KIAMESHA LAKE (May. 10)
Senator Walter F. Mondale, Minnesota Democrat, told 1, 000 delegates to the Workmen’s Circle quadrennial national convention here that he found it “offensive” to have American businessmen filling out forms sent by the Arab boycott committee to determine their business relationships with Israel. He announced he was going to introduce a measure which would prohibit any American businessman from filing such information.
President Johnson sent a message to the convention in which he praised the Workmen’s Circle for making “invaluable contributions to the social and economic progress of our society.” Israel’s Premier Levi Eshkol, in a cable to the convention, said: “Your important organization has among the American and Canadian Jewish people a considerable number of persons with strong ties with Israel and our labor movement. I wish you success in your deliberations and you should succeed to transmit to your younger generations your great idealism and in such a way to strengthen more and considerably enlarge the ties between you and Israel.”
The Yiddish language is getting a broader community base, a report to the quadrennial convention revealed today. Jewish community centers throughout the country, in cooperation with the Workmen’s Circle, are organizing Yiddish language courses and other cultural activities.
The delegates attending the convention heard a report from Zalmen Yefroiken, educational director of the organization, that Yiddish schools are expanding in the United States and are getting their biggest, assistance from Jewish welfare funds across the country who are helping to subsidize and encourage Jewish secular schools. There are 52 Yiddish schools owned and operated by the Workmen’s Circle in the United States and Canada, Twenty-seven of these are located in New York City alone, with 3, 000 pupils in attendance.