Pittsburgh, Pa (Nov. 19)
A three-day convention of the Mizrachi Zionist organization opened Sunday afternoon in Soldiers’ Memorial Hall with a public meeting, at which city officials extended a welcome to the delegates and officers of the organization spoke.
Mayor William A.Magde delivered the official welcome to the delegates. He was introduced by the chairman of the meeting, Rabbi Aaron Ashinsky. Other city officials who welcomed the delegates were Daniel Winters, President of Council, and Councilman James F. Malone.
Mayor Magee told the audience that he is in accord with the aims of the Zionist movement, and expressed the wish that they might be successful in establishing a “Jewish homeland” in Palestine.
Other speakers of the afternoon were Dr. H. M. Snitzer of Pittsburgh, Chairman of the Palestine Foundation Fund; Dr. S. Bloomberg, Chairman of the local Zionist district; Morris Rothenberg of New York, national chairman of the Executive Committee of the Keren Hayesod, and B. H. Schnur of New York, treasurer of the Mizrachi Zionist organization. The convention was officially opened in Soldiers’ Memorial Hall last night with a roll call of delegates. Several resolutions were acted upon and minor business of importance was discussed.
Rabbi Meyer Berlin, President of the American Mizrachi Organization, in his annual message and the Convention was meeting at a time when Palestine stood in greatest need of the organization. The Mizrachi8 throughout the world, he said, had grown in strength and influence, which was felt at the recent world Congress of Zionists in Carlsbad. Dr. Meyer Waxman, secretary, submitted a report on the position of the Organization. He reported the Mizrachi membership numbered 15,000 orthodox Zionists organized in societies throughout the country.
The New York delegation to the Convention includes, besides the officers, prominent Mizrachists like Leo Kamaiko and Gedalia Bublick, publisher and editor, respectively, of the “Jewish Daily News”. Mr. Bublick, who returned from an extended trip through Europe and Palestine recently, gave his impressions particularly of the latter, and reported the interview he had in Jerusalem with Sir Herbert Samuel.