Delegates from U.s., Canada Create Foundation for Jewish Colony in Palestine
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Delegates from U.s., Canada Create Foundation for Jewish Colony in Palestine

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The foundation of an American-Jewish colony in Palestine was laid at Unser Camp of the Jewish National Workers Alliance at Chelsea, Mich., at the two-day conference of Hairuth Beth.

Delegates, all of them enrolled as members of the group and as future colonists in this Palestinian settlement, were present from 10 cities in the Uniter States and Canada: Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, New York City, Weirton, W. Va., Welland, Ont., and Toronto, Ont.

These delegates represented the 65 members of Hairuth Beth, membership in which has been closed. It was estimated by Zwi Yehuda of Nahalal, Palestine, who presided at the conference and who was its guiding spirit, that when the colony is finally completed and is settled by 85 families, each investing a minimum of $4,000, there will be a total investment in the project of $350,000. Mr. Yehuda pointed out that for the first time a colony was established after less than seven months’ effort, work already having been begun, a well dug and cultivation started, the initial sum already remitted for the work being $24,000.

The delegates decided to call annual meetings of members in order to create a closer relationship between the future neighbors of Hairuth Beth, which is located at Hasharon, in Wadi Hawarith, on Jewish National Fund land purchased with contributions received from Canada.

Among the principles decided upon was one calling for self-help, establishing the rule that colonists must reside in the settlement, the work to be conducted for the mutual benefit of the settlers. Another decision ruled against private initiative, everything to be conducted on a co-operative basis, including the water installation.

The foundation was laid by the delegates for a mutual loan and savings society, each being required to have a

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