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HASHOLOM - December 1942 Extracts.

HASHOLOM - December 1942 Extracts.

HASHOLOM in those days sought always to prove that it was up to date. The Editorial, entitled “A MILESTONE”, recorded with pleasure the opening of the Maon, the new home of the Zionist Youth movement. Readers of Past Tense, of course, know that HASHOLOM had enthusiastically reported the fact the previous month.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE DJC reported the election of the new Council and Executive, accompanied by photographs of Messrs. H.Lipinski (President), M. Solomon (chairman) and H.D. Freed (Vice-Chairman). Would it be sacrilegious to suggest that the latter photograph could well have served as an advertisement for Brylcreem?

YOUTH BETWEEN TWO WORLDS was an interesting article by Leslie Shandel on the problems facing Jewish youth in the modern (wartime) world in which he stressed the importance of Aliyah. MR. WARTSKI’S 90TH BIRTHDAY was the headline to a brief history of Mr. Philip Wartski’s Durban activities illustrated by the usual photo of the subject featuring his regular large cigar.

IN TOWN AND OUT
Congratulated:
• Sgt Bernard Lindsay and Miss Freda Jacobs (of Boksburg) on their recent marriage.
• Miss Nita Barnett and Mr. Joe Jacobs on their forthcoming marriage in Johannesburg.

COUNCIL OF NATAL JEWRY
Gave notice that the S.A. Jewish Board of Deputies had resolved to observe Tuesday, 29th December 1942, as a day of mourning by the Jewish people “in consequence of the atrocities and inhuman cruelties which continue to be inflicted upon Jews in enemy territories.” 75 years later we know that what happened after December 1942 was even worse than what had gone before!

DJC Sectional Notes.
The Culture Section reported on a very well-attended meeting addressed by Dr. Ellen Hellman on “Jewish Nationalism and Socialism”. The lecturer expressed the view that capitalism had served its purpose and that the future would evolve into Internationalism.

The Canteen it was reported “is slack”. In the past month it had served only (!) 19000 men.

YOUTH CHANUKAH SERVICE IN DURBAN.
It was reported that an “impressive and beautiful Chanukah service took place on 6 December at the Park Street Synagogue. We are told that: “According to Durban tradition, the service was conducted by the pupils of the Durban United Talmud Torah”. Pundit wonders whatever happened to that tradition?

We are told that “the Chazan, Master A. Schaffer fittingly rendered the Mincha service.” In later years, Master A (that’s Aubrey) Schaffer became probably Durban’s best ever lay Chazan. Pundit has recently heard that Aubrey and Muriel Schaffer recently celebrated their 65th Wedding anniversary. Mazaltov to them both and many more happy anniversaries.

HASHALOM – December 1967 extracts.

EDITORIAL – THE AGM AND AFTER
The editorial expressed the view that the AGM had failed “to come to grips with the malaise that has inflicted this institution”. It suggested that fruitful discussion might “encourage that sense of identity with the Kahal and that feeling of high purpose that animated the founders of the Club.”

THE GREATEST MIRACLE MEDICINE: BLOOD
This was an appeal for blood donors which had previously appeared in the Sunday Tribune. A note reminded readers that during the Six Day War an appeal for blood donations to assist in the Israeli Emergency had produced 750 pints of blood in just one weekend and the Blood Transfusion Service was appealing for regular donors.

PERSONALITY PAGE
This was devoted not an individual, but to a partnership – Abe Dubin and Alan Zulman. It recorded their extraordinary success in business and their joint and several communal commitments.

CAUSTIC COMMENTS FROM U.S.
Malia Grant (formally Adley of Durban) was highly critical of much she had seen and experienced in various parts of the United States.

PROFESSOR ARNOLD TOYNBEE vs. PROFESSOR J.L. TALMON
The July issue of the American Journal “Encounter” had carried an exchange of letters between Toynbee (who called himself “Western spokesman for the Arab Cause”) and Talmon (Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University) relating to possible solutions to problems arising out of the Six Day War. HASHALOM published their respective views on the future of Jerusalem, which must barely have scraped the surface of the whole debate. The Professors’ thoughts were obviously poles apart on almost everything but “the future of Jerusalem” appears 50 years later still to be an insoluble problem.

LODGE SINAI No 31.
The article recorded the founding of this Lodge of the Hebrew Order of David under the Presidency of Mr. Mendel Green.

THE HOUSE IN RAMLE
The issue ends with this short story by Anan Safadi, published with acknowledgements to the Jerusalem Post. It’s a moving story (you didn’t know that Pundit was an old softie, did you?) alleged to be true which is unfortunately too long to be reported in detail here. Mr. Editor, what about some space in a future issue.

Well, as they used to say in the old cartoons, that’s all folks, at least until next month.