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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 18, 1880
    Jewish and Yiddish Contribution

    In Monday's edition of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung, appeared an editorial on the above subject. You deserve, and are assured of thanks as well as recognition from all Jews for your honest, correct and courageous conception regarding the difference of these two words.

    You hit the nail on the head. This race of Walachia (also spelled Wallachia) and Russia, whose cultural standard is still more than half Asiatic; these people cannot rid themselves and have no intention of ridding themselves of the dirt that has surrounded them since remote antiquity; they find it impossible to comprehend the spirit of the time, to understand progress, religion and civil liberty.

    Their education is limited to the Talmud and superstitions; they are mendicants in Europe and peddlers throughout America. They are the type, which our Christian co-citizens designate as Yiddish, and the term is justified. In Prague, and other old Jewish cities, we still find, even today, Jewish districts (Jewish quarters) whose inhabitants form a state within a state, 2just as we have here in our great and lovely Garden City, a similar section at Canal Street near 12th street. There the people's trade, barter, language and morals, are still a relic of past ages, the "second-hand Egypt". In one word they are Yiddish, but not the intelligent Jew, whose homes bid a welcome to all cultured people, regardless of their religious beliefs - where one meets ambitious men; their capable wives and the young generation. Continue in the same spirit, Mr. Editor, the time is near when Schiller's words will bear fruit: "Let us be a united people, brothers all", only with this distinction, - the sisters are included.

    A Jew.

    In Monday's edition of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung, appeared an editorial on the above subject. You deserve, and are assured of thanks as well as recognition from all Jews for your ...

    Jewish
    I C, III A, III G
  • The Occident -- January 28, 1881
    The Jewish Colony in Palestine

    On last Sunday afternoon a meeting of our Jewish citizens was held at Greenebaum's Hall, for the ostensible purpose of aiding a colony of Israelites established in Palestine. Mr. Michall Peabody presided. The accredited agent of the Colony, Rev. Simon Stampfer, was present and spoke of the objects and aims of the colony.

    Six couples had already established themselves between Jappa and Jerusalem on 80,000 acres of land secured from the Turkish Government. It is proposed to enable the persecuted Jews of Western Europe to settle there. The object of the present subscription (is) to secure the necessary tools and machinery for them to become tillers of the soil and provide for their own wants. The colony is not rich and societies have been formed in Eastern cities to render assistance......Speeches were made by Mr. Peabody, Dr. B. Filsenthal, Dr. J. Grossman, Mr. Lipmansoh, Mr. Henry Greenebaum and Rev., Dr. Stampfer. It was announced that $200 had been already subscribed.

    On last Sunday afternoon a meeting of our Jewish citizens was held at Greenebaum's Hall, for the ostensible purpose of aiding a colony of Israelites established in Palestine. Mr. Michall ...

    Jewish
    III G
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- July 14, 1881
    Jews Hold Council

    The Union of Jewish Communities of America held its session again yesterday forenoon at ten o'clock in Standard Hall. After attending to preliminary business the local rabbis extended an invitation to the delegates to take a coach trip and see the city. A lengthy debate ensued about the executive board's recommendation to raise half a million dollars for a Jewish college. Various delegates were of the opinion that the institution should be located in New York, and others believed it made no difference whether such a college was in New York, New Orleans, Cincinnati, or any other city, as long as it served as a university for rabbis throughout the United States. Finally the resolution was adopted to procure the money, but the problems of how to raise it, and where the institution should be located, were referred to the executive board for decision.

    In the afternoon session the chairman of the special committee read a detailed account of the persecution of Jews in Russia, whereupon a committee 2was appointed to raise money and to offer asylum in America to the banished people of Russia as well as to those who had fled. In order to facilitate emigration from Russia Mr. Abraham sought support from the many secret Jewish organizations.

    A. W. Rich considered the immigration and settlement question an important issue, which from the historical standpoint may become as significant as the exodus from Egypt. He was of the opinion that the secret organizations should help procure for every Jewish immigrant a completely equipped farm of a hundred acres, including livestock, in Nebraska or Kansas, exempt from payments of any kind for seven years, since thereby it would be possible for the settler to become a self-supporting landowner within a short time.

    The Union of Jewish Communities of America held its session again yesterday forenoon at ten o'clock in Standard Hall. After attending to preliminary business the local rabbis extended an invitation ...

    Jewish
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  • Jewish Advance -- August 12, 1881
    (No headline)

    Russification? - Rumors are afloat that some influential American Israelites are afraid of the coming influx of Russian Jews into the United States, and that they fear in consequence thereof American Judaism would be Russified. In one regard, certainly, we have to look forward to the coming immigration with some anxiety and sad forebodings. Many poor Russian Jews will apply for aid and assistance, and but scanty means will be on hand to grant such aid.

    And suppose, half a million of these Russian Jews would come, and would in a few years out-number all the Sephardic and German Jews now living in America - how could they Russianize you, dear reader, and you, and you? Would you be compelled to wear Russo-Jewish Kaftans, because a future Russo-American Synod might decree that Malbush Nokhri (the manner of dressing as Gentiles do) would be 'Hukkath ha-boyim (an anti-Jewish custom)? Or would you have to give up your grammatical speaking, and would you be caused 2to talk in the barbarous jargon of Podolia? The reform party may be out-numbered, and the new orthodox party of our Portuguese and English friends may be out-numbered by the old orthodox, culture-hating party, hailing from Volhynia and Bessarabia. But the minorities will have the rights and the means to remain uninfluenced by the Russian majority.

    Russification? - Rumors are afloat that some influential American Israelites are afraid of the coming influx of Russian Jews into the United States, and that they fear in consequence thereof ...

    Jewish
    I C, III G
  • Jewish Advance -- September 16, 1881
    (No headline)

    Mr. M. Oesterreicher, treasurer of the Ahavath Zion Society, for the promotion of agriculture in Palestine, has forwarded $114 to the Austrian, Bohemian, Moravian and Hungarian community of the Holy Land.

    Mr. M. Oesterreicher, treasurer of the Ahavath Zion Society, for the promotion of agriculture in Palestine, has forwarded $114 to the Austrian, Bohemian, Moravian and Hungarian community of the Holy ...

    Jewish
    III G
  • The Occident -- December 16, 1881
    (No headline)

    Over thirty of the Russian refugees that have come to Chicago have already applied to the Mayor of the city for licenses to peddle. If at the rate these men come here they are thus encouraged by a few of their countrymen who want them to peddle their wares and goods, old and secondhand, all our Chicago thoroughfares will be lined with Russo-Polish hucksters and peddlers.

    We suggest to the Russian refugee committee, No. 106 Randolph Street, to make it the imperative rule not to give a meal or lodging to those having purchased a license.....The refugees should not be allowed to cast odium upon Judaism in Chicago by thus early beginning and over-run our city with a peddlers horde; It would simply be a disgrace to us. To show how persistently these small rapacious traders urge their poor countrymen into the paths of low barter, nearly all in making application for license have signed their name in Hebrew.

    Over thirty of the Russian refugees that have come to Chicago have already applied to the Mayor of the city for licenses to peddle. If at the rate these men ...

    Jewish
    I C, III G, I D 1 b
  • The Occident -- April 14, 1882
    (No headline)

    We take issue with Reverend Doctor Hirsch when he states that the incoming refugees from Russia are filthy and that they cannot be colonized......The Reverend Hirsch evinces but a small amount of humanity when he pronounces such wholesale accusations against his people, who, desported of everything in their homes,with scarce enough raiments that they might come in a delapidated condition to us.

    The Occident has for a number of years advocated that our people devote themselves to the tilling of the soil. The charge has been often hurled against us that we are simply barterers, traders and traffickers. We are more than convinced that colonies can be established and successfully thrive and with it we can convince the world that Jews can become as independent and industrous farmers as any other nationality.

    The opportunity is now iminent and a beginning should be made with our expatriated Russian brethren.

    We take issue with Reverend Doctor Hirsch when he states that the incoming refugees from Russia are filthy and that they cannot be colonized......The Reverend Hirsch evinces but a small ...

    Jewish
    I C, III G
  • The Occident -- June 16, 1882
    (No headline)

    It seems now that our most affluent and influential Jewish citizens are realizing the Russian Refugees question if we accept the tone of the meeting Sunday last. Although the attendance was not as large asmight have been, yet those that were there were representative business men who will, no doubt, largely aid the society formally organized.

    There will certainly be a large influx of these unfortunate people and Chicago has been an objective point,and their unsystematic shipment has entailed great labor upon some of our business men in the most wanton manner. Since the last meeting some twenty more unfortunates have arrived here, and are being well cared for.

    Some more will now have to be inaugurated by which the general public (will) aid in relieving these refugees.

    It seems now that our most affluent and influential Jewish citizens are realizing the Russian Refugees question if we accept the tone of the meeting Sunday last. Although the attendance ...

    Jewish
    III G
  • The Occident -- May 23, 1884
    The Cry Is, "Still They Come."

    Some two weeks since the United Hebrew Relief Association, 200 La Salle St., was again in a state of commotion by the arrival of some twenty self-expatriated Russians, who came for relief, aid, and means to forward them to lands out West. It appears that some ten of them were able-bodied men, the balance were old men, women and children. These people had been informed by their country-men here of the needs and essential requisites for migration to this country, but it seems they have either not heeded the advice or they deliberately hoodwink our charities. If these wholesale imports of humans will continue thus, it will tax our Jewish communities to the utmost. Chicago may be a distributery point but not to the extent that the burden of charity should fall upon us. Should our Eastern cities continue to send us more of such people without adequate means, we would suggest that our society should send them back "stante peder."

    Some two weeks since the United Hebrew Relief Association, 200 La Salle St., was again in a state of commotion by the arrival of some twenty self-expatriated Russians, who came ...

    Jewish
    III G, I C
  • [Association documents] -- March 25, 1886
    Sinai Congregation, Executive Board Minutes

    It was resolved, in connection with Dr. Hirsch's allusion to the Alliance Israelite Universelle, that the Board recommend to the annual meeting, that the sum of 1000 francs (or $200) be voted to the said laudable association.

    It was resolved, in connection with Dr. Hirsch's allusion to the Alliance Israelite Universelle, that the Board recommend to the annual meeting, that the sum of 1000 francs (or $200) ...

    Jewish
    III H, III G