London (Dec. 1)
Mr. Henry Hyman Haldin, K. C., the Chairman of the Law and Parliamentary Committee of the Jewish Board of Deputies since 1928, died yesterday at a Nursing Home in London after a serious operation, at the age of 68.
Mr. Haldin, who was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1886, specialised in Company Law and particularly matters relating to stock exchange practice. He became King’s Counsel in 1912. During the war he was a member of the Appeal Tribunal under the Military Service Act, and was afterwards appointed Chairman of the Special Local Tribunal for London. After the Armistice, he was President of the Civil Advisory Board attached to the Second Army in the occupied territory in Germany. He was a founder of the Maccabean Society, together with the late Israel Zangwill, and the late Solomon J. Solomon, R.A.
It was at the triennial elections of the Board of Deputies for the session 1928-31 that Mr. Haldin succeeded Dr. Felix Rose as Chairman of the Law and Parliamentary Committee, in which capacity he was responsible for considering the various measures which came up in Parliament affecting Jewish interests, like the Hairdressers’ and Barber Shops’ Sunday Closing Bill, the Sunday Trading Restriction Bill, the Shops Hours and Closing Bill, the Children and Young Persons’ Employment and Protection Bill, the Factories Bill, and the Humane Slaughtering Bill, in respect to which his Committee took steps to see that the interests of Jews should be safeguarded. The Committee also took up the question of the rights of British-born Jewish children of foreign parents in regard to employment in the Civil Service and municipal bodies. Mr. Haloin was also interested in the question of Jewish divorce (Get), which was taken up by the Law and Parliamentary Committee, and in consequence of its consideration of the matter, the Board of Deputies adopted a motion urging the Beth Din to seriously consider taking steps to secure the convening of an authoritative Conference of Orthodox Rabbis to deal with this matter.
A memorial service will be held to-morrow at the West London Synagogue, which Mr. Haldin represented on the Board of Deputies.