Danzig (Aug. 21)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The leaders of the Mizrachi, who represented the Orthodox Zionist organization at the last session of the Zionist General Council when the Jewish Agency question was discussed were severely criticised for their oppositional stand by Rabbi A. Ostrowski of Jerusalem.
Palestine Jewry, he stated, was dissatisfied with the stand taken by H. Farbstein at the Berlin session when the Jewish Agency was debated.
Gedaliah Bublick of New York, president of the American Mizrachi, presided at the several sessions held during the day at which the record of the past administration was scrutinized in a general debate. With the exception of the American organization, the branches of the Mizrachi in other countries have contributed little financially toward the expense of the Mizrachi headquarters in Palestine. Mr. Bublick, who recently returned from Palestine, declared that he found it was necessary to introduce improvements in the school system maintained there by the Mizrachi.
Rabbi Meyer Berlin in reporting on the conditions of the Orthodox Zionist organization lashed the leaders of the local Mizrachi branches for “concentrating on local politics” forgetting that their main purpose was the work for Palestine and the inculcation of Orthodox ideals. The central office of the organization finds itself in a difficult financial position, he stated, urging candidates for election to the World Mizrachi Executive to make sure, before accepting their posts, that their local organization will secure the part of the budget it undertakes to contribute.
Some difficulty developed when a question was raised as to whether the sessions were to be open to the public and press. The delegates from Germany and the representatives of the youth organizations demanded that the sessions be of an executive nature. The delegates from the United States and Poland insisted that the sessions be open. The proposal for secret sessions was abandoned only after the members of the praesidium, Gedaliah Bublick and H. Farbstein, threatened to resign.
A banquet in honor of the delegates will be given this evening by the Jewish community of Danzig in honor of the convention delegates.
Mortimer L. Schiff, banker and member ## of the firm of Kuhn, Loeb amp; Co., will support Herbert Hoover for President. This was announced by Mr. Schiff’s office through the Hoover headquarters.
Mr. Schiff returned from Europe on the liner Majestic yesterday.