NEW YORK (Jun. 9)
A proposal that the Mizrachi Organization of America take the initiative in convening a conference of all Zionist groups in the United States “for the purpose of evaluating the problems of the Zionist movement toward the goal of revamping the entire structure of the existing World Zionist Organization” was adopted here yesterday at a special all-day session of the Mizrachi national executive committee.
Another resolution urges that the Mizrachi World Union should hold its annual international conference this year in the United States instead of Israel. The Mizrachi World Union conference was originally scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in August.
The session of the Mizrachi executive also adopted a resolution approving a two-months campaign during the summer to prepare for special appeals in synagogues throughout the United States during the High Holidays in September on behalf of the Israel Bond campaign.
The formation of a National Friends of the Bar-Ilan University, which will seek to enlist support in the U.S. for the Mizrachi-sponsored university in Israel–which is expected to be ready for student admission in the 1953-54 academic year–was announced by Dr. Pinkhos Churgin, American Mizrachi president. He reported that local Friends of the Bar-Ilan University committees had already been established in many communities.
Rabbi Max Kirshblum, executive vice-president of the Mizrachi Organization of America, recommended the calling “at the earliest possible date” of a convocation in Jerusalem of all Jewish religious organizations and communities throughout the world for the purpose of “exploring the means by which Israel, as a spiritual center, can begin to radiate out into the lives of traditionally-minded Jews.”
More than 1,000 leading members of the Mizrachi organization attended a dinner at the Commodore Hotel which followed the session. Principal speakers at the dinner included Senator Charles W. Tobey of New Hampshire and Dr. Benjamin Fins, education editor of the New York Times. The dinner marked the Golden Jubilee of the world Mizrachi movement.