NEW YORK (Oct. 14)
Dr. Emanuel Neumann, who just returned from a tour of South American countries, declared today that he will not be a candidate for re-election as president of the Zionist Organization of America at the forthcoming national ZOA convention in Miami Beach.
In a letter addressed to Abraham Goodman, chairman of the national executive council of the organization, Dr. Neumann voiced his “deep appreciation” of the expression of confidence in his leadership on the part of the national executive and 17 regional presidents who recently called upon him to continue in office and had proposed the suspension of constitutional provisions to make it possible.
“However,” Dr. Neumann stated, “In view of my many duties as member of the Jewish Agency executive and head of the Herzi Institute and the additional responsibilities I recently assumed as president of the World Confederation of General Zionists, I do not see my way to carrying the burdens of office in the ZOA for another year.
“Since the problem of succession has been under active consideration for some time and various possibilities have been explored by the leadership, I believe the convention should have no difficulty in solving the problem in the best interest of the movement. I trust that the composition of the new administration will be such as will make it possible for me to continue my active participation in the work of our organization in some appropriate manner,” Dr. Neumann concluded.