Forty-three German refugee children will be housed, educated and trained for agriculture or trade in Palestine by Junior Hadassah, the Young Women’s Zionist Organization of America, according to a report prepared by the organization for presentation at its eleventh annual convention, which will be held Aug. 19, 20 and 21, at the Hotel New Yorker.
Junior Hadassah has undertaken the task of “adopting” these children to help solve the problem of settling German Jews in Palestine. Thirteen children have already been enrolled at Meier Shfeyah, the children’s village near Haifa maintained by Junior Hadassah, and thirty others will be received in the Fall at Pardoss Anna, where an agricultural school and training farm will be established in addition to the orange grove already there.
MISS JACOBI TO OFFER PLAN
The detailed plans of this “adoption” project will comprise one of the outstanding reports to be submitted to the convention. Miss Gertrude Jacobi of Staten Island, chairman of the convention committee, will present the plan for ratification.
In addition to Meier Shfeyah and Pardess Anna, Junior Hadassah supports the Hadassah School for Nursing in Jerusalem, which has a reputation throughout the Near East for turning out graduates of high professional calibre. Mrs. Shulamith Cantor of Palestine, who is now visiting here, will address the delegates on the program and problems of the school. For these Palestinian projects the organization raises $45,000 a year and in addition participates to the extent of $12,000 annually in the purchase of land through the Jewish National Fund.
WEIGH CULTURAL PROGRAM
One session of the convention will be devoted to a discussion of cultural activities. A feature of that session will be a symposium on “Palestine Today.” Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, national president of Senior Hadassah, and Mr. Robert Szold, vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America, will be among the speakers at the symposium. Ten members of Junior Hadassah will receive gold keys for outstanding merit in completing a course of study that includes Jewish history and literature, Hebrew and religion.
The 10,000 members of the organization will be represented by 1,000 delegates and alternates from 200 cities.