The United Palestine Appeal activities in the United States, to raise $7,500,000 during 1927, have encouraged many new constructive undertakings in Palestine, according to reports from the Palestine Zionist Executive received by the national headquarters of the Appeal in New York.
The planting of 400,000 new vines, new construction activities in twenty-one agricultural colonies, the founding of new settlements for the incoming pioneers, and the invesiment by the Keren Hayesod of $150,000 in the industrial bank, for the extension of larger credits for industrial enterprises, are among the new undertakings.
“The confidence that Palestine has in American Jewry, and the assurance in the success of the 1927 campaign has brought new life not only to the work supported by Zionist funds, but to independent enterprises as well,” the report of the Zionist Executive in Jerusalem states. “The trust that Palestine Jewry has in its own powers and the faith that American Jews are behind them in their efforts for national reconstruction, are the two elements of national strength which guarantee our future. It is with this faith that we are proceeding to the work for the many new undertakings we have begun in the colonics and cities of Palestine, for the encouragement of both agricultural and industrial endeavors in the Jewish Homeland.”
The Bronx Division of the United Palestine Appeal raised $55,000 of its $250,000 quota in the Greater New York United Palestine Appeal for $2,500,000 at a dinner Tuesday night at the Concourse Plaza Hotel at which the guests paid $100 a plate.
Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the World Zionist Organization, was the guest of honor.
Max J. Schneider was toastmaster. Among the speakers were Judge Louis D. Gibbs, Senator Benjamin Antin, Louis Alschul and Rabbi Philip R. Alstat.
Richmond, Va., raised one-third of its quota of $10,000 in the United Palestine Appeal at a banquet at the Richmond Hotel Sunday night. Rabbi I. Edward Israel, of Baltimore and Rabbi Benjamin Axelman of Richmond, addressed the gathering. J. Leicester Watts was toastmaster.
Seventeen separate women’s divisions for Greater New York have been formed to raise $250,000 as the women’s share towards the New York United Palestine Appeal for $2,500,000.
Mrs. Anna Moskowitz Kross, chairman of the citywide Women’s Division of the Appeal, announced the appointment of 17 sectional chairmen to head the various sectional drives. Mrs. Louis D. Petchesky heads the Brooklyn divisions. The chairmen appointed for the different sections of the city are:
East Side, Mrs. Nathan D. Pearlman; Bronx, Mrs. Louis Klosk; West Side, Mrs. Eva Levy; Washington Heights, Mrs. Gertrude Garland; Williamsburg. Mrs. Morris Walzer; Eastern Parkway, Mrs. Joseph Krimsky; Bay Ridge, Mrs. Hernry L. Woolf; Boro Park, Mrs. Herman Apfelbaum; Flatbush, Mrs. I. B. Cohen; Midwood Manor, Mrs. Harry Schlein; South Brooklyn, Mrs. Rudolph Sanders; Brownsville, Mrs. Samuel Seiderman; Bensonhurst, Mrs. A. J. Bandes; Manhattan Beach, Mrs. M. Hauptman; Sea Gate, Mrs. S. Michael; Coney Island, Mrs. M. Nussbaum; Brighton Beach, Mrs. Philip Freeman.