Jerusalem (Dec. 19)
Political differences were forgotten as the entire Jewish community of Palestine today turned to the celebration of the seventieth birthday of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, educator, social worker and the best loved Jewess in the world. Full page announcements in all the Hebrew papers herald her birthday.
Praising her efforts as a teacher, and leader of Israel and in reverent appreciation of her vast labors in the cause of the Jewish national renascence practically every Jewish political, social and welfare organization, headed by the Jewish National Council, the Jewish Agency and the Palestine Zionist Executive signed the tribute to Miss Szold who will pass the three-score and ten mark on Sunday.
The Jewish Federation of Labor in a special tribute emphasizes her energy, devotion and love for constructive work. Dr. Judah L. Magnes, chancellor of the Hebrew University, writes that there has never been anyone like her, “conscientious, clear, meticulous, painstaking and unselfish. May she long remain the conscience of the return to Zion.”
The Hebrew paper Haaretz says “in these distressful days it is essential and agreeable to regard a few lovable personalities whom God has spared and from whom we derive faith and hope.” Speaking for the entire Jewish community, the paper expressed the hope that Miss Szold will soon return to assume her educational, health and social work.