Mrs. Irma L. Lindheim, former national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and Dr. Shalom Spiegel, educator and writer, were the principal speakers at the annual mid-winter conference of Junior Hadassah, held at the Free Synagogue House, New York City, last Saturday evening, and all day Sunday.
Mrs. Lindheim gave a graphic account of her recent sojourn in Palestine. She arrived there a few weeks after the cessation of the riots. She described some of the sights that still remained of the terrible events that had occurred-ruins in Hebron, the wounded in the Hadassah hospitals. Mrs. Lindheim said that the amity between Arabs and Jews in Palestine is a fundamental need. She pointed to Hadassah’s principle of non-sectarianism in treating Arabs as well as Jews in all its institutions, which on the whole, in spite of setbacks, has helped toward a closer relationship between Arabs and Jews. The Jews of Palestine, Mrs. Lindheim said, have recovered their spirits and support.
Dr. Spiegel spoke of Palestine as a source of cultural inspiration to the Jews of the world. He urged the learning of Hebrew as a foundation for real appreciation of the cultural values emanating from Palestine.
Much discussion centered about the Cultural Fellowship, a society that is in the process of formation for qualified Junior Hadassah members. Mrs. Frieda S. Ullian, vice-president of Senior Hadassah, spoke on its possibilities.