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EDITORIAL
369
The Universal Challenge of Youth
IN NEW YORK last month Jews and Protestants
met in a theater to discuss "The Challenge of
Youth." The Catholic mayor of New York, James
Walker, was one of the speakers.
It was seen that Gentile youth, no less than Jewish
youth, were under the spell of the influences which
are comprehended in the word "jazz." It was found
that the Gentile is worrying no less than the Jew as
to how to keep the feet of the child in the path of
its fathers.
"And what are you going to do about it?" is the
challenge of youth.
For itself B'nai B'rith has answered: "We must
not scold them. We must show them the beauty
of the way of their fathers. We must not seek by
force to go that way. We must show that that way
is not only desirable but interesting."
So in the universities B'nai B'rith is establishing
its Hillel Foundations where the Jewish college youth
is taught not only to walk in the way of his fathers
but also to lead in it; in the cities it is establishing
the Aleph Zadik Aleph fraternities in which the Jew¬
ish working youth is likewise directed towards Jewish
ends.
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A Worthy Distinction for a Worthy Jew
WE READ that the Richard Gottheil medal for
the Jew who has done most for the Jewish
people in a given year, this year has gone to David
Brown of Detroit.
David Brown is a man of large affairs. Many
business interests call for his time. These he put
aside and went out into the land to serve the humblest
of his people. His appeal for the brethren of Eastern
Europe stirred the conscience of American Jewry and
$25,000,000 was given.
Not only because his efforts brought food to the
hungry Jew in Europe but also because he touched
the heart of the Jew in America with consciousness,
is he deserving.
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The Stupidity of the Roumanians
MUCH of the news concerning anti-Semitic out¬
rages has come by way of the Jewish Telegra¬
phic Agency of the United States. This news has indi¬
cated that Roumania has quite put herself out of the
pale of civilized communities.
Now, recently, Jacob Landau, of New York, manag¬
ing director of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, went
to Europe and his itinerary of the continent included
Roumania. But at the port of Constanza, Mr. Landau
was refused permission to land and was placed under
guard on the steamship. His friends were prohibited
from boarding the boat and permission to send tele¬
grams was denied him. After a day and a night
of this and after representations had been made to
the American ambassador, Mr. Landau was permitted
to proceed to Bucharest.
Having been unable to suppress the truth, the
Roumanian government attempted to suppress the
teller and thus succeeded only in proving that Rou¬
mania is hardly more than a barbaric survivor in a
civilized age.
New Light for the Heart of the Jew
HEREAFTER when a national or international
Jewish organization comes to the Jewish com¬
munities of the United States for funds, it will have
to submit itself to an examination on these questions:
For what purposes do you require this money?
Can you prove that these are essential purposes ?
Do you really need all the money for which you
ask?
By asking too much are you not depriving other
organizations that are not getting enough?
This most useful and necessary service is to be per¬
formed by the Appeals Information Bureau organized
last month at the Conference of Jewish Social Serv¬
ice. It was reported at this conference that during
the past year more than two hundred appeals of
national and international character were made to
the Jewish communities of the United States. Through
these appeals, large and small, there was raised $20,-
000,000 in 1926.
So the streams from the overflowing heart of the
American Jew will now be guided to the best chan¬
nels.
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A Friend of Man is Honored
THE Jews of Brooklyn have presented to Dr. S.
Parkes Cadman a bronze bust of himself in recog¬
nition of his distinguished service in behalf of toler¬
ance and better understanding. In this service he
has joined hands with B'nai B'rith.
Dr. Cadman accepted the bust "as an expression
of the fraternity of man and the common Fatherhood
of God." And in conclusion he asked the Jews to
forgive the Christians for the outrages the Jews have
suffered at their hands.
We forgive them, dear Dr. Cadman. But, after
all, they have never hurt us. They have massacred
us, they have defamed us, but we live. It is we who
hurt ourselves more than our enemies have ever hurt us.
Religious Education in the Schools
THE Union of American Hebrew Congregations has
gone on record as opposing "any form of religious
instruction as part of the public school system or
during the public school hours.
"We advocate as far preferable that the public
schools reduce their time schedule by closing the
entire public school system one hour or more at the
end of the school day. The time thus put at the dis¬
posal of the children may be used by the parents for
such instruction for their children as they see fit."
This suggestion seems to offer a solution for a vexed
problem. It makes religious instruction voluntary
and places the responsibility in the hands of parents.
But to what extent would parents accept the respon¬
sibility ?
To what extent would Jewish parents insist that
their children take religious instruction after school
hours? To be sure, there are Jewish parents with
power to compel their children to go to the Talmud
Torahs in the various cities; they seem to be in the
minority.
It is good to place responsibility for religious edu¬
cation into the hands of parents ; but how can parents
be made to feel responsible?