The three-day Junior Hadassah convention at the Hotel New Yorker closed last night amidst applause and tearful farewells as a thousand enthusiastic delegates divided their time between calling the convention the “greatest ever” and bidding goodbyes.
Bustling and calling each other by the names of cities of origin, the thousand girls made hurried preparations to return home.
Before the homegoing excitement drowned out the speakers, Celia B. Slohm of Buffalo, reelected president of the organization, managed to bid farewell to the convention and make a speech promising great things to come.
“I believe each one of us is ready to return to her community and transmit to the others who are not able to be with us the enthusiasm and interest which this convention has created,” she said. “That spirit must not in any way flag. Certainly we know that our enlarged program demands renewed efforts of us and it merits the assistance of an increasing membership.”
Enthusiastic applause greeted her statement that “we are brave people who will return to our units with reports and plans for the new year, for we are willing to accept new responsibilities.”
A resolution was adopted against Nazi oppression of the Jews. “Whereas the political, economic and social policies put into effect by the German government in respect to its Jewish citizens and residents,” the resolution read, “has continued to horrify the civilized world.
“Be it resolved that the Eleventh Annual Convention of Junior Hadassah go on record as condemning both the inception and continuation of said policies, and
“Be it further resolved that constituent units continue to impress upon their membership and their community through effective means the importance of unified expression of public opinion against these existing conditions.”
Resolutions for cooperation with Young Judaea and Masada, Zionist youth organizations, were also adopted.
Alice Seligsberg and Mrs. Frieda Ullian addressed a luncheon in the Grand Ballroom.
The Jewish National Fund was commended for its work in a resolution, and the convention pledged the aid of the organization in collecting funds for the JNF.
Officers for the new year elected yesterday are: Mrs. Frieda S. Ullian of Boston, honorary president; Miss Slohm, president; Hannah Goldberg of Boston. Thelma Goldfarb of Brooklyn, Leah Weisberger of New York and Nell Ziff of Minneapolis, vice-presidents; Pauline Englander of Jersey City, treasurer, and Hannah Schiff of Buffalo, secretary.
The National Board includes: Anne Manson, Detroit; Dorothy Finkelstein, Columbus; Frieda Brill, Indianapolis; Sarah Turner and Gertrude Raub, Chicago; Bertha Gerstein, Boston; Martha Hinenberg, New Haven; Marion Eisenberg, Jersey City; Mollie Sondak, Paterson; Sarah M. Grossman, Philadelphia; Helen Seff, Atlanta; Sheryl Sandler, Des Moines; Nehamah Freed and Gertrude Jacobi, Brooklyn; Ella Friedman, Hadassah Levine, Esther Novogrodsky, Esther Levy and Naomi Brodie, New York City, and Jeanne Greenstein, Long Island.