drags in the street but something that serves as an ideal for the purpose it was created.”
Mr. Lipsky called the Fund “the most democratic aspect of the Zionist movement” and made a “plea for soldiers for the Jewish National Fund.”
The $52,000 collected for the Jewish National Fund in New York last year, Mr. Lipsky indicated, was far from adequate. The new quota of $125,000 was more to his liking.
Speaking about private land acquisition as compared with land acquisition by the Fund, Mr. Lipsky declared: “The redemption of the soil may just as likely not be achieved by the private purchase of land. Land owners leave Palestine and the land may pass from the hands of the Jews. The Jewish National Fund means that every acre of land purchased is owned by the Jews as an everlasting possession of an everlasting people.”
Mr. Lipsky paid his respects to the labor movement in Palestine, saying: “If we have put anything into Palestine, it is that which is called the labor movement. The Jew comes into Palestine not as a speculator, a banker, but as a worker. It is a new idea for Jews that through labor comes redemption. And the crown of the whole labor movement is the Jewish National Fund.”
500 DELEGATES PRESENT
Over five hundred delegates representing two hundred organizations attended the morning and afternoon sessions of the conference which were presided over by the retiring president, Leo Wolfson.
Morris Margulies, bringing greetings of the Zionist Organization of America urged the delegates to honor the sixtieth birthday of Dr. Chaim Weizman, whom he called “second only to the beloved Herzl.” Mr. Margulies was presented with a golden certificate of the Jewish National Fund as result of his work in behalf of the upbuilding of the Homeland.