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Bernard Baron Gives $125,000 to Relieve Palestine Situation

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A contribution of $125,000 designated to relieve the present unemployment situation in Palestine was presented by Bernard Baron, Anglo-Jewish philanthropist, to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, at a farewell reception given in Dr. Weizmann’s honor last night prior to his departure for America.

Sir Alfred Mond, who was scheduled to preside at the reception was unable to attend because of his participation in the British Imperial Conference. Joseph Cowen presided.

In handing the check for £ 25,000 to Dr. Weizmann, Mr. Baron termed it a talisman of good luck for his journey to the United States. “Since I am interested in Palestine, I will see the movement through,” Mr. Baron declared. “I wish to see the Jews settled in Palestine as farmers. I am proud of my Jewishness and of the Jewish achievements in Palestine,” he stated. He also expressed hope that the wealthy, aristocratic Anglo-Jewish families will finally turn their sympathies toward Palestine.

Mr. Baron is one of the largest individual contributors to the Keren Hayesod. Up to the present he has contributed the amount of £ 60,000 outside of his recent investment of £ 100,000 in the Ruttenberg electric works.

Responding to the introduction of the chairman who wished him success in America where “the Jews have nobly responded to the call of Palestine,” Dr. Weizmann delivered an address on the present situation in the Zionist movement and in Palestine. He laid emphasis on the fact that the controversy between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Zionist Organization of America has ended. This opens the way for the future work of cooperation between all classes of Jewry, he said. Dr. Weizmann praised the achievements and contributions of American Jewry.

“I am going to America in an optimistic mood and will present the facts of the situation to the American Jewish public. I have no doubt that the response will be a hearty and generous one, sufficiently strong to bring forward the means which are necessary to further the progress of the Jewish national home.” Dr. Weizmann then developed the program by which the Zionist Executive intends to carry on the work in the near future. “It is planned,” he said, “provided the means are available, to maintain a volume of Jewish immigration to Palestine of between 25,000 and 30,000 annually. One-third of this number must be agricultural workers who are to settle on the land. The other two-thirds will consist of men and women skilled in the various trades. This system has been worked very successfully by other governments in their colonization work. There is every reason to believe that it will also work in Palestine.”

Messages of Godspeed were received by Dr. Weizmann from Lord Balfour, Colonial Secretary Leopold H. Amery and Sir Alfred Mond.

Dr. Weizmann also paid tribute to the work of the Palestine Economic Conference recently held in London under the chairmanship of Sir Herbert Samuel. He expressed the hope that the Palestine enterprise will in the near future be placed on a secure businesslike basis.

The condition of Jewish religious life in Europe and Palestine was discussed at a meeting of the New York Board of Jewish Ministers, held yesterday afternoon, in the Synagogue House of the Union Temple, Brooklyn. N. Y.

The meeting was presided over by Rabbi Israel Goldstein. President of the New York Board of Jewish Ministers. The principal addresses were presented by Rabbi Maurice H. Harris of Temple Israel, New York; Rabbi D. de Sola Pool of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. New York, and Rabbi Louis D. Gross of the Union Temple, Brooklyn, all of whom have recently returned from abroad, where they studied the conditions of Jewish religious life.

The new Jewish Students’ House at the University of Pennsylvania formally dedicated its quarters at 3613 Locust Street, Philadelphia, last week.

Dr. Josiah H. Penniman, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, was the principal speaker at the dedication on Tuesday evening. Addresses were also delivered by Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of Dropsie College and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Dr. James N. Montgomery, professor of Semities of the University of Pennsylvania; Rabbi Jacob Kohn, Dr. Julius H. Greenstone, president of the Philadelphia Branch of the United Synagogue of America, under whose auspices the Students’ House is conducted: Rev. Jack Hart, secretary of the Y. M. C. A.: and Rev. R. Jenny, director of the Y. M. C. A. Mr. Jacob Solis-Cohen presided.

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