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Have We Been Asleep?
Three hundred delegates and visitors were in attendance in
Washington this week at the opening of the third biennial Con
vention of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, the
organization of the Reform temple membership in the United
States, with Roger W. Straus presiding. The Federation was es
tablished in 1923 and it now has 120 brotherhoods affiliated with it.
Not only has the organization shown physical growth, but from
reports on the work undertaken and accomplished, the religious and
cultural achievements have been as remarkably worthwhile. The
Brotherhood movement has proved in positive terms the part it
can and does play in tying the American Jewish laity closer to the
Synagogue and its efforts toward dimming the line of demarcation
between the Orthodox and the Reform Jewry have been particularly
To paraphrase Mr. Straus, their functions have been to bring
men to the Synagogue, increase congregational affiliations, inter
est the younger men in religious problems, emphasize Jewish holy
day celebrations, and conduct a survey of laymen on the subject of
religious attitude and practice. Aside from this, however, every
Brotherhood can and does endeavor to “stimulate young men so to
order their lives that w r e may individually and collectively con
tribute to the upbuilding of the American commonwealth and to
the preservation of our sacred faith, whose aim is the achievement
of a great ideal—the brotherhood of man, based on the fatherhood
Is it because you are ignorant of the splendid co-operation this
Federation produces in bringing our Temple and our religion to
gether that we were not one of the first to be interested and alert
enough to begin and support a chapter of such a worthy organiza
tion in your community? Surely nothing could be more construc
tive or more desirable for the betterment and encouragement of
Judaism than bringing about this grand harmony through the
young men of our faith. What do you think about it?
Rabbi Maximilian Heller
American Jewry has lost one of its most distinguished ex
ponents in the death of Rabbi Maximilian Heller, of New Orleans.
Rabbi Heller was one of the earliest graduates of the Hebrew' Union
College belonging to the school of Berkowitz, Harrison, Hirsch,
Wise and others of the greater inspirational leaders in Reform
Jewry. He was rabbi of Sinai Temple in New' Orleans for forty
years and since 1912 he was Professor of Hebrew’ Literature at
Dr. Heller became the center of interest during the controversy
that w’as aroused w’hen he affiliated himself with the Zionist Move
ment at a time w’hen most of the reformed rabbis w’ere in bitter
opposition to it. Much credit is due Rabbi Heller, because in the
face of all opposition, he had the courage to uphold his convictions
and he came out boldly for the Zionist cause without modification.
Maximilian Heller w’as a sincere and earnest leader, a w riter
and thinker of w’ide influence, always willing to lend a helping
hand to Judaism, a Jew' w’ho added lustre to the name of his race.
We, with all America, grieve w’ith his family at the loss sustained
by the Jewish people.
Jewish Youth and The B’nai B’rith
The most recurrent refrain in American Jewish life today is
how shall the indifference of Jewish youth to Judaism be over
come? From pulpit and platform has been broadcast the warn
ing: “Jewish youth is drifting away. Where is the Jewish leader
ship of tomorrow to come from?” Probably the most progressive
answer to this cry is to be found in the Adelph Zadik, the junior
organization of the Independent Order B’nai B’rith and the younger
brother of the Hillel Foundation. From a single chapter founded
in Omaha, Neb., five years ago, it has expanded until it now i n .
eludes eighty-five chapters in the United States and Canada, and
it is rapidly becoming a significant movement among Jewish Youth
The membership is open to young men between the ages of six
teen and twenty-one, the most impressionable period of a boy’s 1 f e
which few other organizations amply train in Jewish culture. Into
this breach the A. Z. A. has stepped. Just what the Hebrew let-
ters A. Z. A. stand for, only the initiate know, but there is no secret
connected with the pledge each member must take nor to the pur
pose to which the fraternity is dedicated. Faith, righteousness
and charity are the tri-colors of this order which has for its pur
pose “the mental, moral and physical development of its members;
the strengthening of their Jewish affiliations; the abatement of
the pernicious influence of bigotry and race prejudice; and the
stimulation of interest in humanitarian, educational and philan
thropic endeavor.” From name to program the A. Z. A. is
thoroughly Jewish in character and its leaders are making Jewish
life and culture a vivid living thing to their members.
The voice of the A. Z. A. is very young, but it is clear and
promising. It presents a reassurance that there is a young Jewish
group being trained in the tenets of its faith and comprehension
of its responsibilities. By creating and fostering this worthy or
ganization to draw’ Jewish youth to Judaism, the Independent Or
der B’nai B’rith has progressed another step higher in their efforts
to serve Israel.
SWEARING IN JURISTS
DISCLOSES MANY HAVE
DESERTED JEWISH FAITH
Warsaw, (J. T. A.).—The ceremon
ies accompanying the final admission
to the bar, held under the auspices
of the Warsaw Bar Association,
brought a shock to the Jewish popula
tion of Warsaw.
Of the twenty Jewish candidates
who were admitted, only eight took
the oath according to the Mosaic re
ligion. Twelve were sworn in with the
Catholic ritual. The twelve attornies
who, as it was disclosed, have em
braced Catholicism, are taking an ac
tive part in Jewish life in the capital
and still regard themselves as racial
1 he increase in the number of apos
tates among the Jewish intelligentsia
has become the subject of wide com
THE CONQUEST OF LIFE. Dr
Serge Voronoff. George Gibier Ram-
baud. M. D. Brentano’s, 1 W. 47th
Street, New r York.
Since 1919, when Dr. Serge Yoro-
noff first announced that he had found
a remedy for old age, the world has
been waiting for this book. “Con
quest” explains for the layman the
amazing discoveries of Dr. Voronoff
for the rejuvenation of life. It tells
in fascinating fashion the marvebus
results achieved by grafting monkey
glands on men.
Beginning with the lucid explana
tion of the functions of the various
stimulative glands—thyroid, parathy
roid, suprarenal, and pituitary, Dr.
Voronoff next relates his experiments
in the transplantation of glands ir.
animals. The amazing results he ob
tained are described, and then the
almost unbelievable achievement o
the rejuvenation of man is procen.
Fast of Esther
Monday. March 2o
Tuesday, March 2b
Rosh Chodesh Nissan
..Thursday, April 11
t irs* Dr>y of P. ssach
Eighth Day of Pessach
.. ..Thursday, April 2a
Thursday. May *
•Rosh Chodesh Iyar
Saturday, May 11
Lag B Omer
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Sunday, June y
Friday, June lj
*Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
hast of Tammuz
Saturday, June la
. Tuesday. July ?
Rosh Chodesh Ab
Tisho B Ab .
Thursday. August la
•Rosh Chodesh Elui
Friday, September, *
Saturday. October j>
Fast of Gedalia
Monday, October 7
Monday, October 1*
Shemini Azreth ...
Sunday. October 20
Sunday. October 2*
Rosh Chodesh t hesvan
Monday, November i
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Tuesday. December *
hirst Day of Chanukah ..
Friday, December 2.
NOTE. Holidays begin in the evening preceding the dates designated.
•Rosh Chodesh also observed the previous day.