SJYA diary: July 31 & August 4 1938

Days 4 and 5 of Yenta Kleiman’s  Shanghai Jewish Youth Association summer club diary (day 3 can be found here):

SJYA Summer Club 1938 song book inside
SJYA summer club song book

July 31 1938

At 16:30 the sun was still high in the sky, and one would never have believed that it was raining about four hours ago.

The girls as they scattered round the garden, their brightly coloured frocks challenging the beautiful shades of trees and flowers, made the most enchanting picture. Some preferred solitude, while others made up their minds to spend their time jubilantly, and they certainly suited the action to the mind. As the whistle blew, however, all came together to partake of the refreshments served around.

Then there were the sports heats. Such encouragements as “Come on”, “Take your time”, “Make it snappy” “Take it easy” “Faster, faster” and other similarly cheery exclamations were constantly heard, while the greatest excitement prevailed all around.

It was with great reluctance, therefore, that we were obliged to leave, as terrible clouds spread over the sky and something of a storm was imminent. But we yet had time to sing some of the favourite songs, amongst which “Michael Finnigan” usually comes first.[1]

After having given the loudest and most hearty cheers for Sir Elly, we quickly went home, ere the rain began to pour.”

[1] See SJYA song book (pictured)

August 4 1938

Owing to it being a solemn Jewish festival, our merry programme of “Amateur Night” was slightly altered, but it was as equally enjoyed as any of the previous S.J.Y.A. affairs. Instead of Floor Show Night, we were entertained by a very thrilling film entitled The Light-house by the Sea in which a dog named Rintintin took the principle role. A ripple of excitement ran through the young audience, as Rintintin attempted any of his daring pursuits, and then followed sighs of regret or vice versa.

All this took place up on the roof garden. Like grand mandarins, we did not even have to shift from our tables when the dinner was over, but, with ice-cream, fruit and some cold soft drinks at our disposal, there we sat with the movie picture before us.

The picture was long and very interesting. The different scenes were invariably discussed from every angle, and finally acknowledged as one of the most wonderful pictures that ever was.

We all had a topping time!

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