NEW YORK (Apr. 27)
“We in Israel will never forget the noble efforts of Judge Proskauer in helping to secure the political conditions which facilitated the emergence of the Jewish state,” Prim Minister David Ben Gurion said in a statement cabled from Tel Aviv today to the American Jewish Committee on the occasion of a dinner tendered tonight in honor of Judge Joseph Ms Proskauer, honorary president of the Committee. The dinner was sponsored by the Joint Defense Appeal on be-half of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York.
Judge Proskauer was presented at the dinner with a Joint Defense Appeal citation by Justice Meir Steinbrink, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.The citation paid tribute to Judge Proskauer for his “five decades of statesmanlike leadership and distinguished services on behalf of Jewry throughout the world.” More than 600 leaders in all walks of Jewish life attended the affair which took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Waldorf Astoria.
“American Jewry,” the Israeli Premier continued in his message, “has a great share in the creation of Israel and the political efforts of Judge Proskauer have a high place in this American Jewish contribution. I have been happy to welcome in our midst President Jacob Bluestein and members of the American Jewish Committee in the last few days and they, I believe, know that they have seen something of our work and problems.
“We stand on the threshold of our real task the reception of hundreds of thousands of our brethren who wish and need to come to srael. They must be housed, fed, clothed, settled and enabled to play their part in building anew both their own lives and our liberated homeland. We hops that we can count on you, Judge Proskauer, and on you all present at the dinner, to stand by us in the coming years in the same spirit of solidarity and comradeship which you offered freely to us in the grim years of the past,” Ben Gurion concluded.