A million Russian Jews will be settled on the land in Bira-Bidjan, the Far Eastern territory slated by the Ozet, society for settling Jews on the land, as a region for Jewish land settlement, declared Samuel Weizmann, vice-president of the society, who arrived in New York on Saturday on an economic mission of the Soviet government.
This number may be settled during the course of fifteen years, Mr. Weizmann stated. The distance and the difficulties of Bira-Bidjan settlements are not an obstacle, he said. “We plan to settle annually ten to twelve thou- (Continued on Page 4)
sand Jewish families in the first five years, this number to be increased as the work progresses. We are convinced that after the first successes in Bira-Bidjan, even the foreign Jewish organizations, such as the American Agrojoint, the Ica and the others, will lend their financial support to the project which will solve the largest part of the Jewish economic problem in Russia,” he stated.
Replying to a question Mr. Weizmann, who is the brother of Dr. Chairn Weizmann, stated that he was an opponent of the Zionist movement. He was, however, on most cordial terms with his brother although differing with his views. Mr. Weizmann, who is an engineer, will stay in America until the beginning of October and plans to return to the United States together with a delegation of the Ozet, which is to come here in the interests of the project.
Rabbi Morris Eisenbrath, Charleston, West Virginia, has accepted the invitation of the Holy Blossom Synagogue, Toronto, Canada, to become its Rabbi to succeed Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman. The Rabbi is expected to arrive in Toronto about the first of September.