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Page Six THE TRANSCRIPT I November 17, 1952 CLARA S. NIEDER, EDITOR 727 Seaboard Building Phone SEneca 0136 Seattle 1, Washington Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to I p.m. Single Copy 10c Issued Semi-Monthly $2.50 Per Year Entered as second-class matter July 7, 1949, at the Postoffice at Seattle, Washington, under Act of March 3, 1879. e UNIV[SITV nlN'rlNG co, Critic At Home Outstanding Musical Opens in New York Now that political passions are cooling, one can find escape from any concern there may be as to the future problems that the new ad- ministration which the people so overwhelmingly swept into office will have to face, in the New York Times Sunday Drama Section. The season seems to be opening with a bang in that metropolis, and we here on the Pacific Coast can dream about what perhaps we may see here in a couple of seasons, or if we are lucky enough, on that trip East we have been promising ourselves for some time. "My Darlin' Aida," a modernized version of Verdi's opera, with the locale transferred from Memphis, Egypt, to Memphis, Tennessee, has drawn high praise from all the critics. The plot is freely borrowed from the original opera, and the music is mostly Verdi's, with modern musical idiom added by Samuel Friedman. This young man, who has been educational director for the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, and who had his first taste of the theatre when he was associated with Carmen Jones, the modern version of Carmen, taught himself music, libretto writing, in five years of concentrated work, in order to write the music and lyrics of this highly successful musical. Mark down "My Darlin' Aida" as a must on your next trip to New York--this successful collaboration between the old master, Guiseppe Verdi, and Samuel Fried- man, East Side boy who made good. Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight" Chaplin has been much in the headlines lately--both with his mov- ing-picture "Limelight," which opened simultaneously in London and New York, and with the possibility that on his return to the United States he may be found inadmissible. Whatever the implications of his political and ideological beliefs, everyone seems agreed that in "Lime- light" Chaplin has proved himself once again an innovator in the field to which he has already contributed so much. The critics agree that it is one of the most rewarding motion pictures of the year. Almost like an autobiography of Chaplin himself, this is the story of an aging clown, who no longer seems able to make people laugh, now left only with his pride and his courage. Into his life comes a desolate young ballet dancer; he restores her confidence, and she is launched on a brilliant career. And as she sweeps into the limelight, the old clown makes his exit. A familiar pattern, but one that must give Chaplin every oppor- tunity to show those talents which he has demonstrated to the whole world for many years. He wrote the scenario, and the music; directed and produced this picture, and once again he demonstrated that he is a genuine artist, in the true sense of the word, whatever else he may be. Minority Report I wonder how many readers Ernest Hemingway gained with the publication of his new short novel, "The Old Man and the Sea" in Life Magazine. To those who discover Hemingway for the first time by this book, I envy them their discovery of how bare and beautiful the English language can be. Undoubtedly Hemingway is the man who blazed the Oregon Trail of the 20th Century letters, and cleared away the dead timber around the fiction of the early twenties. But this book, and put me down for a minority report, for all its fine writing, its flow of language akin to the flow of the sea, its picture of the indomitable old fisherman and the young boy who loves him, its glorification of the sport of fishing, of the fish itself, does not have the same feeling of passion for people, or their loves and hates, their excitements and their unhappiness as does Farewell To Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and those undying short stories many of which have been made into un- forgettable moving-pictures. "The Old Man and the Sea" is not the undying masterpiece that it has been called by some reviewers. It is a grand story, well told and superbly written, but Hemingway's reputa- tion, I am sure, will not be built on this book, but on those mentioned above, and perhaps on novels yet to come, from this master of modern writing. ---C.S.N. Seattle Jewish Nat'l Fund Elects Officers The following officers were elected at a meeting of the Jewish National Fund held October 30th at the Seattle Hebrew School: Honor- ary President, M. N. Ketzlach; Pres- ident, Sam Prottas; Treasurer, George Prottas; Secretary, Mrs. I. Rogoway. Under the laws of the National Fund, the Presidents of the Zionist Groups automatically become Vice-Presidents of the Jew- ish National Fund. Mr. Fred Kahan, the new Re- gional Executive Director of J.N.F.I on the West Coast, was introduced! to the group and made a few re- marks. A number of suggestions were made for a new and wider program for J.N.F. work during the ensuing year. The importance of fund raising was stressed which could be done through the Golden Book Inscriptions, National Fund Boxes, Sefer Hayeled, Sefer Ha Bar Mtizvah, and Flag and Flower Day collections. It was suggested that the junior groups be interested in this work by having them participate in the various collections throughout the year. Plans are under way for the 10th Annual Chanukah Dinner to be held at the Seattle Hebrew School on Sunday night, December 21st. A speaker of national renown will be in attendance at this dinner to ad- dress this group. Mr. Sam Tarshis is the Chairman of the Chanukah Din- ner and in his capacity, has ap- pointed the following chairmen of committees: Irving Sidell, Tickets; Mrs. Abe Nelson and Mrs. Ben Ge- nauer, Dinner Arrangements; Phil Posner, Publicity; Sam Prottas, In- vitations; chairmen of committees will be appointed in the near future. The price of the dinner is $5.00 per plate and tickets may be obtained from anyone of the Zionist Groups in Seattle. Joint Defense Appeal Adopts Budget At Chicago Meeting CHICAGO--The National Council of the Joint Defense Appeal adopt- ed a budget of $5,000,000 for 1953, at its Annual Meeting held here today as part of the concurrent meetings of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee and the National Commissi)n of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. The Joint Defense Appeal is the fund-raising arm of the American Jewish Committee and the Antf- Defamation League, the nation's two oldest and largest Jewish or- ganizations with coordinated pro- grams dedicated to combatting anti- Semitism and protecting human rights. Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, Hon- orary President of the American Jewish Committee, in the major ad- dress of the JDA session, criticized the recent action of the National Community R e I a t i o n s Advisory Council which would allocate "pri- nry responsibility" for community relations work among six organiza tions. Judge Proskauer asserted that this would destroy NCRAC as an alvisory body and make it  func- tioning organization. "You cannot allocate functions by majority votes or any other way unless you have an effective staff, which would have to be created by! NCRAC," he said. "This would cost  the Jewish communities of America infinitely more than is being fruit- fully expended today." Judge Proskauer declared that the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League are do- ing 95 per cent of the effective work being done in America today to combat anti-Semitism. Board of Union of Reform Congregations Support NCRAC Endorsement of joint planning in the field of Jewish community re- lations and a commitment to sup- port the National Community Relations Advisory Council are contained in a resolution unani- mously adopted in Chicago this week by the national executive board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, parent body of American Reform Judaism The resolution follows the recent withdrawal from the NCRAC of two national organizations, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith, on the grounds that their sovereignty was menaced by a plan to coordinate the activities of Jewish community organizations The plan won the approval )f four other national agencies as well as a large majority of local Jewish com- munity federations. In its Chicago resolution, the Re- form Union reiterated its accept- ance of joint planning, for which it voted in Atlantic City. The Union called upon the Committee and the B'nai B'rith to reconsider their res- ignation and to return to the NCRAC. Signed b.y Dr. Maurice N. Eisen- drath and Dr. S. S. Hollender, pres- ident and board chairman respec- tively, tbe UAHC statement de- clares that "American Jewry has been incalculably benefitted by the NCRAC," and urges the continua- tion of its work towards the mo- bilization of its full potential. JWB Western States i Section Meeting Lawrence E. Irell, Los Angeles, was elected President of the West- ern States Section, National Jewish- Welfare Board at the 12th annual meeting held the weekend of No- vember 1-2, at the Hollywood- Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Among those elected as vice- presidents were Herbert M. Levi- son of San Francisco, and Alfred Shyman of Seattle. Included in a number of leaders elected to the Board of Directors were Mrs. Irv- ing Anches, Norman Davis, Sol Es- feld, and Herman I. Keisler all of Seattle. Norman Davis was also elected to the executive committee. High praise for the role of JWB m serving the Armed Forces was given by Chaplain (Col.) Edward I Donahue, of San Francisco, at the dinner meeting on Saturday, No-i vember 1. Describing the role of! the chaplain in the Armed Forces, Chaplain Donahue pointed out that the Jewish group had provided its full quota of chaplains. New Congress Asked For Changes In Immigration Law WASHINGTON--The Hebrew Im- migration Aid Society has peti- tioned the 83rd Congress, which will not meet for two months, for an agency to administer new immi- gration laws. They called for revisions in Unit- ed States immigration policies and for a new and independent agency to administer the McCarran-Walter Immigration law, which will not go into effect until December 24. Ap- proved by the 82nd Congress, the bill recodifies the nation's immi- gration laws. In a 20-page brief sub- mitred to the President's Commis- sion on Immigration and Naturaliz- ation, the HIAS called fr these changes in the McCarran-Walter Law: 1. Eliminate the national origins quota system. (It was this system which President Truman said smacks of the Nazi master race philosophy. It was a major cam- algn issue.) 2. Eliminate "arbitrary and un- realistic criteria" for the rejection of applleants for visas. 3. Require that no alien admitted for residence may be deported tin- less his entry was obtained fraudu- lently. 4. Eliminate all distinctions be- tween naturalized and native-born citizens. 5. Set up "adequate" appeal pro- cedures from adverse decisions of government officials. Israel Minister of Police Behor Sitreet (second from right), who will arrive in Seattle on December 2, 1952, to appear at the Olympic Hotel as part of a nation-wide tour in behalf of the State of Israel Independence Bond drive, watches a worker inspect the mechanical parts of m Israel- made engine before it is installed in the body of one of hundreds of modern automobiles which are being assembled at the Kaiser-Fraser factory in Haifa. Mr. Sitreet is engaged in an extensive tour of Israel Bond-supported industrial projects which he is completing to prepare himself with on-the-spot accounts of Israel's economic expansion for his appearances in cities throughout the United States. UIA National Conference Closes With Memorial To Chaim Weizmann NEW YORK, Nov. 10.--The sud- den death of Israel's first president, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, stunned and saddened the 16th Annual National Conference of the United Israel Ap- peal which converted its final ses- sions into a solemn memorial trib- ute as thousands fl'o.cked to the Ho- tel Commodore this weekend to pay final tribute to the great Zionist leader, scientist and humanitarian. Meanwhile, decision to continue with the working sessions of the conference was made "in tribute to the memory of our beloved Dr. Weizmann wh.o dedicated his great mind and heart to the ideal and the reality of a Jewish homeland," Ru- dolf G. Sonneborn, UIA national chairman said. Three major developments emerged from the National Confer- ence which brought more than 1,200 delegates and communal leaders from communities throughout the country. 1. A 1953 budget for the United Israel Appeal totalling $102,200,000 for the rehabilitation and resettle- ment program. 2. A target of $625,000,000 to be provided by American Jews within the next five years to help liquidate Israel's i m m i g r a n t resettlement problem "which presents a danger- ous threat to the entire social and economic fabric of the country." 3. A comprehensive five year plan designed to make Israel economical- ly independent to be financed joint- ly by the Government of Israel and the United Israel Appeal, major beneficiary of the nationwide Unit- ed Jewish Appeal campaign. Salient aim of the plan is to increase the number of agricultural settlements from 575 this year to 825 by 1957. Argentine Investors To Build Settlement In Israel RASSCO, Ltd., Tel Aviv, with of- fices at 11 West 42nd St., New York, N.Y., announced plans for the establishment of Israel's first all- Argentinian village. A contract for the foundation of a middle-class agricultural settle- ment has been signed by RASSCO in Tel Aviv with a group of Argen- tine Jewish investors. The village, to be built by RASSCO, will be set up on 3,000 dunams of Jewish National Fund land near Sarafand, on the main Tel Aviv Jerusalem highway. The project, which resulted from conferences held by Mr. Joseph Woitz of the Jewish National Fund during a recent visit to Argentina, is being planned for 140 families. PERSONS IN THIS AREA SOUGHT BY RELATIVES OR FRIENDS If you have information concern" ing the whereabouts of any of these persons, please contact Miss DrU- ker, Jewish Family and Child Service, 408 Marion St. Phone SE. 5862. Families with surname of ALT" HAUSEN, ALTHOUSE or AL" THUSER living in Seattle, Tacoma or Spokane. BERNSTEIN, LEO, Age 53. Ad" dress unknown; previous address, Potzdamer Place, Berlin GermanY. Came to U.S. in 1939. Occupation, photographer. Two daughters are Renata and Barbara Bernstein. Mother's name, Jennie Lesser Bern- stein. DRESSNER, JACK. Born in Jassy, Roumania. Came to United States in 1900. KAGANOWICZ, MENDEL. Came to United States two years ago. Wife is Chana. Little daughter Js Sara. LEON, ADOLF. About 60 years of age. Born in Ploesti, Roumania. Came to United States 30 years ago. Dealer in textiles. Wife is Felicia and brother is Jacques. MATHESON, LOUIS. Fifty years of age. Born in Russia. Last ad- dress Carbonado, Pierce CountY, Washington. Occupation, coal miner. ROSENFELD, L., 73 years of age. Born in Teshin, Poland. Came to United States 50 years ago. ROSENFELD, HARRY, 63 years of age. Born in Teshin, Poland. Came to United States 35 years ago. SPERLING, NATHAN, 61 years of age. Born in Riga, Latvia. WaS known to reside in Seattle in 1933. Occupation, laundry owner. TOBIAS, ALLY (Mrs. Ignatz To- bias), nee Sally Blumenfeld. "Know-How" Helps Since the State of Israel was eS- tablished the congestion at Haifa, its only major port, caused it to be rated as one of the most in- efficient ports in the world. NoW all "that is changed. Its productivity in handling cargo has gone up 35 per cent in a single month as com- pared with last year's average. Yet this gain has been made without any large expenditure for new equipment and new expan- sions. It is merely another illuS- tration of the operation of the United Nations Technical Assist- ance Program. In this case not only were the minimum proposals by Dr. Boris Stern, a United States Department of Labor specialist in labor productivity, accepted but he was the first expert to persuade labor, management and the Govern- ment to give him authority to put into effect, according to a report from correspondents in Israel.