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Professor Smertenko to Lecture on Outstanding Jewish Problems

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A presentation of current events in Jewish life throughout the world and particularly in America will be made by professor Johan J. Smertenko, well known American Jewish author and lecturer, in a tour which he will make on behalf of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin.”

This tour, during which Dr. Smertenko will visit twenty cities in the United States, has been arranged by the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” as a service to its readers and friends who would like to have a thorough discussion and full light shed on Jewish events reported for them by the “Jewish Daily Bulletin.”

Professor Smertenko’s subjects will include: “The Jewish Question in America,” “Nordic and Jewish Prejudices,” “The Jew’s Right to Live,” “What the Gentile Thinks of the Jew,” “The Melting Pot and the Ku Klux Klan,” and other topics of general Jewish interest.

Prof. Johan J. Smertenko is one of America’s foremost authors and lecturers. He has earned an international reputation as a critic and writer on social problems. He has contributed largely to “The Nation,” “The American Mercury.” “The Bookman,” “The Saturday Review,” “The Dial,” “Current History” and “The Menorah Journal.” He is at present contributing editor to the literary section of the N. Y. “Herald-Tribune.”

Prof. Smertenko was educated in this country at the University of Wisconsin and also studied abroad at Paris and Leipzig. He held various editorial positions on newspapers before the War. After eighteen months of service, both here and at the front, he returned to America as Professor of Journalism at Grinnell College.

In 1921 he became lecturer of English literature and modern drama at Hunter College. Later he was appointed lecturer to the International Students’ Tours.

Professor Smertenko will write for the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” a series of letters on Jewish life in the United States, based on his observations during his tour. A comprehensive survey of the active forces in American Jewry will be given in this series.


In line with its policy of placing emphasis on festival celebrations as a means of retaining the interest of the Jewish youth in traditional Judaism, Young Judaea Clubs throughout the country, presented plays.

In all of the ninety-one institutions affiliated with the New York Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, programs were given.

The Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews, 121 West 105th Street, New York, was open to the public for inspection and an entertainment furnished.

The Old Timers of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association conducted a Purim Ball and entertainment in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel last night. This function served as a reunion of all former Y. M. H. A. members since 1874.



In the “Bulletin” of yesterday you report me as having said that a new religion will spring forth from Palestine. I did say exactly the contrary. It is my deep belief that from Palestine will come the reaffirmation of the idea of one God, the God of Israel, and that humanity will really live the laws of God.


New York, Feb. 25, 1926

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