The readjustment of the Zionist Organization of America to the new situation in Jewish life will be one of the principal problems before the thirty-second annual convention of the Zionist Organization which will be held in Detroit, Mich., beginning June 30, according to an outline agenda of the convention issued by national headquarters.
Several hundreds of delegates will assemble at the Hotel Statler in Detroit for what is regarded as one of the most important gatherings held in the history of the Zionist movement in America. During the past several months, a Committee on Inquiry, appointed by the national executive committee of the Organization, has been studying the various problems which face the Zionist Organization as a result of the approaching extension of the Jewish Agency. The findings of this committee will provide the basis for the discussion of the new methods that are to be adopted in the educational, cultural and propaganda work of the Zionists.
It has been the general opinion of Zionist leaders that with the division of responsibility for Palestine rebuilding work, that the Zionist movement should be able to devote itself to a greater extent to that phase of its ac- (Continued on Page 4)
At the present time a similar inquiry is being conducted by the World Zionist Organization, and the problem of Zionist reorganization will be discussed at the Congress. “Although it is recognized by Zionist leaders that the motive power for Palestine reconstruction work will have to continue to emanate from the Zionist constituency, it is felt that a new type of propaganda will have to be employed which will take into account the larger sphere of influence of the Zionist movement,” a statement from Zionist headquarters declares.
Another of the issues that will come up for action before the Detroit Zionist convention is the increase of membership dues in the Organization. According to a decision of the national executive committee it will be recommended to the convention that dues be raised in order to provide the organization with larger revenue for cultural and educational work.
The convention will also consider a new constitution for the Zionist Organization. The convention in Pittsburgh last year voted for the appointment of a special constitutional committee, which has been meeting throughout the past twelve months. Its report includes a number of administrative changes of great importance for the general structure of the Organization.
The Detroit meeting will also discuss the various problems that will be presented at the Zurich Congress. Among these will be the extension of the Jewish Agency, the structure of the Agency, the program of Palestine rebuilding, and coordination between the various Zionist institutions.