The ninth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration was celebrated on Saturday and Sunday in various parts of New York City.
At the Brooklyn Jewish Center, a large audience filled the auditorium at the Balfour Celebration arranged by Zionist District No. 14. Louis Lipsky, President of the Zionist Organization of American and Rabbi Israel H. Levinthal addressed the meeting. Mr. Lipsky stressed the point that in spite of difficulties and hardships, the upbuilding of Palestine made tremendous progress during the past five years. Palestine today appeals not only to the idealist and the dreamer who is willing to pioneer and suffer hardships but also to the economist and the expert. The Ruttenberg project, now headed by men like the Marquis of Reading, Sir Herbert Samuel, Sir Alfred Mond, Mr. Baron and Sir Hugo Hurst, is ample proof that our work in Palestine has a great future, Mr. Lipsky declared.
At the Balfour Celebration at Temple Emanuel of Borough Park, Brooklyn, the Hon. Carl Sherman, President of the Zionist Council of Greater New York, Mrs. Archibald Silverman, Vice-President of Hadassah, Rabbi M. A. Kaplan and Isaac Carmel. Executive Director of the Zionist Council, addressed the meeting. Jacob Massel presided.
The Balfour Celebration in East New York was held in the auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson High School. The speakers were Rev. Z. H. Masliansky, Dr. Chaim Arlosaroff, Mrs. Irma Lindheim, National President of Hadassah and Isaac Carmel. J. I. Rudavsky was the Chairman of the meeting. Dr. Arlosaroff stated: “We have to give life to the Balfour Declaration. We have to utilize the good will of the nations of the world by concentrating our energies and our abilities for the upbuilding of Palestine. The document of Great Britain must be interpreted by the plough on the farm and by the worker in the city.”
Judge Bernard A. Rosenblatt, Meyer Goldberg, and Mrs. Abraham Goldberg addressed a large gathering in the Bronx. Israel Maltin presided.
At the Harlem Zion Center, Meyer Spector, member of the cooperative colony of Kfar Giladi in Palestine who is here on a visit spoke.
Cantor David Roitman, Vitali Koretzky, of the Petrograd Opera House, Cantor David J. Putterman and Cantor Samuel Kantor participated in the various celebrations.
ST. PETERSBURG PESIDENTS REFUTE CHARGE OF ANTI-JEWISH DISCRIMINATION
I am a subscriber to your wonderful “Bulletin” and the information I get from it leaves a lasting impression upon my mind. Inasmuch as I believe your paper is only printing truthful records of events. I feel jealous of its prestige when I read false reports in it which happen to get into any paper, however truthful the paper may be.
I beg to refer to your “Daily News Letter” of Oct. 18, describing the sentiment toward Jews in St. Petersburg, Fla. I have lived in St. Petersburg for the last eight years and while I may record a few anti-Semitic out. bursts of a few individual. last year or two subdivisions discriminating against Jews, occurrences which happen even in the city of New York. I will positively brand as false the report that the “Daily News.” a local paper, contains “almost daily most vituperative attacks upon the Jewish people” or that some hotels have even announced that “Dogs, Jews and Niggers not admitted here.”
I wish to inform you that we have here in St. Petersburg quite a number of Jewish residents, and it the above were true we would fight it and you as well as other editors would hear from us directly.
Our Jewish people’s anxiety is enhanced enough by existing anti-Semitle attacks. and it is no use increasing it by imaginary ones.
Kindly print this letter in your valuable paper and let truth prevail.
St. Petersburg. Fla. Nov. 3, 1926.
I am a subscriber of your paper and wish to call your attention to an article in your issue of October 28th. Page 3 and 4. in which you state: “In St. Petersburg a sheet known as the “Daily News” contains almost daily the most vituperative attacks on Jewish people, also some neighborhoods are restricted against Jews.”
I wish to tell you that you are very much mistaken and misinformed. The daily paper here is very liberal. and has not shown any prejudice against the Jews whatever, nor is there any restriction against any respectable Jewish family. I have been a resident here for 25 years and have the esteem and goodwill of the best Christian families. The same is the experience of the other Jewish families here.
St. Petersburg. Fla. Nov. 3, 1926.