Friday, February 4, 1955THE NATIONAL JEWISH POST300th Year FeteJudaizedU.S. Geologist SeesIsrael Oil PossibleSays Historical Society OfficialJewish Post CorrespondentNEW YORK (JP)—The Tercentary Committee has “de-Judaized'' the observance of the 300th anniversary oi Jewish settlement in America according to Dr. Joshua Bloch, secretary of the AmericanJewish Historical Society.Dr. Bloch was interviewed on “For the Record.” The Post’s radio program over station WLIB.He said that the American Jewish Committee, which is sponsoring the Tercentenary celebration, “hasremoved things characteristically,--;Jewish” such as the use of He brew, andNEW YORK (JP)—An optimistic view that initial results of drillings for oil in Israel lend encouragement that commercial quantities will be found was voiced here last week bv anAmerican petroleum geologist who spent considerable time in Is rael.“In the course of the drilling,”said Gerson W. Brodie, “severalanswered by Dr. Einstein.folkways, “ o th e r things connected with Judaism” from the observance.As an example. he cited a d i s c u ssion the Tercente nary Committee hadHe told about the 250th anniversary celebration held 50 yearsand contrasted it to theWhile itorder now being carried on by only one man and his pupils.”In conclusion. Dr. Bloch stated.shows of oil and gas have already been found. These shows werefound both in structure holes andover the application of a HebrewBLOCHago,present Tercentenary, was a small, dignified and impressive observance, he asserted, it was more representative ofAmerican Jewry than the present fete. The 250th anniversarycelebration was sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society.saying on its official Tercentenary seal, finally rejecting “even” the use of theletter “shin” denoting 300.This, in spite of the fact that some of our great universities,such as Harvard and Columbiaii ICELEBRATE ‘FICTION’Dr. Bloch also, assailed the Tercentenary Committee for “cele-The 23 Jewishbear Hebrew inscriptions in theirseals,” added Dr. Bloch, who isbrating a fiction.escapees from Brazil who arrived at New Amsterdam Sept. 12, 1654, were not the first Jews in America, nor was theirs theNO HEBREW PRAYERS~ i t . , .. , , first synagogue in this country,also head of the Jewish division' J , bTI . , .,. ,, »r v ... he asserted. He said there wereat the New York public library. . T . , , ...Jews from Amsterdam living in, New York prior to that date, andHe also assailed the lack of a they had their own syna-single Hebrew prayer being fo- gogue and cemetery. fered at the Tercentenary dinner Oct. 20, 1954, at which President Eisenhowerspoke, despite attendance of three rabbis.Offering advice to English Jewry, soon to celebrate its own ter-thecentenary, Dr. Bloch called on. , ., . ., ... ... ' the Jew’s of England to “stick tocharged that the rabbis had been , r ,. , . . , , . their traditional way of observ-told to employ only prayers in . 4 “ , ..English [ ing great events. Then, he said, ' ! there will be nothing “un-Jewish”Dr. Bloch told the radio audience that only Republicans hadbeen invited to the Tercentenary dinner, thus excluding such Jewish personalities as Sen. Herbert Lehman (D-NY) andSupreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. He also charged that Prof. Albert Einstein’s views were con-in the celebration, nothing which will have to be “explained orapologized for.”SKEPTICAL OF HISTORYIn reference to the 10-volumesidered “too liberal by the planwork on Jewish history authorized by the American Jewish Committee in honor of the Tercentenary. Dr. Bloch commented,i “That’s it—the work has been au-ners of the dinner, and a last tviorized, no more.” He expressedminute invitation to the famed skepticism concerning a “mech-scientist was accordingly un- anically-compiled history made toMIAMI BEACHThese wonderful vacation spots are eagerto make your stay in Miami Beach andFlorida an unforgettable time of your life.Make your reservations early.he had urged the Tercentenary Committee to make a blueprint of the organization of the celebration. He told the radio audiencein deeper bore holes.” Brodie is a Denver oil man and is consid-the preservation of such a blueprint would serve as a warning to future generations “not to do it this way again.Interviewing: Dr. Bloch wereyyered one of the foremost expertson Israel’s geological structures.He was speaking at a members’ luncheon of the American-IsraelChamber of Commerce and InMonty Jacobs of the Jewish Chronicle of London, and Moshe Kohn and Charles Roth of theNational Jewish Post. RabbiSamuel Silver of the Union ofdustry at the Hotel Commodore in New York.alsoAmerican Hebrew Congregationsacted as the program moderator.Israel Esiablishesthe companies now drilling in Israel, or searching for possible drilling sites, have used the published findings of Iraq Petroleum company which did oil exploratory work in Palestine during theperiod of the British mandate and are looking forward to promisingresults.'Visiting Consulate’iBOSTON (JP)Israel willmake diplomaticsoon with thehistoryofhereCaliiornia lo Considertheopeningworld’s first “visiting consulate.A representative of the Israel government will fly into Boston from New York once a monthSchool Bible ReadingsSACRAMENTO (JP) — A billand will remain for two days.calling for Bible readings in the public schools of this state has been introduced by State Senators Nelson Dilworth (R) andThe visiting consul will receive , Earl Desmond (D).callers and will do the same type ; jt js similar to one that wasof business done by the Israelconsulates in New York, Chicagoand Los Angeles.According to Miss Ester Her-litz, who will serve as the visitingconsul during a reception here to be given in honor of Mordecai R. Kidron, deputy permanent representative of Israel in the Unitedhighly controversial in the 1954session of the state legislature. Main opposition at that time came from Los Angeles teachers. It died in committee at that timewhen the committee, after hearing all the arguments, took the measure “under advisement.”Teachers believe that no matterNations, the idea was created by Abba Eban, Israel’s ambassador to the United States.The plan wTas created to answer to the need for a consulate in thishow they read the Bible some objection will arise from parents.city without incurring the costs of establishing a permanent consulate here. A secretary, whom persons wishing information or aid may contact for an appointment with the visiting consul, willbe maintained on a full-time basisJUST AS YOU ARE READING this section, others in all parts of the United States are reading it too. Advertise your needs in our Classifiedsection, the marketplace of the U. S. Jewish community.