American Jewish C ongress' Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration This Weekend
Fifty years to the day following
its founding here as the first re-
presentative body of the American
Jewish community, the American
Jewish Congress will assemble in
Philadelphia — the same city in
which it began half a century ago
—this weekend consider its past,
present and future role in strength-
ening Jewish life advancing human
The observance will bring to-
gether the members of the Con- ,
gress' national governing council
and the leaders of its divisions and
chapters in all parts of the country.
The sessions Saturday evening
and Sunday will be in the Warwick
Hotel, with a procession to the
Monument to the Six Million Jew-
ish Martyrs as the concluding
event of the crowded and colorful
The delegates will pause Sun-
day morning to view a golden
jubilee salute to the American
Jewish Congress over the CBS-
TV network. The program en-
titled, "Not Charity But Justice,"
will be seen in the "Lamp Unto
My Feet" series produced by
CBS News. (See Jewry on the
Air for local time)
Two of the Congress' founders —
was founded just 50 years ago this
weekend by the action of 325 dele-
gates who had been elected by
secret ballot in a national balloting
the previous June (1918) that took
place in cities from coast-to-coast.
The purpose of the Congress was to
hammer out a program for secur-
ing guarantees in the Versailles
Peace Treaty of the rights of Jews
and other minority peoples in the
defeated German and Austro-
The delegates adopted a "Bill
of Jewish Rights," called for en-
dorsement by the Peace Confer-
ence of the Balfour Declaration
for establishment of a Jewish
National Home in Palestine, and
elected a delegation to go to
Versailles to press those claims.
The delegation returned to the
U.S. early in 1920 and the Congress
was called together — again in
Negro History, Literature
Listed in Bibliography
Written With Jewish Aid
NEW YORK — Publication of an
annotated bibliography of Negro
history and literature intended "to
bring honest and accurate docu-
mentation into the classroom, the
settlement house, the scout troop,
Horace M. Kallen, professor emer- the library and the home," was
itus of philosophy at the New announced here by the American
School for Social Research, and Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defa-
Bernard G. Richards, director of mation League of Bnai Brith and
the Jewish Information Bureau, the National Federation of Settle-
who participated in the sessions in ments and Neighborhood Centers.
the old Philadelphia Opera House
The bibliography, which includes
that brought the Congress into be- I
will be the both hard-cover books and paper-
ing on Dec, 15, 1918
is designed to aid teachers,
guests of honor.
parents, youth leaders, and stu-
Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld of dents in their search for reliable
Cleveland president of the Ameri- information about Negro life in
can Jewish Congress, will present America and contains resources for
citations to the two founders, adults as well as annotated selec-
Kellen and Richards, the last tions for children in the age groups
survivors of a group that included • 5-8, 9-12 and 13-15.
U.S. Supreme Justice Louis D.
In an introduction, St. Clair
Brandeis, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, I
merchant-philanthropist Nathan Drake, professor of sociology at
University in Chicago,
Straus, Judge Julian Mack, Ameri-
can Zionist leader Louis Lipsky, and a member of the board of di-
rectors of the National Federation
of Settlements and Neighborhood
Shad Polier, chairman of the Centers, states that "an under-
Congress' national governing coun- standing of the experience - of black
cil will preside at the Saturday people in the United States re-
quires some familiarity with a
Prof. Howard Sachar of George solid body of factual knowledge
Washington University will deliver! provided by history and biography,
a paper of "Jewish Life in the I as well as insights communicated
through literature and autobiogra-
The American Jewish Congress phy."
Philadelphia — to hear that the
mission had succeeded in its work.
The Congress was then adjourned
sine die, but the majority of dele-
gates refused to leave the hall.
Gedalia Bublick, a delegate and
the editor of the Yiddish-language
Jewish Daily News (Tageblatt),
took the lectern and announced:
"The Congress is not dead; it is
just born. All those wishing the
American Jewish Congress to con-
tinue will remain in their seats.
The first speaker will be Dr. Step-
hen S. Wise."
Dr. Wise had ennunciated the
Congress philosophy four years
eariler — also in Philadelphia —
at -a preliminary national confer-
ence for an American Jewish Con-
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gress. In a speech whose words
have come down through the years
with accumulating force and per-
tinence, he declared:
"Not relief but redress; not pal-
liation but prevention, not charity
but justice — this is the only pro-
gram worthy of a great and proud
people." His words are today the
anthem and the watchword of the
American Jewish Congress.
The Congress and Rabbi Wise
continued to play this role through-
out World War II, and at the same
time to give added strength to the
demands for opening Palestine to
Jewish immigration and to the
creation of a Jewish National
Home in keeping with all promises
made to the Jews by Great Britain
and other countries.
TV Helps Train Rabbis
at Hebrew Union College
NEW YORK — Hebrew Union
College—Jewish Institute of Reli-
gion has introduced closed circuit-
TV to help teach homiletics, the
branch of practical theology which
teaches the art of the sermon.
Video-tape recorders, a camera
with a zoom lens and monitors
now make it possible in HUC's
Cincinnati and New York schools
to video-tape the student and his
sermon, enabling him to see him-
self as others see him when he
The new visual extension also is
used in the human relations de-
partment where students are pre-
pared for counseling work. Typical
situations, played prior to each
class period, are video-taped and
then used for discussion.
"Proclaim liberty throughout the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof."
At this season of the year, when we observe the triumphs
of the Maccabees, when our fellow citizens of other faiths reaffirm
dedication to the principles of brotherhood among men, the
Biblical quotation from Leviticus that is inscribed on the Liberty
Bell in Independence Square in Philadelphia admonishes us anew
to pay honor to the teachings of our Sages and Prophets and to
for liberty for all.
May we see, in our time, the fulfillment of the vision and
the hope for the emergence of the truest ideals of justice for all.
In that spirit we extend hearty Hanuka greetings to the
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Ida Kaminska in `Goldene Medina'
As we usher in the great Hanuka Festival, the words of the "Rock
of Ages" will be heard wherever there are Jews in English-speak-
Rock of Ages, let our song
Praise Thy saving power;
Thou amidst the raging foes,
Wast our shelt'ring tower.
Furious they assailed us,
But Thine arm availed us,
And Thy word
Broke their sword
When our own strength failed us
Children of the Martyr-race
Whether free or fettered,
Wake the echoes of the songs
Where ye may be scattered.
Yours the message cheering
That the time is nearing
Which will see
All men free,
Ida Kaminska, noted Polish actress (seated left) and her family
arrive at Kennedy Airport to begin new lives in the United States.
Assisted in their migration by United Hias Service, the Kaminskas
will rejoin relatives here and endeavor to set up a traveling Yiddish
theater. Seated next to Mis Kaminska is her husband, actor-producer
Meir Heiman. Standing (from left) are their son, Victor; daughter,
In a spirit of re-dedication to the indestructible faith of Israel,
we express the hope that this Hanuka may bring joy to every
Jewish household and that we may soon enjoy universal peace.
Ruth; and granddaughter, Ericka.
' 44—Friday, December 13, 1968
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