New York (May. 19)
Let us join in a united effort to make Palestine so beautiful that other people will envy us the pie### of work we have done, Mr. Felix M. Warburg, former Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency, said when he spoke at a “hundred-dollars a plate” dinner at the Standard Club in Chicago last night, opening the Chicago drive in the 2Â½ million dollar American Palestine Campaign launched in January.
Mr. Warburg referred to himself in the course of the speech as “a Palestine farmer”, He lauded the work of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which, he said, is working to bring about a better understanding between all communities in Palestine. He also paid a glowing tribute to the memory of the late Lord Melchett, who had been associated with him on the Joint Palestine Survey Commission and as Chairman of the Jewish Agency Council.
About 300 prominent Chicago Jews were present at the dinner. Mr. James H. Becker, one of the leading Jewish communal workers in Chicago, acted as toastmaster. Judge Harry M. Fisher announced that 25,000 dollars had been raised at the dinner.
Speaking at the New York Conference in January which decided to launch the 2Â½ million dollar Palestine campaign, Mr. Warburg, who is the Honorary Chairman of the American Palestine Campaign, pledged the non-Zionists in the Jewish Agency to continue their aid in the Palestine endeavour. “We have joined hands”, he said, “and we will go on together. With united forces we can win and raise enough funds to continue our work”.
When the New York drive in the Campaign was launched in March, Mr. Warburg announced that he was contributing 50,000 dollars to the campaign.
“Times are hard,” Mr. Warburg said on that occasion, “but by depriving ourselves of something – and we do not ask for tremendous sacrifices – We can proceed with our programme conservatively, on a sound economic basis. Let us try to proceed steadily, and necessarily slowly, with aggressiveness low, with ideals and humility high”.