Rabbi Jacob Katz, chaplain at Sing Sing prison, denounced the practice of conducting Jewish religious services in hired halls “wherein business, is made of the sacred faith,” he said.
“One of the main reasons the crime wave has hit the Jewish population is the fact that the religious education of youth is neglected and in very few cases, even under the care of the synagogue, does the daily Hebrew school come up to the proper standard,” Rabbi Katz said.
“At this time of the year, when the synagogues are trying to rent their seats for the holy days, the income of which goes for the upkeep of the school, we find that halls and theaters are being used as improvised synagogues. It is to the disgrace and dishonor of the Jewish people that such places of worship are being patronized. Generally there is no rabbi attached to the hall or theatre in which such services are conducted, and the only ones who benefit by these mushroom synagogues are high-priced cantors looked upon by the masses as stage stars, and choirs with their business managers.”
Rabbi Ernst R. Trattner has resigned as rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Los Angeles to become a motion picture director, it was announced.
“Because of its universal language, the motion picture has become the dominant force in modern civilization, and the church or synagogue and the motion picture have much in common.” Rabbi Trattner explained.
The Chicago Field Museum of Natural History is sending a scientific expedition into Abyssinia. The expedition will leave Chicago Sept. 5, to spend six months at least on the Abyssiman plateau.
The commander-in-chief of the expedition is Dr. Wilfred Osgood, curator of the department of zoology of the Field Museum. The expedition will penetrate into the interior of the country, seeking relies of the time of the Queen of Sheba. It will explore the walled city never entered by foreigners.
JEWISH COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES
The Congregation Rodoph Sholom, of Tampa, Fla., will dedicate their new synagogue on September 5. The Mayor of the city, Perry G. Wall, David Stein, president, and Rabbi Adolph Burger, the rabbi of the Congregation, will deliver addresses.
The Congregation Rodoph Sholom is one of the largest in the state of Florida.
Activities now under way by the Federal and State authorities should give the public every reasonable assurance that fowl may be purchased at this time without undue worry because of the epidemic of diphtheritic roup, Health Commissioner Louis I. Harris stated.
Dr. Harris announced that representatives of the Federal Bureau of Animal Industry had assured him that they would trace every car containing diseased chickens to its source and stop shipments.
The third annual debate, oratorical and basketball tournament of the Aleph Zadik Aleph. Junior Order of the B’nai B’rith, will be held in Chicago, February, 1927, the Advisory Council of the Order has announced. A committee of the Central B’nai B’rith Council of Chicago, headed by F. Bernstein, will be in charge.
Philip M. Klutznick, assistant secretary of the Supreme Advisory Council, is in charge of the arrangements.