U.S. Jews Gave 55% of Total JNF Income, Palestine Conference Told

More than two-and-a-quarter million dollars – of which fifty-five percent came from the United States – were received by the world head-quarters of the Jewish National Fund here during the eleven months ending Aug. 31, it was announced yesterday by Dr. Abraham Granovsky, managing director of the J.N.F., addressing a meeting at the Hebrew University here, marking the first anniversary of the death of M. M. Ussishkin, late world president of the organization.

The meeting, which took the form of a great land convention, was attended by hundreds of delegates from all over Palestine who heard addresses by Rabbi Meir Berlin, Dr. Granovsky, and other leaders of the Yishuv. Rabbi Berli eulogized the Jewish soldiers of all lands who have fallen fighting against fascism and the scores of thousands of Jews who have been tortured to death in Nazi-occupied countries. Dr. Granovsky told the meeting that prospects for land redemption and development were “hopeful.” The convention concluded by issuing a manifesto calling upon world Jewry to honor Ussishkin’s memory by expanding the redemption of land in Palestine and thus “ensure the future of our people suffering more than any others from the cruel onslaught of the vicious enemy.”

During the day the delegates assembled at Ussishkin’s grave in Nikanor’s cave on Mt. Scopus where a tombstone was unveiled. Rabbi Berlin paid tribute to the late Zionist leader at the ceremonies.

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