TORONTO (Jan. 28)
A bitter attack on the “Jewish overlords who want a dictatorship over the Jews” was made by Dr. S. Margoshes, representative of the American Jewish Congress at the two-day conclave of the Canadian Jewish Congress now in session here, during the course of his speech at the opening meeting of the Congress. Dr. Margoshes charged that there was an element in Jewry which refused to cooperate in solving the problems of Jewry as a whole. He described them as “rugged individuals” and scored their “apathy and their endeavor to control Jewish affairs.” These people were wealthy, Dr. Margoshes declared, and while they contributed to various Jewish charities they were determined to be the “arbiters of the Jewish fate.”
When Dr. Margoshes concluded amid prolonged applause, S. W. Jacobs, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said: “The situation which Dr. Margoshes has described in such an interesting fashion may be true of the United States, but happily we have no such condition in this country.”
Organization of the various committees occupied the time of the Congress in the first two sessions. The failure of the executive to include rabbis on the culture and education committee provoked an angry protest from the rabbis present, who were led by Rabbi Gordon of Toronto. Finally it was decided to add two rabbis to the committee.
In the prayer which opened the Congress Rabbi Samuel Sachs stated that old methods are inefficient and that it was necessary in create a body to stand guard and defend the Jewish rights in Canada and elsewhere. Egmont Frankel, vice-president, extended a welcome to the delegates in the name of the Toronto Jewish community. He stressed the fact that Canadian Jewish problems will be the keynote of the discussions and deliberations of the Congress.
Mr. Caiserman. general secretary of the Congress, reviewed the history leading to the revival of the Congress and pointed out that $35,000 had been raised during .the German relief and united boycott campaigns in Canada.
Morns Waldman, secretary ot me American Jewish Committee, brought the greetings of his organization and declared that the Congress meeting was of “tremendous importance.” He stressed the part the Canadian Jews played in the fight for minority rights and urged the importance of devising ways and means of preventing the extension of Hitlcrism, which jeopardizes the position of Jews the world over.
Marcus Hyman, of Winnipeg, made a’ survey of the Jewish situation the world over. He spoke of the plight of the Jews in many countries where minority rights were being evaded and suggested that the Jewish Agency for Palestine be recognized as the representative of the entire Jewish people.
More than 250 delegates and girests from Canada and the United Staes are here for the sessions of the Canadian Jewish Congress, which opened here today.
Outstanding Canadian representatives at the Congress are S. W. Jacobs, noted King’s Counsel, member of the Canadian parliament and president of the Canadian Jewish Congress; Edmund Scheucr, noted philanthropist and honorary vice-president of the Congress; Lyon Cohen of Montreal, president of the first Canadian Jewish Congress in 1919; A. J. Freiman, president of the Canadian Zionist Federation; M. J- Finkclstein, vice-president of the >Vestern division of the Congress; Peter Eercovitz, King*! Counsel, member of parliament and vice-president of the Eastern division of the Congress; Egmont Frankel of. Toronto, vice-president of- the Central division of the Congress, and H. M. Caiscrman of Montreal, general secretary of the Congress since its organization.
Among the resolutions before the Congress for adoption is one attacking cultural and economic dis crimination against Canadian Jews, which is expected to create a furoi at the Congress. Jewish labor elements in the Congress control more than fifty percent of the delegates at the Congress, mainly from the. Eastern and Western divisions’ of the Congress. Heated debates and protests are expected from the labor delegates when the “discrimination resolution. comes up for action, since they claim that the Jewish manufacturers in the industrial centers of Canada are discriminating openly against Jewish workers Many attempts were made to exclude this resolution from the agen da of the Congress, but the laboi group , insisted on debating the question on the floor of the Congress.