Z. O. A. President Describes Organization Reforms Since Pittsburgh Convention

Urging greater cooperation and contact between the local districts and the national headquarters of the Zionist Organization of America, Louis Lipsky, President of the Organization, addressed a message to the officers and members of the Organization throughout the country. The message is the first of what is planned to be a series of monthly exchanges of correspondence between Mr. Lipsky and district officers.

The innovations and changes of policy that have been instituted since the Zionist Convention in Pittsburgh are the main topics touched upon by Mr. Lipsky, who points to these reforms as an added incentive to American Zionists to increase their work in behalf of the organization.

“The Pittsburgh Convention was a convention of reform, and a number of important changes were made in the methods of administration. A budget set up by the Finance Committee and ratified by the National Executive Committee will guide our financial operations and check up against making mistakes. Estimates are made of income. It depends upon the District whether these estimates are to be relied upon as to membership income.

“One of the innovations in the Constitution is the Governing Council, which is composed of Chairmen of Departments and is to have charge of all administrative work, subject to review by the entire Administrative Committee. Every branch of the work is to be subjected to review by a different set of men devoted to that specific task. Before a policy is finally confirmed by the National Executive Committee, it will be discussed and approved, first, by the Sub-Committee and the Chairman of the Department involved; second, by the Governing Council; and third, by the Administrative Committee. In other words, Zionist policy will be a matter of consideration by quite a large body of Zionist experience before it translates itself into regularized action and what is called policy.” Mr. Lipsky stated.

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