The United Roumanian Jews of America went on record as supporting to the fullest extent the forthcoming World Jewish Congress, which is scheduled to convene next year, at its 24th annual convention which was held at the Hotel Astor on Sunday. More than 200 delegates, representing 22 organizations with a total membership of 50,000 unanimously supported the resolution. The convention also voted to urge upon the various Jewish parties in Roumania that they send delegates to the forthcoming World Jewish Congress.
At the close of the sessions A. D. Braham was re-elected president of the organization, Leo Wolfson was re-elected as honorary president and Herman Speier was re-elected Executive Secretary.
The convention passed a number of resolutions aiming to better the situation of the Jews in Roumania. One resolution suggested that the Roumanian Government initiate a policy of help and encouragement toward the Jewish population with a view toward the development of the country’s resources, the colonization of Jewish families on the land, and the training of the Jewish youth in the ways of labor and industry.
This resolution was prompted by the belief of the convention that “an early return to at least moderate prosperity could be brought about through helpful cooperation between the Roumanian Government and its Jewish population.”
In a political resolution, the Roumanian Government was taken to task for its failure to deal adequately with the delinquents in the Soroca and similar incidents in which a number of Jews were the victims of cruel and inhuman treatment. The convention urged the Roumanian Government to take such measures as to insure that similar acts will not be repeated. It also expressed the hope that the Government will bring about wholehearted cooperation between all elements of the Roumanian population.
After the convention had listened to B. C. Vladeck, head of the People’s Ort Federation, who was the principal speaker at the afternoon session, a resolution was passed calling upon constituent organizations to come to the assistance of the ORT with a view toward giving effective aid and assistance in the reconstruction of Jewish life in Roumania, through the systematic re-orientation of the people towards manual labor and industrial occupations.
Other resolutions adopted by the convention called upon constituent organizations and members to support Jewish cultural and philanthropic organizations and the strengthening of all Jewish communal organizations in the United States; members were urged to contribute liberally to the American-Palestine Campaign.