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HASHOLOM – JANUARY 1943 – Extracts

HASHOLOM – JANUARY 1943 – Extracts

OF SHIFTING SANDS
This was the title of the thoughtful, fighting Editorial, which strongly criticised the Allies, and particular the United States and Great Britain, for failing to adhere to the noble principles adumbrated in the Atlantic charter.

A JEWISH PROGRAMME
This Article set forth the details contained in the first declaration by a Jewish religious body of the “Programme for World Reconstruction” adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis at its 53rd Annual meeting in June 1941.

AND JEWISH JACK TARS?
Under this title, the Palestine Maritime League reported on the affairs of its various branches in South Africa and internationally.  We are told that the occupation of Poland caused “one of the most active branches” to be lost to the league and that “the school for fishermen in Gydnia had ceased to exist.” Speaking for myself, I’m a little surprised that such a school had ever existed under the auspices of the Palestine Maritime League, in Gdynia, of all places!

OPEN LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TALMUD TORAH
This was an urgent plea to Durban Jewish parents to enrol their children “as a matter of supreme importance.”

A BEGINNER AT BOWLS
Entitled “Jack” and “Kitty” and “Natty”.

This was a very amusing article by “NEAS” on the subject of taking up bowls.  He started by telling us (I repeat it for the amusement of some of my old readers):

“I used to watch Joe Feitelberg and Walter Manne make the game look easy, hear Max Wolpert give himself lots of encouragement, observe Lionel Magid smiling cherubically when it went right and the Foreman brothers concentrating between shots.”

NEAS waxed a little sarcastic about bowling terms but concluded that “the genus bowler is the kindest amongst mortals.”

Note to the 2018 reader: We all know that the “Jack” and the “Kitty” are the same thing in bowls. The significance of the “Natty” in the sub-title would have been obvious to the 1943 reader of Hasholom – NEAS was, of course, the nom de plume of Nat Abrahams.

IN TOWN AND OUT
Congratulated
Hessie Geshen and Philip Lazarus, and Leon Plen and Hannah Pastoll on their recent marriages.
Joe Arluck and Rita Goldstein on their forthcoming marriage.
Isobel Cohen and Captain Max Gitlin on their recent engagement.
Mr. A. Greenstein on obtaining his B.Sc. degree

HOW TO OBTAIN MATZOS THIS YEAR
This arose out of the fact that a limited quantity of white meal had been made available for the baking of matzo, sufficient to provide every member of the Jewish faith with a quantity not exceeding 4 lbs. (for 2018 readers that means slightly more than  1.8kg).

POEM IN THE CANTEEN NOTES
Of wondrous elixirs we’re told
Of places all shining and gold;
The place you really want to be
Is here in town, the DJC.

The handmaids all of gentle birth
In solid gold their weight are worth.
And though they work for endless hours,
They still remain as fresh as flowers.
Remember if your skies are grey
A smile from them will make you gay,
For breakfast, late or early tea,
The soldiers treat - the DJC
(The 1943 poet was W.Dawson R.A.C.)

HASHALOM – JANUARY 1968 – EXTRACTS

EDITORIAL
There was no editorial this month. The editor contented herself with a short article on the communal scene which reported on a series of Peoples College centres on “The face of contemporary Jewry and a favourable report on the AGM’s of the Natal Hebrew Schools Association and of the Durban United Hebrew Schools”

THE LATE MR. JACK GREENE
Tribute was paid to the late Jack Greene, who had died on the 30th December 1967, in an obituary which described his long service as Hon. Secretary of the Durban United Hebrew Congregation and as Treasurer of the Council of Natal Jewry and of the U.C.F. campaign.

IN TOWN AND OUT
Congratulated
Norman, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Les Isaacs of Durban, and Jocelyn, youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. B. Sinder of Johannesburg, on their marriage.
Myrna, youngest daughter of Philip and Bina Rubenstein, and Dr. Saul Hellman, son of Mr. & Mrs. Leo Hellman, on their marriage.
Susan Abelson, daughter of Mr. B.J. Abelson and Mrs. Debby Abelson, on obtaining her BA degree with distinction in English and being awarded the Bernard Notcutt Memorial prize for the best student in the Psychology Department of the University of Natal.
Michael Bloom, son of Dr. & Mrs. M.L. Bloom of Bloemfontein and grandson of Mrs. Bella Greene and the late Mr. Jack Greene of Durban, on being awarded a Rhodes scholarship for 1968.
Percy Deift, son of Mr. & Mrs. Philip Deift, who gained his B.Sc. Chemical Engineering degree, first class with fifteen distinctions.
Wilfred Brewer, son of Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Brewer, on being awarded his B.Comm honours degree cum laude.
Peter Stange on obtaining his BA honours (History) degree.
Bernice Brewer, Ronlee Goldberg, Ian Burgess, Beverley Frank, Graham Gell, Ralph Goodman & Merle Sandler on obtaining their BA degrees.
Ashley Want on attaining his B. Comm. Degree.
Leonard Lipshitz & David Wolfson on attaining their B.Sc degrees.
Errol Buchalter on attaining his B.Sc (Engineering) degree.
Barbara Disler on attaining her BA Soc. Sc. (Honours) degree in Psychology.
Shirley Beagle on attaining her BA Soc.Sc degree.

PROFILE
This was a brief biographay of Mr. Solly Brivik , the new Chairman of the DJC, which concluded by wishing him a successful term of office.

Youth personality was Alan Rosenthal, a pillar of the DHS First XV and Natal Schools rugby teams.

DEALING WITH DE GAULLE
This was an ironic short story by Epharim Kishon published, as one would have assumed It should be Ephraim Kishon “with acknowledgements to Jerusalem Post”.

NOTE TO ANTONY
Thanks for everything you did for the community & especially for HASHALOM.  One thing I want to make quite clear: it was you and not I, who chose this rather egocentric title.