Jerusalem (Feb. 27)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Sir Alfred Mond, one of the commissioners of the Non-Partisan Survey of the Jewish Agency, who has just completed his tour of Palestine, has issued a message to the Jews of the world. Sir Alfred will leave Palestine this week. His message is as follows:
“I am convinced that the cause of the Jewish national home deserves continuous and intensive support on the part of all Jews. The general conditions in Palestine are sound and are capable of producing progress. In addition to the work of the Keren Hayesod and the Jewish National Fund, private investments in agriculture and industry are essential. All that Palestine needs is financial assistance which, the sooner it is given, the greater benefit can it be.”
In an interview with Palestine press representatives, Sir Alfred summed up his impressions as being “excellent.” The Spring will provide new work which will alleviate the position of the unemployed. He was surprised to find so much progress everywhere, even in Tel Aviv, where the majority of the factories are enlarging their work. He was glad to notice the expansion in the dairy, cattle breeding and artificial fertilization work. Nowhere in the world could people without agricultural experience, without a land grant, and without financial assistance from the Government, have succeeded more than have the people in Palestine, Sir Alfred Mond stated.
Progress in respect to electrification has exceeded all his expectations. All nower stations are overworked. The Jordan plan will be completed in 1929. The Mosul pipe line and the BagdadHaifa Railway are not yet finally decided upon, but the plans involve an expense of Â£ 15,000,000. These plans therefore require exhaustive examination, he added.
Jews, Catholics and Protestants of Chicago met under one roof to discuss the problems of promoting good will among their fellow men, at the annual social good will meeting of the Chicago Forum at the Adelphi theater.
Speakers addressed the meeting on the subject of “Jews, Catholics, Protestants-Neighbors.” Rev. Russell Wilbur, eminent Catholic priest of St. Louis and formerly of Chicago, presented the point of view of his co-religionists. Rabbi Harry Levi of Boston, one of the famous Jewish leaders of this country, noted as a civic and religious leader, spoke for the Jews, and Paul Jones of New York City, formerly Episcopal bishop of the diocese of Utah, and now leader of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, rounded out the trio of speakers.
The management of the Chicago Forum Includes among others, leading representatives of Jews. Catholics and Protestants.
Miss Judith Wolfert, the seventeen year-old Brooklyn girl who won the Young Judaea National Oratorical Contest, salled on February 21 on the Cunarder Mauretanla for Palestine. where she will stay for three months. A free round trip to Palestine as well as all expenses during her sojourn in Palestine, constitutes first prize.
A conference of United Jewish Campaign workers to stimulate collections was held last Sunday at New Haven, Conn. David A. Brown, national chairman, addressed the conference which was called to facilitate the completion of the $260,000 campaign. Abraham S. Ullman of New Haven presided. A check of $6,500 was presented to Mr. Brown by Alexander Cahn, treasurer of the campaign committee.