Pittsburgh (Jul. 2)
The Zionist Convention in session here, by an overwhelming vote, passed a resolution yesterday favoring the removal of the seat of the World Zionist Executive, the Keren Hayesod and other agencies of the World Organization from London to Jerusalem. Although the same proposal was defeated last year, the expected opposition did not materialize this year. Judge Bernard A. Rosenblatt, who introduced the resolution, easily carried the day, despite the warnings of Israel Goldberg and Jacob Fishman, who explained some of the serious problems and objections to the removal.
The first real excitement of the convention occurred yesterday when the old Brandeis-Weizmann controversy was precipitated by a resolution providing that all the members of the Zionist Organization of America and the affiliate an organizations, including the Hadassah, should contribute to the Keren Hayesod. Several Hadassah delegates dramatically warned the convention that the passage of this resolution would shut the doors to the re-entry of the old leaders.
Rabbi Jurman of Waterbury, a former leader of the Brandeis group, then declared that a strong stand must be taken once and for all in the matter of the Keren Hayesod. He stated that he was con
vinced, of this especially as a result of his experience in having seceded from and now returned to the organization. The Keren Hayesod, he stated, is now a fundamental institution, and if the old leaders still fail to recognize this “then we don’t need them.”
Mr. Lipsky tried to pacify some of the protest of the Hadassah delegates, whereupon M. A. Zeldin of New York criticized him for doing so, aying that no excuses or modifications were necessary, and that it was time that the obligations of all the self-styled Zionists toward the Keren Hayesod were insisted upon.
The resolution was overwhelmingly adopted with only a few of the Hadassah delegates voting against it. Miss Henrietta Szold, the President of the Hadassah, voted for the resolution, which was interpreted to mean that she will urge Hadssah to come out stronger than heretofore for the Keren Hayesod.
A resolution was adopted expressing approval of the aims of the American Jewish Congress, and providing that Zionist districts throughout the country shall contribute a specified sum to its funds. Before this resolution was passed, Israel Goldberg denounced the Congress administration for inviting Israel Zangwill to America.
Another resolution that was adopted directs the incoming administration to speedily negotiate with the national bodies of lodges and other organizations with a view to enlisting them as members of the Zionist Organization.
The following resolutions were also adopted: every fifty or more Jews may organize as a club and upon registration as Zionists such club will be entitled to the rights and privileges of districts; sincere gratitude to President Coolidge for his sympathy and support of the Zionist movement were expressed; expressions of condolence over the death of Presidents Harding and Wilson; thanks to Louis Harshall and the members of his committee for convening the non-partisan Hotel Astor conference.
Dr. Ratnoff, Chairman of the American Jewish Physicians Committee reported that $200,000 has been raised for the Hebrew University, which will be opened before the next convention, besides over 10,000 scientific books. He also announced that the first medical text book in Hebrew has been published.
The new administration, which has been elected, consists of the following: Chairman, Louis Lipsky; Vice Chairmen, Judge Bernard A. Rosenblatt, Max Shulman, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver and Miss Henrietta Szold; Teasurer, Issac Meister; Associate Teasurer, David Tannenbaum. Herman Conheim, Abraham Goldberg, Boris Grabelsky, Dr. David J. Kaliski, Emanuel Neumann, Morris Rothenberg, all of New York, and Louis Topkis of Wilmington, were elected to the Administration Committee.