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Mizrachi Convention in Search for New Leadership As Administration is Under Fire

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(Jewish Daily Bullstin)

The administration of the American Mizrachi the Orthodox wing of the Zionist moverment with a membership of 15.000 throwghout the United States, was under heavy fire on the second day of the thirteenth annual counvention which is in session here at the Hotel Statler. Gedalsh Bublick editor of the “Jewish Daily News” President.

An a acure crisis was created when it was learned tat Rabbi J. Levenson delined to accept rcomination for president of the orgazination. Speculation was going ton as to the composition of the new exective. Fight committees were appointed to consider the problems of the organization, but interest centered in the ### committee. headed by H. L. Selig.

Serverzi plans were umber#######A small number of delegates #######A beated discussion which occupied the main part of the sessions Monday developed follwing the presentation of the annual report of Rabbi M. Magnes, general secreatay. According to the report, the Mizrachi has develped a wide activety curing the past year, meeting with greater sympathy and understanding on the part of the Jewish public in the United States. The public is realizing the to the great number of vistors who return from Palestine that the Mizrachi is exercisting a wholesome infference in the development of Palestine in a traditional spirt and that the orgazization is carying on a a valuable plece of work ther, particularly in the feld of of education Eight branches of the Mizrachi were established during the year, althought the greatest difficulty encounered by the Mizrachi lies in the fact that the elecment which is most #### to the Orthodox id### is difficult of organization facking as yet full appreciation of systemtic and progressive party work.

During the past year the organization succeeded in selling the 4,000 shares of the Mimachi Back in Palestine. It has also ##### its agreement with the United Palestine Appeal for #### the ######Official recognition to the ############greered the Liert Governor. The delegation was also received by Mayor Malcolm Nichols. Dr. Benjamin L. Grossman accompanied the delegation.Severe criticism was levelled against the administration following the presentation of the report by Rabbi Magnes. Charges and counter charges of inactivity and failure of cooperation were made when the conflict between the two factions of the Mizrachi youth movement was presented. The attack was opened by H. Karp, president of the Mizrachi Hazair, who charged the administration with failure to cooperate with the youth movement and to facilitate the carrying on of Mizrachi propaganda in English language publications. Of the $3,000 voted by the last convention to the youth organization, only $100 was paid. It was charged that Rabbi Magnes endeavored to support another youth organization, known under the name Zeiri Ha’mizrachi, in preference to the existing organization. Moses Cohen of New York, representing the Zeiri Halmizrachi charged the Mizrachi Hazair with leading a parasitic existence. He was silenced by the presiding officer, Mr. Bublick,

Rabbi Palkowitz led the opposition to the administration, he declared that the thirteenth annual convention witnesses an unparalleled break down and waning of interest due to inactivity. A long discussion developed in which 26 speakers participated, including Rabbi Notalevitch, Rabbi Burock, Abraham Cohen, H. L. Selig.

At the third session Monday afternoon. Rabbi Magnes was given the floor to reply to his critics. He refuted the attacks by declaring that it was not the administration but the rank and file which has lacked in cooperation and responsiveness. A resolution expressing confidence in the administration was presented but, on the suggestion of Rabbi Teitlebaum, it was referred to the resolutions committee for consideration.

A banquet attended by 700 guests and delegates was held Monday night at the Scenic auditorium.

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