The National Labor Committee for Palestine, comprising about 50,000 individual members and 900 affiliated organizations with a combined membership of 250,000, is now in session at the ninth annual convention which opened Friday night at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Since its organization ten years ago the committee has raised a million dollars which was used in the purchase of tools and machinery for Palestinian workers, and for maintenance of their hospitals, schools and libraries.
The main objective of the convention is to determine the best means of establishing the settlers, give instruction in the manual arts and make them useful citizens of their new country.
Joseph Sprinzak, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and one of the foremost labor leaders in the Holy Land, who arrived Thursday on the S.S. Manhattan, is one of the chief speakers at the convention.
Ben Zvi Baratov, of the Yiddish Art Theatre; Nahum Zemach, formerly of the Habima players; Emma Lazaraoff-Schaver, of the San Carlo Opera Co., are among the entertainers.
The following speakers addressed the opening session: Mr. Sprinzak. Joseph Schlossberg, general secretary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers’ Union, who presided; Morris Finestone, secretary of the United Hebrew Trades; Abraham Miller, of the Joint Board of Amalgamated Clothing Workers’ Union: Julius Hochman, of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union: I. H. Goldberg, of the Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers’ Union; Anschel Reis, of the World Federation of Poale-Zion-Zeire Zion; H. Rogoff, managing editor of The Jewish Daily Forward, who delivered a eulogy on the late Max Pine, American labor leader, founder of the National Labor Committee; Louis Segal, secretary of the National Jewish Workers Alliance; David Wertheim, secretary of the Poale-Zion-Zeire Zion of the United States; Hayim Greenberg, who delivered a eulogy on the late Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff, slain Zionist labor leader who was murdered in Tel Aviv six months ago, and Isaac Hamlin, national secretary of the National Labor Committee.