580 Life Members in Her Honor; $50,000 to Clear Deficit
Miss Henrietta Szold, founder of the Hadassah American women’s Zionist organization, was the guest of honor at a dinner at the Hotel Astor on the eve of her sailing for Palestine to assume her duties as one of the three members of the new Jerusalem Executive. More than 400 Zionists were present.
Louis Lipsky, who acted as toastmaster, announced that 500 Zionists had enrolled as life members in the Zionist Organization at $100 each. The fund will be used to wipe out the defict of the Zionist Organization.
In paying trihute to Miss Szold, Mr. Lipsky declared: “Henrietra Szold has the confidence and the universal respect of Zionists of every party and faction. She goes to her tasks with a youthful vision and vigor which many of us may well envy. Her tasks in Palestine provide an opportunity for the display of her talents and abilities which will fiftingly crown a record of three decades of service in the Zionist movement. We who have labored together with her are inspired by the quiet confidence and determined will of this woman who represents the best in American Zionism.”
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise said: “I claim a longer association with our honored guest than any one present tonight Forty years of association with Miss Szold has been my good fortune. Her great father and mine were fellows in friendship. Back in the carty days in Baltimore when Dr. Harry Friedenwald was the president of the Zionist Organization. Henrietta Szold was doing fine work in building Zionist strength and Zionist assets. Her application to detail her indetatigable Zeal, her missionary spirit, has stamped her from her earliest days of association in Palestine work as one of large capacity, of unusual proficfency with a talent for leadership.
“Miss Szold goes to Palestine at a time when disquietude exists mong Zionists, when doubt and uncertainty throw their shadows over the orbit of Zionist endeavor. The log-rolling combinations of fractions, chicanery and jockeying out of which the Palestine Zionist Executive was born with its impediment to accomplishments and achievements has definitely passed out of the picture. Henrietta Szold joining with Col Kish and Harry Sacher will constitute a triangle of strength co?age and vision in the development of Jewish Palestine. She takes with her our love our sincere and heartfelt felicitations on the assu?tion of her tasks and our hone for health and happiness in her labors.”
Mrs. Irma A Lindheim. President of the Hadassah paid tribute to the Honorary President saying: “Miss Szold who sails on Friday to take up her dufies in Palestine is the epitome of American Jewish womanhood. In her the women and girls of Hadassah see the symbolism of service for the walfare of Palestine. Tens of thousands of Hadassah women will send their prayers for Henrietta Szold’s health and success. I declare that Miss Szold is the foremost Jewish woman in America.”
Rev. Hirsh Masliansky spoke in Yiddish voicing his appreciation of the achievements of Miss Szold. Morris Rothenberg. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Palestine Appeal, praised Miss Szold’s role in early American Zionism and slectched the effects of much of her advice and counsel. Dr. Harry Friedenwald sent a letter with a check for $100 urging the creation of a fund the income of which is to be employed in a manner agreable to Miss Szold Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Straus sent a telegram of congratulations and appreciation of Miss Szold.