Radio to Link Hadassah Parley with Mount Scopus Ceremony
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Radio to Link Hadassah Parley with Mount Scopus Ceremony

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A radio hook-up on the morning of October 16 from Jerusalem to Washington and from the latter city to all parts of the United States will be a feature of the twentieth annual convention of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization of America, at the Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, it was announced yesterday by Mrs. Alexander Lamport, chairman of the convention committee. The international broadcast, arranged by the National Broadcasting Company for 9:30 A. M. (E. S. T.), will come from Mount Scopus in Palestine’s capital during the laying of the cornerstone of the Hadassah-University medical center and graduate medical school, the first institution of the kind in Palestine.

Three outstanding leaders in Palestine, representing the government, Hebrew University and Hadassah, will be asked to speak to the American audience, Mrs. Lemport said.


Another National Broadcasting hook-up will take place from the convention hall on October 14, the opening day of the meeting, at 4:30 P. M. during a session to be devoted to a discussion of plans for the new medical center.

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise will address a large mass meeting being arranged by the Washington chapter, for the first evening. Morris Rothenberg will bring greetings from the Zionist Organization of America.

On the final evening a formal banquet will be held with Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, national president of Hadassah, and Rabbi Milton Steinberg, of the Park Avenue Synagogue as speakers. Mrs. Henry Morgenthau Jr. will be a guest at the banquet.

Discussions centering around the Hadassah-University medical center are scheduled for the first afternoon. Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, president of the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee, who has worked for many years to establish a university-connected hospital in Palestine, will tell delegates of the development of the plan. Other speakers will be Dr. J. J. Golub, Mrs. Felix M. Warburg, Mrs. Edward Jacobs and Mrs. Alexander Lamport. Guests invited to this session include Dr. Israel S. Wechsler, Dr. Ira I. Kaplan and Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach.


The medical center will be built by Hadassah and the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee. Its connection with the Hebrew University as a graduate school of medicine and a research institute will open opportunities to physicians of Palestine and nearby countries to study and experiment at the new institution, Mrs. Lamport pointed out. She added that a score of eminent German scientists and specialists have been engaged as heads of hospital departments and directors of research and teaching.

Most of the business sessions of the three-day convention will be devoted to reviews of every phase of the medical and health work of Hadassah in Palestine and its educational activities in this country. Representatives from every state are expected to attend the convention. Nearly 1,500 delegates and visitors will be present, Mrs. Lamport said. New York, Brooklyn, Long Island and cities in upper New Jersey will send approximately 400 Hadassah members.

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