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Russian Land Settlement is Successful, Dr. Rosen Declares in Interview

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Dr. Joseph Rosen, head of the Agrojoint, the agency of the Joint Distribution Committee for the settling of Jews on land in Russia, arrived here.

The Soviet press circulates an interview with Dr. Rosen, given to the “Rosta,” the official Soviet Telegraphic Agency. According to this interview, Dr. Rosen, in discussing relations between American and Russian Jewry, stated that Dr. Bernard Kahn, European director of the J. D. C., and James Rosenberg, vice-president of the J. D. C., convince themselves on their recent visit to the Jewish colonies in Russia, that the settlement of Jews on the land is a spontaneous movement.

“More Jews have settled on land in the last two years than in the course of the whole previous century,” Dr. Rosen said. “The Jewish colonies are well worked–better even than the German colonies which are their neighbors. The Jewish colonists remain on the land permanently. In the past two years only three percent of the Jewish farming population has changed.”

Dr. Rosen is further quoted as saying that the Americans have been finally convinced that the national question in the Soviet countries has been properly solved and that therefore the Zionist demands for funds for Palestine are no longer received sympathetically. “The J. D. C., which is campaigning for $25,000,000 in the United States, has secured $20,000,000 within a few months, while the Zionists raised a much smaller sum,” the Soviet press quotes Dr. Rosen as having declared.

RABBI DAVID LEVINE DIES AT AGE OF FIFTY

Rabbi David Levine, 50, of the Temple House of God, 174th Street and Broadway, Washington Heights, died yesterday at Mount Sinai Hospital after a year’s illness.

Rabbi Levine was born in New York City and received his theological education at the Jewish Theological School. He received his A. B. degree from the College of the City of New York in 1896, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Columbus in 1902.

His first pulpit was in Syracuse, N. Y., in 1902, where he succeeded Dr. Josph H. Hertz, present chief rabbi of the British Islands. The next year he was called to Portland, Ore.

He was rabbi of the Temple Emanu-El, Spokane, Wash, from 1904 to 1917. where he was prominent in civic and social work. He was President of the State Parole Association said to have been the first in the country, and served several city and State welfare bodies.

In 1917 he became the rabbi in Temple Emanu-El, Brooklyn, and served there five years. He took a prominent part in the welfare work for Jewish soldiers during the war. In 1922 he moved to Yonkers, where he became rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, and in 1925 accepted the call to the Temple House of God.

Rabbi Levine was author of several books dealing with Biblical and Jewish literature. His translation of the Garden of Wisdom by Nathaniel ibn al-Fayuma, from the Arabic, is included in the Columbia University Oriental series.

The funeral took place yesterday.

Requests to six Jewish societies and organization, totalling $2,000, were left in the will of Isaac Helstein, prominent Jewish citizen of Duluth. Minn., who died June 15, according to a petition for probate filed today.

Of the 204 students graduated from the New Jersey Law School. 115 are Jews. Several Jews were among the prize winners, and the two students attaining the highest averages in their respective divisions are both Jewish young men.

A street parade featured the formal dedication of B’noth Israel Sheltering Institution, a new orphan asylum, in Newark, N. J.

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