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Full text: BLEND FROM INFANCY, GIRL OF EIGHTEEN WILL BE GRADUATED WITH HONOURS Bay Ridge High School Student Plans Post-Graduate Course, Then College WORLD NEWS Being blind may be a terrible misfortune, but it is not an insurmountable handicap to any one seeking knowledge. Rosalie Cohen, blind from infancy, proves this, for she will be graduated with honours from Bay Ridge Hign School, Fourth Avenue and Senator Street, Brooklyn. Rosalie, who is eighteen, has been a student in the Bay Ridge School since her graduation from grammar school, and after her graduation to-night will take a six months' post-graduate course prior to entering college. Miss Cohen came into the custody of the International Sunshine Home at Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, when she was two years old and has lived there since. Her ambition is to become a teacher of music. Her musical talent already has won her a scholarship in a musical institute. The school she has been attending is a mile and a half from her home, and she usually walks the distance unaided. "I love music, above everything else," she said; "not jazz, except for dancing, but classical selections, and I hope some day to be able to teach music. "I do want to take this occasion to thank all my friends who have helped me in various ways in my studies." Miss Cohen had special praise for Miss Kate Turner, one of her teachers, who, she said, was very patient with her. She said her lessons were read to her and in that way she committed them to memory and as she learned to use a typewriter she was able to make out her examination papers. At the commencement exercises to see the blind girl receive her diploma will be her little friends from the Sunshine Home. "I wish every one of them could graduate, too," she said, "and be as happy as I am." ROSOFF, EX-NEWSBOY, AWARDED $4,617,000 SUBWAY CONTRACT IN NEW YORK Thirty years ago Samuel R. RosofT, an immigrant boy newly landed from Russia, was selling newspapers in Park Row. Recently he became a subway builder, when the Rosoff Engineering Company, of which he is president, was announced the lowest bidder to construct a section of the new route along St. Nicholas Avenue and up through Washington Heights. The bid of the former newsboy, who began earning his own living when he was eleven, was $4,617,000. Among his friends, Rosoff is known as "the Ash King," because of his contract with the Street Cleaning Department to collect ashes and refuse in Manhattan and the Bronx. His friends say he took the contract "on a shoestring," for he had no disposal plant a: that time. Rosoff also is president of the Rosoff Sand and Grave) Corporation, one of the largest companies supplying contractors, builders and brick plants in the East. At present the corporation is constructing a large trap rock crushing plant at, Jones' Point. Among road-building contracts Rosoff has obtained in the State was that of paving the sands of I>ong Beach, L.I., with cement. At the trial of former Mayor William H. Reynolds, charged with misuse of Long Beach funds, Rosoff testified he not only built the roads but had to buy a bond issue of $4&4,000 to insure payments on the road contracts. Augustus Thomas, Col. Walter Scott, Pedro de Cordoba, Jacob Adler, Joseph L. Buttenweiser, the Rev. Dr. John Atkinson, Arthur Lehman, S. L. Roth-afel, Frank Gillmore, Rabbi B. A. Tintner, George M. Cohan, Jefferson Seligman, Jimmy Walker, Sophie Irene Loeb, Commissioner Levy, William Collier and a representative of His Eminence Patrick Joseph Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of New York. The entertainment was arranged by Eddie Cantor, who headed the dinner committee aschairman of entertainment, and who also acted as master of ceremonies. The list of entertainers included Fanny Brice, Will Rogers, Ann Pennington, the Four Marx Brothers, Brox Sisters, Orville and Patti Harrold, Avon Comedy Four, Emil Boreo, Ben Bornie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra, Gladys Rice, Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike), Belle Baker, Ted Lewis and His Parody Club Orchestra, Houdini, Cantor, Joseph Rosenblatt, Harlan Dixon, George Olsen and His "Kid Boots" Orchestra, Clark and Mc-Cullough, Yvette Rugel^Horton Spur and the Russian Meistensjnger Quartet. Among the societies that were present were: the Jewish Federation, the Actors' Equity Association, Catholic Actors' Guild, Episcopal Actors' Guild, National Vaudeville Artists, Lambs' Club, Green Room Club, Friars' Club, the Theatre Assembly and the Cheese Club. POLISH CHASIDIM ATTRACTED TO PALESTINE JEWISH THEATRICAL GUILD DINNER-DANCE The first annual dinner, dance and entertainment of the Jewish Theatrical Guild of America was held at the Hotel CommodoreScnday. The goests included The Zionist ideal has not penetrated into the large portion of Polish Jewry, known as the Chasidim. There are still tens of thousands of Jews in Eastern Europe who are loyal followers of the teachings of Israel Baal Shem, and who live a life quite apart from the rest of Jewry. The love for Palestine was present with them as it was with all other Jews, but that love was not given expression in deed or word. The Zionist movement did not affect them, for the reason that its early protagonists were not only outside of their class, but were even regarded as undesirable from the standpoint of Jewish religious life and thought. Of late, however, due to a variety of circumstances, the Hasidim of Poland began to show an interest in the movement and some of their foremost rabbis and leaders made special trips to the Holy Land and made considerable investments there. The economic conditions in Poland, the policy of the present government there to cut off all sources of making a livelihood from the Jews and the difficulty connected with emigration to other lands probably helped to make the movement more appealing to manyof the Polish Chasidim. We have already described in these columns the establishment of a textile town by manufacturers from Lodz. Now comes the information of the establishment of several agricultural settlements on the co-operative basis, most of the supporters of this enterprise being Chasidic Jews. The first tract of land, consisting of 15,000 dunams, has already been purchased and 180 families, most of whom being in good circumstances, are now ready to proceed to Palestine. The establishment of this colony will have a tremendous effect upon the Chasidim in Poland, and it is expected that large numbers of them who have already formed themselves in some kinds of organizations, will soon make the necessary arrangements for the purchase and settlement of several other colonies in Palestine. Another interesting feature in the stream of immigration into Palestine from Poland is brought out by a correspondent of the Jewish Daily News. Several of the old seats of learning of Lithuania and of Poland are preparing to transfer their seats to rarioui centres in Jerusalem. One of the first institutions to move over to Palestine was the Slobodka Yeshibah, which is now located in Hebron. An American Tew, a Mr. Harris, is building a house there for the institution and a fund is being raised by him to insure the future maintenance of the Yeshibah. The famous Lomza Yeshibah will soon be transferred to Petach Tikvah and a house is in the process of construction there for the purpose. Another Yeshibah, under the name of Agudath ha-Torah, has recently been opened in Tel Aviv, while similar institutions are in the process of being organized in Safed and in Tiberias, The tendency appears to be to divert the multiplying of such institutions in Jerusalem and to establish them in provincial towns, probably because of the many distracting elements that Jerusalem may possess for the recent immigrant. A group of Polish Jewish butchers are planning to establish in Palestine a large abattoir, and to establish there stock yards for the preparation of all kinds of meats for export as well as for home consumption. JEWISH WORK.INGMEN MUST HAVE DIPLOMAS Following upon the ruling that deprives many Jews from the concessions which they held from the government in certain monopoly articles, which is bringing economic ruin to thousands of Jewish Families, there comes now another attempt on the part of the Polish chauvinists aiming at the impoverishment of the Polish-Jewish workingmen. A new law is to be introduced into the Seim by which all workingmen must have a diploma from the Labour Union (Czech) in order that he may ply his trade. It is almost certain that this will pass the Seim and in the Senate, because both bodies^iave now a large number of anti-Semites, The Labour Union in Poland is an old organization characterized by mediaeval laws and regulations and its leaders are all of the anti-Semitic type, so that it is certain that very few Jews will be granted the title of master workman if they are given the power to determine that. For centuries now, these unions or guilds did not admit Jews to membership, and it is not likely that they will change their policy now. If this project becomes law, hundreds of thousands of Jews will be deprived of their livelihood. The Jewish deputies have been preparing with arguments and statistics to prove the terrible hardships that this law will bring upon their constituents, but it is hardly likely that they will succeed in blocking the passage of the bill. The terrible taxes that are being imposed upon all businesses and the monopolies controlled by the government will so aggravate the condition of the Jews in Poland that existence will become almost impossible there. It is due to this economic crisis that the desire for emigration has so greatly increased on the part of the Jews. The more wealthy find their way to Palestine, but the poorer classes are most sorely tried now and the problem is growing more and more perplexing. The Warsaw Rabbinate has decided to convene a conference of all Polish rabbis carry in February. Over eight hundred rabbis are expected to participate in the conference. speedy realisation of the Zionist kftSml, and says that the government wiy not hinder the work of coHtctiog funds |ri Rumania for that purpose. An article In the Obsefvatore Romano, the official paper of the Vatican, published an anonymous article recently, purported to come from Jerusalem, in which the Jewish immigrants into Palestine are described. The author speaks of three classes of immigrants: The idealists, who are enthusiastic Zionists, adventurers, who come there without any historic or religious feelings, and who will probably not remain there very long, and literary men, who expect to obtain Jobs with the Zionist administration. The majority of the immigrants, according to the correspondent, are poor, because the rich Jews prefer to remain in the lands of exile and live there in comfort. THE FUNERAL OF THE BURNED TORAHS MR. SOKOLOW TO VISIT POPE Mr. Nah um Sokolow, who has been traveling in Europe in the interests of Zionism, was expected to visit Rome. It was reported that he would probably be received both by the Pope and by Mussolini and discuss with them problems relating to Palestine. The Rumanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Duca, has addressed a most encouraging letter to Mr. Sokolow in which he exr preyed the hop* fca* fto&MU* ^ If any one believes religion is dead in this world, let him read this account in a Rumanian newspaper of what happened in the town of rloesti, when an accident destroyed the Torah rolls in the Jewish synagogue, writes Dorothy Thompson in a letter from Vienna to the "Public Ledger." "The Funeral of the Torah Rolls" "In Ploesti a few days ago, nine Tor^h rolls in the Jewish synagogue were burned, due to a short circuit in the electric light system. Only the charred remains of the Torah were rescued by the firemen. The accident awakened indescribable excitement in the city and called forth an extraordinary mourning. The president of the Jewish community immediately called a meeting, and it was decided to bury the Torah according to Jewish rites. "The burial was made at 10 o'clock in the morning. Each charred Torah was wound in a talith and carried to the cemetery under a pall. Nine Jews were pallbearers and the chief rabbi walked ahead, chanting the Psalms. The enormous crowd' which followed also chanted the Psalms after him. Behind the bier an uninjured Torah was carried, which was taken for this purpose from a smaller synagogue. All shops and places of business were closed for the day, and the Rumanian inhabitants of a different religion, also closed shop as a sign of sympathy in the mourning. "In a mausoleum in the cemetery the Torah was laid upon a long, black table. Then came a moving moment, The chief rabbi looked impressively round upon the great throng that penetrated the mausoleum and stood outside the door, and asked each person solemnly to search his heart, to ask himself whether he had not sinned, and thus caused God, in His wrath, to visit such a fearful affliction upon the community. The second speaker was the president of the Jewish community, who began with a prayer, during which the throng smote their breasts and wept openly. He exhorted the parish to cast their sins from them, for surely this was a punishment for sins. Another rabbi prayed, 'Almighty God, why hast Thou let me live to see this day? A quarter of a century have I prayed each Sabbath and read the Scriptures from these rolls. And for twelve years we have had no baths, where we might perform our ritualistic ablution. For twelve years we have pleaded that we had no money for this work, yet we have found money for other worldly purposes. Forgive us, O God, This punishment has pointed the way; we will reform.' "During this prayer a weeping arose as if for some universally beloved dead one. Eighteen women swooned. Others rent their clothing in their religious grief. The Torah was carried then, three times around the cemetery, while the chief cantor chanted Pwum 119. The Torah was buried in the grave of the eldest rabbi of the community and a marble slab erected over the grave After the funeral the community immediately had an executive sitting aod resolved to entct the ritual hatha m$t~

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