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wrltere except those enunciated In the Editorial columns.
Loyalty to their faith is one of the characteristic heritages
of our people, and no illustration more convincing could be asked
than the history of a colony of brown skinned Jews in south India.
This colony has thrived for centuries, and it seems to us that out
side of being interestingly unique the colony shows remarkable
endurance in its growth and perpetuation.
According to beliefs prevalent in Cochin, Jews began to visit
the west coast of India fyr the purpose of commerce as early as
the time of Solomon. There can be no dispute whatever that the
first Jewish settlement in Cranganore, a town of historical impor
tance in the state of Cochin, took place in 70 A. I)., for on that
point all historians agree.
The most outstanding features of the group are undoubtedly
their political and social relationships with the royal families of
Cochin. In return for their generous financial aid which they gave
the kings in times of financial distress, they received certain privi
leges and held great influence over the kings and royal families of
Cochin. Now their political influence has become almost negligible,
although until a few years ago some of the Jewish leaders were
held in high esteem by the Cochin Durbar. With regard to the
social status of the Jews, they still remain a distinct class, follow
ing their ancient customs and observing their religious principles.
That a colony of Jews should have existed and prospered for
nearly 2,000 years in the midst of a people so alien from them in
race and religion is a phenomenon as interesting as it is unique.
But that this group of people should have preserved intact the
heritage of Israel throughout all these centuries and under their
peculiar conditions reveals a glorious faithfulness and loyalty of
which Israel should be proudly aware.
The Future of American Judaism
By RABBI I)AVII) I.Kl'kOWITZ
Editor of The Jewish Monitor, Fort II orth 9 Texas
Julius Rosenwald, while a most generous and open-handed
benefactor, is also a careful and wise and thoughtful giver. He
does not throw out his largess thoughtlessly. He studies many deeds
and causes, he picks and chooses very cannily those which he shall
help. And when he helps it is done in princely and adequate fashion.
Once a cause is mentioned as a favorite of Rosenwald, we may be
sure that it has sound merits to recommend it.
And so when it is announced that this prince of givers in Israel
has offered a prize of $10,000 for the best essay on the Future of
American Judaism we may be sure he is not making a mere l't
gesture or expressing a rich man’s whim. And we are assured oT^
wisdom of this prize offer when we note what Mr. Rosenw°M^ e
seeking, when we read that the essay is to answer the n u e
“How can Jewish life best adjust itself to and influence mode p 0 * 1
with respect to beliefs and theories, institutions (as the home th*
synagog, the school and other communal agencies) and j l
education for the child, youth and adult?”
We hope that the best minds will set themselves to this me-
serious task in American Israel, that of foreshadowing the futrr
trend of Israel in America along the best line of self-developmerr
rather than in haphazard and hit-and-miss way which so frequently
marks the course of national and religious adjustment to each new
age. We need a safe and sane blueprint of Jewish American develop
ment in religious, social and educational lines. Julius Rosenwald
will have put American and w'orld Israel under another heavy del
to him if his prize offer brings to us some such fine study.
Jewish Leader Is Lost In Death of
Rabbi B rowne
Rabbi Edward M. Browne outstanding figure in international
rabbinical circles, author, lecturer, and one time head of a Hebrew
Benevolent Congregation of Atlanta, has passed to the great be
He died in Columbus, Ga., on October 25th, at the age of 86. He
had for the last four years been making his home with his daugh
ter, Mrs. I). S. Goldberg. Death was the result of a lingering ill
ness and weakness caused by advanced age. He held degrees from
several European universities, The University of Wisconsin and
the University of Cincinnati. He was an internationally recognize
authority on the Talmud and had written a number of books <
that subject. For many years he was active on the lecture plat
form and had a wide reputation as an orator of marked ability. An
intimate friend of the late President Grant and his family. Dr.
Browne was the last surviving pall-bearer at the Grant funeral.
Actuated by the true pioneering spirit in all his earthly deeds.
Dr. Browne came an unknown youth from Austria-Hungary and
eventually received the greatest of honors in this country.
Doctor, lawyer, Rabbi, and intimate of the great, Docto
Browne lead his people thru troublous times. If at any time he
perplexed by the infinite doubts—all things now to him are clear.
Hail to the great and peace to his spirit.
Rosh (.liodoh Cheshvan
•Rosh Chodesh kislev
First Dav Chanukah
Mondav. November j
Tuesday, December .1
Fridav, December -•
* Hush Chodesh Tebeth
Fast of Tebeth
Rosh Chodesh Shebat
* Rosh Chodesh Adar _ .
Rosh Chodesh Nissan
First Dav Pesach
Seventh Dav Pesach
*Rosh Chodesh Ivar
•Rosh Chodesh Ellul
Wednesday, January 1
Fridav, January n
Thursday, January J
Friday, March 1*
Sundav, March ™
Sunday, Aprt Jj*
Tuesday. April &
* Also observed the day previous to Rosh Chodesh•
All Jeivish holidays begin at sunset the preceding secular day•