Philadelphia, Pa (Jan. 30)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
A plea to the various factions within the Zionist movement to lay aside all partisanship and form a united front was voiced by Louis Lipsky, president of the Zionist Organization of America, at the opening session of the seventh annual convention here of the Zeire Zion of America and Canada.
“We are not opposed to the formation of parties within the movement,” Mr. Lipsky declared. “These add content and substance to the movement as a whole, but we must guard against those forms of partisanship which result in internal strife. This is especially true at this time when we must have a united front with which to meet those from without in the interest of Palestine.”
More than fifty delegates from various parts of the United States are attending the convention. Dr. David Bethlachim called the convention to order and handed the gavel to Dr. David Robelski, president of the Zeire Zion Organization. In his address Dr. Robelski pointed to the seriousness of the situation in Palestine and of the duty facing the American Zionists. L. Segal, general secretary of the Jewish National Arbeiter Verband, greeted the convention on behalf of his organization. Abe Goldberg spoke for the Jewish National Fund and the Histadruth Ivrith. Professor Chayim Fineman of the Poale Zion Organization and Max Rhoade of the Avukah spoke. Chaim Arlasarof, Palestine labor leader. greeted the convention.
An effort to raise not less than $100,000 for the various institutions in Palestine, a program of expansion including an attempt to reach the American Jewish youth with a view of interesting them in the platform of the Zeire Zion, the formation of a group of 100 members each to contribute $100 a year for a period of five years, the money to be used to purchase land in Palestine in the name of the organization and the present status of the Zionist movement in and outside of Palestine were the salient points considered on the second day of the convention.
A report of A. Levy, general secretary, showed that $53,000 were forwarded to Palestine during the past year. Dr. A. Coralnik, Sol Friedland and A. Homlin addressed the session.