Philadelphia (Sep. 13)
Zionists must insist on a maximum of that which rightfully belongs to us, Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America declared last night at a meeting of 300 workers held here to launch the Zionist membership campaign in Philadelphia.
Mr. Rothenberg, who made his first public appearance at this meeting since his election as president in July, said events that have transpired during the past few years clearly indicate the course the Zionist organization must follow.
Mr. Rothenberg told of the harmony now prevailing in American Zionist ranks. Since his election, Mr. Rothenberg explained, he has discussed the future program with leaders of all elements in Zionism, all of whom have promised him their whole-hearted cooperation.
“I am sure,” Mr. Rotheberg said, “Dr. Chaim Weizmann will be only too pleased to come to America to help us as he has in the past.”
The Zionist president stressed the importance of a greater Zionist organization and appealed to local workers to set a new goal for the community.
Judge William M. Lewis, vice president of the Zionist Organization criticized leading Jewish fraternal organizations for adopting resolutions approving the Zionist movement and yet remaining without the organization proper.
If these organizations are sincere, they should not stop at lip service but should see to it that every one of their members is affiliated with the Zionist organization, Judge Lewis asserted.
Other speakers included Rabbi Max D. Klein, president of the Philadelphia Zionist branch, Jacob Ginsburg, Judge Leopold C. Glass and William B. Leaf, chairman of the local membership drive.