Sons of Zion Vote to Back Brandeis-mack Memorandum; to Finance Palestine Colony
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Sons of Zion Vote to Back Brandeis-mack Memorandum; to Finance Palestine Colony

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The 21st annual convention of the Order Sons of Zion at its concluding session here by a majority vote went on record as favoring the Brandeis-Mack memorandum and urging its adoption at the forthcoming Zionist convention at Cleveland. This definite stand was taken after a heated debate in which a strong pro-Brandeis-Mack sentiment was evident.


The resolutions committee brought in a resolution “appealing to the delegates at the Zionist convention to do everything in their power to have the Brandeis-Mack group assume leadership”. This resolution was declared meaningless by Isaac Allen, New York lawyer, who had previously been chosen president of the Order by acclamation. He urged the convention to take a positive or negative stand on the memorandum and the majority vote in favor followed.

A good part of the last session was taken up with a long debate on the question of a salaried or non-salaried secretary. The salaried forces won out and Harry J. Kahn of New York, Harry A. Pine, Louis Weiss, and Jacob I. Kaplan, all of Newark, were nominated. Mr. Pine, who had been secretary for two years, declined in favor of Mr. Kaplan but Mr. Weiss was elected.


Dr. J. Steinberg of New York was unanimously elected first vice chairman. Samuel L. Deiner of Newark was elected vice-president, David Podolsky of New York was named treasurer, Eleazar Kushner was elected counsel and Dr. Solomon Neuman, chief medical examiner. A new executive board was also chosen.

The convention also adopted a proposal to raise $1000,000 to buy land from the Jewish National Fund to establish a colony in Palestine in the name of the Order. It also pledged support to M. M. Ussishkin, head of the Fund when he comes here. The convention abolished the social membership in the Order and adopted a budget of $21,000 for the ensuing year, decided to institute lectures in cultural subjects and Hebrew for members, pledged continued support to the American Jewish Congress and voted to purchase or lease a building in New York to house the activities of the Order there.

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