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i, 1947 December 15, 1947 THE TRANSCRIPT PAGE THREE pledge Lonored Feder- oppel, r, Jake toward er, and sented ferrets- :others' i and serve :. The nvesfi- [itional ty has [erbert to the [arship tccoln- 3se. kng all .ryone mem- al ell- reated Hos- was i Mrs. found )r his from • Her- ,rrand- ,s An- :th of is pa- Matz- ) was ichael ts, on Lgerly San tula- cond )vem- too, r old Key s of [la] s ain i w i rd were izing t'oom Call Hill flock --H for und- Ea, L THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By ED BRASHEM Au Revoir This being the last "President's Message" which will appear in The Transcript under my by-line, I should like to take this opportunity to bid adieu, hasta la vista, auf Wiedersehen, or what have you, to all members .ff Seattle Lodge B'nai B'rith and to the Jewish com- raunity of Seattle in general. Since ray installation as president in Jan- uary of this year I have endeavored to devote my best efforts to the up- building of B'nai B'rith in Seattle and have been fortunate enough to have been blessed with capable and lersevering assistants whose work has made my own burden much lighter than it would otherwise have been. While I am leaving the president's chair, my efforts on behalf of B'nai B'rith will not diminish, for I real- ize that the work of our h)dge isof Such importance that we would be Untrue to its precepts if those of us Who retire from office abandon it When we have served our terms in office. Pass in' Review I had originally intended that in this last column of mine I would SUmmarize the highlights of' my ad- aninistration, but the editor of the B'nai B'rith page has pretty well taken care of this in a news story Which appears on another portion of the page. There is one important event however, which deserves more than Passing mention and that is the building of the new Hillel House at the University of Washington. EXcept for the handful of men ac- tive on the Hillel Building Com- mittee, few people in Seattle know of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles which stood in our paths from the very beginning. The whole Droject started as a result of an emergency confronting the founda- tion at Washington; the foundation Was threatened with immediate eviction from the premises which Were then being rented. Most of you already know of the eloquent plea of Brother P. Allen Rickles at the District 4, Grand Lodge Convention at Fresno, Calif., last June and Which gratifyingly resulted in an award of $10,000.00 from the Grand LOdge and voluntary donations tom delegates and sister lodges in the amount of $7,100.00. Coupled ith what was secured in Fresno Seattle Lodge's hard-working Hil- lel Building Committee has ,been active in securing additional funds to complete the building, pay for the lot, and furnish the new home for Hillel. The Hillel Mothers have Volunteered to assist in furnishing the building, a truly fine gesture. While many great services have been rendered by B'nai B'rith in Seattle this last year, while numer- OUs interesting meetings and events have been held, I can think of no aCCOmplishments so tangible or so lerraanent as the erection of the ttillel building• It is there for all eyes to see; and it is unquestion- ably something of which all those Wh)se efforts made it possible can be Proud for many years to come• I'Iaving expressed myself as fully as I dare with the limited space at .Y disposal, I will close by thank- lng the many loyal members who, ore than myself, were responsible ur what Seattle Lodge has accom- llished and wishing that my suc- CeSsor in office has as fine co- .°lactation as was given to me dur- ing ray tenure in office. 724 Seaboard Bank Bldg., Main 1501 Irving C. Lewis, Exec Sec. By ALBERT M. FRANCO Finis When, at about 10:30 p.m., De- cember 16, 1947, Brottler Ed Brash- em pounds Ills gavel and closes that meeting of Seattle Lodge, B'nai B'rith, there will have ended the administration of another Pres- ident of Seattle Lodge. Members of all organizations en- gage in conversations relating to the pro and con of any administra- tion, but of one thing intelligent members never lose sight, and that is accomplishment. However much we may be impressed by the man who is an eloquent speaker and who makes a good public appear- ance, fine words and good looks are not enough. In my mind, ability to sway an audience is secondary in importance to the willingness to work and the ability to delegate to capable assistants those tasks which can be done most efficiently and expeditiously by those assist- ants. I believe most of my readers will agree with me when I say that Ed Brashem is not the best "floor man" Seattle Lodge has had among its presidents; perhaps he lacks elo- quence as a public speaker, but of one thing, those of us who have been close to Ed Brashem are cer- tain: that no president of Seattle Lodge has been more earnest or diligent in his efforts; that no presi- dent has succeeded any more than Ed Brashem in interesting able men to take an interest in lodge work; that no president has actually ac- complished more for the lodge and for the activities it sponsors. Some who read this column will take issue with my remarks and many will say that whatever was done during Mr. Brashem's admin- istration was due to the efforts of other men. While this assertion may be true, it is nevertheless axiomatic that the success of a president's ad- ministration is properly attributable to him. Those of us who served in the military or naval service know that in the army or navy the eorn- manding officer of a unit receives credit for whatever his unit does Whether the unit accomplishes its mission or fails in it, the com- mander is responsible. Thus, if 1947 had been an unsuccessful year in B'nai B'rith, the president would have been responsible even if the failure had been due to other men and since it has been a good year, the president should receive just credit for it. Having spoken my piece, I'd like to wish Ed Brashem continued good fortune and health from here on and state that I for one have en- joyed working with him this last year. Brother Sam Goldfarb, who in my opinion is without a peer in the field of Hebrew melodies, is one of the true unsung heroes of our daily communal life. Always on call; always ready to provide music ALBERT M. FRANCO, Editor Alfenlion, B'nai B'riih Members! ELECT YOUR OFFICERS FOR YEAR 1948! Probably the Year's Most Important Meeting, for there will be chosen the men who will lead you next year. ALL MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING MAY CAST BALLOTS. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE IM- PORTANT LODGE BUSINESS FEATURED BY THE SECOND READING OF RESOLUTION TO CHANGE BY'LAWS TO INCREASE DUES TO $16.50 PER YEAR. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 8:15 P. M., TEMPLE CENTER 1947 Big Year For Seattle Lodge What has been one of the most successful years in the entire his- tory of Seattle Lodge is now near- mg completion as President Ed Brashem prepares to relinquish the reigns of his office to his succes- sor, Ben Z. Levin. No year in the recent history of B'nai B'rith in Seattle has been so replete with interesting meetings and, more im- portant, tangible accomplishments. Easily the high-light of the entire B'nai B'rith program, aside from the continuance with and develop- ment of such important activities as anti-Defamation, Boy Scout ac- tivities, Post-War Service, etc., has been the building of the new Hil- lel Foundation building at the Uni- versity of Washington. Following are the more impor- tant events and accomplishments of the year 1947, as recorded on the B'nai B'rith page of The Transcript: 1. Inaugural Ball and Installa- tion of Officers. January 22, 1947. 2. Jewish Community Center Discussion• B'nai B'rith meetings of February 5, 1947, and March 5, 1947. 3. City-Wide Brotherhood Ban- quet, commemorating National Brotherhood Week. Held at Seattle Talmud Torah, February 26, 1947. 4. B'nai B'rith Basketball Team wins Fraternal League Champion- ship for 1946-1947 season without a defeat. 5. Visit of District 4, Grand Lodge President David Coleman to Seattle Lodge. April 2, 1947. 6. Hillel Night at B'nai B'rith meeting of April 16, 1947. Unusual program by students of the Uni- versity of Washington Hillel Foun- dation. 7. Northwest B'nai B'rith Con- ference and Clinic. Olympic Hotel, March 30, 1947. 8. Community-wide Memorial Service for Henry Monsky. May 7, 1947. 9. Debate on Zionism at B'nai B'rith meeting of May 21, 1947. 10. Boy Scout Troop 46, B'nai B'rith's own, take over meeting of June 18, 1947. 11. Spring Membership Stag. June 4, 1947. 12. B'nai B'rith Spring Dance. Olympic H'otel, March 30, 1947. 13. B'nai B'rith Picnic, attended by approximately 4000 persons. Edgewater Park, August 3, 1947. 14. Community-Wide Meeting for Dr. Abram L. Sachar, National Director of the Hillel Foundation. November 6, 1947. 15. Great Membership Meeting, featuring Mr. Gregory Peck. No- vember 19, 1947. 16. Successful S.O.S. Drive. The foregoing list of events mere- ly includes those events of special public interest and does not take into considerati)n the vitally im- portant constant work of B'nai B'rith. The year 1947 has indeed been a noteworthy one. when it is needed; always willing to accompany soloists; in Sam Goldfarb the Jewish community of Seattle knows it has a musician on whom it can rely. Having been one of Sam's proteges a few years ago, I know whereof I speak; and I can assure you that my failure to become a musician was no fault of Sam's--it was sheer unwillingness on my part to devote the time and effort that the making of a pro- fessional vocalist requires. Sam cried, as he awlays does, but like the proverbial horse who was led to water, I didn't drink. Among the privileges granted the Jews everywhere in the Diaspora, one of the most important was the privilege of organizing a separate community. Red Cross public health nurses made 351,600 visits during the past year. Hotly Contesied Eleciion Expected al Next B.B. Meeiing Featured by what is expected to be a closely contested election for the important office of Warden, the first step towards the Presidency of Seattle Lodge, election of officers for the year 1948 will be conducted at the next meeting of Seattle Lodge, B'nai B'rith, on Wednesday, December 17, A New Voice Speaks By President "Elect" BEN Z. LEVIN In a few days the annual elections of Seattle Lodge will take place for the Brothers who are to be at the helm for the new year of 1948. The odds are rather high that Ben Z. Levin will be your next presi- dent; Irving Stolzoff, your first vice president; A1 Franco, second vice president; with Fred Linde and Irving Lewis as treasurer and sec- retary, respectively. Also Herman Keisler and H. Orley Solomon are destined to be your trustees--for all the above named are unopposed. But a "battle royal" is bound to result for the office of Warden since Merle Cohen is being opposed by Jack Steinberg; both very active workers in B'nai B'rith. Another great contest is expected between William "Bill" Coleman and past president Irving Levitin for the office of trustee as both candidates are very popular with the member- ship as a result of their untiring efforts for B'nai B'rith. Finally comes the pleasant task of electing five Brothers to serve on the Exec- utive Board out of a list of seven that were nominated, all good workers in B'nai B'rith, namely, Joseph G. Feldman, Max Gurvitz, Syd Levin, Howard Michael, Wil- liam Oppenheimer, Sam Tarshis and Irving Lawson. Even if none of the officers were 'unopposed, we would look forward to a large attendence and a big vote, for to come to such an elect- at 8:15 p.m. at the Temple Center. Nominated for the following of- fices without opposition were the following: Ben Z. Levin, president; h•ving Stolzoff, 1st Vice President; Albert M. Franco, 2nd vice presi- dent; h'ving C. Lewis, secretary, and Fred Linde, heasurer. Nominated for the office of Warden, the first of the "chairs" in B'nai B'rith, are two well-known members of the lodge, Merle Cohn and Jack Steinberg. With the sub- stantial followings that each candi- date has among members of the lodge, it is generally expected that this office will be hotly contested and a close vote may be anticipated• Another close vote is expected in the contest for Trustee (three year term), a position of great impor- tance since the three trustees of Seattle Lodge are in charge of the lodge's moneys. Fighting for the right to join the present trustees, Herman Keisler and H. Orley Solo- mon, are two highly-regarded mem- bers of the lodge, namely William Coleman and Irving Levitin. Brothers Coleman and Levitin are also expected to run neck-and-neck. Seeking the five posts on the Ex- ecutive Committee are Brothers Sid Levin, incumbent, Sam Tar- shis, incumbent, Max Gurvich, Howard Michel, Irving Lawson, William Oppenheimer and Joe Feldman. It has been many years since an election has stirred so much inter- est among members of Seattle Lodge and a large crowd is ex- pected at the meeting, which will see elected those men who will lead B'nai B'rith in Seattle during the coming year. Every member is urged to attend. ion would be most gratifying to the ' the men to be elected and would be considered by them as a vote of confidence and encouragement for the coming year of work, pleasant as it may be. As for the contested offices, it becomes your sacred duty, even more, to come out in large numbers and place in office those Brothers, who in your sincere opinion, will best represent you and do for you a real service in their efforts for B'nai B'rith. You must keep in mind that it is your officers, who serve for you and that is why it becomes your re- sponsibility to attend the election and vote into office your favorite Brothers. It is my sincere hope that 1948 will be a banner year for B'nai B'rith--your support will make it a reality. All officers are looking forward to seeing you at the elect- ion. BBYM NEWS By ARNOLD iYI. RICKLES In an effort to bring closer unity among Jewish youth in this region, the Seattle chapter of B.B.Y.M. played host at the first Northern Regional B.B.Y.M. Conclave over the Thanksgiving weekend. Social events, seminars, business sessions, and religious services were pre- sented in conjunction with the whole B.B.Y.O. convention. Repre- sentatives from Portland and Van- couver were present, convening with the club members of these cities for an exchange of ideas• Mert Cohen and the several mem- bers of his committee worked hard to achieve a successful weekend and all deserve credit for jobs well done. Basketbtll Teams Competing Playing strong for the past month, eight basketball teams of the All-Jewish League are competing each Wednesday and Thursday evening at the Garfield High School gymnasium, starting time at 7:00. Predicted for championship of the league are the expert S.A.M. team, who won their first game of the season from the Evergreen chapter of A.Z.A. in a score of 45-20. The college fraternity have such experi- enced players for their teams as Bernard Krems, Bob Goldstein, Stan Gould, Arnold and Laurie Sadick, and Chuck Krakovsky. In the Evergreen team, Don Ginsberg proved to be a fine all-around player scoring eight points for his side. The Seattle chapter No. 73 of A.Z.A. also boasts of a whirlwind team of speedsters, who are really organized, having won over the Penguins in their first game. Ray Mochkatel, Joe Cappeloto, Murry Guterson and the others are soon to be headed for California to play at the A.Z.A. convention there this Christmas. In the other opening game, Young Israel defeated B.B.Y.M., a team lacking in organization. The B.B.- Z.B.T. game was postponed. Games scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10, are the postponed S.A.M.- Z.B.T. game, S.A.M. vs. the Pen- guins, and A.Z.A. No. 73 playing against Young Israel• B.B.Y.M. vs. Z.B.T. and Evergreen A.Z.A. vs. B.B. are the two games played on the llth. The league could really do a lot better with enthusiastic basketball fans rooting on the sidelines. Come on over to Garfield and watch the competition. The scribes used to teach their ideas to the Jewish people at the community house. In this way they advanced the development of the Synagogue as it is known today.