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{span}###{/span} New York’s Celebration of Chanukah

November 26, 1933
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The festival entitled “Reunion in Tel Aviv” will depict the return of the Jew from every corner of the globe to his traditional home in Palestine. Again the background of the all-Jewish city of Tel Aviv, which epitomizes Jewish achieve in the new Palestine, the heroism and sacrifice of the chalutzim (pioneers), the vision and the enterprise of Jewish poets and builders and the rise of a new culture to unite the scattered fragments of world Jewry in a common goal, will be portrayed.

The purpose of the festival is to bring New York Jewry into more intimate touch with Jewish traditions and stimulate the spiritual and cultural development of Jewish youth.

A cast of more than 500 actors, dancers and singers will take part in the production. The scenario has been prepared by Alexander Baron, Jewish music critic who will also act as general director of the festival. Emil Hilb, former director of the Breslau Opera and the Denver Symphony orchestra, will prepare an original score for the production. He will be assisted by Eugene Fuerst. The dances will be staged by Lazar Galpern who was brought to the United States to produce the opening ballet for the Radio City Music Hall and R. Ben-Ari who was prominently identified with the staging of “The Romance of a People” will be dramatic editor.

G. A. Lowenstein has been appointed chairman of the festival and he will be assisted by former Congressman William W. Cohen, Abraham Wechsler and Judge Jonah J. Goldstein

###cution of which all Jewries are to be invited to cooperate.

It is clear that the task confronting us involves activities in three fields of endeavor, in each of which a palpable need must be relieved, and all three together represent the totality of what might be called the German Jewish situation. Between these three activities, unfortunately not united in one executive direction, there must be created balance and sympathy and understanding, without which internal peace in Jewish affairs will be found difficult to maintain and without which resources and influence will be unnecessarily dissipated.


First, the problem of Jews remaining in Germany. It is estimated that within the next two or three years, in all probability about 250,000 Jews will find it impossible to maintain themselves within the framework of German life and will be forced to emigrate. The rest will struggle on under the conditions of humiliation and restriction the Hitler Government seems determined to impose upon them. Those who remain and have means of their own will in all probability see their resources gradually diminish and under the restrictive circumstances that prevail, will be unable to be come productive.

Many thousands will find ways to live under cover of law, in the crevices of industry and commerce It is quite obvious, however, that plans will have to be adopted for the readjustment of Jewish life within the fields of industry and commerce. New ways of economic productivity will have to be found. A project for the entry of Jews into agricultural pursuits is being considered. And various other plans will have to be given the support of

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