JERUSALEM (Dec. 22)
Communal life continues in Palestine despite existing war conditions. Following are some new notes on life in the Holy Land:
The Jewish Agency’s labor department has been negotiating with the various labor organizations regarding extension of the existing labor exchange and distribution of work on the basis of a personal register of workers, rather than by party affiliation.
A reader of Davar, labor daily, has contributed L3 for a prize for a new Hebrew marching song, in view of the fact that the Jewish soldiers and supernumerary policemen have no suitable tune to sing while on march.
Official figrues of persons employed by the Palestine Government give their number as 13,717, of whom 5,663 are on the permanent staff.
Unknown persons recently entered the offices of the Agudath Israel Workers’ Organization in Jerusalem and removed all the documents found there.
A meeting of Jewish teachers of Arabic from 52 kvutzoth (colonies) was recently held in Haifa to discuss methods of teaching the language to adults.
The Arab daily Falastin reports that the American Jewish colony Raanana sent gifts to the Arab village Azzoun when the Arabs of the latter celebrated the Moslem feast of Id el Fitr.
A call to revive the old custom of “heralds” announcing the arrival of “Queen Saturday” was voiced by the Central Committee of the Agudath Israel, stating that since it is no longer possible to continue the blowing of the horn (shofar) as sign of lighting candles, the old custom of heralds should be revived to announce the time candle-lighting.