Ottawa, Ont., Canada (Sep. 9)
In an address extending the greetings of the Zionist Organization of Canada to the Sixth Hadassah Convention which ended here yesterday, A. J. Freiman, president of the Zionist Organization of Canada, referred to the sermon delivered recently by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Schulman of Temple Emanu-El of New York. While claiming that it was undeniable that Jews have existed for 1900 years by virtue of their religion, Mr. Freiman stated that religion as it is today is insufficient to hold Jews together many more years.
“The Jewish religion is gradually losing every flavor of Judaism, and this is particularly true of Reform Judaism”, said Mr. Freiman. “Zionism is not a spiritual escape, as Rabbi Schulman puts it, but rather strengthens the faith of the Jews. To me Zionism is Judaism, it is my religion.”
More than 225 delegates and guests representing every Jewish community in Canada participated in the convention, which took place Sunday and yesterday in the Chateau Laurier Hotel here. Despite the prevailing financial depression, the statement of the Honorary Treasurer, Mrs. R. Kates of Montreal, shows an income of $238,598.90, of which the sum of $110,625.87 was remitted to the various Hadassah Trust Funds. The remaining amount has been contributed to the Hadassah Activity Funds, namely the Keren Hayesod and United Palestine Appeal, the Jewish National Fund, Shekel and Registration etc.