NEW YORK (Jul. 11)
Memorial services for Moshe Sharett, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and former Prime Miniter of Israel, were held Friday in the auditorium of the Jewish Agency here. The memorial tribute was held within a few hours of the funeral services and interment in Israel.
Representatives of leading American Jewish organizations and Israeli representatives in the United States were among those present. Michael Arnon, Israel Consul General in New York, represented the Government of Israel.
(Memorial services were also held in Los Angeles at the Israel Consulate-General, attended by many leaders of the local Jewish community. Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman, who happened to be in that city, recited the Kaddish.)
Chairman of the memorial tribute was Dr. Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the Jewish Agency-American Section. Others who spoke were Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, vice-president of the Israel Bond Organization, and Pinchas Cruse, honorary president of the Labor Zionist Organization of America, who represented the Labor Zionist movement. Rabbi Mordecai Kirshblum, a member of the executive of the Jewish Agency, read Psalm 90, “A Prayer for Moses (Moshe.).” Cantor David Koussevitzky, intoned the prayer for the dead, El Maleh Rachamim.
Dr. Neumann, calling the death of Mr. Sharett “a shattering blow and heavy loss to the Jewish people, to world Zionism and the State of Israel,” eulogized Mr. Sharett “as a pioneer and student, as a scholar and ideologist, as a diplomat and statesman who was the finest flower of modern Israel.”