iday, September 14, 1962
JEWISH WESTERN BULLETIN
Mjedical Aid tea pnnq^unces wjiiners
The recent Medical Aid to Israel Tea announces winners of prizes. The week-end at Har-
rison Hot Springs liotel was won by Mrs. M. J, Wosk. The tea raffle: a Swedish crystal vase, donated by Mrs. M. B. Walters, was won by Mrs. Michael Wolo-chow.
SHOWN PRESENTING B'n&i a'xith coimibution Ip Now Cehtre^ President Alberl O. Kaplan (lett) ate l^^ec Jacksoh, (centre) past-president of B-nai d'xjifth Lioit^^ rGato td^^ «nd Naie Singer (right), past presideniol fi'nai jg'rith Van-:C6uver Lodge.
Nate Singer, 1958 president l|;^-ancouver lodge, B'nai B'rith txi'4. Alec Jackson, 1958 pre«-It of Lion^s Gat,e lodge, B'nai i^rith, this week presented Iljert O. Kaplan, president of e new Jewish Community [eritre with a cheque tow^rd^ tarnishing of a B'nai ' B'ritli ^66m in the new Jewish Gom-lunity Centre.
As long ago as 1958, B'nai 'rifh had the foresight to be-[Reath funds for the needs of a ;ure Jewish Comniiinity Cen-±e whenever it woiild be built.
B'nai B'rith, years pld, aftd Since its: inception, has ^?^ei^|Pireft^6rt:t, in hiip|g^rl^^ aU eedy causes.
Since 1643 the B'nai B'ritli preamble still r^emaihs the same^ it reads — '"B'nai-B'rith has iken upon itself the mission o^ miting persons of the * Jewish Paith in the work of promoting iheir highest interests and those w Hiimanlty; of developing and >levating the mental and moral Character of inculcating the pur-
est prifjcipl^^ of phil^nthrppy,
honor and jpatribtism; ^i-aU^
iatin^.the wants of the pod^ and iie<edjr; A^sitihg and the.sick; coming to thejce^ciie of yictims of persecutidri; prb-yidiiig for, protecting and ':^iSt-wigs, the aged, the wi<ao#^ a^^ tiie broadest principles, of humanity. ; ;
TPxis; artiount donated? l)y-B?nai B'rittij is Just; a small beginning bf what thei entirb B'nai "B^rith fariiily has pledged itself to do for the Jewish Community Centre dinrihg the next five years. '■'
The B'nai ^^ritji fsjmijly in Vancouver consists of three Mens' lodges r— Varicouvej* No. 668, Lions Gate iSTo. 1,716; Evergreen No. 2282 and three Wom-ens' Chapters — B'nai B'rith Women No. 77, Pacific No, 763, Centennial No. 1022.
The entire athletic wing in the new Jewish Community Centre has been named in honor of B'nai B'rith.
rchoeolpglst solves two ancient
EDITOR'S NOTE: For the
^ride and edification of Bulle-readers this hews of a bril-iant Jew details the latest :chaeological discovery of Prof. Jyrus Gordon, chairman of the Jrandeis University Department of Mediterranean Studies, 'rof. Gordon, who attracted )rldwide attention iii 1957 rhen he identified the language jt the Minoan Linear A inscrip-pons of ancient Crete as Semi-ic, calls his latest findings fmore important than the Dead sea Scrolls."
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WALTHAM, Mass. — A Bran-ieis University professor has imaxed 17 years' research ith a two-stage archeologicail iscovery he terms "more important to historians than the ad Sea Scrolls." Prof. Cyrus H. Gordon, who ttracted worldwide attention in 957 when he identified the nguage of the Minoan Linear . inscriptions of ancient Crete Semitic, has how conclusively monstrated that the language Phoenician, a tongue of the est Semitic family. This fam-y also includes Hebrew, Uga-t4c, Aramaic, and kindred dia-Jfects often jnutually intelligible persons who spolce any bne them. ^ • This discovery led him to an-
other: decipherment of Eteo-cretan, the so-called "mystery" language of the Minoans, written about a thousand years after Linear A and long recognized as the pre-Greek speech of Crete. Prof. Gordon, chiiirman of BrandeisV Dept. of Mediterranean Studies, has found that Eteocretan, which many scholars had previously considered undecipherable, is also Phoenician, though written in the Greek alphabet.
The essential meaning of these discoveries, according to Prof. Gordon, is that Phoenicians were living and writing on Crete before the Greeks invaded, and that Greek and Hebrew cultures sprang from a common Semitic heritage that spanned-■|;he entire East Mediterranean from Greece to Palestine in Minoan times. Prof, Gordon, who kicked up a scholarly hornets' nest when he advanced this theory in "Homer and the Bible," a monograph published in 1955, states that the.nevv con-firmatioii of his long-held hypothesis will put Biblical and Classical studies on a new footing. His interpretation of Mediterranean history explodes the widely cherished. View; that Greek cultur^ developed inde-/" (Coiitinued on Page 18^ Se© ARCHAEOLOGIST
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