The serious situation in Palestine caused by stoppage of income from Eastern Europe, as revealed in reports from the Palestine Zionist Executive, which emphasize that upbuilding activities have had to be curtailed in consequence, has resulted in the launching of an intensive collection campaign to raise one million dollars in cash during May from pledges made to the United Palestine Appeal, a statement issued by the Zionist headquarters declared.
Leaders of the United Palestine Appeal took this action following receipt of a cable from Colonel Frederick Kisch of the Palestine Zionist Executive which stated.
“Stoppage of income from Eastern European countries creates a serious situation which I am constrained to call to your attention. The mounting deficit has already forced a curtailment of our activities. Thousands in Poland are unable to immigrate to Palestine. Colonization, expansion and consolidation jeopardized, schools overcrowded and unable to advance sufficient credits to combat unemployment. America is doing splendidly but must do even better. Substantial increase of May remittance essential or we will be forced to make further curtailment.”
Plans for collecting a Million Dollars cash during May were worked out by a National Conference of regional directors which took place in New York. During April, $503,249 was received at national headquarters on account of United Palestine Appeal contributions, making a total of almost $2,000,000 cash received thus far during the campaign.
A call issued by Herman Conheim, National Treasurer of the United Palestine Appeal, urges prompt conversion of pledges into cash to meet the present emergency.
ABRAHAM HERMAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE HIAS
Mr. Abraham Herman was elected president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of America to succeed Mr. John L. Bernstein, who held the office of president for nine years, and Mr. Joseph Barondess was elected vice-president at the last meeting of the Board of Directors of the society.
Mr. Barondess, who was nominated for the presidency, declined to accept because of his participation in other Jewish organizations.
Others who were reelected for the new term are: vice-president, Leon Kamaiky, Max Feirman and Albert Rosenblatt of New York, Howard S. Levy of Philadelphia, Harris Burman of Boston, Israel Silberstein of Baltimore, Harry K. Wolf of SanFrancisco, Leo S. Schwabacher of Seattle and Adolph Copeland of Chicago; treasurer, Harry Fischel; honorary secretary, Joseph E. Eron.