Moscow (May. 17)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of Sholom Aleichem, the White Russian Government sent out a telegram signed by the President of the Council of People’s Commissaries, M. Adamovitch, and the Education Minister, M. Balicki, as well as the White Russian people’s poet Yanka Kupola. The telegram read:
“On this day of Sholom Aleichem’s death anniversary, we express to the Jewish toiling masses our general mourning for their great loss. It is not for us, however, to mourn, when we see how Yiddish culture, together with White Russian culture and the culture of other nationalities in White Russia, is spreading to the benefit of the toiling masses of the Soviet countries. Our Yiddish literature is growing to such an extent that it is becoming a model for Yiddish literature throughout the world.”
JEWISH COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES
Dedication of the Menorah Institute. New Orleans, La., took place on Sunday.
The building has just been completed at a cost of $100,000. In the front facade there are seven lonic pillars (four in the lower story and three in the upper) reminiscent of the opening verse of the ninth chapter of Proverbs: Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.”
The fountains on the sides of the entrance are symbolic of the call to knowledge in the fifty-fifth chapter of Isaiah: “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.” The Maccabean nine branch Menorah symbolizing the struggle and birth of light adorns the peak of the cornice consisting of five steps representing the various degrees of education.
The Menorah Institute comprises several important Jewish institutions performing a variety of religious, educational and social functions; included within it are the daily place of worship: class rooms for child and adult instruction; a spacius kindergarten specially equipped by the sisterhood; a library; rabbi’s study and reception room; a lecture and convention hall seating one thousand people: a large stage and dressing rooms for dramatic performances; a kitchen for the catering of kosher banquets; ritual fount and baths all lined with marble and tile; meeting room; a roof garden adjoining the hall.
The cornerstone of the new Lawndale district branch of the Jewish People’s Institute of Chicago, will be laid on Thursday. Philip I,. Seman, general director of the institute; Jacob M. Loeb, president: James Davis, chairman of the new building committee, and Rabbi Silber will be among the speakers.
The branch will cost $700,000 and is one of a series with which the institute is planning to meet the social and recreational needs of the Chicago Jewish community. Mr. Seman stated.
At the Commencement Exercises of the Herzliah Hebrew Academy, at the Metropolitan Auditorium, twenty-five graduates of the High School Department and Special Department of the school. received diplomas and prizes.
Mr. Solomon Lamport. president of the school. greeted the graduates. Joseph Barondess was chairman. Mr. Barondess spoke in Hebrew to the graduates and in Yiddish to the parents.
Addresses were delivered by Mr. I. Matz, Mr. Nissan Behar and Rev. Z., Masliansky.