PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 16)
A call to the Jews of America to make available “the maximum resources of men and money to accelerate the up building of the Jewish National Home in Palestine was sounded yesterday by the National Administrative Council of the Zionist Organization of America at a meeting here. The meeting, attended by 200 representatives of Zionist groups throughout the country, decided to launch a nationwide campaign to increase the membership of the Zionist Organization of America as “an impressive demonstration of the solidarity of American Jews in their support of the Zionist ideal.”
A declaration adopted by the meeting said the Jewish Homeland in Palestine had given” permanent refuge to tens of thousands of exiles” and was “capable of giving a substantial answer to the problem of Jewish homelessness.”
Among the resolutions adopted was one directing the U.P.A. to negotiate with the Joint Distribution Committee for a renewal of the United Jewish Appeal in 1940. Another resolution recorded the satisfaction of American Zionists at the impending visit to the United States of Dr. Weizmann, and pledged to him the cooperation of American Zionists.
Secretary Morris Margulies reported that an Emergency Committee, representing all Zionist groups in the United States and acting for the World Zionist Executive in all Zionist matters arising out of the war situation in Europe, with the United Palestine Appeal, presented a memorandum to the Intergovernmental Refugee Committee on the occasion of its session in Washington this week, dealing with the absorption capacity of Palestine in relation to the refugee problem.
Reports of Zionist fund-raising agencies, delivered by Henry Montor, executive director of the United Palestine Appeal, and Mendel N. Fisher, executive director of the Jewish National Fund, revealed that in the eight months ending Aug. 30, $3,043,000 was sent by the Jews of America to Palestine.