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Lewis Browne, author of “This Believing World,” who just returned from Russia, summed up his impressions in an interview with the Newark, N. J., “Jewish Voice.” The paper reports:
“Jewry in Russia is endeavoring to create a Yiddish nationality (this must not be conflicted with a Jewish nationality) something which apparently has numerous defects. Study of Hebrew is taboo and Russian Jewry doesn’t appear to be overconcerned with its racial history up to the present time,” Dr. Browne declared.
” ‘As to Jewish colonization’-his opinion-’undoubtedly the only thing to be done in Russia today, but I dare say that if the conduct of private business were made easier probably 90 percent would go into commercial pursuits’.”
The publication of the first volume of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” Index continues to be a subject of comment in various papers.
The “Jewish Record” of San Antonio, Texas, finds the Index “of invaluable aid to nearly everyone,” not only for “the ease in which information may be found, but because of the wide berth of subjects that have hitherto taken much time to locate.” The paper further remarks:
“The Index is a careful compilation of the data printed in the “Daily Bulletin,” besides an additional survey of such relative subjects as Anti-Semitism, Immigration, Relief, Palestine and Zionism. A number of cross references are given to further aid in conserving energy and time. For instance, if one is interested in seeing the trend of thought on any given subject, there it may be found completely digested from the various newspapers and reviews in the world, enabling one to learn authoritatively and understandingly instead of groping around blindly.
“To the lecturer, writer, research or social worker it should be priceless and to the casual reader it will prove a valuable aid in refreshing his memory in the signs of the times, whether the information sought is current events, biographical data or one of the larger subjects pertaining to Jewish life.”
The Chicago “Sentinel” has this to say:
“The gathering of Jewish news has been revolutionized since the founding of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency which has alert correspondents in all parts of the world. The dissemination of this information through the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” makes it possible for every interested Jew to know exactly what Jewry is doing in every corner of the globe. In order to make this information even of greater value the “Bulletin” has just issued an Index to its 1925 files. While the references in the Index are to the “Daily Bulletin” every item is briefly summarized so that the book can be used profitably even without the “Daily Bulletin.” We hail the publication of the 1925 Index.”
In the “Scribe” of Portland, Oregon, we read:
“The Index is a compendium of the details of the variegated life and activities of world Jewry, compiled from the ‘Bulletins’ issued in the year 1925. As a reference book it is inestimable and will serve in the future as an unbiased text book of Jewish history. Of particular interest are the articles on Anti-Semitism, Russian Colonization Plan, Palestine, Stanislaw Steiger, Ku Klux Klan, Education and Immigration.”
The “Southern Israelite” of Augusta, Ga., remarks: “It is an especially gotten up volume on the style of an encyciopedia and we can highly recommed it for the Jewish home wherein Jewish topics are usually discussed.”