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The American Israelite (Newspaper) - February 1, 1917, Cincinnati, OhioLet there a to be Light. Volume 63.Cincinnati. Ohio february 1, 1917. Number 31. Prayer. A not afraid to Pray to Pray is right. Pray if thou canst with Hope but a a it Ever Pray a al though Hope be weak or sick with a Long delay leg Jii Pray in the darkness if there be no i Light. In is the time Remote from human signs Jap 1 when War and discord on the Earth shall cease Vitt every prayer for Universal peace the blessed time of expedite to or is Good to wish ask that of Leavett m though it be what thou canst not see pub i a Pray to be perfect though material leaven forbid the spirit so on Earth to be but if for any wish thou Darest not party. Then Pray to Ood to cant that wish s pit ii Filin Avail we Bat Issac Mayer Wise the founder r of american Judaism Gotthard Deutsch it is a very difficult task to write a review of a Book written by a personal Friend on a subject which is near and dear to the heart of the reviewer and for a paper of which the subject was the founder and during nearly half a Century the editor. And still the readers of the israelite More than any others Are entitled to All information relating to this work. Isaac m. Wise was indeed As his grandson. The author of his biography says the most prominent jew of America in his Day and one of the leading figures in the jewish world during the nineteenth Century. He is not merely a leading figure in the Reform movement which attempted to adapt Judaism to an entirely new environment he is the author and publicist whose Lifework for More than half a Century was devoted to this Ideal and above All he is the organizing Genius who carried this Ideal into practice. Lasting monuments of his organizing Genius Are his literary works the Union of american hebrew congregations the Central confere Noffsi american rabbis and the greatest of All his creations the hebrew Union College the first training school for american rabbis. A i a judge May As he himself says in the preface refrained from presenting Wise As a theologian and therefore this activity except for some remarks necessary to discuss his other achievements is omitted. One unfortunate feature which hampered Gap try the work of the biographer is the Lack of material illustrating the youth of the great Man and also the fact that he closed his reminiscences with the year 1857& the latter is not such a hardship because we can follow Isaac m. Wise through his career from week to week since 1864, in the columns of the israelite. Writing his obituary for the a Natl Gemeiner Zeitung Des Juden thums in 1900,1 said a the Rem Amable achievement of this Leader in Israel is symbolically represented in the difference Between the magnificent electrically lighted Temple in which his remains Lay in state before he was carried to his eternal rest and toe Little Synagog perhaps merely a room in the Bohemian Village where his father officiated As the first stage of this transition would be an object of the highest interest to the biographer. Unfortunately the material is missing. When after Wise a death a i wrote to the congregations of Ransperg and Radnitz where he had held positions previous to his coming to America for information the former did not reply at All and the latter wrote that the oldest people a in the town merely remembered rabbi Wise. Isaac m. Wise was so thoroughly american that he hated to of Call the Austria of. Pre revolutionary times with its narrow minded autocracy and itajewi8h disabilities. He never had even a desire to visit his old country. For him his life a began with his arrival on the shores of the United states. It required a Man of Energy in those Days of travel by sailing vessel to go with wife and infant child into new country without any definite prospects and Isaac m. Wise was a Man of wonderful Energy. The Small incident that he changed the spelling of his name from Weis to Wise shows that from the Start he meant to become an american. A few weeks after his arrival he was elected rabbi of Bethe congregation Albany n. Y., and he threw himself at once with vigor into the work of adapting him self to his a jew environment. Right from the beginning he took part in the work of organizing a Beth Din As proposed by his Friend Lilienthal and within three years after his arrival he began to contribute to the occident a edited by Isaac Leeser in Philadelphia the Only jewish paper then published in America. Main theme of his contributions showed even then the Conception of his career.? he pleaded for organization in order to adapt Judaism to its environment. While not a reformer in the sense tha we understand the word to Day he already in his earliest contributions demands a al vision of the ritual so As to make the differences Between portuguese German and polish jews which have no justification in this country disappear and to expunge from the ritual the belief in the ultimate repatriation of the jews to Palestine and As connected with it the repudiation of the belief in a personal Messiah and in a bodily resurrection. In hi8, a history of he. Israel Irish nation a the first a Independent i work which he published and of which Only the part covering the period up to the destruction of i the Temple appeared a Fikac Mayer Wise the founder of american Judaism. A As biography Rife Max b. May judge of the court of common pleas Hamilton county Ohio. New York and a amp fido or he takes a Liberal or rather rationalistic attitude in regard to miracles Irlich created quite Stii in the country i Wise became the Champion of a fearless advocacy of Reform. This attitude a had ? previously brought i to him a Call to the pulpit of the first american Reform congregation Beth Elohim of Charleston s. C., which he declined and was responsible for the Call extended to him by congregation Bene Yeshurun of Cincinnati which he accepted in 1864. I. ,4y his arrival in Cincinnati april 26, 1864, Marks an epoch in american Judaism two months after his arrival he began to publish the israelite afterwards called the amoebic israelite which became a powerful Organ for fashioning american Judaism and for welding the different sections of the new jewish communities. In introducing the presentation of this activity May says a the Day of personal journalism has if it were to be understood As applying to the appearance of the israelite the statement is hardly Correct. It was the powerful personality of the editor that1 expressed itself in every Issue. He stood for his ideals chiefly for organization. Time and again he advocates the establishing of a College As he had done before in his contributions to the Quot occident and to the a a Simonean a the first jewish weekly published in the United states. The College that he advocated was not conceived from the Start As a Trail ing school for ministers but As an institution for higher education with a classical and commercial course probably fashioned after the German and austrian division of secondary schools into gymnasium and Rea Schule. In addition it was to have a hebrew department which was to train min Sisters. It is a High testimony to Wise a organizing Talent and foresight that some years later Bernhard Felsen Thal one of our most scholarly rabbis still opposed this plan suggesting a number of jewish secondary schools throughout the country while candidates for the ministry should be sent to Germany to study. Wise a idea of a general College was then not so abnormal As it might appear in our Day of secularism in academic institutions. The congregation which had called him As rabbi had in 1849, already established what we would Call a parochial school. The founders almost exclusively natives of Bavaria simply transferred the ideas of education of their native country to their new Home. The school remained in existence until 1868, when retaining its ungrammatical name of a talmud Yel Odim a it was changed into a religious school., f i. Wise a practical activity in the ministry was from the moment that he entered Cincinnati devoted to Reform. He had already worked along these lines in Albany. There his ideas were chiefly confined to the object of making services attractive to people of modern tastes. It was in Harmony with his theological attitude largely influenced by Maimonides to when he declared that he never sanctioned reforms against the a a Din Page 82. He rejects the Benediction praising god a that he has not made me a woman As an Quot established so he was Tif first to Intro Duce family pews in America As Early As 1861. He opposes the traditional Cantil lation in the Reading of the torah and demands the abrogation of the Piyu Tim As being unintelligible to the majority of the worshippers and making the services tedious. ? in Cincinnati he introduced the Organ in the Temple 1855, and abrogated the second holy Day 1859, while the second Day of Rosh has Hanah was still observed until 1873, in which year the worship with uncovered head was also introduced. A correction in itself insignificant but important because it is a widespread error May be stated Here. Judge May says Page 166 that the second holy Days a were observed because it was thought that when in ancient Days the messengers were sent out to notify the people of the Day that the message might not have been received in time to celebrate the first this is not quite Correct. In ancient Days after the destruction of the Temple the important object of Israel s leaders was the preservation of Unity. The chief instrument for this preservation was the announcement of the Calendar reserved to the president of the Sanhedrin. % therefore the communities living so. Far from the Central seat then in Jebneh that the messengers of the Sanhedrin could not reach them were supposed to be in doubt As to the Correct Day of the new Moon which might differ by Twenty four hours and therefore were led to observe two Days. When in the fourth Century owing to persecution by the growing Christian Church the privileges ? of the Nasi were curtailed and it had become impossible to Send out any messengers there was no reason Why the former difference Between Pilj Friginia jews who celebrated Only one Day and those of the Diaspora who celebrated two Days should be maintained the rules for Calen Dation were then published but a the communities outside of Palestine Quot were admonished to continue celebrating two Days in order to maintain a the practices of the fore a j i these reforms show Wise As a Man of practical foresight. Me desired to adapt the practices of Judaism to changed time and environment with iat offending the sentiment which attaches to venerated ? traditions. For this he was opposed and bitterly a denounced. I his own Quot views he clearly presents when he says Fin the East Reform is an object per be we want reforms in order. To preserve our religion 18�. Pm. Tolfe Start he wishes that Reform should not be the work of an sump should be based on a communal organization. This organization he As a typical american wishes to establish on a democratic basis and not on hierarchical authority. Guided Bye thought he took Parkin the first rabbinical conform be lick d a 1 in 1855, although the plate bal Gopla conference declaring the authority of in the interpretation of the Bible was a principle which he had outgrown years before. He said to me personally that he Felt the first object was Unity and All other questions could later on be settled by progressive legislation f for the same reason he took part in the Philadelphia conference in 1869, and in the Cincinnati conference of 1871, although there he knew that he had to face Radical views which he considered impracticable if not subversive. May give Wise a own presentation of this idea in an editorial written for the. Israelite in 1873. The fundamental principle for Wise was to demonstrate that a a he religious jew can also be a citizen of a free country a member of society and a Reasoner upon the. Very height of a modern thought. Page 181. R t a guided by this idea he opposed the sentimental attachment to the German language then prevailing in the jewish congregations. As Early As 1852 he proclaims that we have to be american jews jews in religion Only otherwise american citizens. It is quite interesting to observe which in my opinion the biographer has not done As emphatically As it ought to have been done that in his own life Wise did not live up to this principle. He not Only continued to edit the a Deborah a a German weekly which he founded in. 1855, until the Day of his death although this had to be done at a financial sacrifice he also was a member of various German societies and of a German masonic Lodge and he used German in conversation with me and the other German members of the faculty of the hebrew Union College exclusively1. His a min hag american had a German edition which of course was meant As a temporary measure As he also preached until a few years before his death a German Sermon once a month. Another evidence of Bis sentimental attachment to the German language was the German memorial service for yom kippur which even after his death was for some years retained by his congregation. His a min hag american meant mainly to unite american Israel in one common form of worship and to give up the obsolete division of the polish and German ritual which often divided the congregations and weakened their life. The theological Side of this principle was expressed in the omission of All references to israelis re nationalization and the substitution for it of the belief in a messianic age which shall unite All Mankind. This principle also explains his opposition to zionism which found its expression in a message which he delivered before the Central conference of american rabbis convened at Montreal in 1897, and which was repeated at the subsequent Council of the Union of american hebrew congregations in Richmond va., in 1898. It is highly characteristic for Wise a practical views that he did not interpret Judaism As based on Dogma alone. He admits that a the jews nationality is in his p. 346. The reference to the Central conference suggests the prominent truly great feature of Wise a character his ability and willingness to co operate with others including his bitterest opponents and to give due credit even to those who had denounced him. Fortunately in Cincinnati he was Able to go hand in hand with Max Lilienthal who had been called there a a year later than Wise and continued to work by his Side until Lucent half a death in 1882. It is rather unpleasantly suggestive when May remarks a never before and never since in the history of american Judaism did two rabbis live in the same City on such a footing p. 163a specimen of the generosity of his character is his obituary of Isaac Leeser whom he Calls a an Active labourer in the province of jewish literature. Untiring in his efforts to Benefit the cause of Israel honest and consistent to the last Day of his a still higher proof of his generosity of character is his remark on Moritz Ellinger the editor of the a jewish times a who had attacked him in a most a gentlemanly manner. When Wise performed the marriage of a Man with the widow of his deceased brother the a jewish times launched an attack against him which in silliness and meanness has few equals. A rabbi styled a i. M. Smart of Salt Lake City a is presented there As officiating for the Sake of a big fee with a choir composed of drunkards offering to solemnize All bigamous and incestuous marriages that Are expected to bring him some Money. I the Only funny thing about it was that the orthodox German paper a Der Israelit a took ithe Story seriously and published the remarkable history of the a Rabbiner or. I. M. Smart in Salt Lake City a As a specimen of what american rabbis Are capable of doing. When the Eastern congregations had joined the Union in 1878, and Ellinger appeared As a Delegate a at the Milwaukee convention Wise said editorially a we have done one another a great Deal of mischief and might make up for it by doing a great Deal of Good by Friendly 5 f this a shows the truly great Man. I i am glad that the biographer did not suppress this and other equal a Ijjas. Unpleasant facts. In his preface he apologizes for not being a theologian but he might just As Well have claimed credit for being a Jurist and thus being enabled to write a biography of his own Grandfather Tatj Fco the documents just As he would pre sent a Case to a jury. Of a ?8 big men Are not in the. Habit of taking interest in minor questions. Isaac m. Wise was no exception to this Rule which is now somewhat regrettable especially in regard to we Early life. In 1864 f he contributed to the Quot asm Oneana an article on the jews of Bohemia which is somewhat helpful ? in showing us a the environment in which he grew up. 3tet he is careless of det a ils among the Cele lilies ���1 Bohemian jews in �1 jewish scholarship he mentions Steinschneid or Wolfgang Wessely,1 Letteris Jand Stern the first two were natives of Moravia Letteris was a Gallo Ian and Stern to. Whom i can Onia recognize the hebrew Utho in m. Sim Para i was a native of Presburg. Wise Speaks of the progressive congregations of Bohemia and mentions among them Leipsic which i suppose is a slip of the pen for Leila. He can not be right when he says that Rapoport recommended him to Ransperg As teacher and that after his resignation from this place he went to press Burg where he attended the yesh Ibah of Moses Sofer. Rapoport came to Prague in 1840, and Moses Sofer died in 1839. Rapoport could surely not have been consulted by a Bohemian congregation while he was. Rabbi in far off Tarnopol. On the other hand is it tip Ftp interefp8 How to learn which is also proven by correspondents to the German papers of that time that Rapoport when he came to Prague was a it big enough scholar Tyg be place. Wise is also mistaken when he Speaks of the Krei Rabbiner Abraham instead of Anshel Kafka Page 37. Neither is it Correct that in 1854 there was no hebrew congregation West of the Mississippi except St. Louis p. 179. Sphere was already to quote but one instance a congregation in san Francisco. May himself notes two facts in which Wise was inaccurate when he wrote his reminiscences up. 95, 201the most interesting being that he says the first Issue of the israelite appeared on july 6 instead of 15. A similar Small error which has its interest in proving How Uncertain memory is is a statement that Isaac m. Wise preached his last Sermon March 24, 1900, two Days before his death on the text a May the lord bless thee Quot Etc. I was present and i remember distinctly that his text was taken from the weekly portion lev. 9 22 a Aaron lifted up his hands towards the people and blessed it is not Correct either that Joseph ii of Austria issued a of rfcs that required rabbis to take a course at the University. This was not done until the reign of Francis ii 1797. Nor is it Correct that in 1837, this Law was repeated up. 5 and 7. In the latter year this order was extended to Galicia. Leeser who by the Way deserves bet a recognition than so far has been Given to him As one of the pioneers of american Israel and As a Man of wonderful attainments under difficult conditions is caled Ultra or Thodt p. 71. This of course is a matter of opinion As the religious parties Are not so clearly i fined in Judaism As in the Christian Church but he was not a Cantor at Richmond.�?�. Being an orphan he was called to America by his maternal Uncle who while married to the daughter of Gershon Mendes Seixas the minister of a a new York portuguese congregation and a member of the orthodox congregation of Richmond retained his German yiddish name Zalma Rehine probably derived from the City of Rheine in Westphalia. There Leeser was employed in his uncles store and Only his religious enthusiasm made him interested in jewish affairs while he held no office. Articles that he published in a local paper to defend Judaism against attacks brought him the Call to Philadelphia where he mini ate de to the portuguese congregation. A pardonable error though one that is an interesting specimen of the unreliable nature of contemporary sources is the statement p. 93 that the new English Bible was issued in 4916. To my knowledge it had not been issued by january 21, 1917, although judge May while writing his Book expected that a it would have been published before the end of 1916. A Welcome addition to the Book is the excellent bibliographical list contributed by or. Oko which on the occasion of the Wise Centenary ought to be supplemented by a Complete list of his contributions to 1 the a a israelite and the 4. Judge Max b. May has certainly fulfilled the task of a biographer not too difficult in this Case to impress the Reade with the f conviction a that Isaac m. Wise a was a Man take him up Jirvil in All. I shall not look upon his like National federation Temple f % t sisterhood message of the president. Jar. Abram Simon of Washington d. A a excellent ? review of r the organization. Palestine needs doctors a .1. 9 Adassah appeals for $75,000 to be medical unit there. A a an Appeal for $75,000 for the equip ment and support for one year of a medical unit to be sent to Palestine has been made by Hadassah new York City the women zionist organization in America. It the organization issued a statement detailing the events which make the a tit a pressing need in Palestine and added that christians and Mohammedans As Well As jews would receive the attention of the doctors and nurses sent out. The statement added v. A in their extremity the jews in Palestine appealed to the International zionist Headquarters in Europe but no help was to be had from the warring countries. The zionist Headquarters therefore called upon America. The provisional executive committee for general zionist affairs representing in America the International body of Europe commissioned Hadassah to organize a medical Relief expedition for Palestine. In a Hadassah introduced a system of District visiting nursing in Palestine developed a supervised midwife service and paid Attert Len to the tracer Oma prevalent among the school children. The organization also established a polyclinic for women and children la Jerusalem and is maintaining a trained nurse in Alexandria Egypt for the care of several thousand refugees from Palestine. ? and now the american. Zionist medical unit for Plastine will be sent. The unit is to consist of ten physicians and five nurses who will minister to i elements of the population. V a fund of $75,000 must be obtained to cover the Cost of the expedition for one year. Contributions should be sent to miss Sophie Berger 31 West 110th the medical advisory Board cooperating it it had amp sep consist of or. Harry Friedenwald a chairman or i Isaac a. Abt Fri Mac Adler Ujj Aljian Uel Libman Milton a Rosenau miss Lillian d. M1 at the second biennial meeting of the National federation of Temple sisterhood at Baltimore md., Fon january 16, mrs Abram Simon of Washington d. C., president of the organization presented her message a carefully considered document who Erfy should be thoughtfully read by those who recognize the important part the women of Israel Are playing and will continue to play in the religious life of american jewry. Although mrs. Simon did not desire to retain the chief office it is probable her message is the Force which impelled the action resulting in her re election. 1 i Fol Wing is the message in full of president mrs. Abraham Simon j a so ? fyn presidents message. It is a privilege most ? highly treasured to Welcome this inspiring assemblage in the cot of Baltimore and to open the second biennial convention of the National federation of Temple sisterhood amid such inviting and enthusiastic surroundings. Delegates from far and near have come hither animated by the same High resolve to plan for the widening of the cords of our tents and for the strengthening of our stakes. Some delegates attending their first sisterhood cop Tion other were with us to it of jars ago in Chicago and four years ago in Cincinnati. It is a rare Joy then to bid you All a warm and a sisterly Welcome. Something of justifiable Pride arises to the surface As we think Over the four years of steady activity and of the work we have accomplished and As we cast a glance into the future As to what May reasonably be expected of us. From the natural hesitancy with which we began four years ago from the doubting and misgivings which beset us on All sides we have moved steadily Forward and Are now exulting in the firm hold of our federation upon the hearts of the jewish communities of the land la Day with becoming humility and yet with the splendid Confidence which the one Hundred and fifty three sisterhood inspire within us i we come before you grateful for the growth of our organization More than Ever convinced of the need of it in the jewish Temple life and of the Ever widening scope of religious which lies before it. To the delegates and to All the sisterhood especially to the Tipy which be joined use since last we met in Chicago i extend the Heartiest of greetings and sincerest of welcomes.-. In and out of season we have insisted that we stand primarily for the interests of religion and for that spirit As institutionalized in the congregation the religious school and the Home. Without interfering with the autonomy of any constituent sisterhood and without proscribing activities which in themselves Are worthy of development we have rather emphasized that the purpose of our federation must be the preservation of jewish life and the development and expression of that life in varied forms of activity. Too Well do we know How easily a cheap cosmopolitanism rests on the conscience of people. Too Well do we know How easy it is for the Mere platitudes of humanitarian ism to replace the austere dignity of jewish obligation Banff sacrifice. Too Well do we know How philanthropic secular and social service appeals May serve As substitutes for religious sanctions because they can so easily command enthusiastic support and because their results Are so visible on the surface. If experience has taught us anything it has justified our Earnest beginning and progressive development and has taught us that the unpopularity of working for religion transforms the difficulty into an exalted Joy. We have therefore joined hands with the Union of american hebrew congregations % and have pledged them our support in All that will strengthen the position that the congregation vis the integral part of modern jewish diff. ? upon this basis we Hope to build the stately edifice if sisterhood loyalty and enthusiasm. Natto Aal committee of religion we can readily understand How religious activities should increasingly come within the scope of our federation and How the committee on religion will verily find itself swamped with new suggestions opportunities and tasks devolving upon it. I have nothing but the warmest a congratulations to offer to All the chairmen of the committees and to All who have assisted them in the discharge of their arduous duties and if i renew them one at a time it is not to anticipate their reports but rather Ito throw out in a general Way hints which May be useful for further development. This committee on religion has thus far published four Art calendars and while the first three have in themselves won slow a approval the last known As the Joseph Calendar won instant appreciation on the part of the jewish Community. This proved to me not merely that the aesthetic is desired by ours people but rather that s it v is possible to educate our people up to an insistence upon arts ability to satisfy Moden jewish needs. We Are thus encouraged to continue this work and to Endeavor to make each Calendar be wisely appealing and to Hope that every jewish Home will have this Calendar As a necessary Utility. No objection to the Price of the Calendar can possibly be registered. Were it sold for Mere profit and put on the open maket properly and ertl sed As a financial venture it ought to bring $1.00 apiece. The federation however has published the Calendar at a financial sacrifice and yet at a spiritual gain. F with the enhancement of this religious work we a endeavouring m strengthen .w�e?.��dd�of and pair leaders in their of a Iulg to reintroduce congregational so a Jig this is a task which our sisterhood May rightfully assume and which under the leadership of this committee on. Religion ought to be pushed successfully to completion. We Are Gratis red that out of our midst have come two women who have composed the words and the music of the sisterhood song the song and the words have a. Stateliness and a religious spirit which make them commendable but what i most desire is the probable stimulation which this song s May arouse a in the hundreds of jewish breasts to write new hymns and songs for the Temple hymnal of the future. I eel certain that there Are Many Minna Kleeberg in our Igi St who can be stirred to enter upon ? this laudable work. �?Tr3 k it is a difficult. Taks and yet All our energies should be concentrated on increasing the attendance at the divine services. After All religion must express itself in a tangible evidence of worship. ? no matter How trite and common place it May be this is a task which Calls for our devoted enthusiasm. Would it not be advisable to create a Sabbath Observance league whose women would but pledged no get Only to be present themselves but to bring along with them other to join in the a service pm the work of the committee is earnestly seeking to have Friday evening Sanctification service in the Home in encouraging the haggadah service on passover and the lighting of the candles on the feast of ? hanukah is most commendable. 1 am glad to learn that there seems a steady movement of Yonng Peoples societies in connection with the Temple and of the growing desire on the part of the youth beyond the confirmation years to assume some of the obligations of their elders. Whatever plans will hold our boys and girls firmly gripped to the Temple in these precarious years of adolescence whatever will stimulate Pride in them and give them the conviction that they Are parts of the congregation will redound to the Benefit of every congregation and of Israel. I am hopeful therefore that it will be the privilege of our federation to do some constructive work along this line and to torn ulate some definite propositions which May he approved and accepted by the congregations of the Union. In connection with the work of this committee 1 wish to touch upon several matters which will begin to show How the activities of this committee May appear almost too Large and comprehensive. A we have done nothing in the creation of study circles although the subject has been under consideration by us at several of our meetings. It is True that some of the sisterhood invite their rabbis to conduct classes Tor them and in other sisterhood the rabbis give monthly talks on jewish current themes. But in addition to this we ought to emphasize the he if of cipher groups of women meeting Tor study among themselves. The absence of suitable text books is not altogether the cause of the dearth of classes. As a matter of fact there Are books which can be highly recommended and Are popular enough to meet the average need. The rabbis Are willing to give of themselves of their time and of their learning to the leadership of such classes. It is we the women a who must take advantage of our Golden opportunities to fill our minds with the knowledge of our heroic past with a strengthening of on religious principles and with the proper Outlook upon our problems of to Day. B in the line Ltd it popular education we undertook the first step in the formation of a lecture Bureau As recommended in the presidents message two years ago. ? we have carried out our part of the agreement we have issued Booklet stating the number of rabbis and laymen who Are willing to participate the subjects of their addresses and also their terms. At present very Little use is being made of this Bureau nor Are we surprised. Any one familiar with the conduct of a lecture Bureau know that it is an undertaking that Calls for a Greit Deal of work and capital. ? we need a clerk or a manager who will be Able to give enough of his or her time to take Complete charge of this Enterprise. The correspondence with the dozens of sisterhood a Ftp a Llor speakers a Jar their programs the further ? correspondence with the speakers themselves and the details involved Cal for the services of a clerk who must give at least five hours a Day to such a Bureau. We cannot ask the executive office to undertake this unless in some Way we shall be Able to install in the office some one whom we Are willing to pay at East $75 a month Tor the full employment of his or her i time., Ltd but the educational opportunities seem to grow upon us. Only have we the task to inform ourselves of our own history literature and religion but we also feel that we ought to join in the missionary movement to bring lean go and the knowledge of our history and religion unto those of other faiths. It is a great Joy to announce that the Central conference of american rabbis and the Union of american hebrew congregations have a joint tract commission Tor the publication of popular essays to be known As tracts and Tor their widest distribution among All / classes in our country. What a magnificent task this is and How colossal and yet How expensive is the successful execution of such a project these two organizations have appropriated Money f to Start their Campaign i the widest distribution of these tracts is essential to its Success hut we Are told that the United states Post office regulations permit of cheaper postage Only when these tracts Are individually paid Tor or Are distributor in proportion to our members. It is Wise therefore that the invitation of these two organizations to join them in their Enterprise be accepted be Are asked to subscribe Tor As Many tracts As we have members. Will mean 20.000 tracts and Lull give the commission of which we ought to form a part the privilege of distributing 20,000 no re to Petit to outsiders. The subscription Price Tor these a tracts is put at five cents a year p�4ji person.? i believe l that we should co operate with the Union in this Enterprise and recon a official Confer with t the joint tract commission of our. Willingness to be the third party in such commission i 1 recommend ? furthermore that the Constitution be amended by the addition of this article Jewl Tki educational tactile a five cents of the dues of each individual member shall be set aside Tor a a subscription Tor each 1 individual member to the be Wilt l educational % inasmuch however As an amendment to the n of be voted on at this meeting and inasmuch As we would not delay on Affilia Tion with the joint tract commission nor our willingness to offer a financial assistance it is possible for us to voter an appropriation out of our funds Tori the next two years according As a the i executive committee will determine ? and until some action pro or con will be ? taken von thee above suggested Ini 11 pm up the and school Extension which is our practical missionary is actively engaged in the work Tor the jewish students at the a University a services summer resorts religious activities among the a dependents defectives and delinquents and also. The military classes. We have been glad in the past to cooperate heartily along these varied lines of religious usefulness and shall continue to believe that of is our privilege and duty to respond to the Call of the Synagog and school Extension for continued Alliance with them i in this beef client work. A now delegates when i gather together what i ? have just said com Kerning study circles the lecture but Reau rpm a disc National tracts and the work in connection with the Synagog and school Extension i begin to feel that these four projects with the publication of the Art calendars Are so varied to important and yet so taxing As to Lay too heavy a Burden upon the committee on a religion. ? it seems to me that the committee on religion should devote a itself exclusively to Synagog work to matters of attendance congregational f singing the Reli ionization of the Home Young Peoples activities �Etc., a while 1 such purely educational work As Art Calendar tracts ? study classes Lee Ture Bureau May Well Quot be a left to the scope of a new National committee. I therefore recommend that the incoming study the Lei creasing Field of usefulness plus opened up before it and create a Jet Ionoff committee on jewish Art and Litera Toye a a life i the National Cosra Lattee on c�-?-.? a opera Ukwu the National committee on co operation has been a Busy hive. A a it is a Clearing House of ideas suggestions programs and activities.? this committee grows by virtue of your cooperation with it it a wants you to Call upon it. In trying to meet your needs it increases its capacity for service. There is a Joi a a Well As Art in co operation. Every sisterhood is most cordially urged to Semf copies of its programs and activities to this committee so that others May have the Benefit of them v if you have in your sisterhood a new a idea a new p a it Gram which has won approval make it doubly valuable by increasing its circulation let us not be selfish in hugging to ourselves the 1 programs which have been Worth while. In any one Community. Let it not be understood that this is any rebuke.? on the contrary there has Ben a very War and open minded participation at sisterhood in the wealth of accumulated programs in charge of the National committee and there has been k commendable desire s to give. Others the Benefit of their initiative and resourcefulness. ? let me Only ? pm Pha Bize the magnanimity involved and urge upon a to come to the Rescue of such sisterhood whose Fertility of ideas May not be As Rich and Fifield or whose talents May not be abundantly on hand. It was a rare privilege on the part of the r7ahington sisterhood a month ago to have As its guests the presidents of the a three a sisterhood of Baltimore. It was a splendid example Ilfe sisterhood of operation and Good feeling. There was an ? interplay and Exchange of ideas suggestions and approved activities one of the vast audience r present Felt that she had spent an inspiring afternoon. I am anxious that this spirit of co old nation be developed among the sisterhood of each City. It occurs to me that y inasmuch As there is in some states quite a number of our societies joint sessions and sisterly visits among them would be a productive of great Good. The daughters of the american revolution have state regents to look after the interests of the organization in each and every state of the Union. And some such a a plan might be profitably copied by our committee. I recommend a Tiu i and advisory Board composed of state regents in states wherever there Are two or three sisterhood would be very helpful in circulating practical suggestions and in cementing a the ties among Fhy women of the various constituent bodies. A it ? ?5� ? a a i concluded i next week spa i a a does a i. So a. a a. A what does it mean to be really a ply ritual l r seems to me that tos keynote of spiritual lbs is reverent wonder and a Law Rijk Viritua person Jia one that Realises How Little he knows and do a a pm i to investigate with a mind that is absolutely unbiased by traditions and what a world of meaning in those words a a unbiased by traditions a yet open to All reasonable argument welcoming gladly Pevery thing from whatever source in the Way of scientific investigation or research that will help one to a better understanding of god id Iju a Nolty and All the perplexing and seemingly it f Whiting Downs

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