Pittsburgh, Pa. (Jun. 27)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
With 280 delegates already arrived and more of the 500 expected streaming in, the first session of the convention of the Hadassah, women’s Zionist organization, was opened here this morning at the Hotel William Penn.
Peace and unity were urged in a message to the convention from Miss Henrietta Szold, honorary president of Hadassah and member of the Jerusalem Zionist Executive.
Mrs. Irma Lindheim, president of the Hadassah, who is now abroad, in her message to the convention declared that for the good of Palestine, the women’s organization must insist on its program of reforms in the Zionist administration. Mrs. Lindheim urged that Miss Szold’s policies should be the guiding light during the deliberations.
Miss Alice Seligsberg of New York was chosen chairman of the convention. Miss Ruth Cohen, will act as convention secretary.
A message from Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Straus was read at the opening session. Rabbi Herman Halpern of Pittsburgh delivered the invocation. Memorial services for the late Norvin R. Lindheim were held.
The delegates were urged by the chairman to keep the facts and issues clear and to seek peace as far as possible.
Simultaneously with the opening of the Hadassah convention, the Junior Hadassah, under the chairmanship of Miss Florence Snyder of Pittsburgh, began its sessions with 300 delegates in attendance.
A surplus of $20,000 marked the budget of the Junior Hadassah last year, this was loaned to the senior organization for educational work in Palestine.
A Jewish chapter of the Modern Woodmen of America has been organized in Duluth, Minn., with a membership of 100 Jews.
In recognition of thirty years in the pulpit of Temple Beth El, Detroit, the Board of Directors has oted to grant to Dr. Leo M. Franklin a Sabbatical year to begin at such date as he may choose following the coming High Holy Days.
During the period of his ministry Dr. Franklin has seen the congregation grow from less than one hundred and fifty members to approximating fourteen hundred families. During that period the congregation has built two Temples. It has the largest Religious School in the country and also conducts a school for adults known as Beth El College of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise was the principal speaker at the baccalaureate service of the State Training School for Girls at Hudson, N.Y.