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PAGI$ SIx THE JEWISH &apos;I'RANbCRIPT, SI,ATTLE OCTOBER 28, , • i ,1, , ii . Telling It Sports By Rabbi Louis I. Newman DON'T BE TOO The distress of the Jewish people in these DISCOURAGED troublous times is difficult to describe in adequate terms. A few days ago I spoke with a Jewish communal leader, and it was evident that his anguish over the lot of Israel was written not only over his heart but on his coun- tenance as well. It was as if his spiritual heartache had taken physical form. And there is no doubt but that the life of Jewish leaders is shortened by their agony over the seemingly insoluble woes of Jewry. Until now Jews have cherished the hope that Palestine could be- come the Jewish homeland, and that their minority rights would be protected through Eastern and Central Europe. Today, however, these hopes have been dashed, and the small peoples of humanity are in the abyss of despair. The fate meted out to Czechoslovakia is being used as an excuse for similar treatment of the people of Israel. If the Czechs have been sold down the river, why should the Jews complain at a similar lot? KEEP ON Jewish college students are deeply concerned regarding TRYING their occupations after graduation. I spoke with a large number of young people at a metropolitan uni- versity and urged them to distribute themselves in the suburban and rural districts of the country. Jewish youth concentrate, like their elders, in the cities, instead of seeking a full, many- sided and comprehensive life in a smaller town or city. While it is true that in many regions there is a disposition not to welcome Jews, this should not deter anyone from seeking residence there. Jews have never been welcomed with any heartiness, and if fear of a rebuff had deterred the previous generations, Jews would never have emerged from the Ghettos. Young Jews, also, should not imagine that their lot will be easy. Nevertheless, they should keep on trying• HITLER-MADE An interior decorator, a woman, came up to TEMPLE GOERS the rabbi at a Bar Mitzvah party• "I must tell you a secret," she said. "This is the first time I have been in a synagogue in 20 years." "I hope you'll begin now," replied the rabbi. "Oh, I won't promise," said the woman. "You know the only thing I've got against Hitler is that he made me a Jew again." This was too much for the rabbi, who remarked: "If you talk that way, I'll hold it against Hitler too." * * t * , , , * PIONEERING Can the German refugees be distributed IS CALLED FOR throughout the United States, so that they will not congregate in New York City? We hope they will have the courage to go to outlying districts where econ- omic opportunities abound, if they have the pioneering spirit. What the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish groups have done in certain states of the Union, German Jews can do, let us say, in Arizona, New Mexico or adjacent regions• All that is required is the will and determination of the newcomers to embark upon the enterprises of settling territories with sparse populations. The new arrivals prefer to take up their homes near their fellow- Jews; they are city-dwellers, rather than farmers and ranchers. But only by the entrance of a considerable number of German refugees in these pursuits can they begin an adequate life in the United States• German and Austrian Jewries have asked that the United States permit 100,000 Jews to find homes here within the next year, to be followed by another 100,000. This is a tall order, though not outside the realm of probability. Fundamental, however, to any favorable consideration of the project is the willingness of the young people among the immigrants to distrib- ute themselves, not to drift to the cities, at the first opportunity. We hope that the individual newcomers, in cooperation with their families and Jewish agencies entrusted with the task, will set their minds and purposes in this direction. HEAD OF Dr. J. Leon Lascoff has been elected President PHARMACISTS of the American Pharmaceutical Association and President of the New York State Board of Pharmacy. These are honors which reflect not only upon Dr. Lascoff personally, but also upon the Jewish community. Dr. Lascoff bears a distinguished name among his colleagues, and has been elevated to these high positions because of his sterling quali- ties as man, pharmacist and leader in his chosen sphere. We congratulate not only Dr. Lascoff, but also those who, by the wisdom of their choice, made his selection possible. At a time when an endeavor is being made in certain quarters to reduce the number of Jews in prominent positions, it is heartening to see that men like Dr. Lascoff are proving themselves indispensable. MORE TROUBLE The betrayal of Czechoslovakia by Great IS AHEAD Britain and France gives cause to the small peoples of the world to shudder. In 1930, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the late Jacob de Haas wrote "The Great Betrayal" concerning the policy of Britain with reference to Palestine. If Czechoslovakia is to be dismembered by a process of partition, how much the more certain is it that Palestine is to be thrown to the wolves7 Italy and Germany, having learned the lesson of bluff and bluster in the conquest of weaker countries, will try to apply the same tactics to Palestine, and the result is certain to damage the Jewish cause. Jews everywhere are enormously depressed over the victory of Hitler in Czechoslovakia. They feel that Hitler has won another tri- umph, and can cut another notch in his musket. The power of Naziism seems more deeply entrenched as a con- sequence, and the fat e of Central European Jewries will remain one of bitterness and tragedy. It is said that many Jews want war, particularly the bourgeoisie. I cannot believe this the case. No war is a good war--even against Hitler- and the time has not yet come to deal with him as he merits. SEATTLE COULD Dr. Jacob J. Weinstein has begun a new COPY THIS! year in his "School for Jewish Studies" in San Francisco. In addition to classes for children and young people, he holds forums, encourages scholars to devote research to neglected areas of Jewish literature• He has brought an appreciation of Jewish values to those who have been hostile or indifferent to matters Jewish. His forums have brought the democratic spirit of the town hall into the discussion of our pub- lic affairs. Dr. Weinstein, who recently won the prize of the New History Society for his study on race relations, is one of American Jewry's most gifted personalities. His is a first-rate intellect, and those who are privileged to study in his school can consider themselves thrice fortunate. Aaron Frank Of Portland Is A. A. U. Head For Fourth Time; Sid Luckman Wears Same Numerals As Marshal Goldberg By IRV KUPCINET Transcript Special Writer. CLEARING THE NOTEBOOK: Allan Tohnich, lhc one-man tr'wk l.cam from Wayne Universit.y, will run in New York i, his winter in the cohrrs of the Now York Curl) Ex- (;h'tngc... Aaron M. Frank of Port- hm(l has been clcctcd presideni; of the ()regon A.A.U. for the fom'i,il t, ime... ()no of the great starts ell' tho famous Viemm llako:d eleven, Lasz- 1o Sternllerg, is now illaying with i;hc New York Am:q'ieans socco, r l;oltrn. M'rs. DeWitt lhd,orrneyer scorcd (luitc an Ullset when stte COl)lied the New Jorsey women's st, al,c golf chaml)ionshil).. The Women's Swimming Association has l)ut the Charh)i.l.c El)stein Mcmtlri'tl Tr()llhy lS a l)erlrlltncllt award 111 nlcnlory of the Associatti(m's late f(nmdcr. Among tim worhl's best t, rac]< rcc- or(Is for 1938 listed by the A.A.U. arc a 9.5 in the 10(I hy Sid Glickm.m, • t 14.4 in the i10 high hurdles by Al- lan Tohnich, and 164.,(P/ ft. in the (liscus I)y Phil Levy... Mam'i Rose, ace Jewish spced dcnnm, rcecnl, ly w(m the 45 mile American Automo- bile Association swoellstakes raco al. Altoona. Marine Scrgt. V. J. Kr.tvitz of Stockd,dc, Toxas, equalle(l a w(irhl's recol'(l when he worl the covoi,e(I l)rosidcnt's CUl) I)y roe(waling a 1)os- sil)lc s('orc of 100. with 19 sh(its in tho dead center IIf tho hall's eye .... In third lrlaee wits Lt. M'un'ice Kid- scr of the U. S. Infantry. Al Gottlicl) was a mcmbcr (if tho Pondleton Canoe Club (if New York that won the Gouhl Trol)hy single bl;tde tcsi; and the Vildng Fours in lhe annual chaml)ionshil) r.tces of l,ho Amcriean Canoe Associai.ion .... Ancil Hoffman, man.igor of Max Baor, has a lcgal contract with Max and Mrs. Baer to manage M'tx Boer, .Ir., now nine m(mths ohl... Tho contr.tet runs for 25 years and has heen registered with the Californit State Athletic Conunission. Wonder when Uncle Mike ,l.tcolls is going t(i rcvcal the wane of the charity l,haL will got; the $7,500 representing 10 por cent (It" his l)rofits on tim Schmcl- ling-l,ewis rigid;. • . . Most versatile man in l)ascball is Moe Borg, Rc(l S(ix backstop. M(ic owns thc Americ:ul rights to :, i)ro]nincnt f(iroign fihn, sells mono- grammed stationery tll a tcn cent storo elmin, is the invcnl,llr of a. sterc(rl)tician view l)r(Ijccto] • thai. uses movio film, is irartner in a l'tw firm, h'.etures at varilluS unive,'si- tics, speaks "t dozen languages and, on (,he side, plays 1)'scl)all. llank Groonllcrg ill(In'l, smash Ruth's h(mm rml rec(rrd but he set one (ither h(nnc rcc(rrd Ily hitting two or more four haggers in (me game II i,imes. The old record of nino wns set earlicr this scas(m by Jimmy FllXX. Ruth and ltack Wilson used to shill tile record wii, h eight a piece. Goo(ly Rosen, outfichlcr, unanim,lus choice for thc 1938 tional League all-rookie team. lIarry Eisensl,adt, l)ctroit tinishcd his first full sc.son i. big time with a record of 9 w o"I six hlsl.. But ho only hm'led five games, llo al)l)cared in 32; • dlowcd 131 hits and 30 while striking out 371 llarry Nowman, fm'nmr all-Amcrican, is (too lit" i hc of llarry Bennett, llcnry la)lice chief... Sidney all-Americ'm mid hi. ()hio State c()lll)]e ycars ago, is flOW his ahn'L rnal.or... Whcn Sid man, (?olmnl)i't's all-star changed tho numl)or (if his from 44 to 42 hc ae(tuired natal)or worn I)y Marshal Piltslnlrgh's Jewish ace. (Collyright, 1938). Gossip Dr. Weizmann May Criticize Britain's Stand On Holy Land; High Nazis Fight On Jewish Issue; Cantor Sings In Church By PHINEAS J• BIRON Transcript Special Writer STORM OVER PALESTINE Th report of the British fact- fiuding Woodhead Committee on Palestine will loose a terrific wave of indighalton from Zionists. Even I)r. Chaim Weizmann is disgusted with Downing Street now and will take the leadership of the protest against the report. Dr. Solonmn Goldman, American Zionist prexy, ,nollilizing t.h,., It. S. (h'ive to kool I Zion ol)en to .lows, tostod Brit,ish mili- tary etticiency to tho Iir'c,ddng l)oinl during his visit to Erctz Israel. Ilc in- sisted on traveling all over' the country regardless of restrictions, and the British military high co]n- mand breathed a deep sigh of relief when he finally left Palestine. FOREIGN FLASHES An internal fight over future Jew- ish policy is raging in high Nazi ch'cles. Propaganda Minister Goeh- bels joins Hitler in demanding tlle COml)lete expulsion of all Jews, while the more practical-minded Alfred Rosenberg and General Goer- ing argue that some Jews must be allowed to remain. Many of Czechoslovakia's leading Jewish industrialists are preparing to move their factories to England and Frauce because most of their' employes are Nazis. Twenty-five young Aralrs have been awarded scholarships to German universities. The technique of anti-Semitism is one of the major' courses of study engaging their attention. A unique distinction has come to Abraham Levi. tile greatest chazen in Czechoslovakia. Having also sung for years in the choir ef the Greek- Orthodox Cathedral at Cetinje, Levi has heen In'oclatmed tim greatest choir singer' in the country. His ]'eI)ertolre of Christian hymns is said to he unequalled. TIDBITS Dr. Cyrus Adler. president of the American Jewish Committee, whose 75th hirthday is being widely cele- l)rated, was completely charmed by little Shirley Temple on the boat returning to America last summer. So much so, indeed, that after be- coming very chummy with the little lady, that venerable gentleman, who is not a movie-goer actually in'on]tsed her" that he would go to all her' lnovies fr'orn now on. Arthur Murray, maestro of danc- ing school, was born Murray Telch- man. Maurice Schwartz is readying three Yiddis htalkle productions which, i[ successful, will also he done in English• Rabbi Julius Gor- don of St. Louis' Shaare Emeth Temple has authored a hook, called "Pity the Persecutor," which is on the recommended list of the Book- of-the-Month Club. DR. CHAIM WEIZMANN •. the inventor of T. N. T. has some diplomatic T. N. T. to handle l ABOUT PEOPLE Grovcr Whalen, president of the N. Y. Worhl's Fair, is le'u'ning lle- Iirew in l)rCl)m'ai,ion for l,he ollening ceremonies of the Jewish Palestinc l'avilion at the Fair... There's a r'dh'oad station in Ontario Province, Canada, called Swastika, and the station agent is a Jew hy the mum; of AI)IIC]... Gcorgc Salomon, who was recently tendered a tesimonial din- ner Ul)On the coml)lctien of 35 years • Ls a rel)orter on the New York ]Icr- ahl-Trilnmo, is a descendant of llaym Salom(m... The British Mu- senm has $6,000,000 which it l)lans to spend on an expeditilSon ira 1942 l o search for the Garden (if Eden. When Arl, hm' Garfiohl Hays defending victims of sccution he's serving as thc Dionne quintulllets. • • York's Yiddish intelligentsia is I)cring that Maurit.e appear in au English-langnage on Broadway this ycltr. Fcinstcin, a taxi driver who bc a radio cngincer, has dcvice which will enahle every messcngcr to carry his own alarm. It's a jigger that siren the moment; a l.hief snatch "L case containing SOCIAL NOTE New York's Four It Ulll)cr crust of Rome and pqris = a dil.her over the disclosure swanky costume llall have been given I)y css Cecil I)ecci-Bhmt at Nal)olcnnic pahtcc hoar lmcca, has been called off boc.utse of anti-Semitism. Count ]lunt, who was born Ce(:il thai in New York, has spent rt his forlune in italy to Countess Mimi l'eeci, niece late Pope Leo Xlll... Ghe which had heen hailed in lhe No. 1 society function ],]m'opcan se'm(m, was to have 1: duced the PecciBhmts' ini.crnational socieiy. lh(Isc who ha(I accel)ted w'm Count Ciano, lialian minister an(t Mussolini's (Colryrighi , 193g). PLAIN TALK (Continued from Page 1) saints I f(nmd on the church the st(me images of Einstein and Spinoza. They wcrc close by Jesus Itimsclf, thcy and other philosophers, scient- ists and prophets of all the times. Jesus and Einstein, St. Paul, Spinoza and St. Francis werc all emanations of the same divinity. I could fecl myself no stranger in Rivcrsido Chm'ch. I c(nihl kneel at its altar without • tny compunctions of my consciencc, though 1 only sat in oue of its pcws. The shechinah secmed there. Outside I had just been hearing thc outgivings of the radio... "Hit- Icr ready to march" . . . "Ilii;ler t(i m'u'cli at 2:30." . .Thc day bcforc his barbaric f,'trrago had been in the air... Riverside Church secmed rc- mote from the era'rent arrogance. I won(lerell if evcrybody who is called Christian eouhi feel at home in Rivcrside Chm'ch. Could that woman fccl at home at its allar? She was one ef two I had overheard tit a street c(irner. "You can't llolicve everything you hear on the radio," she was saying. "l)on't you know," she said, "this Kaltenl)orn is a Jew. Yes, his mm]c certainly sounds Jewish and he is giving out Jcw.propaganda. That's why I s.y you can't belicve every- thing you hear. IIitler is getting the worst i)f it." It wits only a little while I)eforc that ] had heard this at the strect corner I)etwccn the two women, })tit now I sat untroul)lcd in the Christian sanctuary wherc the images of great Christians and Jews, of Jesus, Budd- ha arid Mohammed stood in saintly rows together. Riverside Church was a conffori.- able refuge for any one running away from thc world that Hitlcr had made, from the paintcd mouths of iadics spcwing revilement at strcct corners. The ministcr of this church, Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, seems to lee troubled about Christianity in the world outside his sanctuary. Things were going badly against Christianity outsidc, and on tire folhlwing Sunday he was l)reaching on the sul)ject, "A Strange Worh! in Which to be Christ- ian." Yes, I though, a worhl like this must give a dreadful pain to Christ- ians. Two thousand years of Christi- anity and yet "ill this., this rapine • . . this insolenec of tyrants . . this l)hmder of thc helplcss. .murdcrous ultimatums . . this lady at the street cerrror. This church was like an image of the Iletter worhl that good men dreamcd. Thank God there were still good men left drcaming brave dreams. In the stained glass windows stood Abraham, Isaac an(l Jaeol) aml closeby, the Apostles. Moses stood in the window with the Tor'dr beside thc Catholic St. Franr.is who was the enc who gave his coat to thc poor man on the winter dtty. Tiffs was the I)ravc dream of I)roth- hood in the church and I could kneel at its altar. They may lee killing millions of people soon, l thought, I)ut thcy can't Idll this. It is a strange world in which t(i lie Christian and hohl fast t(i this dream aml keep on i)elieving in it. Strange, too, that this church was ercctcd, in lmrt I to the glory of Torah and l)rOllhets though to many Jews Torah and prollhets are like 141 By ALFRED SEGAL dead Iiooks. Jews hroldng down on Torah and I)rol)hets from intellcctual snol)bery; or Jews lr]in(l with their ignorance that knows neithcr Torah nor prol)h- cts; or Jcws lluttiirg aside Torah "tml prol)hcts to folh)w a  tr r ]' OW  lt- tionalism. In i,his church Torah and prol)hcts were of the })rave dream of brother- hood an(1 hiving ldndness and com- passion an(I justice that i, hc church chcrishc(1 in ihc strange worhl. The churcll was grateful to 1,he Jcws for giving this and had built these mounmcnts to thc Jewish spirit. But many Jews had forgotten thcir herilage and felt Jewish only bccause of their pains. I thought it wouldn't matter much if they were destroyed. They arc dead Jews 'tnyway. They have n(i droam left and n(ithing more to give and nothing for which to live as Jews. llitler is I)ut an undertaker t)urying lmtny who were dead long ago. Jews ought to come to this chm'ch to discover their heritage; to kneel hnmbly at this altar anil 1)cg for- givcness for thcir sins of indifference and their sins of forgetfulness and their' sins of intellectual arrogance: "Oh Lord God, I thank Thee for this church width restores to mc my in- tleritancc." Thus my thoughts raml)led ill Riverside Church anll ventured even into forbidden slreculation: Sul)posc , I said, Jews took Ul) such broad gestures of tn'lrLd humanity in the synagogues? St. Francis in Reb Schachne's schul? The prophet Jesus honored in Isaac M. Wise Tcmplc? A day for' Bu(ht]m at Adath Israel Synagogue? MohammoJl ai, Roe]<dale Toml)le? Oh, 1 should myself fraternal welcome on the Francis were honm'ed tt Schachne's: "My friends, hc kinsman of all who know ness and coinilassi()n are the stono, lie was one of God's tivc gentlemen, lie called eve birds his brethren." ]lut 1 guess I :tin quii,c with this, and I shall Reb. Se]mchnc's schul of tel out nay thoughts in this The fine ohl men who morah there every day maY after me, "Apikores!" qs I paSS At thc temples they will I)ut . . " At Adath Israel be called Conservative) l (lismissed with  Yet if wc reverence ihe chirr( honors all the pr(lllhets, it Orll'S ILll(1 sets Ul) It, nlOllllIYICrl Torah, we must say, "If geS I)rotherhoe(l are fine in the timy would also Iio linc in gogtle•" Slime day we will got ax.ortd t°it' (Col)yrighi. , 1938). Catholic Men Side Jews In Zion CrisD WASHINGTON D. C. turl)e(I lly "the iml)osition and un-Christia,l worhl," i.he National Cot (httholic Men this week lc voice to the apl)eal I)cing I)y Jews and Christians nominations to lh.esirlent veli, to utilize his influerlce the chlsing of the (l(ulrs of to Jcwish rcfugeos and the mont of the ,Jewish NalioJI Imlicy.