Wise’s Return to Active Participation Urged by Zionist Organ
Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, left Friday night on the Berengaria for Berlin. He is accompanied by Mrs. Wise.
In a statement issued from the office of the Free Synagogue, it was declared that Dr. Wise left for Berlin “at the briefest notice as vice-president of the Zionist General Council in order to attend an extraordinary session of the Executive Council of the movement in Berlin next week.”
The sudden departure of Dr. Wise for Berlin to attend the session of the Zionist General Council, where final action on the Jewish Agency is expected to be taken, has caused surprise in many Zionist circles in New York. Since his rift with Dr. Weizmann at the Zionist Congress two years ago over the question of appointing a special political committee to advise Dr. Weizmann in his negotiations with the Mandatory Power, Dr. Wise has kept aloof from the affairs of the World Zionist Organization and was, in a way, affiliated with the American opposition group, which opposed the reelection of Louis Lipsky at the last Zionist convention in Pittsburgh.
The session of the Zionist General Council held this summer in Berlin was not attended by Dr. Wise, Upon Dr. Weizmann’s arrival in the United States last year, Dr. Wise resigned from membership in the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America.
Simultaneously with Dr. Wise’s departure, it was learned that Samuel Rosensohn, New York attorney, formerly a member of the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America, who resigned from that body to join the American opposition group, left for Berlin to attend the General Council session. Mr. Rosensohn, though not a member of the General Council and therefore not entitled to vote, has, however, the right to participate in the discussion in his capacity as member of the Congress Court.
Louis Lipsky and Jacob Fishman also sailed last week to attend the sessions in Berlin.