Digest of Public Opinion on Jewish Matters

[The purpose of the Digest is informative: Preference is given to papers not generally accessible to our readers. Quotation does not indicate approval.-Editor.]

The role of Louis D. Brandeis as a distinguished American and Jews, is commented on by the “Jewish Daily News” of November 10, on the occasion of the attainment by Mr. Brandeis of his seventieth birthday.

“As an American,” the paper writes, “Brandeis belongs to the leading personalities of the present generation. His influence as a great lawyer and thinker in the field of political economy was considerable even before he became a justice of the United States Supreme Court. He always stood for the greatest measure of justice to everyone and the fullest possible degree of personal liberty. The best traditions of America, as they were understood by Jefferson, found a staunch defender in Louis D. Brandeis, who is known as the “people’s lawyer.” Brandeis is a thinker in democracy and he has influenced no small number of persons who were themselves thinkers, amongst them the strong personality of Woodrow Wilson.”

The paper reviews Mr. Brandeis’s role as the leader of the Zionist movement in America up to the time of his entrance into the United States Supreme Court. “Despite the split which caused his withdrawal from the Zionist Organization,” the paper observes, “Mr. Brandeis has not in the least lost his love for and interest in Palestine. He is a careful observer of all that takes place in and about Zion. The Zionist Organization has adopted many of the very plans put forth by Brandeis over which the break with him took place. Experience has shown the way he pointed out to be the right one. His achievements for Zionism will never be forgotten.”

ON THE “JEWISH DAILY BULLETIN” INQUIRY

The “Jewish Daily Bulletin” inquiry on the subject of alleged anti-Jewish discrimination in American colleges, is the subject of an editorial in the “Indiana Jewish Chronicle” of Nov. 5. Expressing gratification at the facts revealed by the inquiry, the paper says:

“In our own city, we are happy to note that the senior student body of Butler College, a Christian institution, has gone others one better by electing as president of their graduating class a Jew, Lester Budd, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Budd, of Indianapolis. This is the first time that a Jewish student has been elected to this honorary office and perhaps one of the few such instances in the country. The usual requisites for such selection are high scholastic standing and achievement as well as popularity.

“It is not to be implied,” the paper adds, “that there are no Jewish problems in our American colleges. One of the most important is keeping alive the interest of the Jewish student in his religion, culture and people. This, the Hillel Foundation, inaugurated by the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, is accomplishing with great success.

“Another situation presents itself in the refusal of non-Jewish college fraternities to admit Jews into their chapters. However, in honor societies Jews fare well. Such exclusion is easily justified. Jewish students should not seek entrance into societies where they are not wanted. Neither should the Christian expect to be welcomed into a purely Jewish social fraternity. This is for the best, as such intermingling would influence laxity in religious observances and after lead to intermarriage.”

A dinner in the interest of the $5,000,000 endowment fund campaign for the National Farm School expansion project was held at the Hotel Biltmore Wednesday night. No speeches were delivered.

There were four addresses, which, however, instead of being delivered by their authors had been printed and placed before each guest. These were by Abraham Erlanger, Chairman of the school’s expansion project: Adam I. Gimbel, Chairman of the Business Men’s Council of the institution’s drive; Herbert B. All man, President of the farm college, and excerpts from the speech of Secretary of Agriculture William M. Jardine, which he delivered before the American Country Life Association in Washington.

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