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...... "Vy ul File for" biric;i,,, Seattle's Oldest Established Jewish Paper .1 wish transcript Combined With THE JEWISH CHRONICLE Only Seattle Paper Served By A Jewish News Agency | VOL. X, No. 2 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, MARCH 17, 1933 TWO DOLLARS PER YEAR REGAL 1HI I GUESS as ,a rabbi, Abraham Cronbach would not be happy in a pulpit. Certainly, he would not be a popular man. He burns against social sins, and the president of the congregation might come to him .... "Rabbi, you must be more careful. To hear you say such things people may think we are radicals. We should watch our step. Mind you, what you say doesn't matter to me, but what will people think?" Nor does Cronbach possess the social accomplishments that make popular rabbis. What does he know of bridge? A golf-stick never has been in his hand. Nor does he know how to turn compliments for the pleasure o,f ladies. Not that he is so like God that he's intolerable among human be- ings. He is the humblest of men and very gentle. So human is he that the pain of humanity hurts him. The graves of the dead in the war already are old (and often forgotten), but he still suffers on account of youth that was destroy- ed. The disinherited child is on his conscience. He observes a workman fall to death from a scaffold and he sees in him a hero of social construction who died as g[or- iously as any soldier. And on Memorial Day (when the sol- diers are being remembered) Cronbach goes to the cemetery to attest the glory of workmen who have died doing the day's work. His stuff is the kind that used to be of prophets. I have heard him called a "Jesus Jew," by which was meant that he is a pacifist to whom turning the other cheek is no mere figure of speech. Not even in Christian pulpits are Jesus-like preachers desired. Ro- bust go.getters are wanted, vigor- ous patriots, and Jesus would be as unhappy in a Christian pulpit as (it is to be guessed) Cronbach would be in a Jewish congregation. * * * Happier is he teaching in the Hebrew Union College at Cincin- nati. There he is Professor Cron- bach, a Doctor of Social Studies. Eager rabbinical students try to catch his fire, thinking some day to carry this illumination to Jewish congregations. They are still so young and brave. By this light they think to lead Jewry against embattled .priv- ilege, against the injustices of the earth, to a safer and more lovely social order. They will sound his trumpet at the walls o Jericho until they fall. But one day the president of the congregation will come to awaken them from this happy dream .... "Rabbi, you must be careful what you say. We should watch our step." Then this fire will blaze in their eyes fiercely, protesting .... "W'e shall follow Vhe truth as we see it! We shall go in the brave footsteps of our prophets." But their more cautious wives will interrupt their valor .... "Can we afford to be brave? Can't you give them what they want? Where will we go if we must leave this congregation?" And the fire will fall from their eyes and they will preach safely on "The Advantages of Boy Scout- ing." And they will entertain Cronbach secretly as a glamorous ghost from their youth. Now this week these students (Continued on Page 8) Thousands Flee Germany; eea! IS Self-Ex I Ein n ile (For Editorial, p g 2; for additional Hitler news, see page 7) / BERLIN--(Special)--Hitlerites, drunk with power, this week / launched a nation-wide wave of anti-Semitic attacks, killing a Jewish ] lawyer, attacking eight American Jews, forcing the closing of Germ- any's leading Jewish-owned department stores and resulting in the exodus of thousands of German Jews to Alsace, Paris, Vienna and Prague, which alone is said to harbor over 1,000 Jewish families. Meanwhile, in New York, at a dinner honoring his fifty-fourth birthday, Prof. Albert Einstein, world's foremost Jew and Germ- any's greatest scientist, announc- ed himself as a voluntary exile from Germany. He will sail from New York Saturday for Antwerp, there deciding his future course, he said. "I will not put foot on German soil as long as conditions in Germ- any are as at present," Dr. Ein- stein said. He spoke also of Jew- ish persecution in Eastern Europe and said, "It is not easy to say where the Western boundaries of I this 'Eastern Europe' are." America's leaders in finance, education, art and letters attend- ed the dinner in Dr. Einstein's honor in New York Wednesday Adolf Hitler night. The dinner was given by the American Friends of the He- brew University in Jerusalem. Evidence of a sub-surface commotion over Einstein's voluntary exile was seen in the action of the German Consul, Paul Schwartz, who boarded the scientist's train from Cali- fornia at Albany. Typical of the ruthlessness of the Nazi's anti-Semitic program throughout Germany was the wholesale arrest of all Jewish mer- chants of Annaberg, where Jewish shops had previously been closed and the killing of Dr. Spiel in Kiel after two unidentified men dragged him from bed to send a bullet through his head. Cases of the molestation of American Jews by Nazis reached a total of eight today, with attacks reported on Julius Fuchs and Her- man Rosenman. American Consul-General George Messersmith lodged strong protest with the German foreign office previously during the week, presenting affidavits from Nathaniel S. Wolf of (Continued on Page 8) Straus Named Ambassador WASIIlNGTON, D. C. (Special)- Jesse Isidor Straus, 60-year-old head of the largest department store in the world and one of the foremost supporters of President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Democratic nom- ination, today was the first Jew in American history to hold a major ambassadorship. He was appointed this week by President Roosevelt as ambassador to France. Mr. Straus, a graduate of Harvard University, class of '93, is a member of the Har- vard Board of Overseers. He has been a frequent visitor to France and is said to speak French perfectly. He is the son of the late Isidor Straus, a member of a family famous in Jewish and philanthropic circles, and president of R. H. Macy & Co., New York department store. He was appointed head of the New York State Relief Organization by then- Governor Roosevelt. Meanwhile, Attorney General Homer Cummings today indicated that Prof. Felix Frankfurter, liar- yard law professor and Assistant Secretary of War during the World War, will be appointed Solicitor General by President Roosevelt. Hunger Grips Polish I Jewish School Children WARSAW (WNS)--At least sixty- five per cent of the children in Jewish schools in Poland are undernour- ished, and eighteen per cent suffer from rickets, according to reports made here today by physicians at the annual conference of the Toz, Polish. Jewish health relief society. Kemal Pasha Picks Jew To Guard Health IS'FANBUL (WNS)--Dr. Samuel Guinzburg today was appointed per- sonal plDsician to Premier Kemal Pasha, dictator ef Turkey. A noted specialist, Dr. Guinzburg has also been a personal friend of the Turkish leader for some )'ears. Arab-Jewish Feud Ends With Feast JERUSALEM (WNS)--In the pres- ence of officers of the Palestine Colo- nization Association and sheiks of the local Bedouin tribe, Jews and Arabs of Pardess Hanna this week sealed a pact of friendship and vowed to wipe out the feud that had arisen when an Arab was shot by a Jewish watchman of the colony. The "peace-pipe" was smoked after a typical friendship meal, the chief item of which was a freshly-slaugh- tered sheep, in accordance with traditional Bedouin procedure. Charlotte Goldsmith Seattle Jewry Hails "Queen" Seattle's most popular Jewish miss! That was the title sported today by Charlotte Gold- smith, pretty young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Gold- smith, who was crowned "Queen Esther" Sunday night as a highlight of the Talmud Torah bazaar. Miss Gold- smith won the bazaar popu- larity contest, an annual feat- life. More than 1,000 bazaar-goers wit- nesscd the coronation, with Maj. Fred Feucker, state commander oi the 40 & S, American Legion group, placing the crown on Miss Gold- smith's head. Miss Pauline Falk and Miss Mildred Sherman, runners- up, were maids of honor. A prize in connection with the popularity con- test was won by Irving Brown, 2222 Third Ave. W. A total of $2,700, comparing with $3,000 netted last year, was raised by the bazaar for maintenance of the Tahnud Torah, Carl Rubinstein bazaar chairman, announced today. More than 2,300 paid admissions were reported for thc week-long bazaar, which opened March 5. "We are more than gratified at the response of Seattle Jewry to our third annual bazaar," Chairman Rubin- stein declared. "All officers of the Talmud Torah join with me in their appreciation of the loyal support ac_ corded the Talmud Torah's work." :al00ornia Quake Horrors Described By &hoe: f ;la He went to Los Angeles six weeks ago for a rest. But, instead Herbert Schoenfeld, well-known Seattle Jewish leader and furniture man, experienced the nightmare sensations of the Los Angeles-Long Beach earthquake this week. Written at The Ambassador Hotel as it shook with a new earth tremor, this exclusive despatch by Mr. Schoenfeld tells his own story of the quake.--The Editor. BY HERBERT SCHOENFELD LOS ANGELES (Special) Eleven seconds that seemed like an etern- ity.. eleven seconds that galvan- ized hundreds of thousands of persons into a frenzy of fear . . . eleven of the most terrible seconds in my life-- That, dear readers, is the Los Angeles earthquake, as I first be- came acquainted with it last Fri- day. Even as I write this, the hotel, one of California's largest, wobbles and shakes, giving one a sensation of being on deck of a steamer whose decks are awash by a high sea. Only those who experienced the harrowing thrills of the upheaval which created such terror here this week can attempt to set in words the human emotions of that direful shock, coming with- Herbert Schoenfeld out warning and striking out so sinisterly. The first reaction of the giant earth movement was terrifying. The normal impulse was to run.. run.. dash madly somewhere .. anywhere, out from under cover, to escape the horrifying sway of the earth's surface as it cracked in gigantic swells like a mad mid- ocean swirl on mountainous wave crests. What should one so engulfed in utter helplessness think of but that the end had come--was in stark reality here! Shortly following the terrific "first shock" were two other earth swells, as if by giant hand the earth was being swung around in mad delight by gods on rampage ! The terror and stampeding of women and children was most pitiful to behold. Into the streets, into parks, into the open spaces (Continued on Page 8) Marriage To Be Herzl Friday Topic Marriage will be the theme of a symposium next Friday at Herzl Synagogue when Rabbi Philip A. Langh speaks on "A Rabbi Looks At Marriage" from the synagogue's pulpit and Judge C. E. Claypool, veteran King County jurist, talks on "What l Have Learned In The Domestic Relations Court," at a Sabbath Tea following the sermon. Cantor S. Tovbin will chant ser- vices, assisted by the Herzl Choir, directed by Boris Dolgoff. Maurice Friedman, baritone, will sing syna- gogue music. There's Music In Air When Halevy Singers Get Ready For Temple Center Operetta March 25, 26 der or Morris Reibman drum- ming out a tune on a jewelry counter as they go about their work If, borrowing a page from the Wandering Jew, you make the rounds and find Messrs. Neider, Mayers, Arensberg, Bender and Reibman vocaliz- ing, it won't surprise you at all if you remember that they are al! members of the Halevy Singers, Seattle's only Jewish choral group. And reason for the wholesale vocalizing by members of the Jewish community these days, is no less than the third birth- day anniversary of the Halevy Singers, which will be celebrat- ed in song March 25 and 26 at Temple Center when the Sing- ers present a five-act operetta, "Queen Esther." Today, in unmusical spots varying from kitchens to pawn- shops, Halevy Singers, who by day ply such mundane pursuits as coffee dealer, printer, house- wife and stenographer, were getting in their practice licks for the highlight of their musi- cal year--the "Queen Esther" performance. While their friends wonder "Where we'll go this evening," the Halevy Singers, of night, forsake dinner engagements and bridge to keep up with an intensive schedule of week-day rehearsals at Temple Center under the baton of Samuel Goldfarb, Halevy Singers direc- tor and nationally-known au- thority on Hebrew music. Although membership in the Halevy Singers numbers 35, more than 50 voices will be heard in "Queen Esther," Di- (Continued on Page 8) Samuel Goldfarb If you drop in on Harry Neider, ship broker, and he hums a few snatches of tune as he signs a contract-- If you visit the office of Adam Mayers, accountant, and he bursts out in song as he bal- ances a ledger-- If you breeze into the tan- nery of Joseph Arensberg and find him singing in a booming bass-- Or if you watch Morris Ben- Eva Finesilver B. B. Dance To Be Sunday Honoring the new administration of Seattle Lodge, B'nai B'rith, and distinguished as the first social func- tion sponsored by B'nai B'rith and the Emma Lazarus Auxiliary, a "New Deal Dance" at the Olympic Hotel, Sunday evening is expected to draw hundreds of B'nai B'rith members and friends. And as the dance is held amid the giety and luxurious- ness of the Olympic Hotel, the grim spectre of want and pri- vation will hover over the smartly-clad dancers. Because all proceeds of the event, Chairman Albert Youngman announced today, will go to needy B'nai B'rith members. A card part), will be held in con- junction with the dance, and exhibi- tions of ballroom dancing willlbe staged by four members of the Corn- ish School. An orchestra led by Sol Thai will play. "The sharp bite of the depression has depleted our social service fund," (Continued on Page 6) Rockefeller Aids Study Of Bigotry NEW YORK (WNS) -- John D. Rockefeller, Jr., has supplied funds for a year's study to determine scientifically the basis of "religious prejudice and allied attitudes and folkways," according to announce- ment today by the National Con- ference of Jews and Christians. The city of Baltimore and sur- rounding territory has been select- ed as the scene of the first study. Sir Herbert Samuel's Son Made Governor JERUSALEM (WNS)  Edwin Samuel, son of Sir Herbert Samuel, first ttigh Commissioner of Pales- tine, today was appointed Governor of the District of Nazaretb. He is a civil servant in the Palestine govern- ment, having entered the service ,hen his father came to Palestine in 1921.