Daily Digest of Public Opinion on Jewish Matters

(By Cable)

Lloyd George’s retort to Sir Alfred Mond, noted British Jew and leader of the Liberals who last week announced his conversion to the Conservative Party, that, " Like other notorious members of his race he has gone to his own place," has stirred British Jewry to indignation.

The "Jewish Chronicle" of London, in its issue of Jan. 29, terms Lloyd George’s allusion "a piece of rugged rudeness" and goes on to say :

"It is quite distressing to find a man of Lloyd George’s eminence comparing to a disciple who betrayed his Master one to whom yesterday he would have thought it fitting, had it suited his political purpose for the moment, to be a slave, with that rare and ripe unctuousness, of which this former Premier appears to possess so illimitable a supply."

Israel Zangwill, dramatist, expressed his amazement at Lloyd George’s remark. "Only a couple of months ago," he said, "Lloyd George attended a meeting of a Jewish historical society, under my chairmanship, and made a speech most sympathetic and pro-Semitic."

In a letter to the "London Times," a prominent Liberal describes his astonishment at Lloyd George’s language, terming it "a gross and unpardonable outrage on accepted decencies of the public."

COMMUNITY CHEST IDEA TRACED TO SUCCESS OF JEWISH FEDERATION PLAN

That the successful working of the Jewish charity federation idea is largely responsible for the creation of the community chest in many cities of the United States, was the assertion made by Dr. Solomon Lowenstein, Executive Director of the New York Federation for the Support Jewish Philanthropic Societies, at a meeting of the United Jewish Charities in Kansas City.

In the course of his address tracing the development of social welfare and charity work in American Jewry, Dr. Lowenstein said in part:

"The immigration period commenced in the 1880′s, and the Federation in the 1890′s. The Federation idea was first tried in the city of Boston, where it did not prove successful. The first successful federation was started in 1898, in Cincinnati. The idea spread rapidly, as is evidenced by your federation which was started in 1900. The National Conference is the outgrowth of the Federation idea.

"Then we have the creation, outside of the Jewish federation, of the community chest. We can take some credit for the success of the community chest idea, because of the successful working out of the Jewish federation idea. It was largely the work of the Cleveland Jewish Federation of which Mr. Marks was the head, where it was successfully demonstrated. Mr. Marks was likewise president of the Chamber of Commerce, and there it received its impetus. It isn’t a simple problem, however, throughout the country, because it has raised a great number of vexing questions. Theoretically I can see no reason why the Jews should not join in the community wide federation. But after all, we Jews do have a great many problems peculiar to ourselves. For the benefit of the community chest itself, it seems to me that the Jewish community should be as nearly one hundred per cent organized as possible for social work. We should do away with the antiquated distinctions of German and Russian Jews, orthodox, conservative and reform Jews."

"THE JEWISH DIGEST"

A new weekly, "The Jewish Digest" has made its appearance in Miami, Florida. The first issue of this paper appeared on January 15. It is edited by Rabbi Joseph Jasin, with Milton S. Malakoff as Managing Editor.

In an editorial explaining the policy of the new paper, it is declared that "The Jewish Digest" "will not be the advocate or adversary of any isolated element in Jewish life; it offers itself as the friend and ally of every constructive Jewish tendency."

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