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Alfred Benesch Opposes Military Training in Cleveland High Schools

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Abolition of military training in Cleveland high schools is urged in a resolution introduced at a meeting of the city’s board of education by Alfred A. Benesch, Jewish member of the board.

“I can not see,” Mr. Benesch said, “how talk of a world court and the League of Nations is consistent with military training in the schools. If the schools gave as much emphasis to the League and the world court, it would not be so bad. To ignore the one and emphasized the other is not only inconsistent; it certainly does not promote any efforts that may be under way looking towards general, world peace.”

Mr. Benesch’s resolution provides for total abolition of optional military training when the present semester ends, Feb. 1. The course was compulsory until two years ago, when it was made optional The resolution was referred to the education committee, with the probability that the board will act finally on it, at its meeting of either Jan. 11 or that of Jan. 18.

A protest against the resolution was read to the board at its meeting of Jan. 4. It came from the Cleveland Municipal Council of the United Spanish War Veterans and claims that the general unpreparedness of the nation during any of its wars makes military training advisable.


“The Jews have made a success in Palestine, just as they have in America,” Col. Josiah Wedgwood, British M. P. and friend of Zionism, who is in this country now, declared at the dinner of the Young Judea, held Wednesday night at the Hotel, Roosevelt, New York.

Five hundred persons were present at the dinner. Benjamin Winter acted as toastmaster.

Dr. David de Sola Pool, president of the Young Judaea, Emanuel Neuman, Rev. Z. H. Masliansky, Nahum Sokolow, who spoke in Hebrew, and Col. Josiah Wedgwood addressed the gathering. Fifteen thousand dollars was raised.

Dr. Stephen S. Wise who was present did not speak owing to the lateness of the hour.

An interstate discussion on the question of religious instruction in the public schools took place in Omaha, Nebr.

The Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association of Omaha defeated the Philadelphia Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association in a debate on the question: Resolved, that religious instruction in the public schools with safeguards would be conducive to the moral welfare of the state, the Philadelphia debators. A. Allan Goodman, Leonard Orloff and Elias Magil, upholding the affirmative.

The Omaha team, which consisted of Morris Block, Sam Zacharis and Ben Kaslowsky, upheld the negative.

Three hundred persons attended the debate of which Henry Monsky was chairman.

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