Zionist Executive Reports on Measures to Relieve Palestine Unemployment
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Zionist Executive Reports on Measures to Relieve Palestine Unemployment

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The Labor Department of the Palestine Zionist Executive has issued a statement With regard to the activities of the Executive in the present labor and unemployment situation.

Mr. Sprinzak, head of the Labor Department, it is stated, urged upon the General Council which met in London last summer the necessity of allocating £76,000 over the regular labor budget in order that there might be available a surplus from which loans might be made for public works to municipalities, village councils and colonizing agencies.

The General Council voted a labor budget of £60,000 at the same time, instructing the Executive “to secure by means of a loan the necessary funds for the execution of public works by the Labor Department in order to enable it to carry through its program and to relieve unemployment.”

Both while in London and previously Mr. Sprinzak endeavored to persuade various institutions to undertake works which would ease the economic situation in Palestine. A program accepted by the Executive included a grant of £50,000 in the form of loans, for public works in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tiberias and some of the Jewish villages. An additional £30,000 was to be set aside for irrigation in the Valley of Jezreel, £25,000 for drainage and reclamation works, £100,000 as an advance to the Mortgage Bank on account of funds anticipated to be raised in America and £75,000 to enlarge the Industrial Bank. Aside from these proposed works, a grant was asked for the Agricultural Colonization Department of the Executive to extend the scope of the new colonization and to bring hundreds of additional Jewish laborers on the land.

Immediate steps were taken toward the realization of this program, insofar as available capital permitted, in an effort to alleviate unemployment and to check emigration. Parts of the program have actually been carried out. A loan of £15,000 was granted to the Municipality of Tel-Aviv for road building, etc. £1.950 to Jewish suburbs in Jerusalem and Haifa, in addition to £10,000 to the Haifa Bay Development Company for drainage operation.

A special committee has been appointed by the Labor Department to inquire into the possibility of transferring laboring families from towns to the villages, as well as artisans from Tel-Aviv to various agricultural points.

The Palestine Zionist Executive also took steps which led to the Government decision to comment the building of the road between Tel-Aviv and Petach-Tikvah.

Small loans paid unemployed Jewish workers in various places were recently aholished and replaced by assignments of work, a step which obliged the Executive to double the amount previously designated for the unemployed but which gives unemployment relief a constructive character.

With regard to the proposals for unemployment relief out forward by the Executive Committee of the Jewish Labor Federation, and published in the “Davar” the labor organ, it is stated that most of them were considered by the Palestine Zionist Executive some time ago and were to be adopted as soon as the means became available.

Dr. Henry J. Schireson, Chicago plasntic sur## annual that he has abandened his plan to establish a plastic surgery clinic in Buscharest due in the anti-Jewish excesses in Romania. It was stated that during Queen Marie’s visit in Chicago, he was invited by one of the Ladies-in-waiting to the Queen to undertake this project Dr. Schireson had accepted the invitation and planned to go to Roumania in April.


Plans for a Jewish Hall of Fame to be established in connection with the Rabbi Hillel (Philip) Klein Foundation were outlined at the first session of the memorial meeting held in honor of the late Dr. and Mrs. Klein at the snyagogue of the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, 18 West 116th Street, of which Dr. Klein was the rabbi for nearly thirty-six years.

Resolutions adopted at the meeting provide for a permanent committee to insure the fulfillment of the plans for the Rabbi Hillel Klein Foundation. The Hillel Klein Foundation is to sponsor the erection of a memorial wing to the building of the Yeshiva College in New York City.

Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, of which Dr. Klein was vice-president, presided at the memorial meeting.

Among the other speakers were Isidor Grossman, first vice-president of the Ohal Zedek Congregation: Dr. Isaiah Levy. Rabbi of the Congregation; Captain N. Taylor Phillips, president of the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation; Judge Gustave Hartman; Rabbi M. S. Margolies; Rabbi Meyer Shapiro; Rabbi Leo Jung: Rabbi Philip Rosonberg of Cleveland; Rabbi S. B. Friedman of Pittsburgh; Moritz Neuman and Marcus J. Federman.


Herbert H. Lehman, banker and philanthropist, who was chairman of the Citizens’ Committee that ran the last campaign of Gov. Smith, has been chosen to succeed Lieut. Gov. Edwin Corning as chairman of the Democratic State Committee.

This was announced following a dinner Friday night at the Hotel Biltmore, which was attended by Gov. Smith, Mr. Lehman, George W. Olvany, and others. It is expected Lieut. Gov. Corning will shortly call a meeting of the committee at which his resignation will be presented and the new chairman installed.

The former site of McCoy Hall, in Baltimore. Md., has been acquired for the new home of the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations.

Plans are being prepared for a four##tory building to cover the entire lot and to contain an auditorium, gymnasium, swimming pool, class rooms, etc. Funds for the erection of the building were raised last February at which time the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations were consolidated. The plans include the completion of the proposed building within a year. It will represent an investment of between $500,000 and $600,000.

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