NEW YORK (Nov. 19)
The reaching of an understanding to merge the Mizrachi Organization of America and the Hapoel Hamizrachi of America into the organization was announced jointly here by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Bergman, president of Hapoel Hamizrachi, and Rabbi Mordecai Kirshblum, president of Mizrachi.
The merger, which will be officially ratified at a joint convention in Atlantic City on December 19 was the result of more than a year of negotiations and meetings by representatives of both organizations and follows from a decision of the World Conference of Mizrachi and Hapoel Hamizrachi held in Jerusalem in August 1955 to amalgamate the two organizations throughout the world.
In a joint statement of the two presidents, the hope was expressed that this unification would, in the light of today’s critical events in Israel’s history, contribute greatly to the strengthening of Israel’s cause. “Particularly now, when Israel’s isolation grows more dangerous, it is vital that there be unity on the internal Jewish front,” the statement said. “The new merged organization will intensify its support of beleaguered Israel in every possible way.”