American Zionists have contributed in small contributions the unprecedented sum of $430,000 towards the annual budget of the Jewish National Fund, during the Hebrew year just concluded, it was reported at the first meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors of the Jewish National Fund of America, held Tuesday evening at Zionist headquarters. This sum represented an increase of $135,000 over the Fund’s income in the preceding year and constituted the largest annual sum raised by the Palestine Land Fund in the United States.
The board of directors, which is composed of representatives of all Zionist factions and groups in the United States, after approving the report by a unanimous vote, reelected Emanuel Neumann, president; Solomon Lamport, treasurer; David Surdut, associate treasurer, and Isaac H. Rubin, secretary. An administrative committee was chosen, consisting of Rabbi Wolf Gold, Samuel Bonchek, Joseph Weiss, Abraham Goldberg, Abraham Spierer, Louis Rimsky, and Harry J. Kahn. Two additional members are to be named soon. Two new members of the Board, M. Goldschlag and Louis Gordon, were also added.
After listening to reports on the situation in Palestine, with particular reference to the Jewish land acquisition and colonization program, emphasizing that the extension of the areas under Jewish cultivation does not in the slightest affect a dislodging of Arab tenants, the board approved in principle of extensive plans now being prepared for a nation-wide drive for the Palestine Land Fund in connection with the expected visit here in December of M. M. Ussishkin, international Zionist leader and head of the Jewish National Fund in Jerusalem.
The reports were submitted to the meeting by Rabbi Meyer Berlin of Jerusalem, member of the Extcutive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and leaders of the Mizrachi, orthodox Zionist world organization, Abraham Goldberg, vice-president of the Zionist General Council and member of the Administration of the Zionist Organization of America, and Elias M. Epstein, general secretary of the Jewish National Fund in Jerusalem, who arrived here this week.