A committee to build the neurological department of the new hospital of the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, was organized at a dinner at the Hotel Astor Friday night.
It is the plan of the Joint Committee for the Building of the Hospital, of which Dr. Nathan Ratnoff is chairman, that specialists in each department of medicine organize their own committees to take charge of the building of their respective departments. In line with this policy, surgeons, obstetricians, pediatricians, dermatologists, eye. ear, nose and throat specialists. X-ray specialists and dentists, will at subsequent meetings, organize their conunittees for the establishment of departments for their branches of medical science. Dr. Ratnoff stated.
The Joint Committee for the building of the Hebrew University Hospital consists of an equal number of representives of the American Jewish Physician-Committee of which Dr. Nathan Ratnoff is chairman and of the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization, which is at present conducting health activities in Palestine, and of which Mrs. Irma Lindheim is president.
The committee of neurologists which met at the Astor Hotel Friday evening is headed by Dr. Israel Wechsler of Columbia University and Dr. Emil Altman.
Announcing the purposes of the new hospital, Dr. Ratnoft declared it to be the hope of the American physicians that the hospital will function as “a unit of a medical center to serve not only Palestine but the surrounding countries.”
“The medical school of which the hospital will be the center will receive Jewish students from those lands where medical education is made difficult or altogether denied them,” Dr. Ratnoff said. “But we shall allow no bars of sectarianism. We shall not only invite eminent Jewish physicians from all over the world to go to Palestine for a temporary sojourn, to work and teach and establish high standards, but we should like to see the Arabs, not only as students, but as teachers in the new school.
“The University Hospital will supplement the present limited bedside and clinical facilities and conrdinate its activities with the medical organizations already existing in Palestine.”
The dedication of the first Liberal Jewish eynagogue in Cedar Rapals.## took place last Sunday. Mayor W. G. Loftus, Dr.W. L. Ewing of the St. Paul’s Methodist Church. representing the Protestant Ministerial Association. Dr. W. W. W. Argow of the People’s Church, and Rabbi J. L. Barun of Milwaukee took part in the dedication cerenmony. A banquet was held in honpr of Rabbi Baron, who founded the congregation four years ago and who ministered to it for two years while he held the pulpit of Tri-City Templc Emanuel. Davenport, lowa.
Charleston, South Carolina. will launch its United Palestine Appeal campaign today. The quota has been set at $5,000. Samuel Rittenberg is chairman of the campaign.
Norfolk, Virginia, will launch its campaign for $20,000 next Sunday.