Nathan Straus formally presented the $250,000 Nathan and Lina Straus Health Center which he is building in Jerusalem to Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, at a tea given at the Hotel Commodore, Wednesday afternoon by the Brooklyn chapter of Hadassah. Mr. and Mrs. Straus were the guests of honor. Mrs. Irma L. Lindheim, national president of Hadassah, accepted the gift. More than 1,000 persons were present.
Mayor Walker welcomed Mr. Straus on his return to New York.
“I am very happy to welcome you back to New York,” he said. “It is due entirely to your campaign for the purification of the milk of the city of some years ago that the Health Department has been able to report recently that the mortality figures have been cut just in half. One infant out of every two in New York owes its existence to you.”
In his address Mr. Straus paid tribute to the work of Hadassah in Palestine and to Miss Henrietta Szold, its founder.
“I repeat here what I have said so often–that Jerualem is the centre of the world’s three greatest religions and will become the capital of world peace,” Mr. Straus declared.
Dr. David de Sola Pool lauded he work of Mr. Straus in Palestine. Mrs. Samuel Fleischer, chairman of the Hadassah Infant Welfare Committee. described the infant care work. Mrs. Sol Rosenbloom of Pittsburgh was another speaker. Mr. Adolf Slomka, president of the Brooklyn Chapter of Hadassah, presided.