J.D.B. News Letter

(By our Melbourne Correspondent)

Melbourne Jewry has contributed a sum of £2,000 toward the funds of the Ort-Oze-Emigdirekt as a result of the appeal being made in Australia by S. Jacobi. Mr. Jacobi is now leaving for Sydney and Brisbane to inaugurate the campaign in those cities. A local committee has been formed here under the chairmanship of A. Kozminsky, to continue the campaign in Melbourne during Mr. Jacobi’s absence in the other States.

Sir John Monash has promised his support and sympathy on behalf of the Ort-Oze-Emigdirekt during the campaign here.

"I am grateful to you," Sir John wrote to Mr. Jacobi, "for the opportunity of learning something of the objectives and the past record of the Reconstruction Campaign among the suffering and afflicted Jewish communities in Europe, which campaign you are representing in Australia. No one can hear from you a statement of the urgent need of these activities, or an account of what has already been achieved, or particulars of the very practical and business like methods which are being employed, without being profoundly impressed, as I have been, with the duty and responsibility of all Australians, and particularly members of Australian Jewry, to do what they possibly can, by financial support and sympathy, to aid you in your splendid efforts. I commend your appeal to all fellow Jews in Australia, as worthy of the utmost support."

The agricultural future of Palestine is assured, Sir John Russell, Director of the Rothamsted Experimental Station who is visiting Australia at the invitation of the Commonwealth Government to report on the possibilities of extending Australian agricultural possibilities of Australia’s "dead lands," has stated here. Sir John has promised the local Zionist Organization to lecture here on Palestine under its auspices.

Sensational statements are appearing in the local press concerning a rabbi, who, it is alleged, acted as a police agent in connection with the arrest of a number of Russians who were later found guilty of forgery. The statements have made a painful impression on the Melbourne Jewish Community. According to the published statements, the rabbi, who is the minister of the Carlton Hebrew Congregation, a small community of Russian Jews, claimed that he was a member of the Commonwealth Secret Service, and had been asked by the police to take the depositions of the accused when they were arrested. In a declaration which they signed, the accused said that they had been visited by a gentleman who told them that he was a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. Under the impression that he was a member of their own faith they made a full confession. Later they discovered that their visitor was a rabbi.

In the Commonwealth House of Representatives, the Attorney General, upon notice, stated that the "Rev. Y. Goran has never been employed by my Department to make investigations."

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