A budget in excess of $600,000 for the maintenance of its work in Palestine will be presented to be voted upon by the delegates to the fourteenth annual convention of Hadassah, which begins its sessions at the William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh on Wednesday, June 27. Hadassah maintains four hospitals, 18 clinics and an equal number of pre-natal and post-natal clinics, health stations and ambulatory dispensaries for the urban and rural population of Palestine. Hadassah’s budget for its work for the year just ended was $608,292, an increase of over $200,000 over that of the preceding year.
More than 600 delegates representing 37,000 members in 293 cities are expected to attend. The convention, the official announcement from Hadassah headquarters states, “in addition to action on budgets for Palestine will be asked to ratify a program of suggested reforms to be presented to the convention of the Zionist Organization of America of which Hadassah is an integral part although it is autonomous in its operation.”
The discussion of the reforms in the administration of the Z. O. A., which are advocated by the National Board of Hadassah will come up on Friday morning, the last day of the convention. The matter will be brought before the convention in the report of the committee of Zionist inter-relations. The convention will terminate on Friday afternoon with a discussion of the United Palestine Appeal, nomination and election of officers.
Simultaneously Junior Hadassah, composed of young women of 18 years and over, will meet at the same place in annual session.
The first day’s sessions of Hadassah will be devoted to reports of the officers of the National Board, and by its committee of Palestine Activities, including the Hadassah Medical Organization, Palestine supplies, infant welfare and school luncheons.
Thursday will be devoted to the submission of reports. The budget that will be proposed at the sessions of Junior Hadassah includes $17,000 for the Nurses’ Training School in Jerusalem, $50,000 for Meier Shfeyah, the children’s village, and other Palestine projects, and $10,000 for the Jewish National Fund.