The American Jewish Committee has declined the invitation of the American Jewish Congress to participate in a conference with regard to the proposed World Jewish Congress in 1935, it was revealed yesterday by Morris D. Waldman, secretary of the American Jewish Committee.
He pointed out that while the Committee had declined to participate in conferences in connection with a world congress, it “stood ready, as always, to confer on other matters common to Jewish interest.”
Mr. Waldman announced that the twenty-eighth annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee will be held January 6 at the Hotel Astor. Representatives of forty states are expected to attend. Sir. Osmond d’Avigdor Goldsmid and Neville Laski, British-Jewish leaders, will be among the speakers at the meeting.
Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of the American Jewish Committee, will present the annual report of the executive committee. The report, among other subjects, will deal with the Congress project.
Discussing the proposed world congress, Mr. Waldman said:
“For several years conferences of a group of Jews have been held in Geneva and the proposal made in the Summer of 1933 to launch a World Jewish Congress has apparently made no headway. Recently, such organizations as the Jewish Labor Committee, a large democratically organized body, voiced its opposition to the proposed plebiscite which was to be preliminary to the World Jewish Congress. The B’nai B’rith, the National Council of Jewish Women and other organizations have taken a similar position.
“The point of view of the American Jewish Committee with regard to the World Jewish Congress is well known. Such a congress is entirely contrary to the basic principles of the Committee which is convinced that a congress would not only be futile but harmful to the interest of Jews everywhere. The American Jewish Committee continues to hold that position.”
15 GROUPS TO PARTICIPATE IN APRIL 28 ELECTIONS
Fifteen national organizations have accepted the invitation of the American Jewish Congress to join a national board of elections to supervise the nation-wide voting for an enlarged American Jewish Congress, it was announced yesterday. The election will be held April 28, 1935.
The organizations which will take part in the election are:
Council of Young Israel
Federation of Polish Jews in America
I. O. Brith Abraham
Jewish National Workers Alliance
Jewish War Veterans of the United States
Mizrachi Organization of America
Order Sons of Zion
Pioneer Women’s Organization of Palestine
Poale Zion-Zeire Zeion
Union of Orthodox Jewish
United Rumanian Jews of America
Zionist Organization of America
A meeting of the election board will be held next Wednesday evening at its offices in the Chanin Building to organize plans for the voting. Officers of the board were elected at a preliminary meeting Wednesday. They are Leo Wolfson, chairman; Max Hollander, vice chairman; Harold C. Budner, secretary. Five members of the administrative council of six were also named, the sixth place being reserved for a representative of the Zionist organization. They were Juliette N. Benjamin, Rabbi I. L. Bril, M. Jason Gould. Moses H. Honig and David Wertheim.
Ten places are being reserved on the election board for national organizations which have not yet signified their intentions.
Members of the election board in addition to those named are: M. Ehrenreich, Jewish National Workers Alliance; William Berman, Jewish War Veterans of the U. S. A.; Rabbi I. M. Kowalsky, Mizrachi Organization of America; H. Abramowitz, Order Sons of Zion; Deborah Rothbard, Pioneer Women’s Organization of Palestine; L. Altman, Zionist Revisionists.
The Zionist Organization of America will name its delegate following a meeting of its governing council.
Hannah Adams published in Boston in 1812 the first history of the Jews after Biblical times issued in the United States.