Maurice Samuel Resigns Position with Zionist Organization of America

Maurice Samuel, the well-known Jewish writer and Zionist lecturer, has resigned his position as propagandist of the Zionist Organization of America and of the United Palestine Appeal. During the last two years Mr. Samuel visited every major Jewish community throughout the United States, and was in wide demand for addresses on Zionism and on Jewish subjects generally. The resignation was totally unexpected in Zionist circles.

To a representative of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” Mr. Samuel made the following statement:

“I would like it to be clearly understood that my resignation as a paid official of the Zionist Organization does not imply any disagreement with the policies of the administration. Were that the case, I would relinquish my membership in the National Administrative Committee. I am simply tired out. For two years I have led the regular life of the Zionist propagandist, which is one of ceaseless labor, and continuous travelling, and my nerves and my body will not go any further. I don’t think I need to add that though I shall no longer be an official within the movement, all my spare time will remain at the service of the Zionist Organization and of the United Palestine Appeal.”

Mr. Samuel, whose book, “You Gentiles”, caused great interest when it appeared last year, has just finished another, “I, the Jew”, which will be off the press soon.

The “Jewish Daily Bulletin” learns from reliable sources that one of the reasons which caused Mr. Samuel’s resignation was what was termed an “unwholesome atmosphere” produced by the attitude in certain quarters toward those Zionist workers who devote all their time to the movement and receive remuneration from the Zionist Organization, being thus referred to as “paid officials.”

The Philadelphia Branch of the United Synagogue of America will hold its annual meeting on December 5th, at Dropsie College.

The annual message of the President will be delivered by Dr. Julius H. Greenstone. Reports of activity will be submitted. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen, Director of the National Organization, will address the meeting.

Officers and members of the Executive Committee will be elected at this meeting.

Plans for the erection of a Jewish Community center in Rock Island, III., were made at a meeting of twenty-five representative Jewish citizens from Rock Island and Moline in Illinois and Davenport in Iowa. Plans were formulated for a building to cost $100,000. It is planned to enlist the support of all tricity Jewish organizations. Dr. H. J. Friedman of Rock Island was named president of the drive for funds for the new building and Louis Andich and Sam Ruben, both of Rock Island, were named treasurer and secretary respectively. A committee was also named to investigate sites for the proposed structure.

COMMENDS “JEWISH DAILY BULLETIN” FOR IMPARTIALITY

{NOTE}(Communication to the Editor){/NOTE}Sir:

The “Jewish Daily Bulletin” made researches concerning supposed anti-Semitism in colleges and universities, and the result was that no such feeling exists. The work of the “Bulletin” has been commented upon and praised by most of our Jewish papers, and even by non-Jewish papers, but here is the “Jewish Chronicle”, which maintains that there is no discrimination against wealthy Jewish students, aristocrats, but that there is anti-Semitism against the rank and file of Jewish students who have neither wealth nor name. A vulgar publisher would put this unwelcome paper aside and keep silent, but the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” is for truth, truth above all, and it has published the article in full, though it demolishes its own structure.

N. BEHAR, American Representative, Alliance Israelite Universelle.

New York, Nov. 23, 1926.

Sir:

I am just in receipt of the Index for which I herewith enclose my check.

I want to congratulate you on getting out such a wonderful reference book. I believe that no one who is interested in Jewish problems should be without the Index.

Wishing you success, I remain.

LOUIS TOPKIS.

Wilmington, Del, Nov. 23, 1926.

Fifty Jewish girls are listed among the 1,100 names of young women who have been invited to attend the ball at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for the West Point and Annapolis students. These girls were invited by the local committee at the request of the cadets and midshipmen.

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