Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1950-09-08, page 01
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w ArchaeoUglcal & Historical Museum . , N. High St at 15th—1 Plain Talk RAISING MONEY BY AL SEGAL Our Mr. Hlllel (Hlllel Widget Corp) calls again with a column ready-made for me . . . "It's warm weather," he says, "and I thought I would do you a little favor hy writing your column this week. You can go fishing Instead or mayhe iJlay .some canasta " (Mr. Hlllel, It will he recalled Is Ihe renowned widget manu¬ facturer who for recreation tal<es upon himself to write this column from time tti time. Making millions of dollars out of wid¬ gets la a great bore, he says.) "Thank yoti for your timely favor, Mr. Hlllel and what Is your column about?" "Here It Is," he replied, and here It is In print: Thu.s writes Mr. Hlllel: This time I, Mr. Hlllel, am In a scoUling mood. Ordinarily I am no scold. Scolding, as I see It, Is a vice of shrewish wives and In .self-respect I refrain from It as much as I can. Even when, recently, a thousand wUlgets %viBre spoiled In my factory I scolded ho one. Oh, t said, work' ers are only human and, being that way, Ihey are. prone to er¬ ror. I fired no one on account of ihe thousand spoiled widget.s. Even In this column I don't really mean to scold anybody. It's just gentle admonition, you might say. It has to do with the strong-arm way of collecting .lewish welfare funds prevalent in many of the cities. Let us take the case of one whom I shall call Mr. Zilch. Everybody knows Mr. Zilch. There are Zllches In every City. Zilch Is a hardworking small business man and he is aware of all his social obligations. He gives, according to his means, to his town's community chest and to the Jewish fund, and besides, every year hands a $10 bill to the gospel mission which Is around the corner from his place of business. Mr. Zilch tries to do his chari¬ table best In a considerable var¬ iety of directions. I know Zllch; and I know that he has never failed In any of the duties re¬ quired of a .social man. He can't give money In those amounts which put the giver's name In headlines In the newspapers. Mr.' Zllch doesn't (:are for that .sort of thing, anyway. He says every man .should give what he honestly can and shouldn't re- c|uire trumpets to be blown to his glory. Well, one day he received an Invitation to a big dinner at the best hotel In his town. It was signed by none other than the- distinguished chairman of the drive for Jewish funds. Mr. Zllch's -wife felt flattered. "Oscar," she said, "maybe you should wear your-tux. Some of the biggest people will be there." Mr. Zllch snorted at this. (He told me about It later.) He said he would go just as he Is. He is a man to whom any kind of dis¬ play is repulsive, especially at an affair dedicated,to charity. It was a swell dinner all right with cocktails, too and free to everybody there. But even In the warmth of the cocktails Mr. Zllch found his conscience ask¬ ing: "But why should they be • spending all the money that this swell dinner costs? There are some "100 people here -and dinner costs at least 2.50 a plate, to sav nothing of the coektalla. That's at least $1000 In all. Couldn't $1000 better be applied to this fund. (Mr. Zllch Is a busi¬ ness man to whom $1000 Is real money.) "What's the gimmick here?" Mr. Zllch asked himself. He was shortly to find out. Af¬ ter the dinner there was an in¬ spirational speech that was three-quarters of an hour long. Then the chairman arose . . . . "Gentlemen!" ... He had a surprise, he said . . . "We're going to raise some of the money for our "fund right- here and now." Yes, he said, he -would go around the tables from man to ^.^^JHRONICLE SrO Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Commuhiiy ^AK. Vol. 2«, No. m ('OliCMBVH, OHIO, FRIDAV, 8EPTKMBKR 8, 1050 Derotsd to Amerlcm •nd Jewish Ideall Beth Jacob Congregation to Break Ground for New Structure Sept. 17 The ceremon.y of breaking ground for the new Beth lacob synagogue on ' Bulen Ave., near Livingston, will take place Sunday, Sept. 17, at II a. m. All members and their families and patrons of Beth Jacob Congregation are asked to keep this date open and to attend this out¬ standing event In the history of the Congregation. For further details read next week's Chronicle. - :t^ man and each man would get up and say publicly how much he \yould give . . . "This Is go¬ ing to he a show ot hands, gen tiemen." Mr. Zllch grew hot with anger. He In his quiet life never before had had the finger put on him, never had been put on a spot, as they say. Now they were go¬ ing to make him get up and state publicly how much he Intended to give to a charity. He wasn't ashamed of what he could give but the giving of charity was nothing to blow publicly about. He understood what the Idea was: If he was made to give pub¬ licly a confession of his charity he might give more. But intimi¬ dation wa.s. no way by which to collect charity. The chairman had started call¬ ing the names. First called were the very rich people who could give money by the tens of thous¬ ands and could derive satisfac¬ tion for their egos by making public announcement thereof... "Mr. Olutz!" . . . Mr. O 1 u t z with proud accents announced $10,000 and at the applause that ensued he felt his virtue tingling up and down his spine. Mr. Zllch himself was getting hotter and hotter while he wait¬ ed for his name to be called. The Idea of this! To bring him to a dinner for this purpose! Did they hope lo make him feel small by comparl.son with Glut?, to make him feel small and thereby cause him to give more than he could afford; lo put pressure on his vajiity which might say to him. "Zllch, try to raise yourself somewhat to the financial status of Glutz. Show 'em, Zllch! You gotta make a showing here." Mr. Zllch said he'd be damned If he would. He wasn't that kind. When, finally, his name was call¬ ed. Mr. Zllch, though generally !i meek man, could hold himself In no longer. He arose: "Air. Chairman, what I give Is nobody else's business. It's something between me and my conscience and I've never failed my con¬ science. And let me tell you something; If you expect to have the good will of this community you better cut out this sort of thing 'n the future." This Is the way I, Mr. Hillel, feel about that way of raising funds. I refrain from being caught at such affairs, though I guess I could get applause from all the tables if I publicly an¬ nounced my contribution. Contributors to Center Building Fund Invited to ^^Official" Inspection Tour More than DOO men and women who have contributed to the building fund of the Jewish Community Center, 112.') College Ave,, have been Invited to have their first official look at the fine structure their contribu¬ tions made possible at a gather¬ ing Sunday. Sept. 17, at 8 p. m. Melville D. Frank, chairman of Ihe membership drive com¬ mittee, will preside at a short meeting, introducing both 1. W. Oarek, president of the Jewish Center board of trustees', and .Mayer Ro.senfeld. director. Members of the professional staff will be presented and will outline the various activities for the coming year. Included will be Mr, Rosenfeld; Meyer H. Sch¬ wartz, a.ssistant director i n charge of program; Martin Liy- enstejn, director of youth activi¬ ties, in charge of program for teen-aged and young adult mem¬ bers; Samuel D. Stellman. direc¬ tor of health and physical educa¬ tion, and Marvin Josolowltz, dir¬ ector of junior activities. Each contributor will join a group lo make a complete and conducted lour of the Center to see how the facilities and equip¬ ment are to be utilized In putt¬ ing on a program which will be of Interesi lo lio.ys and girls and men and women of all ages and in all field.s— cultural, education¬ al, athletic and social. Representatives of the mem¬ bership drive committee will act ATTEND SPECIAL CONFERENCE AT INVITATION OF DAVID BEN-GURION In the delegation of 41 American .lewish leaders, who on Sept. 1 flew lo Israel on the Invilallon of Prime Minister David Ben- Gurlon, were Robert W. Schlff and Albert Schiff, well known figures In the Columbus Jewlah community. They are attending a special co.nfercnce on the. economic and financial problems of Israel, being held In Jerusalem this week. Representing the major national Jewish organizations In the U. S. are al.so Included a large number of outstanding leaders and officers ot the Zionist Organization of America, among them be¬ ing Benjamin G. Browdy, president of tlje ZOA; Fred M. Monos- son, ZOA treasurer and chairman of the Israel Projects Commitiee; Wm. H. Sylk of Philadelphia, vlce-pres. of the ZOA. It is Interesting to note that Mr. Albert Schlff. formerly a resident of Columbus and now of New York Clly, is rtational ZOA treasurer and chairman of the committee for Economic Invest¬ ments In Israel. Mr. R. W. Schlff. on the other hand, was for several years general chairman of the United Jewish Fund drives here. ns leaders of the conducted lours aifd wiii give each guest at the gathering an opportunity to join the first charter-member groUp. Following the short program and lour, refreshments will be served in one of the attractive .social rooms. In preparation for the mem¬ bership drive, which will be aimed al all Columbus Jewish families. .Mr. Frank announces 12 additional volunteers this week: Aaron Sivitz. I Kl N. Roosevelt: Sam Schneider. 203 S. Souder; IE. .Solomon. 114 N, Gould; Sam j Pearson, .'il.'t N, Cassingham; Herb Romanoff, Wil a. Cassing¬ ham: Fred Roland, 104.5 Rainbow j Park: Louis Levin. 091 Oeers j Ave,. Robert Blashek. .Ir,. 175.5 I Oak Bt,; Ben Bal.shone. 222 S. ('asslngham; IVIilton Yassenoff, j204 Mayfair: Marvin Frank, .58 i N. Hampton and Sid Levoff, 852 S. Remington. FIRST .MARINE KILLED SUMTER, S. C., (JTA) — Word was received here this week that Captain 'Vivien M. Moses, a member of one of South Carolina's oldest and most prominent Jewish families, was the first Marine Corps aviator to be killed In action in Korea. ' Capt. Moses was a nephew of retired Marine Corps Major Gen¬ eral Emlle P. Moses. Another uncle, Herbert A., Moses, Is a leader of the United Jewish Ap¬ peal in Sumter and a former Last year he was made president of the UJF, succeeding I chairman of the Sumter Jewish the late Samuel N. Summer. r.1.1 LEADER NAMED WASHINGTON, (JTA) — Sid¬ ney Salomon, Jr., a United Jew¬ ish Appeal leader of St. Louis, Mo., was named treasurer of the Democratic Nationai Committee for the 1950 Congressional Cam: palgn. Salomon has served as chair¬ man of the trades and Industry division of the U. J. A. in St Louis. He Is a member of the Board ot Directors of Temple Shaare Emeth, a member of the national board of trustees of the Jewish Consumptives Relief Soc¬ iety of Denver, a trustee of the Four Chaplains Memorial Fund, Inc., and a member x>t Brandeis Lodge of Bnal Brlth. He former¬ ly served as etocutlve assistant to the Postmaster General. Albert Schlff K. \V. Schlff "Fun for Everyone" Meeting Sept. 25 Will Start Council Women's 1950-51 Activities "Dames with Alms" —¦ an original skit with its own members taking part-T-wlU be the opening attraction of the Council of Jew¬ ish Women's first open meeling, Monday, Sept. 25, at Bryden Rd. Temple. The musical take-off, written and directed by Mrs. Law¬ rence Goodman, Is a rollicking welcome for new members, and should be a source of fun and entertainment for established mem¬ bers. Because the holidays—Shlminl Atzereth and the eve of Simchas Torah.,—fall on the regular meet¬ ing date, and to enable everyone to attend, the day of the meeling has been changed to Sept. 25, 2 p. ni. More details of the "Fun for Everyone" meeting will be forth¬ coming. Meanwhile, plan to be a "dame with an aim" ... at¬ tend Council's opening meeting. Welfare Fund. Special Jewish memorial ser¬ vices were conducted aboard a Naval aircraft carrier off the Korean coast on Aug. i. All hands stood at attention as "El Mole" was recited. A marine rifle .squad fired a volley in honor of the 27-year-old captain. Death came to Captain Moses shortly after he was first shot down and rescued by a marine helicopter off the Korean coast. He was aboard the carrier Ifess than an hour when he took off on his last mission." He was fly¬ ing in close tactical support of marine Infantry units. Lt. Doyle H, Cole, of Fort Smith, Ark., Capt, Moses' wingman. who was also shot down, said enemy ground fire apparently knocked out the oil line of the Corsair plane, Capt, Moses attended Clemson urifll his junior year In 1943, when he quit to enlist • In the Marines. He was born In Sumter and was unmarried. He is sur¬ vived by his mother, Mrs. Char¬ lotte E. Moses, one sister, and three brothers. The family is known In the South for Iti! in¬ terest In Jewish affairs. Th« Captain's uncle. Gen. Moses, was largely responsible for the development and adapta¬ tion to military use of amphibia ous tractoi's and the use of ramps on Hlgglns boats which facilitated Marine landing as¬ saults in the Pacific during ¦World War H. Gen. Moses com¬ manded the Marine base at Par- rls Island, S. C. 11 ti II- it ni ,¦ a'l i ,':il .1 al ' >9l i i ¦1 ¦!
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1950-09-08|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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