Dr. Zevi Chajes, Chief Rabbi of Vienna and member of the World Zionist Executive, arrived in New York on the “Leviathan” Tuesday. He was greeted at the pier by prominent American Zionist leaders.
Dr. Chajes, who intends to settle permanently in Palestine, will spend a short time in America. He will lecture at the Jewish Institute of Religion, of which Dr. Stephen S. Wise is acting president. Dr. Chajes also came to America in the interests of the Juedischen Schulvereine of Austria.
“The situation of Jewry in the Central European countries is worse than ever since the conclusion of the World War”, Dr. Chajes declared. “The hopelessness of the general economic situation in Central Europe has had a very bad effect upon the Jewish cultural life. Those who have been fighting for better national life in Austria have lost courage. This has affected the activities of the Zionist Organization in Austria and the maintenance of the Hebrew school system.”
During his stay in New York Dr. Chajes will live at the Hotel Newton. He brings with him important documents on Jewish matters in Europe.