Unprecedented progress in the work of the Jewish National Fund of America, of which Emanuel Neumann is president, is described in its annual report, submitted to the Thirty-third Annual Convention of the Zionist Organization of America, which will be opened in Cleveland on Sunday, June 29.
The period under review covering activities from October 1, 1929, up to May 30, 1930, has been “the most successful in the annals of the Jewish National Fund of America,” the report states, listing the various activities carried on in behalf of the Palestine land fund in all parts of the United States. The increased activities, notwithstanding the fact that they coincided with the period of economic depression in the United States and the tragic events in Palestine last August, resulted in an increase in the Fund’s income of $65,428.92 in comparison with the receipts for a similar period last year.
Notable were the efforts undertaken on behalf of the Fund in Michigan, where a $30,000 quota has been accepted at a State Conference; in Texas, where a quota of $100,000 was accepted for establishing a “Nachlath Texas” ; in Cleveland where a Cleveland colony is similarly being planned; the renewal of efforts in the Middle West and Southwest under the leadership of Prof. Gustave Klausner, and the three-day J. N. F. bazaar held in Baltimore with the participation of fifty Jewish organizations.
An interesting feature in the financial report is the increase in revenue from bequests, which totaled $24,303.30, as against the income of $16,480 for the same period last year. Among the bequests received during this period were $10,700 from the Dr. Hirst Gordon Kliatschco Estate, $5,098.99 from the estate of the late Nathan Rosenberg of San Francisco, Cal., and a first payment of $5,000 by the Herman Conheim Estate of New York.