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PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN THE INTERESTS OF LIAMI BEACH JEWRY
VOL I NO 1 MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1931
OF SOCIAL INTEREST
STUDENT BIBLE CLASS
IN LIGHTER VEIN
REJOICING OF THE LAW
This Feast of the Law your gladness display,
To-day all your homages render.
What profit can lead one so pleasant a way,
What jewels can view with its splendor?
Then exult in the Law on its festival day,
The Law is our Light and Defender.
My God I will praise in a jubilant lay,
My hope in Him never surrender,
His glory proclaim where His chosen sons pray,
My Rock all my trust shall engender.
Then exult in the Law on its festival day,
The Law is our Light and Defender.
My heart .of Thy goodness shall carol always,
Thy praises I ever will render;
While breath is, my lips all Thy wonders shall way,
Thy truth and Thy kindness so tender.
Then exult.in the Law on its festival day,
The Law is our Light and Defender.
Festival Prayer Book
(Trans. I. Zangwill)
THE "JACOBIAN ''
harry I. Lipton---Pres. "How Goodly are Thy Tents, 0 Jacob'
harry Wasserman---Vice-Pres. "Thy Tabernacles, 0 Israel."
I. L. Mintzer-----Secty.
Shemini Atzereth, or the eighth day of Succoth, will be ushered
in Friday evening, October 2nd, at 6:15 P.M. Cantor Boris Schlachman
will conduct the services with the aid of his trained choir. Saturday
morning, services begin at 9:00 A.M. Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod will de-
liver an English sermon at 10:30 A.M. preceding the Yizkor or Memorial
service, subject "Love; divine and human.' Cantor Boris Schlachman
will conduct both the Hallel and Musaph service. After the service,
the congregation will adjourn to the Succah, where they will be the
guests of the Rabbi at an elaborate Kiddush. The Cantor will entertain
at this Kiddush with traditional Jewish songs. During the day, the
members will be invited by some of the leaders of the congregation to
participate in Shemini Atzereth parties.
At 6;15 P.M. Saturday evening, the Hakofeth, or the circling of
the Synagogue with the Sefer Torahs, will begin. This will be accom-
panied by joyous singing on the part of the congregation. This marks
the beginning of Simchath Torah or the hejoicing of the Law. Sunday
morning services begin at 9:00 A.M. Reading of the Law at 10:00A.M.
at which every member of the congregation will be called t o the Torah.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Blank will entertain the congregation after the ser-
vices at his home, 302 Euclid Ave., A Kiddush will be served and an
enjoyable time will be had by all.
A most interesting and enjoyable affair was the service and
Kiddush held at the Synagogue Sunday morning last, the second day of
Succoth. Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod spoke on "The Four Species" and pre-
sented the Midrashic and Talmudic exposition of the four kinds of
plants in an appealing manner. After the service, the congregation
adjourned to the Succah for Kiddush. Among those present were Mr.
Harry I. Lipton, president, who introduced a guest to the Synagogue,
Mr. Glass of Paterson, N. J. Mr. Glass spoke in English and emphasised
the necessity of attracting the Jewish-Youth to the Synagogues. Another
visitor was Mr. Schlesinger of Miami, who appeared deeply moved by the
services and the speeches and voiced his opinion on the Jewish problem.
The members left the Succah in high spirits.
A V'aad Hakashruth is to be formed shortly, consisting of five
members of the congregation with Rabbi ,xelrod as advisory head to
ensure strict Kashruth in the local provision stores and hotels and
restaurants. Mr. Harry I. Lipton will appoint the V'a,-'d.
HARRY I. LIPTON
President Congregation Beth Jacob
Appearing as a surprise--and surprising itself, The Jacobean
comes to life, inspired and conceived by its editor, Rabbi Axelrod.
Though apparently a beginner in a highly competitive and restric-
ted field, The Jacobean may win for itself a recognized place among
the English Weeklies in Jewish life.
The Jacobean takes root in a city that is fortunate in having
at all times, and particularly during the winter months, the most
distinguished assembly of Jews in the world, and should be able to
become the medium of expression of our great Jewish minds.
For 'tis said: "If you can write a better book than the next
man, build a better house than the next man, you can make your home
in the wilderness and the world will make a beaten path to its door."
The Congregation Beth Jacob wishes the editor far-reaching suc-
cess and pledges its whole-hearted support.
VAL. C. CLEARY
Mayor Miami Beach
Congratulations and best wishes to the Jacobean for a successful
publishing career. Under the inspired leadership of Rabbi Lazarus
Axelrod, it is destined to become an important factor in the religious
and social life of Miami Beach Jewry.
RABBI DR. JACOB H. CAPLAN
Temple Israel, Miami
To the Rabbi and members of our Sister Congregation in Miami
I congratulate the members on making it possible for the Rabbi
to reach them through the spoken word in the Symagogue and through
the written word in the new paper, The Jacobean.
No people can receive the Torah who do not come to seek it.
Nevertheless, your printed page will reach those who do not seek you,
and I hope will be helped in the good way by it.
May your people in your congregation mind the satisfying broad
of life through your ministry in pulpit and printed page.
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ELLARD G. KAHN
Editor Jewish Unity
A House organ for Beth Jacob Synagogue will inject a more per-
sonal feeling between teacher and pupil, pupil and pupil. Under the
able guidance of Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod this bulletin is bound to
The Jewish Unity extends welcome to the Jacobean and wishes it
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THE JACOBEAN The thread on which the
different good qualities of human
Editor: Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod beings are strung as pearls, is
Congregation Beth Jacob the fear of God. When the fasten-
311 Washington Ave. ings of this fear are unloosed, the
Miami Beach, Florida pearls roll in all directions and
are lost one by one.
Book of Morals, 15th cent.
At a time like this, when the newspaper stands are literally
buried beneath a mass of magazines, journals, dailies, weeklies, and
monthlies, the sudden appearance of yet another publication, and a
seemingly insignificant one at that, would appear both superfluous and
incongruous. It will doubtless be received with surprise, as no notice
was given beforehand. Coupled with this surprise, there will no doubt
be a certain amount of competitive pride. For, although there is no
pressing demand for a Jewish weekly on this side of the causeway, thanks
to the energetic editors of our two local periodicals across the bay,
Miami Beach Jewry will experience a new thrill, the pride of possession,
on reading a paper which can truly be called "OUR OVN.'"
It is named the Jacobean, after the pioneer congregation of Miami
Beach. The spiritual messages in this and future copies will emanate
from the Synagogue, the home and refuge of the Jew. (
The Jacobean is yours, inasmuch as it affords you the opportunity
to voice your opinions on any question affecting our social and reli-
gious standing. Your suggestions for improving our community will be
studied carefully, and acted upon whenever possible. In brief, the
Jacobean is the medium, the centre for the exchange of ideas and
ideals "for the Jewish community of Miami Beach.
The next copy of the Jacobean will contain, in addition to the
present contents, a president's column, a rabbi's column, a contest
for Young Israel, correspondence epitomised, Land of Israel news, and
a stop-press column (late news.)
The tiny literary seed has been sown. It has forced its way
through the dark soil into the open. May this frail sapling develop
into a stately cedar of Lebanon, verdant and fragrant, heralding hope
and happiness, infusing true Jewish spirit in our midst, so that we
may be justly proud of our community, its synagogue, its religious
schools, its organizations, and lastly but not leastly, OUR OWN
Tje Spirit of God abideth not where there is either needless
grieving or inactivity; but only where there is joyful performance of
Ti1IE JACOB EAI'
Officers: THE BIBLE
Milton Gaynor,---Vice-Pres. There is none that hath ever
Anita Silverman,-Secretary made an end of learning it,
Esther Glickman,-Treasurer And there is none that will
ever find out all its mysteries.
For its wisdom is richer than
any sea, and its word deeper
than any abyss.
The regular meeting of the Bible Class was held YWednesday evening,
September 30th, at the synagogue under the direction of Rabbi Lazarus
Axelrod. Twenty-nine students, four of whom were new members, were
present at this meeting. The second book of Moses, Exodus, was dealt
with very intensively. A tall.: on current events followed the lesson.
At 9:30, four members participated in an interesting debate.
Subject,"Resolved: that anti-semitism is beneficial to the Jew.' The
participants were: Jack Nissonbaum and Martin VWucher, affirmative;
while Milton Gaynor and Herbert Glickman supported the negative.
A vote on the part of the class proved that the negative side was
favored by thirteen to twelve. Refreshments were furnished by Mrs.
The subject for next week's debate will be: "Resolved: that the
Jew living in a large city has more chance for devloprm1ont1. than the
Jew of the small city." This subject will be debated by Helen Eisman
and Ethel Mintzer for the affirmative, while Bernard Frank and Dennis
quittner will support the negative.
The tennis club has been formed. Four players competed for the
captaincy with the following results: Bernard Frank beat Max Gaynor
6-0. Herbert Glickman beat Norman Thaler 6-1. Glickman and Frank
will meet Sundqv on the tennis court to decide the future captain of
the tennis team. Forthcoming matches will be announced in due course.
A library will shortly be started to aid the students in their
work. A complete set of the Jewish encyclopaedia mad a set of Graetz
history of the Jew, has been set aside by Rabbi Axelrod for the benefit
of this library. All members wishing to contribute English books of
Jewish interest, please apply to the Rabbi.
Plans for the forthcoming picnic to be held at Sunny Isles
Casino on Sunday, October llth, were discussed. This affair is spon-
sored by the Bible Class. Included in the num erous features of this
picnic will be the following: A swimming contest, races, boxing match,
wrestling match, ball game, refreshments, distribution of prizes,
campfire, roasting wienies, story hour, and singing.
(Continued on page 7)
Dr. and Mrs. Max Kirsch returned to Miami Beach, last Monday,
after a four weeks stay in Faluda, N. C. They were accompanied by
Mirs. Doris Adler and her mother, iMrs. N. Herman. Motoring back from
Faluda, they stopped over at Gainsville, Fla., where they visited
their son, Ralph Kirsch, who is a sophomore at the University of Florida.
The Senior Hadassah of Miami announces the formal opening of the
season in the form of a plantation luncheon to be given Monday after-
noon, October 12th, at 12:30 at the Gerson's home, 1301 Collins Ave.
Those wishing to participate are kindly requested to make their reser-
vations early by calling 53989. Mrs. Moses Kreiger will be the prin-
cipal speaker at this interesting affair.
The bridge party given Wednesday last by the Sisterhood at the
Gerson's home met with unprecedented success. Over forty ladies were
present, and the true spirit of the Sisterhood was reflected at this
affair. Prizes were awarded to Mrs. Louis Shochet, Mrs. Frank, Mrs.
Bernstein, and Miss Sarah Shochet. After the refreshments were served,
Mrs. Barney Weinkle, president of the Sisterhood, addressed the mem-
bers, explaining the object of this party. "This get-together of the
members at this time will serve to remind each of us of her duties,"
said Mrs. Weinkle, "and we hope to see our Sisterhood flourish in the
future, doing good work and co-operating with the community in all
Jewish affairs.` A drive for more members will be conducted systemat-
ically during the next week.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Blank returned Sunday to Miami Beach after a two
month's stay in the North. Among the various cities visited were-
.Tew York, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Detroit, Akron, Cleveland, Toronto,
Montreal, and Burlington, Vt. "Thile in New York, Mrs. Blank ordered
twvo very beautiful covers, white silk with gold embroidery, for the two
tables in thp synagogue. These covers enhanced greatly the general
appearance of the synagogue at the recent High Holiday Services.
The Misses Marion and Rose Blank, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Sam
Blank, returned Sunday to Miami Beach after spending some time at
Camp Oquago, Andes, E. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Gerson and daughters, Dorothy Mae and
Natalie Joyce, have arrived in Miami Beach, and are staying with their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gerson, at their home on Collins Ave.
Mrs. M. P. Cohl, of Cleveland, Ohio, is the guest of her brother
and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Cohl at their home on Meridian Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Baker of Jacksonville, Fla, are being ex-
tensively entertained as the guest of their brother and sister, Mr.
and Mrs. Alex Goldstein, of Miami Boach.
A large crowd is expected at the picnic to bo given at Sunny Isles
Casino, on Sunday, October llth, sponsored by the Student Bible Class
of the congregation. Full details of this affair will be found on
(Continued on next page.)
Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod invites all members of the congregation to
be his guests at a Kiddush to be served in the Succah adjoining the
synagogue, on Saturday morning after the services.
Mrs. Louis J. Abraham and daughter Janet from Dayton, Ohio, have
arrived in Miami Beach where they will make their home for the entire
season. They are at present staying at the Ocean View Inn.
Mr. Louis J. Schwartz, well known communal worker of Miami Beach,
was married last Thursday in Montreal, Quebec, to Miss Miller of that
city. He is expected to return to the beach shortly with his bride
where they will make their home. Mr. Schwartz is actively interested
in all political movements of southern Florida.
As a recognition of her musical talents, Miss Jeanette Haberfeld
has been offered a partial year's scholarship at Miami University.
As Miss Haberfeld is desirous of teaching this winter, she has not yet
decided whether she will accept the offer.
STUDENT BIBLE CLASS
(Continued from Page 5)
Miss Jeanette Haberfeld has kindly consented to act as official
pianist to the Bible Class. Her renderings of piano solos are well
known and appreciated on the Beach.
The following members are enrolled to date: Grace Barack, Irving
Bartz, Charlotte Besvinick, Sophia Besvinick, Lillian Berner, Louis
Berner, Chester Cassel, Helen Eisman, Lillian Eisman, Esther Glickman,
Frank Glickman, Herbert Glickman, Max Gaynor, Jeanette Haberfold,
Seymour London, Seymour Miller, Ethel Mintzer, Jack Nissenbaum, Dennis
Quittner, Edna Reiman, Anita Silverman, Leon Shalloway, Annette
Wecksler, Martin 1Wucher, Norman Thaler, Bernard Frank, Burton Reiman,
Janet Nelson, Paula Thaler, Jr,-n::.tte Hohberger, Adelaide Sherman,
Miriam Blank, Eleanor Mack.
THE BIB LE
by SIR WALTER SCOTT
Within this awful volume lies
The mystery of mysteries:
Happiest he of human race
To whom God has given grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lif.t the latch, and learn the way;
And better had he ne'er been born
Who reads to doubt, or reads to scorn.
THE JACO EEAN
Officers: Th Jew's home has
rarely been his castle.
Mrs. Barney\'4 inkle--Pres. Throughout the ages.
Mrs. Jacob Caplan---Vice-Pros. It has been something
Mrs. J. Berner------Secretary far higher--his sanc-
Mrs. Sam Blank------Treasurer tuary.
The bridge party held Wednesday afternoon at the Gerson's, a
full account of which appears on another page of this issue, marked
the opening of the season's activities of the Sisterhood. Mrs.
Barney Weinkle explained fully the purpose and the aim of Our Sister-
hood. It is the earnest hope of every member of the Jewish community
of Miami Beach that the Sisterhood will flourish and succeed in all
At the last meeting of the Sisterhood, held at the Synagogue
"Hednesday afternoon, September 16, Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod addressed
the meeting and pledged his whole-hearted support to the Sisterhood.
In future, Rabbi Axelrod will attend all meetings of the Sisterhood.
It was decided at this meeting th'.t systematic drive for member-
ship be conducted under the joint direction of Mrs. Barney Veinkle and
Rabbi Axelrod. During the next week, members of the Sisterhood will
be called upon to accompany Rabbi Axelrod and pay personal visits to
all Jewish ladies on the Beach, non-membors as well as members, and
solicit moral assistance nnd cooperation.
The plans for the coming winter's activities include the follow-
ing: A dance at Carter's pier to be given some time in February, 1932;
various bridge parties, luncheons, and other social affairs.
It is expected that one of the members of the Sisterhood will be
chosen to act as society editor of the Jacobean. Anncancement of this
will appear on this page in due course. An editor of this page will
also be chosen from Our Sisterhood in the near future.
A drive for the accumulation of books for the library of the
Student Bible Class will be conducted shortly by the Sisterhood. All
those wishing to contribute books of Jewish interest, please communi-
cate with Rabbi Lazarus Axtlrod, phone 5-2535.
The Sisterhood joins with thecommunity in expressing their thm ks
and appreciation to Mrs. Sam Blank for her kind donation of the two
beautiful silk embroidered covers which she forwarded to the Synagogue
luring hdr stay in New York.
TIE GENTLE HIGHWAYMAN
Sholem Yankel was a professional messenger. All the cash, and
documents, and important messages which were to be delivered from the
little Warsaw-. suburb to the big city were carried by him.
The profession of being a "meshulach" required not only unim-
peachable integrity, but great physical strength, for hold-up men
infested the roads leading to the Polish metropolis. And Sholem
Yankel, "der meshulach," possessed both.
He was on one of his errands and, as usual, stopped at a tree and
closed his eyes to say the "minchah" prayer.
"Your money or your life !" roared a gruff voice in his ears.
Opening his eyes, Sholem Yankel beheld a huge peasant pointing a
shotgun at him.
Resistance was out of the question, and the trustworthy messenger,
with moral anguish, delivered the public treasure to the bandit.
As the plunderer was departing, Sholem Yankel turned to him and,
with tears in his eyes, said:
"My friend, I am ruined. Nobody will believe me. They'll think
I've taken the money for myself. Now the least you can do for me is
to shoot through my cap so that I have proof of my encounter with a
The thief -was moved by this plea, and hanging the victim's cap
on a branch, fired a shot through it.
"Please do me a favor," entreated the distress ed messenger, "and
fire another shot at my overcoat."
The freebooter granted his request.
"I don't know how to thank you for your kindness," said the pat-
riarch, with deep emotion, "But will it be too much if I ask you to
fire one more shot at my gabardine?"
"I"d gladly do it for you," responded the kindhearted highwayman,
"but I have no more shot."
"Aha !" exclaimed the stalwart Israelite, brightening up. "You
have no more shot? Then"----He finished with his fists. The robber
was sent sprawling to the ground and, recovering the booty, the mes-
senger continued his way, taking the rifle as a souvenir.
TIME IS THE BEST EXECUTIONER
For many, many years the Jewish jester had loyally served the
Sultan, cheering up many of his gloomiest hours. Now he had committed
an act of perfidy and the sovereign, in his wrath, condemned him to
In view of the buffoon's long and faithful service, however, the
monarch felt impelled to mitigate, in some degrooe the sting of his
penalty. "Clown," said the mighty ruler, "thou art doomed to die, but
thou mayest select the manner of thy death."
"I choose death by old age," cuoth the condemned man.
"Thy petition is granted," proclaimed the potentate.
Principal: Rabbi Lazarus Axelrod
YIDDISH CRADLE SONG
0 Hush thee, my darling, sloop soundly, my son,
Sloop soundly and swoctly till day has bogun;
For under the bed of good children at night
There lies, till tbc morning, a kid snowy whito.
We'll send it to market to buy Sochora,
While my little lad goes to study Torah.
Sloop soundly at night and learn Torah by day,
Then thou'll be a Rabbi when I have grown gray.
But I'll give thee to-morrow ripe nuts and a toy,
If thou'lt .sleep as I bid thee, my own little boy.
(Trans. Alice Lucas.)
The following pupils are enrolled in the Talmud Torah to date:
Arthur Baida, Julius Baida, Eleanor Barrack, Anita Barrack, Shirley
Cohen, Shirley Flecman, Gerald Flcoman, Clarence Fleeman, Ilona
Guttman, Louis Guttman, Jocl Gros, Milton Gaynor, Frank Glickman,
Stanley Jamison, Marvin Kaufman, Leon Levine, Ernest London, Leonard
Merlin, Jack Mintzcr, Louise Nisscnbaum, Gertrude Satin, Dan Gerard
Satin, Nellie Sheer, Gerald Shullan, Harvey Shullan, Arthur Shalloway,
June Rose Toursh, Milton Weinkle, and Stanley Wcinklc.
The elementary class meeoots daily at the Synagogue from 3:45 to
4:45. They receive instruction in Hebrew reading, (Rashis D'aas
method,) Hebrew songs, writing, and moral ethics.
The second grade meets daily from 4:45 to 5:45 when they study
Bible in the Zoman Hashlishi (third grade Bible,) fluency in reading,
grammar, writing, songs, and moral ethics.
The third grade meets from 5:45 to 6:45. This group is well
advanced in Chumosh, and progresses steadily in translations, using
Rashi where necessary. Writing, grammar, and moral ethics also form
part of the course.
BETH JACOB SUNDAY SCHOOL
Principal: Rabbi Lazarus Axolrod
Owing to the recent holidays occurring on Sundays, our Sunday
school has boon temporarily suspended and will re-open on Sunday morn-
ing, October llth at 10:00 A.M. Rabbi Axelrod will be on hand with a
staff of trained teachers to welcome the pupils. Courses in Bible,
Jewish festivals, customs, and songs will be presented in an attractive
and appealing manner. Prospective pupils arc cordially invited to
register for the coming season.
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THE JEWISH MOTHER
Joewish custom bids the Jewish mother,
after her proparationr for the Sabbath have
been completed on Fridr'y evening, kindle
the S'bbath lamp. Th.,t is symbolic of the
Jewish woman's influence on her own home,
and through it upon larger circles. Iho
is the inspiror o.t' i pure, ch-.sto, family
life whose hnallowing influences are incal-
culable: sh. is the center of all spirit-
unl endeavors, the confidante and fosterer
of every undertaking. To h:r the Tialmudic
sentence applies. 'It is woman alone through
whom God's blessings are vouchsafed to a
Henrietta Szold, 1895
Every country has the Jews it deserves.
K. E. Franzos, 1875.