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plans for a World Jewish Congress, to which it is committed, the Congress, in the resolutions adopted, offered to submit the question to the electorate in the April meeting, in the form of a referendum. Two questions, it was agreed, should be put to the voters:

1. Shall there be one representative national body to speak on behalf of American Jewry in the protection of Jewish rights and the safeguarding of general Jewish interests?

2. Shall a World Jewish Congress, or assembly, composed of delegates elected by the Jews of each land in accordance with its best democratic traditions and precedents, set up a representative international commission, charged to speak and act in defense of Jewish rights to safeguard general Jewish interests and to conduct the affairs of the congress or assembly in the intervals between the sessions?

INVITE OTHER UNITS

The resolutions adopted by the committee offer the American Jewish Committee, the B’nai B’rith and other national Jewish organizations participation in the elections called for April for an American Jewish Congress. They propose placing supervision of the elections in the hands of a board to be composed of representatives of the participating organizations and limiting the election to selection of delegates to this congress.

Subject to ratification by this congress, the resolutions state that:

“In connection with the World Jewish Congress, it (the American Jewish Congress) is ready to agree to leave the date for the World Jewish Congress to an executive body to be known as the Council of Jewish Delegations, provided the American Jewish Committee, the B’nai B’rith, the Labor Committee and others agree to enroll as members of such a council.”

The resolutions would empower the congress elected in April “to elect American delegates who are to co-operate in the formation of a permanent commission of the organized Jewries of the world, which is to be created by a World Jewish Congress, if and when it shall be called during 1935.”

AN “EXIT DOOR” OPENED

In voting adoption of the resolutions and report of the committee, the Administrative Committee paved the way for the American Jewish Congress to withdraw from the position it has officially held that a World Jewish Congress should be convened as early as possible. The report and the committee’s vote on it are considered a victory for elements within the American Jewish Congress which profess support of the world congress project but have vigorously opposed its early convocation, as planned at the recent Geneva conference.

The report and resolutions were presented to the meeting of the administrative committee by Charles A. Cowen, chairman of the sub-committee of five which drew them up. The other members of the committee were Dr. Horace M. Kallen, Louis Lipsky, Dr. S Margoshes and Louis Segal, secretary of the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance.

Mr. Lipsky moved adoption of the report, Dr. Stephen S. Wise seconding the motion. Among those who addressed the meeting were Professor Kallen, Lipsky, Dr. Wise, S. Bonchek of the Poale Zion party, Abraham Goldberg, Max Silverstein, president of Brith Abraham, and Carl Sherman.

Moses Alber Levi, as surgeon-general in Sam Houston’s army, was present at the storming of the Alamo in 1835. A. Wolf was one of those who perished in the Alamo.

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