519 Mill St., Renton. A Long Record of Intelligent, Honest, Faithful Civic Service - Coun an GOOD GOVERNMENT Cllwa, (Pd. Adv.) Telling It In Gath By Rabbi Louis I. Newman J. FENIMORE COOPER In the "Encyclopaedia Brittanica", "W.E.H." USED HEBRAIC TERMS writing on James Fenimore Cooper pays a tribute to Natty Bumpo, one of the characters in a novel by the great writer. "There are lapses and flaws, and Natty is made to say things which only Cooper, in his most verbosely didactive vein could have uttered. But on the whole, the im- pression left is good and 1rue. In the dignity and simplicity of the old backwoodsman there is something almost Hebraic." This is a fine use of the adjective "Hebraic", and it shows the true understanding and sympathy of the author of the article, William Ernest Henley. May every use of the term be similarly af- firmative and complimentary. CAUSE OF ISRAEL We wonder if synagogue and '!ii[!i ii i::!iii!i:i!::: IN BACKGROUND church attendance has been af- fected by the war situation. People's minds are dis- tracted from the old solidarities, and they have little Rabbi Newman Sitzfleisch today. They are restless, excited and anxious. They must be "doing something". The First Aid Courses flour_ ish, and other work allied directly to defense. People are coming to the synagogue center who formerly absented themselves from its haunts, but they are not coming to worship. Moreover, the commentators and news anaylsts continue to give to the listening public the type of interpreta- tion which they seem to require. Only the most dramatic and sensational material regarding the war-seems to attract persons to forums today in the large cities. Some courses of a cultural character are successful, among them the literary courses, but for the most part, that which cap- tures the attention of our people today must relate directly to the war. President Roosevelt's warnings that American cities may be attacked by air have not served to allay the fears of the citizenry, and there is v furious dedication to first-aid and similar work. It is without doubt one of the most parlous and extraordinary periods in American history. For the first time since the days of the Republic's beginning, there is actual fear that this nation may be defeated in battle. We have not commenced adequately to mobilize our enormous resources, and it may be that when we have gathered and girded our strength, we may transform our present setbacks into victories. But the present outlook is not hopeful, and every- one of us must be watchful of his own fireside, and of the country's well- being. At this time, the cause of Israel is thrust into the background. There is a tremendous diversion of interest away from Jewish relief, philan- thropic and communal causes. The needs continue unabated, but people 'do not have their mind upon the problems ahead of them in the cus- tomary channels of service. Palestine is in the line of Hitler's march, but it is hard to awaken adherents of the Jewish cause to practical service in its behalf. The sufferings of Jews in Eastern Europe are indescribable, but Red Cross and U.S.O. work come first with American Jews. Anti- Semitism rears its ugly head in many places, but even the task of Jewish self-defense is being shunted to the side in the emergency. All of us are embroiled in the same tragedy, and non-Jews are almost as much the target for peril as we are. I say "almost", because there is a special and parti- cular danger which overhangs the community of Israel, whenever there is distress generally. If the tide should turn, we can breath more easily, but today the pressure upon us all, Gentile and Jew alike, is "almost suffo- cating. Now is the time for us to draw forth from our very being the best resources of which we are capable. America needs us; freedom needs us. Israel needs us. Perhaps by the time this column appears, an improve- ment will have set in, but there are few indications on the horizon of any betterment. * * * WINCHELL'S IDEA OF Walter Winchell, in a recent column, includes TRUE CHARITY the following superb story: "A French underground paper recently related this grand fable. The Bishop of Bordeaux handed fifty francs to his secretary to give to a poor woman who had requested alms. The secretary protested, 'Monseig- neur is perhaps unaware of the fact that the woman is a Jewess . . . " 'A Jewess!' exclaimed the Bishop. 'Goodness me, that's altogether dif- ferent. Give her one hundred francs and thank her for her confidence in Christian charityT' I hope that this story will have widest currency. The meeting of Gandhi and of Chiang Kai-Shek is almost akin to the meeting of the Judean High Priest with :Alexander the Great. But both Gandhi and the Chinese general represent nations of immense popu- lations, and tremendous potential fighting strength. There is drama in the coming-together of Gandhi, advocate of passive resistance, and Chiang Kai-Shek, champion of every form of resistance, military included and supreme, to the savage invader. Perhaps the secret of the world's travail today is that new parts of the world are destined to be opened up to in- dustrialization and modernization. Let us hope, however, that these risen peoples will adopt the best, not the worst, of Occidental cultures and be- come not Robots, but sentient, cultivated folk, loving and fostering the good. 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