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Page 2 NORFOLK J. C. C. NEWS J NORFOLK J. C. C. NEWS Published monthly by the NOR:FOLK JEWISH COMMUNITY COUNCIL, Inc. 526 Dickson Building Norfolk 2748~ Editor---Sydney S. Abzug " President Truman Instructs Civil Rights Committee Following is a statement made by President Truman against bigotry to the new Civil Rights Committee in Wash- ington : You have a vitally important job. We are none of us entirely familiar with just how far the Federal Government under the Constitution has a right to go in these civil rights matters. I want our Bill of Rights implemented in fact. We have been trying to do this for 150 years. We are making progress. but we are not making progress fast enough. This country could ery easily be faced with a situation similar to the one with which it was faced in 1922. That date was impressed on my mind because in 1922 I was running for my first elective office--County Judge of Jackson County--and there was an organization in that county that met on hills and burned crosses and worked behind sheets. There is a tendency in this country for that situation to develop again, unless we do something tangible to prevent it. 'Tangible Results' I don't want to see any race discrimination. I don't want to see any religious bigotry break out in this country as it did then. You people can. I think, make a real contribution here, with the assistance of the Attorney General and the Office of the President, that will get us tangible results. Our work has got to start at the grass roots, and in starting at the grass roots, it has got to start in the hearts of the people themselves. I appreciate highly your willingness to spend your time on a matter of this kind. You may get more brickbats than bou- quets. Your willingness to undertake the job shows that your hearts are in the right place. I know you will go to work in earnest and I hope that you will bring me something tangible by which we can accomplish the purposes which we have been trying to accomplish for 150 years, ever since the adoption of the Constitution. 'Alarmed at Certain Happenings' I have been very much alarmed at certain happenings around the country that go to show there is a latent spirit in some of us that isn't what it ought to be. It has been difficult in some places to enforce even local laws. I want the Attorney General to know just exactly how far he can go legally from the Federal Government's standpoint. I am a believer in the sovereignty of the individual and of the local .government. I don't think the Federal Govern- ment ought to be in a position to exercise dictatorial powers locally; but there are certain rights under the Constitution of the United States which I think the Federal Government. has a right to protect. It's a big job. Go to it! Brotherhood Week in Norfolk The program for Brother- hood Week this year (Feb- ruary 16-23) was wide and varied. The Jewish Commun- ity Council aided the National Conference of Christians and Jews in putting on a program of speakers, radio presenta- tions, s p o t announcements, newspaper advertising, school assemblies. We helped to se- cure necessary materials for these various functions and helped to arrange programs. Our part of the work, in coop- eration with the Conference, was done by the Public Rela- tions Bureau of the Council. Itarry Elson is the chairman of the Public Relations Bureau and Sydney S. Abzug is the Executive Director of the Jew- ish Community Council. The work of the Conference is di- (Continued on Page 4) Council Annual Meeting Held In February Ben Simon Elected President Rabbi John B. Wise Outlines Increased Needs Overseas On February 3, the Norfolk J e w i s h Community Council held its second Annual Meet- ing and elected the following officers for 1947: Ben Simon, President; Dr. Dudley Cooper, First Vice-President; A I a n Hofheimer, Second Vice-Presi- dent; Joseph L. Kantor, Sec- retary ; and Lester S. Sherrick, Treasurer. Dr. Paul Reich gave the invocation. Dr. Jonah B. Wise, principal speaker, discussed the over- seas need this year and pointed out forcibly the necessity for raising a greater amount of We've Moved Please note that the of- rices of the Jewish Com- munity Council have been moved to Room 526 Dick- son Building. money this year to help in the reconstruction and rehabilita- tion of our remaining Jews in Europe. He laid stress on the extreme need to c o m p 1 e t e plans immediately to offer them a haven in Palestine, in the United States, and in other countries. He made a point of the fact that the Displaced Persons cannot go back to the country of origin because of economic, and other condi- tions. Dr. Wise was introduc- ed by Alan J. ttofheimer, Vice- President. Simon Outlines Work of Council Ben Simon, in his Annual Report, reviewed the work of the Council for the past year. He discussed the excellent job done in the 1946 United Jew- ish Fund Campaign, the taxing work of the Budget Committee in allocating the money, the extremely important work of the Public Relations Bureau and its manifold activities in the field of improving inter- g r () u p relationships and in combatting anti-Semitic mani- festations, the council's work in providing f a c i I i t i e s for meeting the needs of the Aged and of Youth, and its efforts in plannig and coordinating the over-all Jewish community activities. He paid tribute to the staff of the Council and to the men and women who vol- unteered their time and effort e Chef Sholom Sisterhood The Ohef ShcOm Sister- hood announces a Donor Lun- cheon and Fashion Show for Wednesday, March 12, 1:00 p. m., at the Hague Club. The . price of the luncheon will be $5 for all Sisterhood members and Norfolk guests. Out-of- town guest will be charged $1.50. Please call Mrs. Sidney Gates if you have not already been called or if you are not a member of the Sisterhood and " wish to attend: on behalf of the organization. He especially pointed out the work of Archie J. Harris, past president, L e s t e r Sherrick, , treasurer, D u d 1 e y- Cooper, 1946 C a m p a i g n Chairman IIarry Elson, Chairman of the Public R e I a t i o n s Bureau, Harry Legum, Chairman of the Budget Committee, Albert Hofheimer, Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements for the Annual Meeting. Dr. Cooper Presented Plaque Dr. Dudley Cooper was pre- sented with a plaque for his services in the 1946 Cam- o paign. R a b b i Bernard J. Starkoff made the presenta- tion on behalf of the Council. In accepting the token of ap- - preciation from the Council, Dr. Cooper gave credit for the success of the campaign to the people who worked with him. Standing Committees of Council L. David Legum, chairman of the Nominating Committee presented the slate of officers w and members of the standing committees to be elected. The Executive Committee, in addi- tion to the officers, will in- clude: Herbert Altschul, Dr. Lewis Berlin, Morton Cushner, Archie J. Harris, Mrs. Phillip Kroskin, IIarry Legum, Harry Mansbach, Nat Polis, Ellis J. w Strelitz. The Public Relations Committee will include: Harry Elson, Mrs. Herbert Altschul, Dr. Dudley Cooper, Mrs. Mey- er Lu Goodman, Albert Hof- heimer, Albert S. Lewis, Bert- - ram Nusbaum, Mrs. B. P. Snyder, and Albert Zenovitz. The new members of the Bud- get Committee elected for a three year period include: Lemuel Altschul, Phillip Barr, Jake Goodman, Mrs. M. J. Legum, and Dr. Mervin Coop- er. The other members of the committee whose terms have .I not expired are: Harry Elson, Alan tIofheimer, William Nor- dlinger, A. E. Rapoport, Al- bert Zenovitz, Harry Comess, Simon Molofsky, J. L. Hecht, L. David Legum, and Mrs. El- lis J. Strelitz.