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Canadian Zionists Conclude Annual Convention

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

A. J. Freiman, of Otta, was reelected president of the Zionist Organization of Canada for the fifth consecutive term at the 20th annual convention held here. Louis Fitch of Montreal, M. Gelber of Toronto and H. E. Wilder of Winnipeg were elected vice-presidents and Joseph Fineberg of Montreal, Treasurer.

A national council of 115 members, representing all branches throughout the Dominion was also chosen.

Resolutions favoring action by the World Zionist Executive to have Article 6 of the Palestine Mandate carried out, and also to see that the Zionist school system receives proportionate support of public moneys in Palestine and urging Canadian Zionists to deal at once with the formation of the Canadian branch of the Jewish agency were adopted, as well as many aimed to improve the internal administration of the work and to interest a greater number of Canadian Jews in taking an active part in Zionist work.

Reports of Zionist departmental activities were submitted to the convention. The secretary reported 267 centres in Canada active in Zionist work and 7890 new members during the past year. The treasurer reported an income of $284,402 for the Keren Hayesod, for the Jewish National Fund, $52,000, Hebrew University $11,500 and $78,850 for various other Zionist funds.

Rabbi Ziotnick, Director of the National Fund, reported on a tour he made in the interest of the Keren Hayesod.

Mrs. A. J. Freiman was reelected president of the Hadassah at its convention held coincidentally with the Zionist convention. Mrs. L. Fitch, Montreal, Mrs. D. Dunkelman and Mrs. A. Selick of Toronto and Mrs. H. E. Wilder were chosen vice-presidents, Mrs. H. Singer and Mrs. M. A. Brown of Montreal were reelected secretary and treasurer respectively. A national council was also selected. Mrs. Freiman reported 85 chapters in Hadassah with an income of $92,000 last year. The Hadassah decided to concentrate on the girls’ agricultural school which has been started with Canadian funds at Nahalal, Palestine.

Mr. Nahum Sokolow addressed the Hadassah delegates. Miss Sokolow was warmly welcomed as a guest at the Hadassah convention.

TAKES ISSUE WITH PROFESSOR KALLEN ON AMERICAN RABBINATE

Sir:

Would it be possible to induce Prof. Horace Kallen to enlarge upon his thesis of rabbinical training, intimations of which were published in a recent issue of your paper as excerpts from the “Menorah Journal.”

I would suggest that Prof. Kallen resort to concrete illustrations and eliminate metaphysical nebulosity and the befogging generalities of abstraction. In other words would Prof. Horace Kallen tell us in all good faith, not cynical inuendoes nor in sarcastic spleen what he, as a writer, educator, philosopher and scholar (and of course a Zionist) would have the American rabbis learn?

In passing may I gently remind the aforesaid Prof. Kallen that most American trained rabbis now in service really do something more than flatter the functionaries and factotums of the status quo in order to hold their “jobs.” But tell us, Professor, what you would have the rabbinate learn in order to be wise, useful and fashioned in your own conception.

JOSEPH LEISER.

Helena, Ark., Jan. 11, 1926.

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