Religious and lay groups throughout the country will join Zionist organizations this week in celebrating the birthday of Theodor Herzl, father of political Zionism, who would have been 75 years old tomorrow.
One of the features of the celebration will be sermons preached by leading rabbis in the largest cities. According to announcement yesterday by Morris Margulies, secretary of the Zionist Organization of America, the following will make Herzl their topic in Saturday and Sunday sermons:
Dr. Stephen S. Wise of the Free Synagogue of New York City; Rabbi I. H. Levinthal of the Brooklyn Jewish Center; Rabbi Edward I. Israel of the Har Sinai Congregation of Baltimore; Rabbi Solomon Goldman of Congregation Anshe Emet of Chicago; Rabbi James G. Heller of the Isaac M. Wise Synagogue of Cincinnati and Rabbi Barnett Brickner of the Euclid Avenue Temple of Cleveland.
HADASSAH TO MARK DAY
Hadassah, women’s affiliate of the Zionist Organization, will cooperate with the parent body in marking the event, it was announced by Mr. Margulies. Zionist districts, through their cultural chairman, are arranging special observances in many cities.
In New York City, the Zionist region will partake in the celebration at the Free Synagogue to be held Sunday morning at Carnegie Hall.
The Zionist Revisionist Organization of America yesterday announced it would hold a celebration of the anniversary on Saturday. Details of the party’s observance will be announced today.
This is the first year that the annual Herzl memorial is to be held on his birthday, it being the custom previously to observe the “yohrzeit,” which occurs in July.