British Courts Drop Term “jew”, League of British Jews Hears at Meeting

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Mr. Liouel de Rothschild, the President, presided at the annual meeting of the League of British Jews held here yesterday.

The year had been a quiet one, he said, but one of the most gratifying results of the League’s work had been the dropping by the Press of the practice of describing persons accused before magistrates as “a Jew.” There was no more reason for calling attention to the fact that a criminal was a Jew, he added, than there would be for describing a person charged as “a Catholic” or “a Protestant.” Questions had been raised, he continued, as to whether the League intended assisting Jews to settle in Palestine. The League was not founded for that purpose, but it had helped to ensure that any Jew who wished could settle in Palestine in the same manner that other British subjects could go to any other British Dominion.

Mr. Claude G. Montefiore, in deprecating the efforts in some quarters to secure the creation of a Jewish State in Palestine, said that he trusted the word Jew would never mean anything more than a person belonging to a particular religious denomination.

The President and other officers were reelected for the ensuing year.

Carrying a silver baron with messages from seven mayors, runners representing the Young Men’s Hebrew Associations went on foot from New York to Philadelphia on Sunday. June 13th, as a feature of the organization’s program in connection with the Sesoui-centennial celebration now being held it, Philadelphia. The baron was inscribed in English and Hebrew with the verse from the Bible that is engraved on the Liberty Bell: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitant thereof.” Leviticus XXV.10. In addition to the messages from the mayors there were statements from the heads and officials of the various Y. M. H. A.’s. The baton and the messages will be placed in the archives of the Sesqui-centennial celebration.

BREVITIES

Harold J. Richardson, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York, announced the appointment of Grand and District officers and important State Committees, among which are the following Jews: Elmer B. Silver, New York. Grand Librarian; Albert R. Lesinsky, Simon Rasch. Lawrence L. Levy, Albert Horowitz, all of New York and Norman G. Ostander, Masonville, District Deputy Grand Masters; Samuel J. Levinson of Brooklyn. Grand Chaplain: Harry E. Ratner and Lawrence Metzger of New York, Grand Stewards and Hugo J. Stelzner of New York, Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The Federation of Hungarian Jews in America issued a statement protesting against the Hungarian Jews, Geza D. Berkowitz, editor of the Hungarian paper. “Nepszana.” published in New York, and Solomon Kende, former editor of the paper, for having organized committees to arrange a reception for the representative of Hungary to the Eucharistic Congress to be held in Chicago.

“Whereas, the Federation of Hungarian Jews never authorized such a committee to function, as there are among the envoys of Hungary men of the type of Bela Turi, editor of the anti-Semitic “Alkotmany” of Budapest and Count Andrew B. Jankovitch, an intamous oppressor of Jews and laborers, an ardent advocate of the Numerus Clausus bill, which admits only 3 per cent of Jews as pupils into the Hungarian High Schools and Universities, and

“Whereas, these men, namely Turi and Jankovitch reflect no credit upon the other Dignitaries of the Church, whose arrival we hail with the rest of the citizens of the United States of America.

“Therefore, be it resolved that the Hungarian Jews in America shall not partake in the reception and shall protest against the autocratic Horthy Regime and its American Representative, Count Ladislaus Szechenyl, both of whom have made a united effort to import or rather smuggle into this country of freedom and liberty these two advocates of the Feudal System under the cloak of Religion,” the protest reads.

Moses F. Eiseman. 81 years old, pioneer Jewish merchant of Washington, D. C., and the oldest member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, died in Washington on Thursday.

Harold A. Rosenbaum, 40 years old, died suddenly while traveling in Germany on June ###, according to word received here. His wife, known on the concert stage as Hulda Lashanska, and children, Lenore and Margaret were with him.

Dr. Isaac Levin, director of the New York Cancer Institute, was named medical director New York Cancer Association, which has just been organized.

Among those associated with Dr. Levin on the Scientific Committee of the new organization is Dr. Barnet Josephs.

Sanders Wertheim was elected President of the Association.

Dr. Hirsch Loeb Gordon, Hebrew-Yiddish journalist, who arrived in this country ten years ago and who served with the Jewish Legion in Palestine during 1918-1919, received the degree of A.M. in Education at the recent commencement exercises of Columbia University, his fourth graduate degree tor research done in four different fields of science at tour American universities. The former three degrees being: A.V. in Diplomacy, American University, Doctor of Literature, Catholic University, PH.D. Tale University. Dr. Gordon is at present instructor at the Jewish Teachers’ Seminary and at the Hebrew Teachers College Tarbuth.

More than $200,000 is left in bequests by the will of Henry F. Elias, retired shirt manufacturer, the large portion going to charitable organizations. Mount Sinai Hospital is named residuary legatee.

Fifty thousand dollars is bequeathed to cach of the following institutions; Blythedale Home, Valhalla, N.Y.; The Hebrew Orphan Asylum, New York City and Montefiore Hospital. Ten thousand dollars is given the House of the Good Shepherd and St. John’s Guild receives $2,500.

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