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The launching of renewed efforts by American Jewish organizations to bring more American Jews into the communal field was the outstanding development of the week here.

The Zionist Organization of America embarked on a national roll-call designed to enlist in its ranks at least a quarter of a million men and women of Zionist sympathies who hitherto have not taken part in the activities of the organization. The comparative smallness of numbers in the Z. O. A. has been that organization’s chief weakness and defect and the drive to correct it can only have a salutory effect.


The Zionists also launched a drive for $100,000 to finance the intensive educational and cultural campaign voted at the last Zionist congress. Mendel N. Fisher was named field director of the drive.

The Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Alexander Lamport, also launched a national membership drive, with Junior Hadassah, seeking to bring the total membership of both organizations up to 55,000.

The National Conference of Jewish Women, the largest group of Jewish women in the world, began a five-month drive to double its present membership of 40,000.


Royal Scott Gulden, the militant anti-Semite, who entered the Congressional lists on a platform calling for removal of Jews from the White House, was debarred from running because of insufficient signatures on his nominating petition.

Judge John F. Hylan, seeking the governorship of New York with the backing of the German-American Independent Voters League and other pro-Nazi organizations, lost his appeal for a place on the ballot and launched a “write-in” campaign.

In Baltimore, the Junge Maennerchor, formerly a social and musical organization, went Nazi and lost a group of its members who seceded from the organization.


In Milwaukee, a hyphenate political organization came into being with the formation of the German-American Action League of Wisconsin with the avowed purpose of supporting candidates of German extraction.

A similar organization, the German-American Political Association came into being in Union County, N. J.

Pro-Nazi organizations in Brooklyn, which had planned a German Day celebration Nov. 25 in the Labor Lyceum, were forced to find another site after protests by the American Federation of Labor and other trades union groups at use of the labor hall by Nazis.

A libel suit of $100,000 was filed against the Nazi organ, Deutsche Zeitung, by Dorothy Waring, an investigator of Nazi activities in this country.

Justice Roseman granted an injunction against picketing of Harlem shops by Negro followers of Abdul Hamid, Harlem’s “Black Hitler.”

The Essex County, New Jersey, grand jury returned a presentment scathingly condemning the Irvington rioting of last Spring.

In New York, an assembly of 200 rabbis voted to proclaim an “issur” against consumption of poultry not bearing the “plombes,” signifying approved kashruth supervision. The “issur” is to go into effect Monday.


A strike in the poultry industry sent the price of fowl skyrocketing and practically cut off the supply as dealers protested against a ruling of the AAA, governing sale of poultry by wholesalers.

A conviction for violation of the NRA live poultry code was recorded for the first time in Brooklyn Federal Court when a jury found the Schechter brothers, owners of two Brooklyn poultry slaughter houses, guilty on nineteen counts.

The American Jewish Physicians’ Committee celebrated its thirteenth anniversary and the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a dinner at which Albert Einstein, Felix M. Warburg, Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, Dr. Bernard Sachs, Judge Julian W. Mack and others spoke.

Reports at the annual meeting of the Palestine Economic Corporation disclosed that the concern’s assets are now in excess of $3,000,000.

The manager of the New Chamberlain Hotel on the government reservation at Old Point Comfort, Va. , attempted to defend the anti-Jewish policy of the hotel in the face of attacks against discrimination on government property. His reply was termed “pitiful and misleading” by Dr. E. N. Calisch, of Richmond.

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