Baltimore (Dec. 20)
American Jewry will begin tomorrow a thirty-day celebration of the seventy-fifth birthday of one of the greatest leaders of American Jewish women, Miss Henrietta Szold. She motored here from Hoboken, N.J., where she disembarked Wednesday from the Statendam.
On the eve of her birthday, Miss Szold remained quietly in seclusion with her sister, Mrs. Louis H. Levin. She has refused to participate in any of the celebrations being arranged for her.
The national celebration has been arranged by the 300 chapters of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization of which Miss Szold was the chief founder. Tomorrow has been designated “Hadassah Sabbath” and rabbis throughout the country have been asked to dwell on the work of Miss Szold in their sermons.
Miss Szold’s purpose in coming to the United States from Palestine, she stated, is to arouse American interest in the work of “rescuing German Jewish children from a land where the Jews have been reduced to the rank of untouchables.” Miss Szold, who has been directing the work of the Youth Aliyah during the past two years, will confer with Jewish groups on the Aliyah program.