Pittsburgh, Pa (May. 13)
With over 400 delegates representing constituent units throughout the United States and Canada in attendance, the fourteenth annual convention of the Mizrachi Organization of America opened in the Hotel Schenley here Sunday evening. The session was formally opened by Max Engelberg, general chairman, who welcomed the conference. He was followed by Mayor Charles H. Kline, who extended the greetings of the city, and by Rabbis Sivitz, Leiter, Levin, Rosenblatt and Katz, all of whom spoke on the aims of the convention.
In his presidential message, Gedaliah Bublick of New York, noted the progress of the Mizrachi movement during the past year, laying special emphasis on the success of the Mizrachi school system, which is made up of 65 institutions for learning in Palestine. He announced the extension of Young Mizrachi, Mizrachi Hazair, and also the women’s branch of the organization. Outlining the various problems the convention faces in connection with the coming Zionist Congress, Mr. Bublick declared that the Mizrachi would have to be reckoned with in relation to the Jewish Agency. Thirty-five delegates and 35 alternates will be chosen to represent the bodv at the Congress.
Immediately following the president’s address, convention officers were elected as follows: Mr Bublick, president; vice presidents, Rabbis Wolf, Gold and Jacob E. Insulbuch, New York, A. Gelman, St. Louis, and Harry Karp, New York; secretaries, Rabbi Jacob Epstein, Atlanta, Ga., Hebrew, Isadore Epstein, New York, Yiddish, and Samuel Goldstein, New York, English. Jacob Lesser, United States representative, of the Mizrachi Bank and Gerston Cohen, of
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the B’nai Brak in Palestine, addressed the session.
On Sunday afternoon the Mizrachi Hazair held its session, presided over by Harry Karp. This group, with 35 delegates at the convention, has 2,000 members in its 16 units. During the year $5,000 was spent for the Hapoel Ha’Mazrachi, $1,000 for a community center at Petach Tivkah $5,000 for the National Fund, and $5,000 for the United Palestine Appeal.
The business of the convention will be carried on Monday and Tuesday when delegates will meet at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Reports will be given on finances, the Women’s Mizrachi, the Mizrachi Hazair, the Jewish National Fund and the Keren Hayesod.
The Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada is officially represented at the convention by its president, Rabbi Israel Rosenberg.