NEW YORK (Mar. 10)
Special tribute was paid here by 800 leading members of Hadassah to Mrs. Rose Halprin, former national Hadassah president and acting chairman of the American Section of the Jewish Agency, prior to her departure for Israel to participate in the forthcoming meeting of the Zionist Actions Committee. A $10,000 check for Youth Aliyah was presented to her in behalf of the New York chapter of Hadassah, it was reported today by the headquarters of the organization.
Israel’s Premier David Ben Gurion, in a message to the gathering, said: “I have had the privilege of knowing and cooperating with my dear friend Rose Halprin many years before the rise of Israel and during its first decade. I have often had arguments with her and debate is perhaps not over. But I have always considered her a noble example of the Jewish woman who has absorbed the best of both the Jewish and American heritage and devoted her strong will, abundant energy, brilliant intellect and capacity for leadership to the great Hadassah movement and the revival movement in Israel. She will undoubtedly take her place in the honorable line of great Jewish women. I wish her many years of fruitful and beneficial work and hope she will be an example to all Hadassah women in the way she has learned Hebrew herself and taught it to her children.”
Israel’s Foreign Minister Golda Meir, in her message of greeting, lauded Mrs. Halprin as “the woman born and bred in America who has truly dedicated her life to Jewish affairs and set a splendid example of identification with the cause of Israel.”