Washington, D. C., (Oct. 15)
Flushed with the success of their opening day’s activities in which $80,000 was pledged by individuals and chapters for the Medical Center and Graduate School of Medicine which Hadassah, in association with the American Jewish Physician’s Committee, is sponsoring, 1,200 delegates to the Hadassah twentieth annual convention proceeded today to launch a national membership campaign, and to organize a plan to expand the school lunch service in Palestine.
As a constructive effort in offsetting the attempt to destroy Jewish life, which is taking place in so many countries, the convention voted to conduct a membership drive through the 300 chapters in the United States. The campaign, which will use the slogan “Every Jewish Woman Has a Place in Hadassah” will culminate on November 24 which will be celebrated as Hadassah Sabbath.
Mrs. Israel Goldstein, wife of Rabbi Israel Goldstein of New York, the chairman of the membership campaign, announced that 5,000 members joined Hadassah during the past year, thus increasing the total enrolment in the junior and senior divisions to 40,000.
A prize of $100, Mrs. Goldstein announced, will be awarded to the chapter making the highest proportionate gain.
In its endeavor to increase the scope of its luncheon fund activities in Palestine, Hadassah will raise a fund in December for this purpose among American Jewish children in Hebrew and Sunday schools.
RAISE $1,000 AT LUNCH
One of the features of the convention today was the Thrift luncheon provided by the Washington chapter. Of the ninety-nine cents paid by each guest, ninety cents will be sent to Palestine to provide school lunches. A thousand dollars was realized for the fund in this manner.
Mrs. Herman Shulman of New York, chairman of the luncheon committee, pointed out the value of the expansion of work in this field in the integrating of the German children now in Palestine into the life of the country. Mrs. Shulman said there are about 7,000 German refugee children in the Holy Land today.
Mrs. Jacob Grossman of New York, chairman of the infant welfare committee, explained the work of her committee in teaching correct diet and food values to a heterogeneous and largely oriental population. She stated that last year 25,000 mothers and children were given care in the twenty-three Hadassah Health Welfare Centers, an increase of 4,000 over 1932.
An international broadcast from Jerusalem to Washington and throughout the country will begin at 9:28 a. m. Eastern Standard Time tomorrow morning. J. Hathorn Hall, acting High Commissioner of Palestine; Miss Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, and Dr. Judah L. Magnes, chancellor of the Hebrew University, will speak to the American audience from Mt. Scopus during the ceremonies in connection with the laying of the cornerstone of the Rothschild Hadassah University Medical Center.
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt will speak on “Mobilizing for Human Needs” at a banquet in the evening that will close the three-day session of the convention. Other addresses will be by Mrs. Henry Morgenthau Jr., wife of the Secretary of the Treasury. Rabbi Milton Steinberg of New York, and Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, national Hadassah president. Mrs. Moses P. Epstein national secretary, will pr#side.