Anonymous Donor in LA
Gives Technion $500,000
Skin Diving in Israel
Judaica in Westminister Abbey
Skin-diving is one of the top up-to-date French diving equip-
sporting activities in Israel. The ment. The big attraction along
two centers of this sport are the Mediterranean coast are the
Caesarea on the Mediterranean ancient submerged cities. At Eilat
and Eilat on the Gulf of Eilat it is the crystal clear water and
The Caesarea Diving Center is run the magnificent fish. The Aqua-
by Chaim Stay, an ex-Israeli frog- sport Center there is run by a
man, and is equipped with the most former Australian, Willy Halpern.
trothal contract, the father of the
bride promised a dowry of 10
LONDON—Westminster Abbey's marks at the time of the nuptials
ninth centenary begins December and an additional five marks to be
28 and will be marked by special given a year later. He undertook,
services. concerts, lectures, exhibi- moreover, to provide the young
tions and sales of commemorative couple with both weekday and
stamps, medals and china. The Ab• Sabbath apparel. In addition he
bey houses one of the most impor- agreed to engage a tutor to in-
tant collections of medieval docu- struct the husband for 12 months
ments in England. Here at the Ab- after the marriage.
bey is the "Stone of Scone" upon
The sense of family responsi-
which, according to Westminster bility was a strong element in
legend, the patriarch Jacob rested the life of Anglo-Jewry. In one
at Bethel when he beheld the an- document, three brothers engage
gels ascending and descending the to find "a nice sweet partner"
ladder to heaven. Some attach even for their sister within the next
greater historic significance to this three years, present her with a
stone, maintaining that this was dowry of 10 marks, provide her
the altar prepared for Abraham's with a trousseau and defray all
sacrifice of his son Isaac.
the expenses of her nuptials and
There are also other items of wedding feast.
The Deeds reveal a number of
considerable Jewish interest. The
library has two 13th Century He- usages current in the community.
brew manuscripts; one is a 398- For example, a deed dated Friday,
page Pantateuch on vellum; the the 26th Adar, 5027, notes that
second Hebrew manuscript is a "the Vendor takes an oath on the
Ten Commandments." A memoran-
Truth is the best advocate — Hebrew-Latin
From its beginnings, the library dum of Evidence states that "Both
had some Hebrew books. As early the individuals holding a scroll of
as July 7, 1629. John Selden wrote the Law in their arms swear that
to Sir Robert Cotton asking the they will be true and faithful to
Westminster Library to lend him each other and act in unison." Ac-
"The Talmud of Babylon in divers cording to another document, "the
The National Israel
great volumes." In the library to- transaction is made according to
day, there are nine Hebrew Bibles, the regulations of the sages." Com-
In the year 1934 the disciples of Zeev
the first Rabbinical Bible munal leaders regulated business
Jabotinsky gathered in Jerusalem and
set up the National Workers Federa- in four volumes, printed by Daniel ethics, too. In an undated Norwich
tion. Today this federation has many
deed, Josce ben Solomon affirms
Bomberg in 1517.
branches throughout the country.
They believe in solving national and
The Abbey has an extensive col- on oath that the transaction is gen-
social problems according to the prin-
uine and covenants, in the event
ciples of Jewish tradition and on the lection of Jewish Stars, many of
basis of the outlook of Herzy, Nordau them were edited by Myer Davis of any proven dishonesty on his
(1830-1912) a one-time editor of part, to "forfeit to the king one
A member of the National Workers
Federation has the benefit of social the Jewish World. Davis be came gold mark and to pay one silver
funds which assist the member in times acquainted with Dean Stanley, who mark to the Jewish burial ground
of unemployment, or when the
economy suffers from shocks. The made many Jewish documents in London."
credit funds assist members in securing available to him. In 1888, Davis's
In the Pipe Rolls, there are a
interest-free loans. Another fund assists
"Shetaroth: Hebrew Deeds of the number of references to the Jew-
the member during illness.
The National Workers Sick Fund English Jews" was published by ish community in Nottingham at
extends medical help to some 200,000
Persons in 100 clinics. The right to be- the Jewish Historical Society of the beginning of the reign of Hen-
long to the National Sick Fund is England.
ry III. The Abbey has a number of
reserved for any citizen in Israel.
Many of the Deeds relate "to documents from Nottingham. Da-
This Fund has also rest homes in
Tiberias and Jerusalem. Coonerative sales of land, some to the rent of vid wrote to his son Moses ("May
enterprises of the National Workers
Federation exist chiefly in the building shops, others again deal with the he live long") the following letter:
sector. It has a housing company called transfer of debts." In one contract "Now, have your eyes about you
Sela which has constructed thousands
of housing units. The settlements of of betrothal, we read that Belle- and see that you give up without
members of the National Workers assez promised to give as "a wed- delay to the person bringing this
Federation are organized in the settle-
ding gift to the young bridegroom epistle, for so I have promised to
A national working and student 20 marks sterling and a precious the justiciars."
youth organization has been set up
Lincoln was the home of Aaron
attached to the National Workers volume containing the whole of 24
Federation. The young people receive books of the Hebrew Bible, written of Lincoln (1125-1186), the famous
within the framework of their organi-
on calf skin, properly provided financier who provided the money
zation education and culture.
Translation of Hebrew column, pub- with punctuation, Targum, Haphta- for many building schemes. The
lished by Brit rvrit Olamit and
Abbey owns a deed dated 1250
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Cul- rot and Masorah." In another be-
wherein Moses, son of the martyred
ture of Jerusalem.
R. Joseph, attests that he owes
Samuel ben Meshullam the Levite
the sum of 21 shillings "in the cur-
rent sterling coin."
There was a Jewish community in
Canterbury in the 12th Century.
The ancient synagogue was
probably at the site of the present
Saracen's Inn. Among its spiritual
Tprpinl nxir naqp'm tri7t75t -r, loprls 1934 nst
leaders were Aaron and Benjamin.
The Abbey has a number of deeds
roninpri nx 1n7.11 from the 13th Century. In one such
deed, Bona, widow of. Rabbi Meir,
'2 .; n44 " . ) rrP 44t? 1/ "relinquishes in favor of her broth-
all her claims by marri-
nT7 M73 n ri er-in-law
'P'7 ni"7 kr4i01
age jointure on a house with ad-
"2121 I nt Itr. rr b niainm; joining court-yard."
,%241;71 1 7? nr), oiDRtri
"I could not consider the li-
brary" said Washington Irving of
the Abbey, in a grim 'epitaph, "a
kind of literary catacomb where
authors, like mummies, are piously
ncpxn ix niint7 nph t7tg
entombed and left to blacken and
moulder in oblivion."
LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Nearly
$1,000,000 was raised here for the
support of the Israel Institute of
Technology, Technion, with one
anonymous giver contributing
$500,000 of the total it was an-
nounced here at a dinner spon-
sored by the Southern California
division of the American Friends
of Technion. •
Principal speakers at the event
included Sen. Ernest Gruening,
Alaska Democrat, who urged
Americans to write to their repre-
sentatives in Congress, opposing
the grant of further United States
aid to Egypt. He charged that the
State Department has "always"
been "pro-Arab, and hostile to
The other major speaker was
Alexander Goldberg, chancellor of
the Technion, in Haifa, who re-
ported that establishment of a
nuclear engineering center was the
latest development at the Institute.
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tion Award of the Israel Bond Or-
ganization. The- first such award
was given last year to Gen. Lucius
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Europe in the Second World War.
Truman presented the award.
Accepting the award, Humphrey
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