Mrs. Rose Halprin, of Brooklyn, New York, was elected national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, at the closing session of its eighteenth national convention yesterday, at the Commodore Hotel. One of the youngest women leaders in organization work, Mrs. Halprin has long served the cause of the Hadassah and Zionism.
The newly elected president of the Hadassah recently lived in Palestine for a year and through her knowledge of Hebrew she was able to come close to the Jewish inhabitants of the land, particularly to the pioneering youth.
Mrs. Halprin in her address to the convention called upon the delegates to draw more women into Zionist work.
“The situation of Jews the world over is distressing,” she said. “We are facing renewed persecution even in the so-called liberal countries. Economic boycotts against Jews are widespread today. In this disturbing scene Palestine stands out as the hope of the Diaspora. We Zionists must redouble our efforts in the work of rebuilding Palestine.
“There is a devotion and interest in the upbuilding of Palestine as a Jewish national home. Those of us who have gone through this country, speaking at large gatherings, have been impressed and touched by the interest in Zionism everywhere. That interest, translated into practical endeavor through affiliation with organized Zionist forces would be a potent force in the speedy rebuilding of our homeland.”
Mrs. Edward Jacobs, retiring president of the Hadassah, sailed yesterday afternoon for Palestine where she is to serve on the Committee selected to choose the site for the proposed New University Hospital. Serving on the committee with Mrs. Jacobs will be Dr. Haim Yassky, Medical Director of the Hadassah medical service in Palestine, Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, Chairman of the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee; Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah; Prof. I. J. Kliegler, head of the Straus Health Center in Palestine; Dr. Judah Magnus, Chancellor of the Hebrew University, and I. Green, consulting engineer of the Hebrew University.
Dr. Haim Yassky, medical director of the Hadassah medical organization in Palestine, departed for Palestine yesterday on the Leviathan, after having spent six months in the United States making a survey of American hospitalization methods.