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VOL. X., No. 39 VANCOUVER, B.C., SEPTEMBER 13, 1940 Eleventh Ave. and Oak St.
B'nai B'rith Membership Drive
As chairman of the Membership Committe_e of Vancouver Lodge No. $68 B'nai B'rith, Mr. J. KofEman wishes to appeal to every eligible Jew in Vancouver to become a member of B'nai B'rith.
The enemies of civilization are on the march. Jews must gather every ounce of energy and summon all available man power to counter these hordes bent on destruction and extermination. These are not idle words intended to arouse fear, but tragic facts confirmed by current events of which we hear and read every day.
Numbers, finances and intelligence can be effective factors for a telling program of a,ction to insure ultiitiate victory over the forces of darkness. While B'nai B'rith, as a group, is now linked in this common struggle with all other loyal Canadians, we dare not dp less than our full duty, calling for a complete enlistment of all eligible Jews under the banner of B'nai B'rith.
The enemies of civilieation are the enemies of Jewry. The issues are clear cut between democracy on the one hand and dictatorship on the other.. No other figency has done more than the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League in exposing and opposing un-Canadian doctrines, filtering in fcom foreign shores. In fact tliat is why the Anti-Defama-ion League of B'nai B'rith is called 'the fighting army of Jewry." To hasten and enlarge the membership a committep has been ap-)Ointed to call on all eligible males md it is hoped the prospective mem-
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bers will extend them a proper reception.
Remember United we stand—divided we fall. Membership in B'nai B'rith is the best possible insurance for the protection of the rights of freedom and liberty which we enjoy. It is the duty of every eligible Jew to be a member;
*ast Presidents' Night t B'nai B'rith
Grand Lodge Delegates; Talmud torah Membership Appeal
JEWISH EVACUEE CHILDREN
Smce definite plans for evacuating these unfortunate children, the response by Vancouver Jevdsh families to foster them for the "duration" has improved. ;
It must be remembered, however, that there will be many more coming through shortly and as alreiidy stressed, there is much preparation by those in charge beforeldefinite arrangements are made and V7hich takes much time.
As these children must be pl&ced as soon as possible upon arrival the Vancouver Jewish Refugee Committee in conjunction with the Council of Jewish Women have enlarged their Committee and it is their intention to call personally, very soon, on those families whom they feel are able to and must inconvenience themselves in this noble effort.
Vancouver Jewry must and, it is expected, wifl do their duty.
By Harry Greenberg Orchids to the Past Presidents! rlyle said that the history of the irorld may be read in the lives of treat men. And it can be truth-lully said that the history of B'nai ?'rith may be read in the work of presidents. Often when we gaze ith admiration at the work of plendid and vital B'nai B'rith organizations and its auxiliaries, and leir marvellous record of achievement, we forget to realize and appreciate the strain, stress and sacrifice, that particularly fall to the lot cf the presidents—the men and women who often confronted with difii-cult problems and personal inconvenience, have despite all obstacles, made the success of their lodge possible. Past Presidents, we salute you! We also congratulate you on your Past Presidents' Night of last Tuesday—it was an event that brought justifiable pride and pleasure to all present. At 8:30 p.m. all officers' chairs were occupied by past presidents with Bro. J. Ablowitz presiding. The attendance was worthy of the occasion, and it was pleasing to see quite a number of the A.Z.A. members present. Seated at the right of the altar, an entire row of chairs were occupied by uniformed men, now serving with His Majesty's Forces. As their applications for membership were read the following answered to their names: Pte.
IN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Business Women's Red Cross Unit-Monday evening, Sept. 16, 7.30 p.m.
Jewish Women's Red Cross Unit-Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
B'nai B'rith Vancouver Lodge—Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8.00 p.m.
B'nai B'rith Ladies' Auxiliary—Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8.00 p.m.
Sisterhood Beth Israel Congregation —Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2.00 p.m.
Talmud Torah Ladies' Auxiliary-Thursday, Sept. 19, 8.00 p.m.
Business Women's Red Cross Unit-Monday, Sept. 23, 7.30 p.m.
Jewish Women's Red Cross Unit-Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Coimcil of Jewish Juniors—Tuesday, iSept. 24, 8.15 p.m.
Junior B,B. Girls' Auxiliary—Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8.15 p.m.
Harry Campbell, Pte. Sam Gordon, Pte. Jack Dexall, Pte. Harry Fein-stone, Pte. Ben Cross, Pte. Sam Trute and Pte. Jack Cooperman (in absentia). After complying with the usual requirements, a single ballot cast by the President Dr. Greenberg duly elected the candidates, and the pledge was ably administered to them by Bro. J. Ablowitz.
PRESENTATION OF FLAGS
One of the most unique and impressive scenes ever witnessed in the lodge was the ceremony of the presentation of two beautiful flags — one with the Union Jack and the other with the Mogen Dovid. With militant precision Bro. J. B. Jaffe and Bro. M. Potter flanked by two uniformed brothers of the R.C.A.P. and D.C.O.R., entered the lodge carrying the flags and half-way across the room remained at attention facing the president. In making the presentation Bro. Jaflfe said in part as follows: "Brother President, on behalf of the Past President's Association, allow me to present to you and through you, two flags of our country—two flags that are two links in the chain of the Commonwealth of Nations of the British Empire emblematic of security and fieedom, where justice is so well understood and so thoroughly enjoyed by all. These flags are consecrated by the blood of our sons in the great struggle to maintain freedom for our own age and for posterity. . . During the last war when the great general AUenby came victorious before the gates of Jerusalem, he approached the Holy City—not with the vaunted pride of a conqueror— but he came humbly, on foot. His entry was made with reverence and dignity. Today, 75,000 of our people are again ready to give their lives, by land and sea or air, for those principles which we in common with Great Britain forever hold dear." In accepting the flags the President, Dr. Greenberg thanked the Past Presidents' Association for their splendid work and for their beautiful gift to the lodge. "We are most grateful to receive two flags that are emblems of justice as well as power, and with God's help, we can be confident that through their glorious folds a new dawn may yet be seen, and on history's page will yet be
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6AU MEMBERSHIP TEA SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Junior Hadassah to Open FaU Season With Social Affair
To open their fall activities the Rachel Groldbloom Chapter of Junior Kadassah is holding a Membership Tea on Sunday afternoon, September 22nd, at the lovely home of Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Sherman, 1380 West 47th Avenue, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. "To get there, take a.number six or seven street car and then tra,nsfer to the bus on 41st Avenue and Granville.
The Executive has gone to great lengths to provide an enjoyable afternoon amidst congenial surroundings. For the pleasure of those attending, tea-cup reading will be included, in^--the - nominal. charge for the tea.
The Junior Hadassah hereby extends a most cordial invitation to every young woman in the community to attend.
ZVI SCHREINER, Superintendent of Education of the Talmud Torah, will officiate during the High Holidays at Schara Tzedeck Synagogue and Heather Hall.
Congregation Beth Israel
SE4lT ASSIGNMENT SUNDAY
,7'he Seating Committee for the |ygh Holidp,ys will be in session this 7anday afternoon at - the Jewish Community Centre, September 15th, horn the hours of four to six p.m., to ^sign seats to the members of the Congregation and their families for the approaching High Holidays. Members of the Congregation are urged to make all arrjangements this Sunday as all seats not tq,ken up or reserved will thereafter be available tp. the community at large. ISEAT RENTALS
' The Seating Committee will be at the Community Centre to rent seats to members of the community^ at large, on Wednesday evening, September 18th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, September 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thereafter Ibe Committee will be at the Centre on Wednesdays and Sundays at the above hours. . ■^;:3Eaw7iCES--- .....- ■
The High Holiday Services will be held by Beth Israel Congregation at the Peter Pan Hall, with Rabbi Samuel Cass and Cantor Jacob Siv-owich oflftciating at all services.
Children's Services under the lead-ship of a member of the Religious School Faculty will be held at the Community Centre. SEUCHOTH SERVICES
Selichoth Services will be held aturday, September 28th, at 12 midnight in the Community Centre. Cantor Sivowich, assisted by the choir, will render the services, and the Rabbi will deliver a brief sermon-ette.
The solemn quiet hour of midnight on the Sabbath night preceding Rosh Hashanah, has in Jewish tradition marked the beginning of the period of preparation in spirit for the approaching solemn season. The prayers recited turned thoughts in-v/ard for reflection, and expressed the desire of forgiveness for the frailties and errors of human ways. In Hebrew these prayers are called Selichoth.
BETH ISRAEL PRAYER SERVICE
N. J. KLAUSNER,
2nd Vice-President Van. Jewish Adm. Council
The many friends of Mr. N. J. Klaus-ner, who has recently undergone a sbrious operation, will be interestsfi to know that he is making slow but sure progress, and will be in a position to receive visitors very shortly.
JOINT MEETING OF JR.JUDAEANUS THIS SUNDAY
On Sunday afternoon, September 15, a Joint Meeting will be held by the Junior Judaean Boys' Club and the Junior Judaean Girls' Club, when Mr. Jack Robinstone, prominently connected with St. John's Ambulance Association, will deliver an interesting address. A large turnout is expected.
A congregation which filled the Synagogue Hall of the Community Centre, attended the Special Service of Prayer and Intercession last Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8th, at Beth I&rael Congregation. The service was conducted by Rabbi Samuel Cass. Rev. Jacob Sivowich chanted the traditional Minchah Service and the Memorial Prayer.
Rabbi Samuel Cass in his sermon on "Facing the Enemy" emphasized the need of faith, strength, and hope, as spiritual qualities which in the long run will help to stop and crush the "Nazi barbaric hordes who are storming with unrelieved brutality at the citadels of human freedom and decency."
"The history of the Jewish people is the outstanding example in human history of unshakeable and undaunted faith in God and in man, arrayed against the evil powers of naked armed force and brutality. So today, faced by evil powers in the world denying Grod, we reaffirm," said Rabbi Cass, "our faith in His King-hood."
"As citizens of Canada and the Empire it is our historic role today to stand resolute and firm in defense of the Temple of Humanity, confident in our hearts that the day will come when the shackles of slavery and the fetters of tyranny will be broken, when the barbarians of the twentieth century will go down to destruction and oblivion as have their predecessors in centuries gone by."
The service, including responsive readings and psalms, was prepared by Rabbi Cass in the spirit of the proclamation of His Majesty
CONGREGATION SCHARA TZEDECK
President J. B. Jaffee, Schara Tzedeck Congregation announces that the Congregation will again hold High Holiday Services in Heather Hall in addition to the services held in the Synagogue at Heatley Avenue and Pender Street. However, it is important to note that all seat letting for the two places of worship will take place at the Synagogue. The Seating Committee will be in attendance at the Synagogue on the following days and time:
For Members Only
Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m. General Public
Every day following, 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This year officiating at the services will be the Reverend N. M. Pastins-ky, Rev. J. Spiro, Zvi Schreiner, Superintendent of Education of the Talmud Torah, and Meyer Checov.
GUEST SPEAKER AT SCHARA TZEDECK
Rabbi Elijah Nantin of New York City, will be the guest of the Schara Tzedeck Synagogue on Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock when he will speak on "Theology."
Of added interest is the fact that Rabbi Nantin is the brother of the Chief Rabbi of the Rabbinical College of Telzai, Lithuania, Rabbi A. Nantin Oklansky.
Petain Regime Releases Persons Guilty of Promoting^ Anti-Semitism
TALMUD TORAH REGISTRATION
With the initial registration of new and old pupils in the Talmud Torah for this year exceeding the fondest hopes of the Board, it is again strongly urged upon all old pupils who have not yet returned to classes to register at once. New pupils are also urged to register without any further delay as classes are now already organized and regular school work has begun.
The hours of registration are:
Daily—3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sundays—10:00 a.m. to Noon.
No pupils win be registered after September SO.
LONDON (WNS)—All persons in unoccupied France, imprisoned for violently anti-Semitic speeches or writings under the provisions of the racial defamation law of 1939, have been granted full annesty by the Petain regime, it was reported from Vichy, provisional Franch capital.
The semi-totalitarian Petain Government abrogated the racial defam-e.tion law, which forbid attacks on individuals solely on the basis of their race. Abrogation of the law was expected to spur new anti-Semitic campaigns in the French press and radio.
By repealing the racial defamation law, neutral observers here said, the French Government has legalized anti-Semitism and served notice on Fascist elements that there will be no reprisals for anti-Jewish outbursts and demonstrations.
At the same time, the Government suspended for three months the newspaper, "Marianne," described as the only leftist periodical still published in France, for publishing an article denouncing racism by Bernard Lecache.
Lacache, who once staged an exhibition of anti-Hitler cariactures which resulted in an official protest from the German Embassy, had been refused permission to continue publication of his own newspaper, "Droit de Vivre," in Algeria.
The Nazi-controlled Paris radio declared: "It is with special astonishment that we Germans register the fact that 'Marianne' has opened its columns to Bernard 7-iacache, the notorious Jew who is an inveterate war monger, one of the worst ene-n.ies of National Socialist Germany, a man who since 1933 has not ceased to spit his Israelite vemon at us.
"The Reich has shown toward its vanquished adversary proof of its generous, knightly spirit. We Germans already have shown France once' what it costs to provoke us, and we won't fail to do it again if it is necessary. If such acts are repeated, all France will have to suffer the consequences."
The official radio in unoccupied France had this to say: "Bernard Lacache is a militant Jew whose previous activity has done so much to harm France that it should be made impossible for him to continue to injure our country."
In this article, Lacache said: "Nationalism is a notion and not a born racial idea. No state in September, 1939, was able to rally to its defense such a heterogeneous group as that in France. The number of foreign volunteers who enlisted in our army —their bravery, their spirit and their sacrifices—have not been sufficiently emphasized by our propaganda. All these Frenchmen by free choice, alE these foreigners with a French soul and heart, deserve their status and should benefit from favorable prejudice and should not fear xeceptional measures which the situation does not demand.
"It is continually said that the new regime's policies will not be based on those of neighboring regimes, and rightly so. Nothing has ended for France to such an extent that she must do away with her virtues and principles of balance and harmony. All will be lost for her if she tries to make a hierarchy of nature. Blood has been spilled out of poor bodies which were all sons of the nation, and enemy shells made no distinction between fighters racially. Nothing is ended for France if we remember it."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REQUIRED
The Office of the Community Centre, acting on a suggestion made to the Vancouver Jewish Administrative Council by Rabbi Samuel Cass, invites the co-operation of the Jewish Community in compiling a list of men of Jewish faith who up to the present time have enlisted and are serving in the R.C.N., R.C.A.F. and the N.P.A.M.
Information is desired of all those whose homes are in Vancouver, as well as of those who came from other parts of Canada and are serving in the local Military District.
This information is vitally needed by the community as well as by those interested organizations in the city who are anxious and able to contribute largely to the spiritual and social welfare of our Jewish personnel in His Majesty's Forces,
Rabbi Cass appeals to the community to make this information available without delay by communicating with the Office of the Community Centre, either by letter or by telephoning Bayview 4210.