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In a statement made to the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here following the conclusions of the sessions of the Conference of Liberal Jews, Dr. Stephen S. Wise declared:

“The Zionists, including myself, could not with self-respect remain at the Conference without raising the issue of Zionism, the question of the compatibility of Liberal Judaism and Zionism I believe that the Conference clearly recognized that an attempt at the proscription of Zionism and the Zionist would not only have been fatal to the proposed World Union for Progressive Judaism, but in addition would have stamped the Liberal Conference as a sectary divorced from Jewish life in its totality. That disaster has happily been averted. Whatever leaders such as Mr. Montefiore and Miss Montagu personally believe regarding the question of Zionism, they overtly assented to the declaration of the chairman of the Conference.”

Stating that while disappointed in the hope for an expression of sympathy on the part of the Liberal Conference with the aims of Zionism, the Zionist Liberals were satisfied that the Conference has gone on record not as opposed but merely as neutral respecting Zionism, Dr. Wise concluded:

“Some day, and it may even be in the near future, the attitude of neutrality on the part of Liberal Judaism will yield to an attitude of eager participation in the task of recreating the center of Jewish life, the historic Jewish homeland.”

NEW YORK WILL HAVE $2,000,000 QUOTA IN NEXT U.P.A. $7,500,000 CAMPAIGN

The United Palestine Appeal campaign for 1927 will be started in New York in the early part of January according to an announcement issued by the headquarters of the Appeal.

While the quota for New York has not yet been definitely fixed. it is understood that it will be $2,000,000 or over, as this city’s share in the national quota of $7,500,000.

Preparations for the New York campaign are already under way at the headquarters, it was announced.

The new building which the Mamaroneck Child Welfare Association has just erected in Mamaroneck, N. Y., at a cost of $30,000 was dedicated Tuesday night by Nathan Straus, who has equipped it with a milk pasteurization plant and also contributed liberally to the building fund. The association presented a gold key, bearing the inscription, “Presented to Nathan Straus, the Friend of Children,” to Mr. Straus.

Mrs. A. L. Shongut, Chairman of the association’s Building Committee presided at the exercises, which were attended by about 100 persons. Mrs. Evan B. Thomas. President of the association, responded to Mr. Straus’s dedicatory address. Alexander S. Lyman Chairman of the Finance Committee. unveiled three tablets commemorating the part played by the committee the Mamaroneck Free Kindergarden Association and the town’s physicians in contributing to the welfare of children as exemplified by this building.

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