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Dr. Joseph Cohen, scholarly University of Washington so- ciology instructor and newly- Wed, this week turned a hand to mayoral politics. The young teacher, whose sister is presi- dent of the Talnlud Torah P.-T. A., and whose younger brother is a rahbi in Palestine, Spoke at an anti-Dore rally. Also on tle defeat-Dore side of the political fence is militant Attorney Mark" Litchman, who recalled ruefully how, in 1919, "Johnny served with me as de- fense counsel for the Seattle Union Record when several nlembers of the paper's staff were on trial because tlle paper praised the Russian revolu- tion's overthrow of capital- ism." On the other side of the fence this week was Judge Jacob Kalina, poetry-writing acting llolice judge, named" "Alderman" of a radio "Town Hall of the Air"--first radio gun in the gathering political storm for the mayoralty chair. Add political gossip: Henri Damski, handsome, wisp, mus- tached radio favorite and in- surance salesman, w il 1 take the political plunge for tbe third time, seek a City Council Post. Samuel E. Friedman, who was the first Jew in the state to be a certified public account- ant, is being called "Professor" by friends today. Reason: last: week he lectured at the Uni- versity of Washington on "Audit- ing Reports." Also candidates for the professorial title are Dr. Harry J. Friedman, diag- nostician and no kin to Ac- Countant Friedman, w h o lec- tured before King County Med- ical Association and at Gar- field High School; Dr. Norman W. Clein and Musician Henri Damski, who both spoke on their vocations at Garfield. Bernard Reiter, wbo wears the showman's mantle natur- ally because his father was Seattle's most beloved theatri- cal figure, and Jeffrey Heiman, one time associate editor of the Jewish Transcript, turned from the bar to the stage Wed- nesday night at the quarterly banquet of the Seattle Bar As- sociation in the Arctic Club. They acted in a mock trial that elicited deep guffaws from staid barristers. lrv Robbins, smart, curly-haired, bespectacled son of Tacoma Dairy- than A. "Ernie" Robbins, ex- Seattleite, celebrated his 20th birthday by winning a round-trip air trip to the Rose Bowl game in Los Angeles New Year's Day, all expenses paid, and a new suit of clothes. Reason: he picked 10 out of 11 games right in a football forecast contest sponsored by Klopfenstein's in Tacoma--includ- ing three tie games. Yell leader at Stadium High School, Predicter (Cont. on Page 8, Col. 1) PLAIN TALK By ALFRED SEGAL /IR. NATHAN WARSHAW, a native of Poland, who made good in Brooklyn, seems greatly troubled. According to the daily l)ress one of his own children is atlPporting a strike in his own fac- tory. He suspects still another of radical leanings. Mr. Warshaw feels sometbing 0tight to lie done about this. He has taken steps. He announces that he will spend time and money to fight ComulunisnL Yes, yes, Mr. Warshaw, children have no respect nowadays. T h e y are asking too ninny questions, sticking their noses into economics, politics and the facts of life. I myself was brought up in the &l. Segal knowledge that new babies are fished out of the river. But today (Cont. on Page 2, Col. 3) File for L);toirg Eb 00lcwish Cranscripl Combined With THE JEWISH CHRONICLE PORTLhND--Soft-sleaking', per- suasive Attorney David Robinson this week had the toughest job in VOL. XIV, No. 42 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 17, 1937 $2 a year; 5c, single coIrY the city. Tho gray- haired, bespectacled B'nai B'rith leader--he is first vice- New Rabbi To 102 Cast B. B. Votes Make Debut At Sephardic Fete Rabbi Bernard Rosenberg, young assistant spiritual leader of Tem- ple de ttirsch, will make his first appearance before Seattle's Seph- ardic comnnmity Sunday when he speaks at the annual Father and Son Banquet of Junior Sephardic League at the Seattle Tahuud Torah at 6:30 p. m. Use Jesus In o Elect Silver PresMent Synagogue, For every man who voted, six executive committee ever elected by Urges Rabbi didn't. Thus Seattle's largest Jewish or- ganization, B'nai B'rith, chose its officers for the next year Wednesday night at Temple Center, with 102 persons voting. The lodge has 700 members. Unanimously elected, unopposed, were Max Silver, president; Simon Wampold, Jr., vice president; Irving C. Lewis, secretary; Joseph Gluck, treasurer; Joseph F. Parker, monitor; and George Cohen, warden. Myer Cohen, Leo A. Meltzer and Sol Esfeld were elected trustees. Max Tobias as defeated. The distinction of being the first the lodge, under newly-changed by- laws, went to Abe Shulman, Morris Hanan, Philip Tworoger, John Fried- lander and Bernard Levinson. Henry Silver, who arrived lare at the meeting and for whom the by-law which says that a candidate must be present at voting were waived on motion of Mr. Tworoger, was de- feated in the executive committee race. Sam Prottas, nominated for the committee, declined to run. Rabbi Bernard Rosenberg of Tem- ple de Hirsch, making his first ap- pearance at a B'nai B'rith meeting, reviewed "Brothers Ashkenazi." Har- old Miller gave current events. NEW YORK (IWNS) --Include the teachings and wisdom of Jesus in the literature of the synagogue and perhaps in its liturgy--. This was urged by Rabbi Wil- liam F. Rosenblum of Temple Is- rael this week in his Sabbath ser- mon to his congregation. "Jesus had a place in ancient Is- RABBI BERNARD ROSENBERG .. he'll make his debutl David J. Reina is banquet chair- nlan. Jack Benezra, youth worker, will represent the sons in a speech, and Isaac Caraco, pioneer Sephardic leader, will represent fathers. Pretty Fannie Horowitz, A.Z.A. sweetheart, will play a violin sol(). Others who will efitertain will be Bill Grant, Repertory Playhouse Actor, in a series of characteriza- tions; Leslie Rein, youthful tenor; and Gabriel Bensussen in "Walter Winchell of Yesler Way," and an original "March of Time" skit. "All Seattle Jewry is invited to ] attend this banquet," Chair- man Reiaa declared. "We ex- pect one 0f the largest gather- ings of the year to be on hand for this history-making occa- sion." Rabbi Reichert Has Adventure SAN FRANCISCO--Adventure in Arab-menaced Palestine b e h i n d them and tbrilled at a pilgrimage to every important synagogue in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Greece and Italy, Rabbi and Mrs. Irving F. Reichert were expected back late next week from a three months' trip which took them half way 'round the world. Saturday, they w ill board the S.S. Normandie at Southampton on their return to America, after being guests of U. S. Ambassador Phillips in Rome at a military re- view, conducted by Mussolini, lmn- oring the King's birthday; being honor guests at a dinner given by U. S. Minister John Montgomery in Budapest, and guests of U. S. Consul'General Wadsworth in Jeru- salem, where they heard the open- lng concert of the Palestine Sym- phony Orchestra. How the American rabbi, who spoke several months ago in Seat- tie, and his wife riskc(I entering Palestine while guerrilla Arab ((ont. on ]'age S, Col. 5) U. S. Solons Hit At Nazi Bigotry WASHINGTON, D. C.--There is no place for bigots in America! So said two U. S. Congressmen-- both from the state of Washington-- this week in messages conveyed to an extraordinary sessionof the American Jewish Congress, headed by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, which met here and decreed tttat democratic elections be held in 800 American communities to select delegates to a U. S. Jewish Congress "not later than June, 1938." Aim of the Congress is to "create America's first united democratic front against anti-Semitism." Messages of Washington's solons read: Congressman Warren G. Mag- nuson: "Never iu tile history of the civilized world have the Jew- ish people faced a darker hour. (Cont. on Page. 7, Col. 6) Smart Girls! U.W. Sorority Tops Nation In Scholarship ! Yon can shelve that old adage about brains and beauty rarely be- ing found together. To prove the contrary, the pretty blondes, brunettes and redheads of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority at the University of Washington, which boasts 29 members and pledges, ]lroudly dislilay a silver CUll today. It's t h e national scholarship award of their sorority, which has 30 chapters in universities through- out the nation. And for the second time in succession, the young misses of the local chapter have been adjudged the smartest girls in their sorority. Smartest of the smart is Muriel Waxnmn, sophomore bacteriology student, who is the sorority's ace scholar with a 3.8 average--.2 less than "straight A." The sorority average of 2.9--.1 less than "B"--also won it the highest rating among the univer- sity's 23 sororities this year, Miss Jean Seligman, junior student from Spokane, and sorority president, explained. The sorority, o n 1 y all- Jewish house on the campus, has been es- tablished five and a half years at the University. They may be hard workers at their books, but today the sorority's members will join 270 other Jewish students in saying "goodbye" to studies as the quarter of instruction ends for the University's 10,000 students. Sorority and fraternity houses hummed with activity as bags were packed for trips home. Jewish Prisoner PensXmas "Sermon" Behind Cell Bars From behind prison walls came today a lesson in good-will in which all the actors are convicts. From trespassers against so- ciety's rules, who al:e paying with their freedom for misdeeds of the past, was flashed a sermon as strong as ever preached from a ]mlpit--the preacher, a convicted criminal! Each week, the 1,027 prisoners of McNeil Island federal peniten. tiary eagerly read their weekly publication, the Island Lantern. Prisoners w r i t e the "copy." Other prisoners set the copy into type. Still other prisoners print the Lantern. This week, the Lantern's full- page editorial--its Christmas edi- torial-was written by a Jew, set and printed by non-Jews. Its title was "Brotherhood." And it declared: "The strangest paradox in hu- man history is to lie found in the life and death of Christ., Born a Jew, He died a Jew. "Born with tile name Joshua ben Joseph, that is to say the son of Joseph, He died never having heard Himself called by any other. "Despite the fact that the found- ors of His religious principles ob- tained the greatest nmnber of their converts from among the Gentiles, they themselves were Jews. "Christ, tIimself, preached only to the Jews and never tbought ef attempting to convert, to His rea- soning, any but Jews. "His was a simple philosophy, based entirely on what He had been tanght in His youth by His Jewish teachers. His entire code was predicated from the precepts handed down by that great law- giver, Moses. "This philosophy opposed certain of the rights and privileges which had been assumed by the party then in power in Jerusalem. The consequences of His rebellion are too well known for us to repeat the story. "His deliverance to the Romans, for punishment, was the inevitable price paid by any who oppose the 'ins.' "As Jews, we hope to witness the arrival of that Christmas, which will undenyingly prove that the mission ef Christ was no more tban the mission of every true Son of God, that we must bond together and fight tbe efforts of all those who attempt to teal' down the two principles which He so strongly advocated--Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men. "Let us remember that Chris- tian and Jew, regardless of which is wrong or right, should take the example of Nazareth, He who was born Joshua ben Joseph, when giv- ing His life for what He believed right, said, 'Father forgive them.' " Face Slapping Of Seattle Nazi, Inner Strife Revealed He slapped the face of Seattle's No. 1 Nazi, young Attorney Hans Otto Giese, legal advisor to Nazi Consul G. A. Reichel. That was eight months ago in a stormy scene at Seattle's German House, Ninth Ave. and James St. Today, Carl A. Mcldncr, husky Sc- ott le-born son of one of Seat,tit's most widely known and best beloved Ger- man-American leaders  76-year-old Charles Meldner, a Seattle resident since 1889--publicly defied "the small hoodlum element in the German community here, Nazi-inspired hot bloods who want to bring Hitlerism to America." Mr. Meldner, long in the dyeing and cleaning business, said he num- bers many Jews among his patrons. "Jews have been my friends and patrons," he said. "I certainly have no quarrel with them. I don't all- prove of what Hitler is doing to them. I sharply disapprove. "The same goes for my father. That's why Otto Giese engineered his being ousted as a delegate to the United German Societies of Seattle, of which Giese got himself elected president. My dad represented the (Cont. on Pae S, Col. 3) RABBI WILLIAM ROSENBLUM . "Jesus had a place in Ancient Israel" rael," Rabbi Rosenblum, Reform leader, said. "There seems to be no reason why his resumes of Jewish teaching and the absorbing account of his life and work among the lowly should not be made part of the synagogue literature today. "They will not add a jot or title to the wealth of ethical instruction alre/dy contained in the Bible. "Jesus was the first to disclaim any new revelation but there are many repetitions in the present Old Testament and Judaism has not suffered thereby. "Great progress has been made iu the field of good-will between Christian and Jew on the economic, social and civic fronts, and not a single activity which brings Chris- tians and Jews together should be discounted or disturbed. But it is (Cont. on Page S, Col. 5) lckes Nails Hitler Regime NEW YORK--One of America's highest public officials today stood on record as branding Germany as a "nation in night shirts" and "a menace to American democracy." He is plain-speaking Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, who sounded a warning in a national radio hookup that "Fascism has leaped ever wide oceans." He spoke at the annual meeting of the American Civil Liberties Union here. Secretary Ickes warned that the red-baiting cry of Communism "may become the wooden horse witbin the bowels of which ruth- less fascism may enter the shrine of liberty." "Let no one sleepily believe," he said, "that our democratic form of government is neces- sarily secure for all time to come. "We have seen dictatorships in other lands reach ()tit and destroy constitutional democracies. "We have observed totalitarian (Cont. on Page 8, Col. 2) Justice Cardozo Abed With Bad Cold WASIllNGTON, D. C.--Associ- ate Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo of the Supreme Court was report- ed recovering at his home this week from a cold which may keep him indoors most of this week. He is 67 years old. a baclmhu'. N. J. Chooses Jew As Floor Leader TRENTON, N. J. (WNS)--As- semblyman Oscar R. Wilensky, Republican, of Passaic County, was unanimously elected majority floor leader this week of the 1938 New Jersey Assembly at a caucus of Re- lmlflican members. president of District No. 4--is act- ing as intermediary between tim lo- cal embattled A. F. of L. and C. I. O. organizations in an attempt to settle their prolonged dispute. On modest Conciliator Robin- son's tactful tongue rests the jobs of thousands of teamsters and millworkers, the ending of mil- lions of loss already counted in the grim labor dispute. Mr. Robinson is well known in Seattle as head of B'nai B'rith's anti-defamation bureau in Port- land. He spoke recently before Seattle's B'nai B'rith lodge. Archbishop PRAGUE (WNS)--The Jews of the town of Kromeriz are holding special exercises this week in com- memoration of the 50th anniver- sary of the death of Archbishop Franz Cohen, a Catholic prelate who was of Jewish descent. The Kromeriz kehillah organized the memorial exercises because Archbishop Cohen left his entire estate, including a castle, to the Jews of Kromeriz. The castle was converted into a synagogue and the revenues of the estate will support most Jewish undertakings in Kromeriz. Swastika MEXICO CITY--The Nazi swas- tika was torn from the building of the German consulate at Durango, recently, and tied to a mangy dog by indignant students who partici- pated in the National Congress of the United Socialist Students, it was reported today. The enraged *German Consul per- suaded local authorities to arrest two of the students. Hitler's am- bassador protested an "insult againts the Nazis." His protest was received by the State Department and--filed. Real Drama NEW YORK-- Hilda Keenigs- berg, shy 21-year-old senior at Hunter College, wrote a play called "Homespun" and submitted it to the instructor of her drama course who marked it "F" (Fair). A Broadway producer read it. And in March it will be produced --probably starring Deanna Dur- btu, excited Hilda learned this week. Patriots SOUTHBURY, CONN. (WNS)-- Battling against Nazism as their forefathers did against British tyr- anny, the farmers of this Connecti- cut town, founded 12 years after the Revolutionary War, this week organized a posse of six constables who arrested two of 30 members of the German-Anlericau Band for violating an old Sunday Itlue law by working on the site of a pro- posed Nazi camp in the Kettle- town section. A blank warrant was sworn out for tile arrest of Baud members, but the posse could find only two Nazis. Portias By DIANA KLOTT, '' (Transcript Special Writer) BOSTON--"Yes, I have to admit, sometimes the beans got burned!" Mrs. Esther L. Bornstein of New- ton, Mass., who entered law school at the age of 59 and passed her bar examination last March at 66, was talking shop this week with Mil- dred Grief, who got her degree at 20 and had to wait four months un- til her 21st birthday, in September, before being allowed to take the bar examinations. Miss (, who had an average of "A" Slout law school, is already w'Srking as a clerk in a Brooklyn law office, and plans to be married soon, contending that her career will interfere "not a whit" with her marriage. But Mrs. Bornstein, who at the age of 40 established the Esther L. Bornstein Manufacturing Co.-- which business she conducted until seven years ago when it was cap- italized at $35,000--did not seem to be in complete agreement with her younger colleague. "1 don't know," she countered "It's a lot of work to keep a home and raise children. ='I'm not so sure a career will (Cont. on Page S, Col. l)