Canadian English-Jewish Weekly
MONTREAL, JANUARY 13, 1950
Silver Gets Cardozo Award
Rabbi Abba Hfllcl Silver, of Cleveland, Ohio, Zionist leader, received the Cardozo Memorial Award given annually by Tau Epsilon Rho, national law fraternity, to an in-lividual who has made "an out-
tanding contribution to the Amer-
can way of life."
The presentation wt& made by State Supreme Court Justice Isa-* dore Bookstein, head of the fraternity, at a dinner in New York as part of the organization's thirteenth annual convention. The award, consisting of a plaque and a specially bound volume of the works of the late Associate Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, was made to Rabbi Silver for his leadership in helping to create the State of
Rabbi Silver praised the role of American Jewry in helping to �bring Israel into being, decl.arjng that without, this assistance "the State of Israel would not have been established.'/ He^said there is still much tha� American Jewry mast do to help the new state. �'Among Israel's problems, whose solution requires continued aid, he ^said, are the Jerusalem question, 'Israel's boundaries, Arab refugees, d helping, to finance migration Israel.
American Jews and those in all ier countries, he avid, are in
tn benefiting fron ke creation Israel.
"The establishment of the State Israel," he said, "will have great "ficance for the Jewish people ugh the world. It will tend to (Continued on Page Twelve)
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U.J.A. To Be Run By Cabinet Of 14
With the aim of decentralizing the United Jewish Appeal cam-paipn for 1950, Henry Morgenthau, general chairman, announced the formation of a national campaign cabinet of fourteen Jewish leaders. This cabinet, he said, will "give us a campaign high command of tried and proved communal leadership which will be most important for the success of our effort." The appeal is the combined fund-raising agency for the Joint Distribution Committee.
"For 1950", Mr. Morgenthau said, "the United Jewish Appeal will have an entirely new campaign structure designed to draw into its innermost circle the most vital and the most devoted elements of American Jewry. It will give the widest possible representation to thousands of Jewish communities from coast to coast which form thu backbone of its great fund-raising activity in behalf of the continued development and mass settlement of Israel, the rehabilitation of the Jewish people in Europe uid North Africa and the integration of newcomers in the United States."
Members of the cabinet are:
Herbert R. Abeles, Newark, member of the New Jersey Governor's Commission on Displaced Persons; Morris W. Berinstein, Syracuse; Louis Berry,'Detroit; Charles Brown, Los Angeles; Eddie Cantor, radio, stage and screen star; Joseph Cherner, Washington, member of the Washington Community Chest drive; Samuel H. Daroff, Philadelphia, president of'the Alii-(Continued 'on Page Twelve)
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Baby-Minding Plan Shows Jewish-Gentile Harmony
An exchange plan of baby sitting is being developed in the veterans' community of Levittown, Long Island, N.Y., to allow Jewish and Christian parents to attend their respective religious services.
The proposed Jewish-Christian cooperative plan is scheduled to go into effect. More than 100 people have already indicated they will participate, according to Harry Kasden, president of the Israel Community Center. He and Rabbi Saul Leeman, leader of the center, devised the plan.
Under it, a Christian family will baby-sit on Friday nights for a Jewish family that wishes to attend services. The Jewish family will in turn sit for the Christian family during Sunday morning services. In the past at least one member of each family with an infant has had to forego religious services.
"Proof of the pudding will be in how long the project lasts," Mr. Kasden said. Families living in the same neighborhoods will be paired off to facilitate the exchange operations. Other factors are be-nrg1-developed to make the plan more attractive and insure its permanency. An over-all purpose is to strengthen the religious fiber of the entire community and to promote .Stronger unity among the 40,000 residents.
Until a few months ago, only veterans could buy or rent homes at Levittown, making this the largest veterans' housing project in the country. Veterans still receive preference on the long waiting lists. The harmony between Jews and Christians was especially evident during the holiday season. In each of the three schools the story of Chanukah was read to every class along with the story of Chriitmaa. This wa* don* in
BHnd To Operate Village In Israel
A village to be operated and managed entirely by blind persons and their families is being established in Israel and is expected to be self-supporting in three months, it was reported by Henry Morger-thau jr., <.:eneral chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, which is seeking $272,455,800 in 1950, t) aid the immigration of Jews to Israel and distressed Jews elsewhere throughout the world.
It is expected that the village will be populated by 400 or 500 persons, of whom 100 are blind. The total cost of establishing the village has been set at $125,000. which includes provision of $85 a month for each family during the rehabilitation period. Six instructors are now training blind persons in various aspects of independent living, including the makinT o.' brushes, ceramics and upholstery. The settlement, at Gedera in southern Judea. includes a grocery store, a restaurant, a communitv certer and sixt. truck farms, all of which are to be operated by the blind.
Caring for the blind is one phase of the larger problem of finding work where possible for additional thousands of person? sufforine physical or mental illness as a" result of treatment in German concentration camps or because thev have lived in squalid, unsanitary conditions in North Africa. The Israeli policy is to admit any Jew regardless of his age or physical condition.
Kxamination at typical reception camps show that eizh'. per cent of the row imnr.erant? have tuber-culnsi< a'd th.it trachoma i? widespread. A little r"orr- that If per cer.t of the thrrj*an^� of imrni-rrarts p:urine into IsraH each mnMh are fif'v -ear* r,M or older. Arnthrr step in the ir.teeration <"f :r.vai:r!� ;nto the community is rrnuirpment that for every healthy familie* plarrri on .1 ment, a erooerv str>rv one'" ated by a handicapped person mu^t ho �et un. Similarly, f^r ever-. (� -ht-- fanilitr*. an irva!:H r r>n opportunity t^ operate a tahle <'ard. A!; *oft-Hrir ��-. tve country are operator! by hardicapped persons.
The Joint Distribution Committee, one of the beneficiaries of thr T'rrtr<l Jewish Appeal, the Jewish Aero TV for Pai^stTe ard the Israeli government, have united to provide $15.000.000 to aid seriously ill persons who require treatment ;n hospitals and rehahilitation centers.
Jewish Frat Paves Way For Negro Members
In a major move aimed at breaking down racial and religious discrimination in Greek-letter fraternities, Phi Sigma Delta, a national Jewish social fraternity with nearly 6,000 members and twenty-four rillece chapters, paved the way for the admission of Negro members.
Meeting behind closed doors at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in New York, delegates to the fortieth anniversary convention adopted a resolution �hat "no male undergraduate shall be denied membership in Phi Sigma Delta fraternity solely because of his race, color or creed." Only two chapters�Lambda, of the University of Texas and Alpha Zeta of the University of Miami � opposed the resolution.
As a result it appears certain that at least one Negro student will be inducted into the fraternity, probably next month. He is Weathers Sykes, a 23-year-old University of Wisconsin senior, whoso pledging last spring by Pi Chapter raised the issue.
Mr. Sykes' admission would be only the third time that a Negro had been inducted in a non-Negro national fraternity, according to an official of the National Inter-fraternity Conference. However, this would be the first significant action since the conference's November meeting, at which the question of breaking down discriminatory bars was left largely to the individual fraternities.
After adopting the resolution delegates and fraternity officials successfully fought a motion which, in effect, would nulify the resolution by means of an unwritten "gentleman's agreement." An alumnus member of the executive council urged that the chapters should not "rush, pledge and initiate �
enable the fraternity V> JQflf* outside reaction and safeguard it from making hasty moves.
Speakers emphasized that the fraternity would continue as a Jewish organization, although it would accept qualified non-Jews, including Negroes, who wished to join. At present the fraternity has Gentile members and some chapters arc virtually non-sectarian.
Although the majority of chapters approved of Mr. Sykes' adrnis-(Continucd on Page Twelve)
COLLEGE ACCEPTS, THEN REFUSES, LEGACY BIASED AGAINST CATHOLICS, JEWS
The trustees of Lafayette College voted to refuse a legacy of $140,000 left by one of its gru-r'uates, Frederick Theodore Fre-' linghuysen Dumont, a State Department career officer, because of a provision in the bequest that rone of the money could be used to finance scholarship for students of either Catholic or Jewish faiths, reports the New York Herald Tribune.
Mr. Dumont, who died June 4, 1939, left the money to the general endowment of Lafayette, a scientific college at Easton, Pa. The provision in question was to become operative only if the president, now Dr. Ralph Cooper Hutchison, allotted any of the funds to scholarships.
Because of various lecral difficulties, Mr. Dumont's will has been tied up in the courts for ten years. The bequest to Lafayette, with its conditions, became known only last week, when Judge John L. Bnwman. in Orphans Court at Lancaster, Pa., approved the distribution of $13,000 in accumulated funds to the college.
The trustees met at the University Club in New York. Thomas J. Watson, chairman of the- board of International Business Machines Corporation and vice-chairman of trustees of Lafayette, presided. At the close of the meeting, Dr. Hutchison issued a statement.
"With the court's initial allocation of funds from the Dumont estate," Dr. Hutchison said, "the trustees have had occasion for the first time to consider this generous bequest of approximately $140,000. While the proceeds were to have l-ern used for general endowment, the fact remains that the legacy contains an inoperative clause discriminating against Jews and Catholics.
"The board has therefore taken ju-tion declining the legacy as containing intimations of discrimination which are contrary to the history, practice and ideals of Lafayette College. Lafayette enrollment has always included large numbers of Jews and Catholics and many of its distinguished alumni are among them."
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