Chicago (Jun. 30)
Re-establishment of Palestine as the homeland of the Jews is essential not only as the haven for oppressed people but also as a tie for the perpetuation of Judaism, according to Nathan L. Straus, Jr., of New York.
Mr. Straus, in addressing a group of Zionists at the Covenant Club, asserted that although Palestine is comparatively self-sufficient, it still requires outside help because of the many new-comers.
Mr. Straus was honorary guest at a luncheon tendered by the Zionist Organization of Chicago. He is head of the American Palestine Campaign in New York and that was the subject of his talk. He disclosed that he and his family have donated to the Jewish National Fund two tracts of land in Palestine. One of them is adjacent to the “Wailing Wall” and the other is on the highest point of the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. A third tract of land, which like the others had been purchased by his father, he has retained for himself.
Words of welcome were spoken by Judge Harry M. Fisher, general chairman of the Jewish Day Committee; Mrs. Benjamin Davis; Max Shulman, chairman of the Zionist Convention Committee; James Davis, chairman of the Chaim Weizmann dinner committee, and Samuel Blitz, of New York. Rabbi Solomon Goldman introduced the guest.