The cornerstone of the first medical center in Palestine will be laid on October 14 simultaneous with the opening of the three-day convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, at the Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D. C., it was announced yesterday by Mrs. Alexander Lamport of this city, chairman of the convention committee. Arrangements are being made to telegraph a description of the ceremonies to the convention hall, so that the more than 2,000 may celebrate the event at the same time that it is being celebrated in Palestine.
The ceremonies will take place on Mt. Scopus, near the Hebrew University, where the Rothschild-Hadassah University Hospital will be built, Mrs. Lamport explained. The new institution will be both a hospital and a graduate school of medicine, with complete laboratories for research and teaching. Dr. J. J. Golub, director of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, director of Beth Israel Hospital, who returned from Palestine recently after choosing the medical center site, will tell the convention of the plans for the institution, which is being built by Hadassah and the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee.
Mrs. Lamport also announced that Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mrs. Henry Morgenthau Jr. will be the guests of honor at a banquet October 16 that will close the convention. Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, national president of Hadassah, and Rabbi Milton Steinberg, of the Park Avenue Synagogue, will speak at the banquet. Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, of the Free Synagogue, will address a mass meeting the first night of the convention.