James N. Rosenberg, prominent New York lawyer and well known in literary and artistic circles, has accepted the chairmanship of a campaign which will shortly be conducted for $2,500,000, New York’s quota in the Allied Jewish Campaign which is raising $6,000,000 nationally for the 1930 budgets of the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Headquarters for the New York Drive have been established at the Biltmore.
This announcement was made yesterday by Paul Baerwald, on behalf of a committee including David M. Bressler, Morris Rothenberg, Isidore D. Morrison, Harry Glucksman, and Carl Pforzheimer which was authorized at a dinner meeting last Thursday night at the Hotel Biltmore of leading Jews of this city to organize the campaign in the metropolis.
Simultaneously with the announcement of his acceptance as New York’s Allied Jewish Campaign Chairman, Mr. Rosenberg announced that Arthur Lehman of the banking firm of Lehman Bros., and a brother of Lieutenant-Governor Lehman as well as Judge Otto A. Rosalsky, had agreed to serve as honorary chairmen of the New York Campaign Committee, together with Hon. Joseph S. Proskauer who was elected to that post at last Thursday night’s meeting.
Mr. Rosenberg, who is a vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee and President of the American Society of Jewish Farm Settlements in Russia, and also a member of the Council of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, said yesterday, that the outstanding feature of the Allied Jewish Campaign, aside from its immediate purpose of raising funds for Jewish reconstructive work in Eastern Europe and in Palestine is that it represents a consolidation of all classes of American Jews on a common platform for work for Jews throughout the world, wherever the need for help on the part of their American brethren exists.
“This campaign has been very aptly named, because in effect it is an alliance of American Israel for all Israel,” Mr. Rosenberg said. “Jews who have heretofore worked apart for various overseas causes, in campaigns which on occasion have been competitive, have now joined hands and are working side by side in this campaign. They have put their differences of opinion on theories of Jewish life into abeyance, have shelved ideologies and dogmas which have heretofore divided them into opposing camps, in order that the greatest measure of help shall be brought speedily to millions of Jews who are struggling to create a better life for themselves and for posterity.
“This campaign is the realization of a life-long dream of the late Louis Marshall who at the historic meeting in Zurich, last August when the Jewish Agency for Palestine was consummated, exclaimed that at last in the seventy-third year of his life he had seen created unity in Israel, an ideal to which he had dedicated the best part of his life. It is under the inspiration of his memory that this campaign is being waged, the campaign which he had planned to organize on his return home from the Zurich meeting, and which, had he been spared, he would have led. Jews in New York, who loved and honored Louis Marshall will, I am confident, prove their loyalty to him by making the campaign an overwhelming success.”
A message was received at the headquarters of the Allied Jewish Campaign from Felix M. Warburg, who is one of its honorary chairmen, that he will sail for New York from Southampton on the Europa today. Mr. Warburg presided over the recent meeting in London of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency. In his cablegram he stated that he had received word from Maurice Hexter, a member of the Agency’s Palestine executive, that Jerusalem had enjoyed peace and quiet during the Nebi Moussa, the Mohammedan celebration of the birthday of Moses, when it was feared in some quarters there might be a recurrence of the August disorders. “The government made excellent arrangements for order,” the cable says. “The Jewish settlement awaits the next governmental move with great interest following the MacDonald declaration in the House of Commons that the Government will continue to administer Palestine in accordance with the terms of the Mandate, as approved by the Council of the League of Nations, which constitutes an international obligation from which there could be no question of receding.”
Mr. Warburg’s message also advises that the Arab boycott against the Jews in Palestine has practically subsided and that satisfaction has been expressed in all circles with the results of the recent Administrative Committee meeting.