The cornerstone laying in Jerusalem of the first medical center and graduate school of medicine for Palestine will be described in a coast-to-coast broadcast from Washington at the opening of the twentieth annual convention of Hadassah, it was announced yesterday.
Another highlight of the sessions, which will begin October 14 at the Wardman Park Hotel, will be a mass meeting the first night at which Rabbi Stephen S. Wise will be the principal speaker. Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America, will bring greetings from his group.
Mrs. Alexander Lamport, chairman of the convention committee, explained yesterday that details of the ceremonies on Mt. Scopus and messages from government and Zionist officials participating in the event will be read before the delegates and sent out on the air over a National Broadcasting Company network.
The occasion in Jerusalem will mark a new milestone in the work of Hadassah, which has conducted a system of medical and public health work in Palestine for twenty-two years. The new institution, to be built by Hadassah and the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee, will be a leading medical center in the Near East, with eminent German-Jewish scientists on its staff. The Hebrew University will direct the academic work.
1,500 TO ATTEND
The convention is expected to be attended by 1,500 delegates and alternates. It will be formally opened by Mrs. Leopold Freudberg, president of the Washington chapter.
The annual report by Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, national president, will also be her farewell address to the members of the organization. Shortly after the convention she expects to leave with her family for Palestine to make her permanent home there.
The “medical center” session is scheduled for the first afternoon. Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, president of the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee, will tell the convention of the development of the plans.
Dr. J. J. Golub, director of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, will describe the scientific aspects of the institution; Mrs. Edward Jacobs, Mrs. Moses P. Epstein and Mrs. Lamport will speak on the university hospital as a social influence.
Guests invited to attend this session include Mrs. Felix M. Warburg, Dr. Israel S. Wechsler, professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University; Dr. Ira I. Kaplan, director of the cancer division of the Department of Hospitals, and Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University.
The second day’s discussions will be devoted to reviews of Hadassah’s work in Palestine and its educational activities in this country. Reports by chairmen of committees will include: Mrs. David Greenberg on Hadassah’s Palestine program; Mrs. Jacob Grossman, infant welfare; Mrs. A. M. Heller, playgrounds; Mrs. A. H. Fromenson, Palestine supplies; Mrs. Epstein, Hadassah Medical Organization; Miss Eudice Elkind, Jewish National Fund; Mrs. Samuel Halpern, education; Mrs. Benjamin Gottesman, organization; Miss Julliet N. Benjamin, publication and publicity; Mrs. Sundel Doniger, senior-junior relations, and Miss Celia Slohm, Junior Hadassah. Mrs. Irma L. Lindheim, who is here from Palestine in the interests of the Jewish National Fund, will address the delegates.
In the evening, a banquet will be held with Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Halprin and Rabbi Milton Steinberg, of the Park Avenue Synagogue, as speakers. Mrs. Henry Morgenthau Jr., will be a guest at the banquet.
In Washington, a committee of 120 women are making preparations for the convention. Mrs. Freudberg is general convention chairman and Mrs. John Safer heads the committee of arrangements. ### large reception committee is headed by Mrs. Henry Oxenburg and Mrs. Dave Alpher.